How to Play YouTube Music on Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo devices can do many things to make your life easier. But at the end of the day, it’s their ability to stream and playback music that makes them desirable in many households. But while the device features playback support for music services like Spotify, Apple Music, and of course, Amazon’s own subscription service, Google and YouTube Music are left out in the cold.
Thankfully, you aren’t limited to just using supported services with Alexa and your Echo, so if you’re ready to play YouTube Music on your Echo, here’s how to do it.
Connecting to YouTube Music From Your Phone Over Bluetooth
It might be annoying, but the easiest way to play music via YouTube Music on your Echo is to connect with Bluetooth. If you’re using an Android device or an iPhone, the steps are similar.
On your device, open the settings menu and select Bluetooth from the list of options.
Select Pair New Device, or look for the pairing menu if it’s already active.
If you don’t see your Echo automatically, say “Alexa, pair device” to start searching for devices.
Tap on your Echo device
Select your Echo device from the list of devices. It should say “Echo-XXX,” with the X’s replaced with numbers or letters to identify the device.
Once you’ve connected, your Echo will announce you’ve connected to a device successfully.
Now, to play YouTube Music, just open the app on your phone and select a song or a mix you want to play. While you can’t request specific songs using your voice, you can use basic commands like pause, play, next, and previous to control your playback without having to use your device.
To disconnect from your device, just say “Alexa, disconnect.” Once you’ve paired your device for the first time, you can automatically reconnect to your phone. Just say “Alexa, connect to my phone.”
Connecting to YouTube Music From Your Computer
You can also connect to your Echo using your Windows or Mac computer.
Step 1Make sure both your devices are Bluetooth enabled.
Step 2Go to the Settings menu on Windows or the Preferences menu on Mac.
Step 3Look for the Bluetooth option.
Step 4Make sure it’s set to On.
Step 5Get your phone and give Alexa the following command.
Step 6Say – Connect to a new Bluetooth device.
Step 7Enable the Echo connection on your device when prompted.
Once you’re connected, just load the web player for YouTube Music and start listening to your favorite tunes.
Just as with a phone, you can use basic commands like pause, play, next, and previous to control your playback while away from your computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I play YouTube when my screen is locked?
This can be tricky depending on your OS. You can either head over to the settings on your phone and turn “Screen Time-Out” off, or you can download a third-party application that supports YouTube music.
You can also use the Chrome or Mozilla browser app on your phone to use the desktop YouTube site which will play YouTube music while the screen is locked.
Can I listen to YouTube music on Echo Show?
Yes, but if you have an older version it’ll need to be updated. Using the Silk or Mozilla browser visit the YouTube website and play your content. The Echo Show doesn’t have a designated YouTube app, but you can use a web browser.
Although the process may seem lengthy, it’s worth it if you don’t want to make the switch from YouTube Music to something else. The streaming quality is good and you’ll be able to use Alexa’s basic playback controls. That said, if you want full control over your music, you might want to consider switching to a service fully supported by Amazon and Echo, like Apple Music or Spotify.
If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you might even be able to stream more than two million songs for free through Amazon Prime Music without having to pay an additional fee. But for YouTube Music, the best way to listen is through Bluetooth from a single device.