August 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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

Control Spotify on a Mac from iOS

We’ll use the same program we used on the Windows side here, Remoteless ($3). Another option is Spot Remote (also $3).

1. The first order of business is to install the “helper” app on your Mac that can control Spotify, which we recommend you already have running. (The Remoteless mobile app actually controls this helper software.) You can download it here (or if a new version has come out since we wrote this tutorial, check for that here). Once you install the app, it will start running in the background automatically and invisibly, and should automatically start every time you fire up your Mac.

2. Next, you’ll have to drop three bucks on the Remoteless iOS app. There is currently no Spotify remote control that is available for free on iOS (please let us know if you find one), so there’s really no way around this at the moment. However, if you listen to a lot of Spotify on your computer this is easily worth it — especially considering the cost of traditional hardware remote controls.

3. Run the app and select ‘New Connection.’ (In this example, I have already connected the app to my Windows machine, eliotvb@PHEEDOT — yes, Remoteless works with multiple computers on the same WiFi network.)

4. Select your Spotify username and the name of your Mac.

5. Boom, you should see your currently-playing song, with the option to skip, pause, rewind, or adjust the volume.

6. When it comes time to play something else, tap the Browse button at the upper right, where you can see your playlists and favorites, as well as searching for any other artist, album, or track on Spotify. (Unlike with the Windows version, we encountered no hiccups here — score another win for Apple.)

7. Check out all the other options by scrolling up and down. See why we like Remoteless so much? It lets you:

  • Post your currently playing track to Facebook, Twitter, or email;
  • Browse the current track, album, or artist in Spotify;
  • Toggle Shuffle and Repeat;
  • Find out more about what you’re listening to on, Wikipedia or
  • Find similar tracks on
  • Activate radio based on the track via Echofiapp;
  • And find new stuff to listen to on Topsify’s popularity charts or Spotifylist’s categorized playlists.

8. You can keep the Remoteless app running on your iPhone, so that you don’t need to start it up from scratch every time you want to control the music. To do this, simply start the app once, then go about your business in your other apps. To access Remoteless in a flash, double tap the Home button on your iOS device and choose Remoteless from the sidescrolling list at the bottom of the screen:


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  • 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!

  • 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:

  • 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.