Use IFTTT Recipes to Enhance Your Spotify Experience

Mark O'Neill 12-08-2015

Poor Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More . Until recently, it enjoyed the rather dubious position of being the world’s most popular music streaming platform. Then, as so many others have before, it suffered a major blow to its bottom line… what I like to call, “The Attack Of The Fruit Shop!”


Yes, you guessed correctly, the mighty Apple arrived with its own music streaming service Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More , handing out 3-month free trials like Santa Claus handing out gifts at a shopping mall. However, this doesn’t mean Spotify is a mortally wounded beast Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify Spotify is no longer just a music streaming service. At an event in New York, Spotify launched a bunch of new features, including video streaming, in a bid to become an entertainment hub for users. Read More . Far from it.

Spotify has a huge userbase, an extensive music catalog, a great web player 7 Reasons to Start Using the Spotify Web Player Today Spotify is about to shake things up by making the desktop and web app experiences more similar. So, it's about time many of us asked ourselves, Why not just use the web app instead? Read More , and it has now teamed up with the popular IFTTT The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use the Web's Most Powerful Tool Like a Pro If This Then That, also known as IFTTT is a free web-based service to get your apps and devices working together. Not sure how to build your applet? Follow along with this guide. Read More to bring you “Spotify On Steroids.” Here are some Spotify steroids, otherwise known as IFTTT recipes, you should be taking advantage of right now.

Record Your Saved Tracks to a Google Spreadsheet

IFTTT Recipe: Record your saved tracks to a Google spreadsheet connects spotify to google-drive

One of the most frustrating things about Spotify is the inability to export playlists How to Transfer & Recover Playlists of Spotify & Co. in Windows You never had more options to listen to music, but that can leave your playlists hanging in the balance if you switch from one service to another. Use this guide to keep your selections safe. Read More . It seems like such a minor thing, but Spotify seems unable (or unwilling) to do it. Perhaps they think everyone will take their playlists and jump ship to Apple Music? A 3-month free trial is a big temptation to some people (including myself).

This IFTTT recipe allows you to get around this rather irritating annoyance. Every time you save a track in Spotify, it will get listed in a Google spreadsheet. Or if Google Drive doesn’t rock your boat, there is also an alternative recipe for Dropbox.


I checked for OneDrive, and even tried to make my own. But this currently doesn’t work for Microsoft’s cloud storage service. Down with Microsoft!

As for importing into iTunes, it is unfortunately not a straightforward process (nothing ever is). But it can seemingly be done with a tiny bit more work.

Receive a Summary of Your Saved Tracks For the Week

IFTTT Recipe: Receive a summary of your saved tracks for the week connects spotify to email-digest

This IFTTT recipe offers an alternative to keeping a list of the songs that you liked during the week. Doing so means you have them delivered to you in the form of an email summary. This might be easier and tidier than a CSV file How to Split a Huge CSV Excel Spreadsheet Into Separate Files One of Microsoft Excel's shortcomings is the limited size of a spreadsheet. If you need to make your Excel file smaller or split a large CSV file, read on! Read More , if you’re not a fan of messing around with Excel.


It’s also good to keep archived if you have a huge amount of email space. I would actually prefer this option, but that’s just because I live in my email inbox 24/7.

Set Android Device Wallpaper to the Album Cover Art of Your Most Recent Saved Track

IFTTT Recipe: Set Android device wallpaper to the album cover art of your most recent saved track connects spotify to android-device

If you have a smartphone (and let’s face it, you probably do), you may have the same problem as myself. I never know what wallpaper to put on the homescreen Introducing The World's Best Free Mobile Wallpaper App: Your Phone's Browser When it comes to static, desktop-like wallpapers, I think it's high time someone asked "do we really need an app for that?" I say, no, we definitely don't. All you need to find, download, and... Read More , therefore I am changing it constantly, never quite satisfied with the results. If you share my pain, and have an Android phone, this IFTTT recipe will help you out in the wallpaper department.

Whenever you save a track on Spotify, this recipe will set your phone’s wallpaper to the album cover art. The one caveat is that this is not so great if you have any embarrassing guilty pleasures on Spotify. You really don’t want Rick Astley or the Backstreet Boys showing up on your phone: it will totally ruin your street cred.


Set Up a Spotify Alarm Clock

IFTTT Recipe: Spotify Alarm Clock connects date-time to email

Now, THIS is a cool one. If you look at the Github page for this Spotify alarm clock, you will see what you have to do, and it is surprisingly straightforward. You simply have to set up a rule in your mail client, which runs AppleScript, and AppleScript starts Spotify. We have done numerous articles in the past about AppleScript, so be sure to check them out first if you feel your skills in that area are a little rusty.

You can now get woken up by the sweet tones of Cookie Monster’s “C is for Cookie”. The good days have arrived! Obviously, other songs are also available.

