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 an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with Another iOS Device

Here, we’ll show you how to remote control the Spotify on one iOS device with another iOS device. If you have an old iPhone and a new iPhone, or more than one type of iOS device, this is a crucial trick to know — and it only became possible this week. We’ll use two apps for this: SpotQueue on the iOS device that’s connected to the stereo, and SpotQueue Remote for the one that you’re using as the remote control.

Update: SpotQueue tells us they have added support for Spotify Radio.

1. Install SpotQueue (free) on the “receiver” iOS device — the one you’re connecting to your stereo system, powered speakers, or whatever. Run it by tapping the app’s icon.

2. Install SpotQueue Remote (free) on the “remote control” iOS device — the one you’ll use to control the “receiver.”

3.  Run SpotQueue Remote, and enter the password if you elected to specify one in SpotQueue. We didn’t, but it’s nice to have the option to avoid rogue control at parties. Then, tap the name of the “receiver” device you want to control. In our case, this is “iPad.”

4. Voila! You can see all of your Spotify playlists, choosing to play any of them over the “receiver” device. Note the bottom of the screen, where you can also search all of Spotify or browse all of the artists and albums available there.

5. Tapping on any playlist or other element brings up a great array of options. You can choose to play it now, play it after whatever is currently playing, add the entire playlist, or star the track.

After you select something to add, SpotQueue asks you to confirm your choice:

6. After you’ve added stuff to the queue, you can view it, skip between songs, and remove songs. The app is incredibly responsive, in that the lag time between tapping something on SpotQueue Remote on one device and hearing the change on the other “receiver” app (running SpotQueue) is negligible. Nice!


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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.