August 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

How To: Remote-Control Spotify from iPhone or Android… on Mac, Windows, or Even Another Phone

spotify remote control windows mac android iosIf you’re one of the 15 to 26 million people who use Spotify to listen to music on the regular, you’d probably appreciate being able to control it remotely from your iPhone, Android, or other device, so you don’t have to walk over to your computer, Android, or iPhone in order to skip a song, queue up a new playlist or album, and so on.

Luckily for you, we’ve found several apps that let you do exactly that, whether you’re trying to control Spotify on a Mac, Windows, or even an iOS or Android device. It’s not lazy; it’s practical.

If you have an old computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch laying around — say, like, after you’ve upgraded to a new smartphone — you can leave the old one connected to some speakers running Spotify and use your new one to control it. However, there are many other reasons to control Spotify on one device using another (parties, the couch, the bed, or even the car, in the case of the Android-to-Android app we found).

Feel free to tour all of these Spotify remote control options, or jump right to your specific configuration:

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(Image courtesy of Flickr/Frenkieb)

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  • http://twitter.com/lewsmind Lew

    This article came at just the right time. I’m doing music for a party this Saturday and this will be a perfect setup. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/FlagmoT Flemming Terkilsen

    Can i do it the other way around – like controlling my Spotify app on my Android from my PC ? because then i can hook my android to my Stereo which is in the other end, and that is just remotely coziness for me :O) Merry Christmas ..

  • Jan

    Grr .. i want a iOS->Android, guess i have to wait then…

  • Jens Lillebæk

    well, this worked for one day. Then I rebooted my computer, and now my app just keeps on trying to connect to my laptop. Anyone got any tips for me?

  • errr

    Not at all “academic”. I am sure many people out there have Macbooks or iMacs and also have an Android phone or tablet.

  • Ian Jonathan

    can’t get my ipod touch to run the app. tried re-installed and restarting device a dozen times. Help!

  • jeremy

    Not academic at all man. I know many people who has a macbook at home and uses a Samsung or HTC android phone.

  • Peter

    This is a free remote for iOS:
    http://www.spotifymate.com/

  • Sashi Mee

    I love the this feature – even though it confused me a little bit a first when my sister played her music in my home from college but I digress -.

    This is great. I got my gf’s iPhone on my Bose sound dock, and I use spottily on my phone to change it from the couch/kitchen/whetev’s !

    Only thing I can’t seem to do : control the iPhone from my Mac or our PC.
    Anyone has a clue / contacts with the spotify’s teams ?

  • Stijn

    Figured I’d listen and bought remoteless.
    Tried it, works, but no album art and no working volume slider.
    Tried Spotimote Free. Perfectly working, album art and volume slider included.
    So go for that guys, and if you like it, buy it for just over 2 bucks. It’s just the better app with the more logical GUI of the two.

    And if you’re using Norton, start using Microsoft Security Eseentials or Avast. If you have Windows 8, Windows Defender/MSE is built in. Installing antivirus on Windows 8 is a very bad idea ;).

  • Nibroc99

    I want to stream music from my Android phone to my iPad, where the iPad receives and plays the music and the Android sends the music.

  • Nibroc99

    I meant to say ipod there, dumb autocorrect.

  • Stefan Blechinger

    pretty sure its your firewall settings got forgotten after reboot.