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How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

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How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

Amazon’s Echo smart speakers aren’t just able to connect over Wi-Fi – they are also Bluetooth compatible too.

By connecting an Echo speaker via Bluetooth, you’re able to control music playback manually from your phone or tablet.

However, many people don’t realize you can also connect your Echo device to another Bluetooth speaker, giving you all the same control but with potentially better sound from a higher-end speaker – that’s especially in the case with an Echo Dot.

In this guide, we’ll be showing you how to do both.

Once you’re set, it will mean you’re able to not only use Spotify with Alexa, as well as Apple Music, but also music playing on your phone through a web browser or a non-supported streaming service.

If you’re wondering if your Echo has Bluetooth the answer to that is yes – every device in the Amazon Echo family supports Bluetooth, from the cheapest Echo Dot to the brand new Amazon Echo Show 10.

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How to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker

The sound quality from some Alexa smart speakers leaves a lot to be desired, even with improvements in the third generation. However, the good news is that for those with a beefy Bluetooth speaker to hand, you can combine the two.

That means you get the full voice control experience from Alexa, but block-rocking beats from your existing set-up.

It means a life without wires – as you can always use the 3.5mm jack to connect your Echo to external systems – and makes for a much neater set-up. Also, if you have an older analog system, you can buy Bluetooth adapters that can bridge the gap.

How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

Pair a Bluetooth-enabled speaker with the Amazon Echo

1. Power on your external Bluetooth speaker enable pairing mode.

2. Head to the Alexa app (you can also use the alexa.amazon.com web app).

3. Go to Settings, after tapping More in the bottom bar.

4. Choose Device Settings, and select the Alexa device you want to pair.

6. Choose Pair a New Device.

7. You should now see your external device listed. Tap to pair.

Connect your phone to Echo and Alexa over Bluetooth

If you don’t want to have to talk to Alexa to hear music through your Echo smart speaker or Alexa-compatible speaker, there’s the option to simply connect over Bluetooth and handle tunes through your phone’s app manually.

1. Start with your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

2. Go to the Settings menu and open the Bluetooth settings menu – ensure Bluetooth is turned on and the device is in the vicinity of your Amazon Echo.

3. Say, “Alexa, pair”. Doing so will see Alexa enter pairing mode and search for nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices.

4. If this is the first time you’re pairing the two, look for the Echo speaker in the new devices list (usually located at the bottom of the Bluetooth settings menu of your iOS or Android device).

5. Once the two have established a connection, the Echo device will appear in the Bluetooth connections list on a phone or tablet. This allows you to manually connect over Bluetooth in the settings menu – or, alternatively, you can say, “Alexa, pair [device name]” to reinstate the connection.

6. To disconnect your mobile device from Amazon Echo, say, “Alexa, disconnect from Bluetooth”.

Tip – with an Echo Show or Spot, you can pair to your phone using the Settings from the touchscreen.

How to remove paired Bluetooth devices from your Echo

How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

Remove Paired Bluetooth Devices from Your Echo Device

If you want to delete the Bluetooth pairing, do the following:

1. Open the Alexa app.

3. Choose Echo & Alexa and tap the device you want the connection removed from.

4. Select Bluetooth Devices.

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Can you use Alexa without an internet connection?

Simply put, no, Alexa devices will not work without a WiFi connection and cannot be localised as they need a constant connection to the Amazon servers.

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This is because of the way the devices work when you send commands to them.

Believe it or not, the commands aren’t stored on the devices themselves, they will record your voice clips and keep them as temporary files which then use a tool to translate and convert the voice into text which the server then uses as a command to compare and send data back.

Think of it as a messenger in war, a soldier tells the messenger what to say in French and the messenger tells the recipient what it was in English, who will then send a reply back.

Can I connect the Alexa Echo to a hotspot?

Yes, you simply need to enable the hotspot on your mobile device prior and then reconnect the Alexa via the Amazon Alexa App:

  1. Open the Alexa App .
  2. Select Devices .
  3. Select Echo & Alexa.
  4. Select your device.
  5. Select Change next to Wi-Fi Network and follow the instructions in the app. Make sure to select the right network.

How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

Can I still use the Alexa device as a Bluetooth speaker?

