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 Windows from Android

You can also use Spotimote for this, because it’s the highest-rated Spotify remote in the Google Play store. Plus it’s free, and we love free apps as much as the next person.

However, there are two potential problems with Spotimote. 1) It only works with the premium version of Spotify, so most Spotify users can’t use it, and 2) Norton security software identified it as a threat to our machine and deleted it immediately after it downloaded, which is the first time that has ever happened. If you’re a premium subscriber, go for it — but just know that Norton fears it like the plague.

With that in mind, we recommend Remoteless instead. Even though it costs $2 for Android, it doesn’t appear to be a threat to your computer, and it can control the free version of Spotify too. (Plus, Spotify recommends it.)

1. Install Remoteless’s “helper” app on your PC. You can download it here, or if a new version has come out since we wrote this tutorial, check for that here. Once you have that installed, the app automatically run when you start Windows, so you won’t need to deal with it in the future.

spotify remote ios windows

2. Next, you’ll have to drop two bucks on the Remoteless Android 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 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.’

4. Find your Spotify username and the name of your computer from the list.

5. Now the app is connected to Spotify on your Windows machine. You can choose music in two ways: by searching all of Spotify for it, or by selecting playlists you’ve already created within Spotify.

6. In this case, we’ll select a playlist.

Note: The “Play all of album” and “Play all of Playlist” commands did not appear to be working properly, and the problem appears exclusive to the Windows version of the Remoteless helper app. You can play songs one at a time and skip between already-playing playlists just fine, but if you want to play a whole album or playlist in a row, you might need to walk over to the computer and get it started manually, after which the remote works just fine. has contacted the developer, and we hope to have more on this soon.

You can also search. Here’s what it looks like if you search the app for My Bloody Valentine:

7. If you want to share a link to any Spotify song you’re listening to within the app with someone; repeat the song; or shuffle within a playlist, simply tap the middle of the now-playing screen:

Option will appear to shuffle, repeat, or share (using whatever standard sharing features are available on your Android):


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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.