Amazon Echo and can be useful nerve centers for your home, connecting your and orchestrating them with or . But getting Alexa to cooperate with your , Bluetooth and other networks or devices can be a hassle — especially when it involves on your smart speaker.
I’ve set up dozens if not hundreds of smart devices over the years, and a clear set of directions makes a huge difference. So here’s how to connect Alexa to, well, just about anything.
How to connect Alexa to Wi-Fi
Yourand should automatically walk you through connecting to the Wi-Fi as soon as you boot them up the first time, but if you lost the directions or need to reconnect a device, here’s how.
Open the Alexa app, tap Devices on the bottom-right of the screen, then Echo & Alexa on the top right. Select which device you want to connect to Wi-Fi, then hit Status to see which Wi-Fi network your device is currently connected to. Select the blue Change button beside the Wi-Fi Network.
Next, press and hold the action button (the button with the dot in the center) on your device. The light on your device should turn orange and start spinning. This step puts your device in setup mode — your device should even say, “Now in setup mode. Follow the instructions in your Alexa app.” Hit Continue.
Select your Alexa device from the list and then select your Wi-Fi network. Finally, enter your Wi-Fi password and tap Connect.
How to connect Alexa to Wi-Fi without the app
To connect Alexa to Wi-Fi without the app, start by going to alexa.amazon.com and signing into your account. Click Settings > Set Up a New Device. Select the Alexa device you want to connect to Wi-Fi from the list. Tap Continue.
Next, you’ll need to put your device in pairing mode. Start this process by plugging your device into a power outlet. Wait for the blue light to turn orange (it should take about a minute) and then click Continue.
Now, you need to connect to its network. Go to the Wi-Fi settings on your computer or phone and select the network with the format Amazon-XXX. Go back to the Alexa Amazon webpage and you should see a window that says “Your computer is connected” to your Alexa device (great, you’re almost done!). Tap Continue. Finally, select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect Alexa to and enter your Wi-Fi password.
Your Alexa device should now be connected. If you’re unsure if the set up has worked, you can check by asking Alexa a question.
How to connect Alexa to Bluetooth
OK, maybe you want to connect your phone to your smart speaker to just, you know, use it as a speaker. Doing so the first time is pretty similar to connecting to Wi-Fi, but it gets easier.
Before connecting any devices, you first need to ensure your phone’s Bluetooth is enabled. To check, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Toggle Bluetooth to on. Now, let’s talk about connecting to another device.
First, open the Alexa app, tap Devices, then Echo & Alexa. Select the device you want to use, then tap Bluetooth Devices. Tap Pair A New Device. The Echo will search for devices to pair with and once you see the list of available devices, tap the one you want to use. Once paired, you’ll be able to cast the music or podcasts of your choice directly to the smart speaker or display simply by activating Bluetooth on your phone.
Now that your Bluetooth is on and connected, you can use your voice commands to connect in the future. Simply say, “Alexa, connect to (your device)” to connect or “Alexa, disconnect from (your device)” to disconnect.
(If you want to connect your Echo to other speakers, you can also do that by scrolling down on the device screen, past Bluetooth Devices and Wi-Fi Network, to Speaker and Stereo Pair/Subwoofer, which allows you to further customize your sound system.)
How to connect Alexa to other smart devices
If you get a new connected smart home gadget, Alexa can likely talk to it, too. As long as the device is Alexa-compatible, just head to the Alexa app., , or pretty much any other
Once the app is open, tap Devices, then tap the little More button in the upper right hand corner of the app. A menu will slide up from the bottom of the screen, and you’ll be able to add devices by tapping — you guessed it — Add Device. From here, select the smart home device you want to add (the app provides an extensive list) and follow the specific, on-screen directions for your new gadget.
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