If you’re using the Google Assistant to play music, you’ll want to make sure you’ve linked the right accounts and set your favorite apps as defaults.
Hope you know that Google Assistant makes it easy to complete all kinds of tasks on your phone. And while it can do a lot of things you don’t expect, Google Assistant gets even better when you connect it to a variety of services.
One of the most important default services to set up is your music streaming provider. Let’s take a look at how to connect and set the default music app for Google Assistant and why it’s important.
Why You Should Set the Default Music Player
Without connecting your music streaming service to the Google Assistant, you can’t take advantage of all its features.
For example, if you subscribe to Spotify Premium but don’t connect to it, you won’t be able to enjoy ad-free music and access to your playlists when you ask your Assistant to play music. You’ll be stuck using a free YouTube Music account, which isn’t great if you have other options.
Apart from connecting the services you use, setting defaults is also important. Once you’ve set the default player, you don’t have to tell the Google Assistant what service to use every time. For example, if you say “Play the album Pink Elephant by Stand Atlantic,” the Assistant will say that the album cannot be found in your library.
You have to add “on Spotify” at the end to define it, which gets long. Setting your default service prevents you from doing this every time.
How To Change Default Music Player For Google Assistant
To find music settings for Google Assistant and change your defaults, open the Google app on your phone and tap the tab Other or More in the below section. There, select Settings.
On the resulting screen, tap Google Assistant to open its settings, then scroll down and tap the entry Music.
Here you’ll see the available services that the Google Assistant can use for music. Under Your music services, you will see the apps currently on your phone. If something isn’t linked, tap it and follow the steps to allow the Google Assistant to use your account.
Repeat these steps to info all the services you use, even if you don’t want them to be the default. You’ll find more options below More music services in the below section; tap that to info your accounts too. Each tells you whether there is a free service available or if you need a premium subscription to use it.
When you are satisfied, select the app you want to use as your default provider. The Google Assistant will use it when you make a music request.
If you want to play using something other than your default, add that at the end of the command. For example, even with Spotify as the default player, you can say “Play Wingless Angel on YouTube Music”.
Play the Right Song With Google Assistant
While this is just a little convenience, you don’t have to specify your preferred music provider every time. As a bonus, this option also sets your default music player on Android Auto when using the Google Assistant. This is very important to reduce interference on the highway.
Music is just one small aspect of the Google Assistant; it is capable of doing more than you might think.