Yes and No, you can, however, it needs setting up prior with a WiFi connection. Once you have set this up, the device can be used in the future without a WiFi connection to play the latest Gorillaz album 😉

Here are the steps to using the device as a Bluetooth speaker:

  • Open the Alexa application on your smartphone, select menu, and choose “Settings“.
  • Select the device you would like to pair.
  • Select Bluetooth.
  • Select a device from the list
  • Select “Forget”
  • Repeat this step for all other Bluetooth devices on the list.

If you’re looking for a decent Bluetooth speaker at a decent price, we recommend the Anker SoundCore mini. Boasting over 25,000 positive reviews.

If you’re looking for more information on making your Alexa device a bluetooth speaker, check out this HowToGeek guide which breaks this down in more detail.

Will Alexa Alarms work without WiFi?

Yes, whilst a massive amount of Alexa’s functionality is gone when your internet isn’t working (Thanks PlusNet!), Alexa alarms do still work without a WiFi connection, which seems great. But you can’t then tell Alexa to turn off the alarm as it cannot relay to the Amazon server.

This is because the Alarm system itself is set in the Alexa device itself, hopefully, we will see more features like this in the future!

Just to help with this, if the night before your partner is asleep and you want to avoid waking your partner with the alarm, you can walk up to your Alexa unit and whisper to it, “Alexa, set volume to one.”

This will result in a small flash but no voice response. Now ask Alexa to set the Alarm at the time you need by whispering to it and you’ll get a VERY quiet whispering response.

How Does WiFi Work?

How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

Wi-Fi is a group of IEEE 702.11 wireless devices that are used to communicate from a local environment to the global one, essentially sending data to and from your location to other locations. Wi-Fi Stands for “Wireless fidelity” and is another way of saying WLAN (Wireless local area network).

Wi-Fi uses radio frequencies to send signals back and forth to other wireless devices, Wi-Fi uses Gigahertz frequencies rather than the traditional non-wifi radio which uses Kilohertz and Megahertz.

One Hertz (Hz), is one cycle per second, so calculating that, one GHz is the same as one billion cycles.

How much bandwidth does Alexa use?

This is a rather broad query as it depends on how many skills you have installed, how often it updates, how often you have automated schedules run, and stream music etc.

One user on Reddit (redthunda69), explained that when their device was idle it was using around 1Mbps, however, this doesn’t take into consideration day to day use.

“Alexa app is offline”

This is something that plagued a lot of us in 2017 through to 2018, I haven’t seen much of it since, but if this does happen.

  • Unplug the Alexa Echo device and uninstall the app on your mobile.
  • Restart your phone to clear its app cache and then reinstall the app and re-connect your Alexa, it should now connect.

Alternatively, check out this old TechTimes article as it goes into more detail on potential other solutions.

Conclusion

So, the Amazon Alexa devices are great value for the money you send, they’re one of my favourite Smart Home Assistant devices. Regardless of the inability to work properly without WiFi, I do think it’s worth getting the full Echo devices even if you just use them as a budget Bluetooth Speaker.

However, it is 2020, you should be able to hotspot on your phone or borrow the neighbours unsecure connection (Not that I advise this due to security reasons).

What do you think of the Alexa Devices as speakers?

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How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

Do you want to play your music but are still in need of a speaker? Well, if you have an Amazon Echo, you can still jam out.

The Amazon Echo is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker that can perform a variety of functions from answering your questions to listening to podcasts and directing smart home devices. But sometimes you just need a speaker.

The following steps will teach you how to use your Amazon Echo as a Bluetooth speaker allowing you to pair it to your devices such as your iPhone.

How to use your Echo as a speaker:

Go to the settings app on your iPhone and click Bluetooth to make sure your Bluetooth is on. If it is on the oval next to Bluetooth will be green and you will see “My Devices” and “Other Devices” below Bluetooth. To turn Bluetooth on tap the circle in the oval next to Bluetooth. This step may be different depending on what device you are using.

Say “Alexa, pair,” or “Alexa, Bluetooth on,” within hearing distance of your Amazon Echo. This will put yourEcho into pairing mode. A flashing blue light will turn on and the device will appear under “Other Devices” on the Bluetooth menu on your phone.

Tap Echo under “Other Devices” on your iPhone and it will connect.

Once connected, your Echo will function as Bluetooth speaker. To disconnect, say “Alexa, disconnect from my phone.”

Once you pair your phone once it should be easier to use your Echo as a Bluetooth speaker. Whenever you want to connect your phone to your Echo you just need to say “Alexa, connect to my phone.”

Now that you’ve mastered turning Alexa into a speaker, maybe you can try activating Super Alexa mode.

