“Hey Spotify” is another hands-free way to control your music and is now rolling out

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If you want to recall your favorite Spotify song or playlist without pressing any buttons, there is no shortage of voice assistants to help you fix these glitches, including Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, and even BixbyBut now Spotify has its own hands-free wake word: ‘Hey Spotify’ appears to be rolling out on Android and iOS, as tested by GSM Arena 9to5Mac, and we here at The edge.

In all fairness, it’s a little less useful than some of the native voice assistants built into your phone as it requires leave the app open to make it work – it’s not something you start while your phone is sleeping or with Spotify just running in the background.

But if you have the app open, you can just say “Hey Spotify” and ask it to play a song; pull up a playlist; launch a radio station; and skip, pause or play. We also found that the “Play something I like” command would open a random playlist from our daily mix.

The phone version of the feature has been in the works for at least a year, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered last MarchThe app should prompt you to get started if the feature has been rolled out for you by now, but you may be able to find the toggle manually under Settings> Microphone permissions> ‘Hey Spotify’.

Why now? Why bother if other voice assistants can do this without launching an app? I imagine that’s because Spotify is following its direction own hardware, where are voice assistant shall always on and always ready. Specifically, Spotify appears to be following the launch of its Car Thing, a dedicated Spotify smart assistant for your vehicle that was reported to include a “Hey Spotify” voice command back in January 2019.

It makes sense to have the same voice command on your phone; users can get used to it and start looking for it after leaving their car. And while they’re at it, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see ‘Hey Spotify’ headphones or earbuds sometime in the next year.