Tesla’s phenomenal infotainment system is one of the most advanced on the market. They were one of the first car manufacturers to integrate Spotify into their cars. But what’s the best way to control music in your Tesla with Spotify?
The best way to control music in your Tesla is through the built-in Spotify app. Since Spotify is now integrated, it supports all features you expect, like voice commands and playing specific songs. TuneIn is a great alternative to Spotify. YouTube Music and Apple Music only work via Bluetooth.
This article will explain how to use Spotify in your Tesla and fix a few potential problems you may encounter. I’ll also touch on the current issues with Apple Music and compare a few different methods of streaming music in your Tesla.
Log in to your Spotify account through the touchscreen.
You can now use Spotify in your Tesla.
There is a new music feature where you can double tap the music icon and it will move all the way up from a single bar. This is a new interface and is better than it was before. Single tap will move one level at a time and double tap will move two levels at a time.
You can do most things through the Tesla Spotify app that you’d do through the phone. But you can’t create new playlists.
So, if you add up the costs of Spotify Premium and Tesla Premium Connectivity, that’s $19.98/month, plus applicable taxes.
That’s a hefty price tag just to stream music in your car. And if you prefer Apple Music or something else in the first place, it’s probably not worth it.
So, what’s the alternative?
Using Spotify in Your Tesla Without Premium
When you look up “How to use Spotify in Tesla without Premium,” you’ll come across a few Spotify music converter programs.
However, at best, these programs hardly work, and while they’re marketed as free, they often charge you to download the music.
Plus, it’s illegal if you download copyrighted music in any way, shape, or form.
So, the only option that remains is to stream music via Bluetooth from your phone’s Spotify app to your Tesla.
You can use Spotify on your phone as you usually would. Your Tesla merely behaves as a car-shaped Bluetooth speaker.
You can use any other music service too on the Tesla via your phone’s Bluetooth. More on that later.
There are a couple of caveats to this method, though.
For starters, if you don’t have an unlimited data plan, Spotify will make you hit your data cap in just a few hours. This means that playing music with Premium Connectivity and Spotify Premium might actually be cheaper in the long run.
Furthermore, the audio bitrate will be significantly lower. That means you get worse sound quality. It’s limited to 128 kbit/s, which is half of what Spotify Premium offers.
Is There Spotify in Tesla?
There is a built-in Spotify app in all Teslas. The Spotify app allows you to stream your music library directly through the vehicle without using your phone. However, you must have Spotify Premium for Spotify to work in your Tesla. Additionally, you can’t edit playlists through the built-in app.
Spotify was added to Teslas in 2019 with the 10.0 update. Since then, playing music from Spotify in Teslas has largely been a fuss-free experience.
You can log in to your Spotify account through Tesla’s touchscreen, and it will load up like on any other device.
You can then use voice commands, the steering wheel buttons, or the touchscreen to change tracks and play different playlists or songs.
How Do I Listen to Music on Tesla?
You can listen to music on your Tesla by tapping on the Music icon on the bottom of the screen. You can then pick several options, such as Phone audio, Spotify, TuneIn, Caraoke, and more.
There’s no “best” option to listen to music on your Tesla. Spotify may be the most convenient, but it requires a Spotify Premium account with an active subscription.
An alternative is to listen to podcasts and live radio from TuneIn for free. But this means that you’re left at the mercy of the radio’s DJ.
Another popular method is to stream music via Bluetooth from your phone to the car. Once it’s connected, play music on your phone. It’ll stream to the car.
Do this by holding the brake pedal, the scroll wheels, and the buttons on the steering wheel until the screen turns off and back on.
Tesla Spotify Tips and Tricks
A notable feature missing on Spotify in the Tesla is the Like button (The heart-shaped button next to each song).
Liking a song allows Spotify’s algorithm to create custom playlists like Discover Weekly that are more tailored to your taste.
Tesla Canuck explains a workaround in this YouTube video:
Since you can’t create and customize playlists through your Tesla, do it on your phone instead. This is crucial if you have a long trip ahead of you.
I suggest that you create a couple of playlists and always keep them fresh. You’ll always have something to listen to in your Tesla.
Also, you should use voice commands to control your music instead of browsing through the touchscreen. It’s much safer and easier when driving.
You can tell Tesla to open Spotify, play a certain song, or search for an album, and more.
Does Spotify Free Work in Tesla?
Spotify Free doesn’t work in Tesla. The only way to play music through the built-in Spotify app is by having a Spotify Premium subscription. An alternative would be to stream Spotify from your phone to the Tesla via Bluetooth.
Do You Need Spotify Premium for Tesla?
You need Spotify Premium for Tesla for the built-in app to work. The app doesn’t support free accounts for now. You could also connect your phone to the Tesla through Bluetooth and then play Spotify from your phone. The audio will be shared with the car.
How Do I Log Into the Tesla Spotify App?
You can log into the Tesla Spotify app by pressing the Music button on the bottom of the Tesla’s touchscreen. You can then type in your account name or email and password to log in. To log out, open a playlist and scroll down to the bottom. You can then select the Sign out button.
How To Add Spotify Playlist to Default Tesla Account
Tesla doesn’t allow you to create new Spotify playlists on the touchscreen. Instead, you’ll have to use your PC, smartphone, or tablet.
A workaround is that you can play any public playlist on Spotify. It doesn’t matter what account you’re using on the Tesla – it’ll work regardless.
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