Asking Alexa to play a podcast sounds like a simple request. But with podcasts appearing on a wide range of services, plus international distribution agreements, it isn't quite as simple as it sounds.
In fact, for the past year only Alexa smart speaker owners in the US have been able to ask the Amazon assistant to play a podcast from Spotify. This week, however, Amazon and Spotify extended this feature to 11 more countries.
The feature is now available in the US, as well as the following countries:
But before asking Alexa to play the next episode of your favorite podcast, you need to quickly set things up. To do this, follow the instructions:
How to listen to Spotify podcasts with Alexa
Open the Alexa smartphone app
Tap on the More button in the lower-right corner
Tap on Settings then Music & Podcasts
Tap on the Link New Service button if Spotify isn't already listed below
Follow the instructions to link your Spotify account with Alexa
Once everything is set up, you can ask for a podcast just as you would ask for a song or album Just say: "Alexa, play the [podcast name] podcast on Spotify, and the voice assistant will play the most recent episode.