No matter which Amazon Echo model you have in another room, you probably won't be able to hear it. Many do not know, however, that you can connect your Echo device to a Bluetooth speaker as well, giving you all the same control but with potentially better sound, particularly in the case of an Echo Dot. We'll be showing you how to do both in this blog.
If you're set-up, this will mean that you cannot only use Spotify with Alexa and Apple Music but also play music on your phone via a web browser or streaming service even those which are not supported.
Every Amazon Echo family’s product, whether it is Amazon Echo or Amazon Fire-stick, is supported by Bluetooth.
Even if you set aside all that the Amazon Echo is still a fantastic speaker. It's not going to wow picky audiophiles, but most casual listening should be appropriate. That said, you might need more firepower if you're having guests over or want music to fill the room a little better.
Previously, with the smaller and more accessible Echo Dot, the only official way of using Alexa with more serious speakers was. Bluetooth on the original Echo was limited to playing music via it via another computer. However, with a recent update, you can now connect the Echo with a Bluetooth speaker, enabling music, news and podcasts to be broadcast via your home entertainment system.
You will, of course, need a speaker that has Bluetooth capabilities first. The built-in wireless standard comes with several modern soundbars. However, with a Bluetooth receiver, you can add it for around $20 or £15 if your soundbar or surround sound is not Bluetooth-enabled.
The sound quality of some Alexa smart speakers, even with changes in the third generation, leaves much to be desired. The good news, however, is that you can combine the two for those who have a beefy Bluetooth speaker to hand. That means that from Alexa, you get the full voice control experience, but block-rocking beats from your current set-up.
As you can still use the 3.5 mm jack to attach your Echo to external systems, it implies a life without wires and allows for a much neater set-up. Also, you can purchase Bluetooth adapters that can fill the gap if you have an older analog device.
Make Sure You Do The Following Before You Attach Your Echo System To The Bluetooth Speakers:
- Place your speakers with Echo and Bluetooth at least 3 feet apart.
- Don't forget to turn on the pairing mode of the Bluetooth speakers.
- Disconnect your Bluetooth system with which you want Alexa to be paired. It might not be possible for your device to recognize a device that is already connected to another device.
Steps To Connect The Amazon Echo With A Bluetooth-Enabled Speaker:
- Power it on and bring it into pairing mode on the speaker.
- Go to alexa.amazon.com on your web browser, or go to iOS or Android to open the Amazon Alexa app.
- Select Settings from the left-hand menu.
- Choose the Alexa system you want to connect with the speaker under Devices.
- Select the Bluetooth option.
- Tap A New Gadget to Pair.
- Under Available Speakers, wait for and pick your Bluetooth speaker to appear.
- The audio will play via the paired speaker instead of the Echo when you begin streaming music or cue up Alexa with a question or order.
- Just power it off or return to the Bluetooth set up to disconnect the Bluetooth speaker in the Alexa app for that particular Amazon Echo.
- Alongside the attached speaker, press the downward arrow and pick Disconnect. If the audio stops playing through the paired speaker at any point, go back to the Bluetooth settings in the Alexa app and tap the speaker to reconnect it manually.
- Make sure you have the input set to Bluetooth (or Aux if you are using a Bluetooth receiver) if you're using a soundbar.
- Tap the downward arrow next to the paired speaker to extend the options, pick Forget Device, and perform the pairing process again if the speaker fails to reconnect to Alexa.
- Over Bluetooth, connect your phone to the Echo and Alexa.
If you don't want to talk to Alexa to listen to music through your Echo smart speaker or Alexa-compatible speaker, you can simply connect through Bluetooth and manually control tunes via your phone’s app. The steps to do it are -
Start With Your Smartphone Or Tablet With Ios Or Android.
- Go to the Settings screen and open the Bluetooth configuration screen to make sure the Bluetooth is switched on and the unit is in your Amazon Echo’s vicinity.
- Say "Pair, Alexa." This will see Alexa enter pairing mode and check for Bluetooth-enabled devices in the vicinity.
- If you're combining the two for the first time, search for the echo speaker in the list of new devices (usually found at the bottom of your iOS or Android device's Bluetooth settings menu).
- The Echo system will appear in the Bluetooth connections list on a phone or tablet once the two have formed a connexion. This allows you to manually connect to the settings menu via Bluetooth-or, instead, to reinstate the link, you can say “Alexa, pair [device name].
- Say, "Alexa, disconnect from Bluetooth" to disconnect your mobile device from Amazon Echo.
Tip-You can pair your phone with Echo Display or Spot using the Settings button on the touchscreen.
Can Alexa Be Used As A Bluetooth Speaker?
If you wonder if Alexa devices can be used as Bluetooth speakers on their own, the answer is yes. This is how Alexa can be used as a Bluetooth speaker:
Make sure your device or cell phone has Bluetooth enabled.
Tell, 'Alexa, turn Bluetooth on.' This command turns the pairing mode on.
Go to the settings on your device or smartphone and launch Bluetooth. Pick it when you see Alexa under the pair-able appliances. If a good pairing has been made, Alexa will let you know.
You can start using it as a wireless speaker once your Alexa is successfully paired with your computer or phone via Bluetooth.