Play Songs Related to Weather Conditions

IFTTT Recipe: Play song related to weather conditions connects weather to spotify


Everybody experiences mood changes, depending on the weather. When it is hot and sunny, most of us feel great. But when the dark clouds gather and it starts to rain heavily, one can’t help but feel a little grumpy.

IFTTT understands this phenomenon. So, this recipe will add a song to one of your playlists, basing its selection on the weather. IFTTT will check the weather forecast, and if it is sunny, you might get Y.M.C.A. by the Village People. On the other hand, if dark clouds are forming, you might get The End by The Doors. You just never know. Unless you look outside, I guess.

Remind Me to Listen to New Tracks

IFTTT Recipe: Remind me to listen to new tracks connects spotify to ios-reminders

There are so many tracks to listen to on Spotify. In fact, there are so many songs that some get no love at all Forgotify Helps You Discover Unloved Music On Spotify Spotify has 20 million tracks sitting there waiting to be found and loved. This is where Forgotify enters into the equation. It dedicates itself to delivering the undiscovered tracks no one has yet played on... Read More . Spotify can tell you which are the least heard tracks of all time so you can perhaps listen to a few and lift them out of the doldrums.

If you are a big Spotify user, then you are probably saving loads of tracks to listen to later. No doubt you will forget about some of them, so this handy IFTTT recipe simply sends a note to your iOS Reminders list Put iPhone Reminders To Better Use With The Right Apps & Tips Adding reminders and calendar events to your iPhone should be a painless process – and it can be if you use the right time-saving apps and tricks. Read More .

A word of warning: this has the potential to quickly overwhelm your Reminders list, so you need to keep on top of it before things get out of hand.

When My Android Connects to a Bluetooth Device, Push an Open Spotify Link

IFTTT Recipe: When my Android connects to a Bluetooth device, Push an Open Spotify link connects android-device to pushbullet

Bluetooth How Bluetooth 4.0 Is Shaping the Future of Mobile Connectivity Bluetooth is the forgotten star on the device specifications sheet. Read More is, in my opinion, a marvelous invention. It’s perfect for pairing up devices, and for sending data across from one device to another (my Fitbit Kickstart Your Summer Fitness & Weight Loss With FitBit With summer approaching, many of us are starting to think a little more seriously about our weight. In particular, it's that time of year when people worry about how they'll look in those summer outfits.... Read More band uses Bluetooth to send over my fitness data).

This nifty recipe is pretty straightforward. Whenever your Android phone connects to a Bluetooth device, an “Open Spotify” link will be “pushed” by PushBullet How to Sync Android Notifications With Windows, Mac, and Linux You can sync all of the notifications from your Android phone or tablet with your desktop! Read More (another brilliant app) to the Bluetooth device.

Simple, straightforward, and to the point. Just the way I like my IFTTT recipes.

When My Android Leaves Home, Push an Open Spotify Link

IFTTT Recipe: When my Android leaves Home, Push an Open Spotify link connects android-location to pushbullet

This one is really great, as I found out when my wife tested it last weekend. You program your home into your Android device, and when it senses that you are leaving that location (via GPS rather than magic spells), it “pushes” an “Open Spotify” link to the phone, so you can be reminded to start it up and let it rip. Of course, she chose to let it rip with cringeworthy boy bands.

Share Your Own IFTTT Recipe!

Having sifted through all of the existing IFTTT recipes with a fine-tooth comb, we suggest these are the best ones. After all, Spotify Make Better Use Of Spotify With These Top Tips And Tricks If you’ve invested time and money in playlists and a subscription, it makes sense to learn some of the lesser known functions and quirks that the Spotify client has to offer. There’s no denying the... Read More is still a newcomer to the world of IFTTT, so there are not that many recipes to choose from.

Having said that, you may your own favorite IFTTT recipes related to Spotify. So please feel free to share those with us, or take a look at the different “triggers” and make your own. If you do, leave the links in the comments section below, so we can take them for a test drive.

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  1. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    If anything will kill Spotify it will be their own developers. The latest updates have broken a lot of previously working features including Musixmatch lyrics (for many people) and the ability to play local files on some Windows 10 computers. Many tablet owners are complaining about broken features too. Whenever I install an older version it works just fine but Spotify likes to update in the background and after it does it's broken again. There are many unanswered repetitious posts on their Spotify Community page concerning things not working after updating. The problems seem to have appeared around the same time they changed their icon design (which I think is ugly now). Being told over and over to reinstall without resolution is getting a little old. I'm just about ready to dump it and try a different service.

    • Mark O'Neill
      August 13, 2015 at 12:07 am

      Well, for what it's worth, I am extremely impressed with Apple Music. And you get a 3 month free trial.