Spotify Custom Tile

Hi, I was trying to set up this tile but the link doesn’t work!!

Which link doesn’t work? I just tried the import link and the authorization link (Glitch) from the first post and they both work for me.

Lots of discussion but can’t really understand the basics of Spotify tile. Someone could clarify for me couple of things.

  1. Being able to search streaming devices from tile, spoitfy application has to be installed to that laptop/tablet?
  2. User has to be logged to that account which “refresh token” was used?
  3. Tile doesn’t update any other streaming devices than device itself…or max one streaming device if it used at the moment in Spotify application?

So I’m not able to get anything else to device list than my laptop and if I manually stream music to one of the google homes in my spotify app, then custom Spotify tile can see that particular streaming devicde.

It’s all done through Spotify’s API, so you don’t need anything installed on the device that’s displaying the dashboard. That being said, the API is pretty limited with what is considers an ‘active’ device that’s available in the API.

I’m not sure exactly what you mean by this, but yes, it’s all based on what the authenticated user has access to. So you’ll want to make sure to use the same Spotify account on your devices as well as when authenticating this Custom Tile.

The tile can control a single ‘device’ at a time, but you can switch which device you are controlling and control other devices. I find the Spotify API a bit odd though – if you open up the Spotify app, it finds all the different devices on your network including Google Cast devices, etc… but the API seems to be more limited. In my experience, most of my devices that show up as ‘Spotify Connect’ in the Spotify app, like my Onkyo AV Receiver, are always available as targets, but the various Google devices in my house don’t show up through the API. :worried:

What type of device(s) were you trying to target?

Well then I got an issue with it. I followed “easy” instructions and can’t get device list in tile if Spotify app isn’t running background. I need to have spotify app open and I have to be logged in with that same account which was used in custom tile authenticating. Otherwise tile doesn’t list any devices.
I just tested this with other pc too and it¨s behaving same way.

When I’m getting that refresh token there is an option to test device list. That does not list anything either.
I have 6 google home’s and couple of chromecasts and it only lists max 2 devices at time depending if I’m streaming with app to that particular device.

Device button doesn’t do anything…and if I click “play” it says:

If I open spotify app to background then I’m able to get device that I’m using at the moment.

My spotify app shows these:

If I start to stream one of those devices in spotify app:

Then I’m able to get that particular device to show up on tile but nothing else:

That’s just the nature of the Spotify API and is what I was linking to in the previous post:

Devices not Appearing on Device List

Connect Web API relies on local network connections to discover and interact with some devices.

For example, when:

  • A new device is added to the network
  • A device is in “sleep” mode
  • A device on the local network is currently tied to another user account, or
  • Other reasons specific to the device

As a result, some devices that appear in the Connect picker within the Spotify application may not always be visible or available on the Connect Web API Endpoints.

Their concept of “sleep” is really limiting. The only devices that I see as always available for me are things like my Onkyo AV Receiver that have the native ‘Spotify Connect’ integration. All my Google devices, my desktop, and things like PS5 only show up if they very recently played something.

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, if your hub has a Google Cast integration, you might be able to use that as a starting point?

My plan was to create spotify tile which would allow me to choose what music to play and with what google home or chromecast device. I guess that will not happen because of all the examples listed.

Hi James, I wonder if you can help create a customer tile like this for Sonos from smartthings or Hubitat. Can you please let us know?

Hi @rog889! Have you seen the Create a Jukebox thread James put together?

You can put together some cool jukebox style dashboards with the Sonos integration for SmartThings or Hubitat:

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I’m assuming you have to have a device such as Sonos to run this and we can’t just use the app without owning a device?

Hi, I did all the procedure but I get an error message: “Spotify refresh token is not set”
Of course I have copied and pasted the refresh token provided with the procedure. Any idea of what is wrong? Thanks

Where did you enter the refresh token? You should not modify it within the developer tools… only on the instance of the tile you’ve actually added to your dashboard.

I have put the refresh token when asked after the preview and than I choose the speaker and the playlist and save that. The preview is playing perfectly (the chosen music starts as well!) but when I go to the dashboard and add the custom frame created I get the error. What am I doing wrong?

You have to edit the tile that gets added to the dashboard and add the Refresh Token there.

Thank you Josh, I missed that last part! I will test it in the next coming days but I think it’s working now

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Any update on displaying the tracks in a specific playlist instead of a bunch of playlists?

Hi James, thanks for creating this. This is awesome!

I had this installed last night and it was working wonderfully but today when I tried using it again, the token expired, so I went to get it authorized for a new refresh token. The demo loaded up fine but I cannot select any of my Amazon Echoes, even though they all show up. I get the message “No active device. Please select an available device first.”

One thing I’ve found out is that if I have pre-selected the device on my Spotify app on my PC, I can use the controls in the tile but still get the same device error message as above.

I think you’re running into the limitation of the Spotify API as noted further up in the thread. It’s really neuters the functionality of their Web API compared to their ‘app’ SDKs. :frowning:

Thank you for the reply, Josh.

I have reverted to testing out your other music player with album art with your latest update.



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Is there a way to enable the Lyrics in this music player as a tile? TIA.