How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

Amazon Echos don’t have the most powerful speakers. But you can synch your Amazon Echo with any Bluetooth speaker to have your music play from both your Amazon Echo and your Bluetooth speaker to add some more volume or spread out sound to multiple rooms in your home.

The Amazon Echo is a speaker and smart home device that houses Alexa, Amazon’s voice-operated virtual assistant. Alexa can do a variety of tasks from reading you the news to reminding you of an appointment and yes, Alexa can play music, even off Spotify. The Echo just isn’t that loud, so it’s helpful to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker for the best listening experience.

Below you will find how to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker.

How to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker:

1. Make your Bluetooth speaker is available to pair.

Hold down the button on your speaker that makes it available to pair. This is likely different depending on your speaker.

2. Open the Alexa app

3. Select “Devices” at the bottom of the app

4. Select “Echo & Alexa” in the upper right hand corner

5. Select the Echo you wish to pair with your Bluetooth speaker from the list

6. Select Bluetooth Devices

7. Tap “Pair A New Device”

8. Select your Bluetooth speaker from the list

To disconnect say “Alexa, disconnect from my speaker.”

Once you have paired your Bluetooth speaker with your Echo to reconnect you just need to say “Alexa, connect to my speaker.”

Now that you’ve mastered connecting Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker, you can try playing a podcast.

How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

Amazon Echos don’t have the most powerful speakers. But you can synch your Amazon Echo with any Bluetooth speaker to have your music play from both your Amazon Echo and your Bluetooth speaker to add some more volume or spread out sound to multiple rooms in your home.

The Amazon Echo is a speaker and smart home device that houses Alexa, Amazon’s voice-operated virtual assistant. Alexa can do a variety of tasks from reading you the news to reminding you of an appointment and yes, Alexa can play music, even off Spotify. The Echo just isn’t that loud, so it’s helpful to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker for the best listening experience.

Below you will find how to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker.

How to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker:

1. Make your Bluetooth speaker is available to pair.

Hold down the button on your speaker that makes it available to pair. This is likely different depending on your speaker.

2. Open the Alexa app

3. Select “Devices” at the bottom of the app

4. Select “Echo & Alexa” in the upper right hand corner

5. Select the Echo you wish to pair with your Bluetooth speaker from the list

6. Select Bluetooth Devices

7. Tap “Pair A New Device”

8. Select your Bluetooth speaker from the list

To disconnect say “Alexa, disconnect from my speaker.”

Once you have paired your Bluetooth speaker with your Echo to reconnect you just need to say “Alexa, connect to my speaker.”

Now that you’ve mastered connecting Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker, you can try playing a podcast.

No matter which Amazon Echo model you have, you probably won’t be able to hear it in another room. If you don’t want to confine your music to one room, here’s how to connect Alexa to Bluetooth speakers or even Bluetooth headphones.

Before you connect your Echo device to Bluetooth speakers, make sure that you do the following:

  • Position your Echo and Bluetooth speakers at least 3 feet apart.
  • Don’t forget to turn on the Bluetooth speakers for pairing mode.
  • Disconnect the Bluetooth device you want to pair Alexa with. Your device might not be able to recognize a device that is already connected to another device.

How to Connect Alexa to Bluetooth

After taking the steps above, here are the steps on how you can connect Alexa to your Bluetooth speakers:

  1. Launch the Alexa app and go to Devices. This is the icon that looks like a house on the bottom right corner of your screen.
  2. From the Devices menu, select the Echo that you want to pair.
  3. Tap Bluetooth Devices in the next menu.
  4. Select Pair a New Device. You will then be shown options of available devices that you can pair. If you don’t know what your device is called in the Bluetooth menu, check the device to see if there is a model number.

In this case, we are pairing to a Bluetooth speaker with the model number CK 207. This number can be found by looking at the bottom of the device.

How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

  • Select your Bluetooth speakers. Congratulations, you can now hear Alexa or listen to music via the Echo dot but blasted through your Bluetooth speaker.
  • How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

    The next time you turn on Alexa, and you find that it’s no longer connect to your Bluetooth speakers, simply say “connect my speaker.” Alexa will automatically pair with the last device connected to your Echo device.

    Can I Use Alexa as a Bluetooth Speaker?

    By their very nature, Amazon Echo devices are speakers that let you interact with Alexa. As we have highlighted above, you can connect certain models to Bluetooth speakers to make them even more powerful.

