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‘Hey, Spotify’ wake word to rollout for an ultimate hands-free experience

‘Hey, Spotify’ wake word rollout for an ultimate hands-free experience

Get ready to embrace yourselves with another wake word, this time for Spotify. Yes, you heard it right. Spotify is planning to roll out its very own wake word giving a hands-free experience to its users. However, a few conditions would have to be met to use this feature. 

Dive in the blog and know what this feature is about, the need of this feature considering Google Assistant and Siri are capable of doing the same job, the requirements to use it and the limitations to it, if any.

Hey, Spotify

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The voice controls will let you control Spotify by your voice. Say ‘Hey, Spotify’ to operate the app. The voice control will enable various features, you can find any playlist, play your favourite songs, and interact with advertisements hands free.  

You just have to say ‘Hey, Spotify’ and request the song you wanna listen to.

Spotify’s personal wake word seems to be a better fit for a hands-free car experience than on a phone with Google Assistant or Siri already available. So, irrespective of the device you use, ‘Hey, Spotify’ is exclusively for the music streaming app and will work well for all. It can also be considered as a way to cut the middlemen.

Do we really need it?

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But we can already play our songs on Spotify using existing voice assistants like Google Assistant and Siri, so what is up with Hey, Spotify?

The addition of the voice assistant might seem strange knowing both Siri and Google Assistant already have Spotify integration. Spotify wants its own wake word that will let users operate it regardless of the device used. Moreover, the voice feature will let you interact with some advertisements on Spotify. For example, a voice-enabled ad for an album might want you to play that and ask you to say Play Now. There are speculations that the speech recognition would also help Spotify to detect your mood and curate a playlist accordingly.

How to use it?

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Certain conditions need to be met in order to use Spotify’s voice assistant. Make sure that your device’s screen is on and Spotify app is open. You will have to grant relevant permissions to allow Spotify to access your device’s microphone.

The wake word may also be a step in the right direction in terms of accessibility. Not everyone will have the technical knowhow to set up Spotify integration with an external voice assistant, so having one baked into the Spotify app certainly cuts out the middleman in that regard.

One last thing to keep in mind is that Spotify will be constantly listening for the wake word in your environment when the feature is enabled. If you’re concerned about privacy, Spotify insists that it only holds recordings of the wake word and your voiced search, as per the company’s privacy policy, so you can rest assured that the feature won’t be used to eavesdrop on your conversations.

Any Limitations?

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One major drawback of this feature is that it can be put to use only if your phone is on and Spotify app is open. This means unless you open the Spotify app, the feature is of no help. In this regard, Siri and Google Assistant appear to be more helpful than Spotify’s wake word. 


Spotify, the music streaming giant, is planning to rollout its personal wake word to give an ultimate hands-free experience to its users. The feature will let you play music via voice controls. Users who are worried about their privacy should know that the app will only hold recordings when you tap the button or you say the wake phrase, as told by Spotify. 

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