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Hey Cortana on Microsoft Launcher


Hey Cortana on Microsoft Launcher

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My Question or Issue

I use the Hey Cortana feature on Microsoft Launcher as my voice assistant on Android and it works with all my other smart devices fine accept Spotify. When I give it a command to play "Maroon 5" on Spotify for example it will open the app but not play any music. I do the exact same command with Google Assistant and it works beautifully. I prefer the Microsoft Launcher version of Cortana though. Has anyone else had this issue with Cortana?


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Re: Hey Cortana on Microsoft Launcher


Hey @thjco.


Thanks for reaching out to us about this 🙂


Out of interest, do you have the option to choose between setting Cortana as your default as opposed to Cortana via Microsoft Launcher, and if so, does it make any difference if you use Cortana directly for voice commands on Spotify?


Also, if you could let us know the exact Spotify version you're running as well as your Android version, that would be great 🙂


Thanks! We'll be looking out for your reply.

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Re: Hey Cortana on Microsoft Launcher

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Thanks for thr response, I am running Spotify version I can change from Microsoft Launcher over to the Cortana app on android and the commands will work. However when I use the Cortana app vice Cortana on Microsoft Launcher I lose the Hey Cortana function. I would like to be able to use the Hey Cortana function on Microsoft Launcher to give me a hands free experience. Hope that explins things better. 

Re: Hey Cortana on Microsoft Launcher

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Hey @thjco.


Thanks for getting back to us.


Here's which devices are supported: Xbox One, Harmon/Kardon Invoke speaker, and Windows Insider.


Before you can use Cortana, you'll need to set Cortana up with Spotify. Here's how:


  1. Sign into the Cortana app and select Spotify as your preferred music provider. You’re directed to the Spotify login page.
  2. Enter your login details. You’re directed to connect Cortana to your Spotify account.
  3. Tap OKAY.
  4. In the Cortana app, use voice command (Hey Cortana, play David Bowie!) to play Spotify.

Hope this helps. For more information, go to the Cortana help page. If you have further questions for us. Please let us know.


Have a nice day.

Re: Hey Cortana on Microsoft Launcher


I have the same problem and that fix dosen't work. 


I relinked Cortana to Spotify and still it just opens spotify but won't play the requested song...won't even go to the right page, Just opens Spotify where it was last time I played something manually. 


Cortana states she's now playing the requested song, but no go. 


I've filed a bug with Microsoft, never heard back. 


If this continues I'm canceling my premium subscription and moving one to something that works.