    But if you are wondering if Alexa devices themselves can be used as Bluetooth speakers, the answer is yes. Here’s how you can use Alexa as Bluetooth speakers:

    1. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on from your computer or mobile phone.
    2. Say, “Alexa, turn on Bluetooth.” This command switches on its pairing mode.
    3. On your computer or smartphone, go to settings and launch Bluetooth. When you see Alexa under the pair-able devices, select it. Alexa will let you know if a successful pairing was made. How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

    Once your Alexa is successfully paired with your computer or phone via Bluetooth, you can start using it as a wireless speaker.

    Don’t like the way Alexa talks to you? Find out how to change Alexa’s voice in our previous article by clicking this link.

    How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

    Amazon Echos don’t have the most powerful speakers. But you can synch your Amazon Echo with any Bluetooth speaker to have your music play from both your Amazon Echo and your Bluetooth speaker to add some more volume or spread out sound to multiple rooms in your home.

    The Amazon Echo is a speaker and smart home device that houses Alexa, Amazon’s voice-operated virtual assistant. Alexa can do a variety of tasks from reading you the news to reminding you of an appointment and yes, Alexa can play music, even off Spotify. The Echo just isn’t that loud, so it’s helpful to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker for the best listening experience.

    Below you will find how to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker.

    How to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker:

    1. Make your Bluetooth speaker is available to pair.

    Hold down the button on your speaker that makes it available to pair. This is likely different depending on your speaker.

    2. Open the Alexa app

    3. Select “Devices” at the bottom of the app

    4. Select “Echo & Alexa” in the upper right hand corner

    5. Select the Echo you wish to pair with your Bluetooth speaker from the list

    6. Select Bluetooth Devices

    7. Tap “Pair A New Device”

    8. Select your Bluetooth speaker from the list

    To disconnect say “Alexa, disconnect from my speaker.”

    Once you have paired your Bluetooth speaker with your Echo to reconnect you just need to say “Alexa, connect to my speaker.”

    Now that you’ve mastered connecting Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker, you can try playing a podcast.

    Multi-Room Music will not work over Bluetooth, so if you have a Bluetooth speaker paired with the Echo Dot, you’ll need to connect the two using the 3.5mm jack.

    However, it will not stream audio books or audio from Alexa skills.

    Can you play Alexa and a Bluetooth speaker at the same time?

    You can connect a Bluetooth speaker to your Echo device while using Multi-Room Music. If the Bluetooth speaker that a customer is using with Multi-Room Music causes an echo or “stadium” effect, the Bluetooth speaker must be resynced. To resync your Bluetooth speaker and Echo device: Select the Devices icon .

    How do I play music through Alexa and speaker?

    Play music across multiple speakers

    To make this possible, first, go to alexa.amazon.com or open the Alexa app on your mobile device, then go to Settings > Multi-Room Music. Once there, create a group including the speakers you want to play music. Then say, “Alexa, play The National on [group name].”

    What Bluetooth speakers work with Alexa?

    Best Bluetooth Speakers To Pair With Amazon Echo Input

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    • Impressive stereo sound: JBL Flip 4.
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    • Wide sound range: Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker.

    Can Alexa work as a Bluetooth speaker without WiFi?

    Using Alexa as a Bluetooth Speaker

    One possible way to utilize Alexa without internet access or a steady Wi-Fi connection is by putting your device to use as a Bluetooth speaker. However, to get started, you must first at least have access to a WiFi connection for the pairing process. Select Bluetooth.

    How do I get Alexa to play music on all devices?

    Steps

    1. Make sure your Alexa devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
    2. Open the Alexa app.
    3. Tap ☰.
    4. Tap Settings.
    5. Tap Multi-Room Music.
    6. Tap Create Group.
    7. Select a group name.
    8. Select the Echo devices you want to add to the group and tap Create Group.

    Can I play music on Alexa and Bluetooth speaker?

    Alexa is a great voice-activated virtual assistant from Amazon, but while the Echo and Echo Plus have respectable built-in speakers, other devices like the ​Echo Dot are more limited. You might prefer to connect an external Bluetooth speaker, especially when streaming music.

    Can you play music through ECHO and Bluetooth speaker?

    For Multi-Room Music to work, you’ll need to have an Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show—Echo Tap and Fire TV aren’t supported, and neither are third-party Alexa speakers. If you have Prime Music, you’ll only be able to play one stream at a time to a group of speakers.

