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It turns out Spotify Connect has a very useful feature that the company hasn't done much to make immediately obvious. The service, which lets you stream music to WiFi-connected speakers from your smartphone or tablet, also lets you pump music to other Android devices. The devices don't even have to be on the same network, for that matter. You can connect from an LTE network, as you can see in the screenshots below.

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This means you can plug an aging handset into any old speaker and stream Spotify to the setup, just as long as it's logged in too, making this is a great way to open up Spotify Connect up to more devices outside of the handful of supported models. Just be sure to have a Spotify Premium account, as this functionality isn't free.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • primalxconvoy

    The "sound seeder" and "speaker" apps do the same thing and unlike Spotify, are not geo-locked.

    • Elemetrix

      These have never worked for me.

  • remister

    I have known of this featured when they released Spotify Connect. This will show people at work to play with my Spotify, Plays "What did the Fox Say" when they yell random noises and play it at top volume. MWHAHAHAHAHA

    • Khary Anderson

      How do you use it?

      • remister

        I have it on my Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. So when I at work, I have both devices and I tend to be out of my cubicle. I generally have Nexus 7 in my hands. When I come back at my cublcle, someone is messing with my phone. I launch Spotify on my Nexus 7 tab and Spotify connect it to the Nexus 5, so I can use I can control the music and volume. It is great!

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    Too bad they couldn't just support chromecast.

    • sssgadget

      Wild guess but Spotify Partners paid $$$ to be exclusive.

  • Matt

    I'd like they allow stream to Chromecast :'(

    • remister

      Hopefully with the next Spotify Android update it will support it. The Chromecast was just released, so give them a chance to not mess up anything good that they have going.

      • Matt

        Yeah, I agree with you. I already have a Spotify Premium account and I'm using modipy (via Pi MusicBox) to play my spotify music on my RaspberryPi with a decent sound (320kpbs).. :-) Supporting chromecast would just be a bonus :-)

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      • Per

        The next update? Bah! When the SDK was released they immediately said that they refuse to support Chromecast.

        • remister

          That some sad news to hear from the Community Manager of the Spotify Forums.

    • Eric

      Stop wishing.. It won't happen, not soon. They've already said about that.

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  • Brandon Miller

    Maybe I'm in the minority with this, but I don't quite see myself ever using something like this. It's neat, but little more for me.

    • CoreRooted

      I did a setup like this in my backyard with an old tablet and a set of speakers. I was using Subsonic though, but same concept [basically]. I could stream music to the setup over WiFi to the tablet and it worked pretty well.

  • mark

    Can someone name the steps needed to do this?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It just shows up for me. Wife and I are logged into the same accounts on our phones.

      • mark

        I have two android devices updated to the latest app update and still can't see the connect icon (both on same account)

        • Suman Gandham

          Same here (Nexus 7 tab and RAZR HD).

  • frafri

    is it possible on the web player??

  • Attila Wiszmeg

    I actually didn't know this. Gotta try it when I get home.
    Currently streaming from an iPad 2 via AirPlay to a Nexus 4 to my stereo.
    Tnx for the tip!

    Am also hoping for chromecast support soon but with Spotify it will probably be later rather then sooner.

  • Simon_K

    Hate this feature. Everytime I listen to music on spotify my partners music starts streaming to me so I cant listen. :(

  • frafri

    How does this work? :P

  • Ed Chen
  • SpotifyUser

    If you like the idea of Spotify Multiroom with Connect vote for it in the Spotify Community and give it some Kudos!

    http://community.spotify.com/t5/Spotify-Ideas/Spotify-Connect-Multiple-Speakers-Devices/idi-p/614088