While you can likely use the Google Assistant to get your devices to play Spotify hands-free, it seems the music streaming giant wants to have a wake word of its own. They previously launched a voice search feature two years ago, but last year, some spotted a possible wake-up word or phrase to trigger a search and voice controls within the app. Now it seems that they have started to implement the “Hey Spotify” wake phrase for users who want to be able to control the application when their hands are not free to touch it.
GSM Arena shares They were able to get a notification on their device that the “Hey Spotify” feature is now available and there are step-by-step instructions on how to enable it and then use it. Tapping the notification will bring up a screen asking you to activate the feature. When you use the startup phrase, you will be prompted for in-app voice search, as long as your screen is on and the Spotify app is open.
This basically means that the application is on hold and you will hear the activation of the activation phrase. In case you are concerned about privacy, Spotify says it will only save recordings and transcripts when you tap the button or say the startup phrase. So there should be no danger of the app recording something that you don’t want recorded just because it is in standby mode. Hopefully, there will be no complaints about the app launch or searches without the wake phrase.
But even without enabling this “Hey Spotify” feature, you can already do hands-free voice search and control via Google Assistant. If you made Spotify your default music streaming service, you don’t even have to say the word Spotify. They probably want to use the app’s built-in voice search to better understand how users use it, so they have a wake phrase to activate it. There does not appear to be any other function for this function for now.
This appears to be a server-side update, so you’ll have to wait when Spotify implements it. You should be notified or check if an update is available if you don’t want to wait for the notification.