    Can I use Alexa as a speaker for my computer?

    Use Alexa as Your Computer Speaker

    If you have an Echo device and your computer is Bluetooth-enabled, you can pair them and use your Alexa device as a speaker for your computer.

    Amplify Alexa with an external speaker

    How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

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    Alexa is a great voice-activated virtual assistant from Amazon, but while the Echo and Echo Plus have respectable built-in speakers, other devices like the ​Echo Dot are more limited. You might prefer to connect an external Bluetooth speaker, especially when streaming music.

    Check the manufacturer’s website to see if the speaker you want to connect is Alexa-compatible. If so, Alexa could be used through the manufacturer’s app (with a few caveats). If not, you can connect it through an Echo device.

    This guide will walk you through how to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker, depending on what devices you’re using.

    What You Need

    • Amazon Echo, Amazon Fire TV, or a third-party Alexa-compatible device
    • Bluetooth speaker
    • Android device running Android 6.0 or higher, or Apple device running iOS 11.0 or higher

    Ask Alexa

    How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

    Alexa is meant to be a digital assistant controlled by your voice. Before digging through app menus, try asking Alexa to pair with your Bluetooth speaker.

    Use one of the following commands to set your Alexa-powered device to pairing mode. It will respond with “Searching.”

    • Alexa, pair
    • Alexa, Bluetooth

    Now, put your speaker into pairing mode. This is typically done by pressing a physical button on the device called Pair or labeled with a Bluetooth icon.

    If you successfully paired Alexa and the Bluetooth speaker, it will respond with “Now connected to (your device’s name).

    If the device isn’t found, Alexa will respond by reminding you to enable Bluetooth on the device or use the Alexa app to connect a new device.

    Pair Bluetooth Speakers on Echo Devices

    How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

    Download the Amazon Alexa app.

    Download For:

    Sign in to your Amazon account from within the Alexa app.

    Tap Devices from the bottom of the app.

    Choose the plus (+) icon at the top and select Add Device.

    Put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode.

    Tap Bluetooth Speaker from the Alexa app, follow any permission prompts if you see them, and then select the speaker from the list.

    How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

    When successful, you should hear Alexa say “Now connected to (insert device name).

    Pair Fire TV Devices With Bluetooth Speakers

    How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

    Power on your Fire TV device.

    Scroll to Settings in the menu.

    Go to Controllers & Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices > Add Bluetooth Devices.

    Put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode. When connected, you’ll see an on-screen confirmation, and the speaker will be listed as a paired device.

    You can also connect your Echo device to your Fire TV. In this case, only one version of Alexa can be connected to the speaker at a time.

    If you pair the Bluetooth speaker with the Fire TV, you’ll hear and talk to Alexa from your Echo speaker and hear content played through Fire TV on the speaker. Some Alexa tasks will still play through the Echo speaker, while Hulu, Netflix, etc., will play audio through the Bluetooth speaker.

    In this configuration, you can use the Fire TV remote to control Pandora, Spotify, and other music services through the Bluetooth speaker. Voice controls like “Alexa, open Pandora” will still control Alexa on the Echo device, but commands like “Alexa, stop” or “Alexa, play” will control the Fire TV app.

    Otherwise, the Echo Alexa will play from the Bluetooth speaker, while Fire TV content will play through the TV speakers.

    Use Alexa on Compatible Third-Party Devices

    How to use your amazon echo as a bluetooth speaker

    If a third-party Bluetooth speaker (i.e., the Libratone Zipp, Sonos One, Onkyo P3, and most UE speakers) supports Alexa, you can control it with the manufacturer’s app. Be aware, however, that only Amazon Music can be used for these devices. To stream songs from Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music (even with a paid account), you need an Amazon Echo-branded device.

    The exceptions are speakers like the UE Boom 2 and Megaboom, which include a feature called “Say it to Play it.” These speakers access virtual assistance on iOS and Android devices to stream music from various services.

    Sonos in the U.S. supports Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and Deezer, although much of this content isn’t available in the UK or Canada.

    Follow these steps to connect Alexa to your Bluetooth speaker:

    Exact wording and navigation will vary depending on the individual app.

    Download the manufacturer’s app.

    New devices are constantly added, so if yours isn’t listed here, search for the speaker in the Play Store or App Store. These are links to the apps for just a few of the third-party speakers that include built-in Alexa support: