While you probably already use the Google Assistant or Bixby (or Siri) to start playing your music or podcasts on your smartphone, Spotify now officially announces that it has created its own voice assistant that you can use to control the app with hands free. . “Hey Spotify” is the new phrase you have to say to get the voice controlled experience that they are launching so that users can “launch, browse and search their music and podcasts”.
Spotify shared in a blog post what are the 5 things you need to know about “Hey Spotify.” Well if you already have it as they have only just started to implement it. Basically, once your app has been updated to the version that has this, just go to the Search section and tap on the microphone icon that should be there. This means that you give Spotify permission to record audio or access your microphone. Then all you have to do is say “Hey Spotify” followed by what you need to do or play and you should be good to go.
Basically, you’ll be able to access Spotify Voice from anywhere within the app so you can say something like “Hey Spotify, play Taylor Swift songs” or “Hey Spotify, play the latest episode of the This American Life podcast” and you should be able to get what you want. You can ask it to play songs, artists, moods, and genres. And if you like podcasts more right now, you can ask it to play your favorite shows too.
As for privacy concerns, the app will only start to pick up on what you’re saying when you say the trigger phrase, “Hey Spotify.” The application will also indicate via a visual or audio tone in the application when it is receiving your input. However, the application will be on hold, listening to your wake-up phrase “in short snippets of a few seconds”, but if you don’t hear the phrase, it will delete the recording. You can read more about this in the voice controls policy section.
But if you don’t want to use this feature, you can disable “Hey Spotify” or disable the voice feature entirely from the Voice Interactions section in the Settings. “Hey Spotify” is being released for Android (and iOS) users in the US, but not for everyone yet. They promised to implement it widely in the coming weeks.