​How to connect your Amazon Echo via Bluetooth

Supercharge your speaker by connecting your phone or external speakers

Connect your Amazon Echo via Bluetooth

Your Amazon Echo speaker has the power to hook up to Bluetooth devices to make for a better music experience – but few people realise you can also connect Alexa to Bluetooth speakers, as well as hooking up your phone as a music source.

It makes your Amazon Echo speaker especially powerful, firstly enabling you to use music services like Apple Music – albeit without voice control – and also boost the audio prowess of basic, budget devices like the Amazon Echo Dot. Here’s how to get started:

How to connect your phone to make Alexa a Bluetooth speaker

  1. Start with your smartphone or tablet. Ensure it’s in Bluetooth pairing mode and in range.
  2. Say “Alexa, pair”
  3. If this is the first time you’re pairing, look for your Echo in the new devices list.
  4. To disconnect your mobile device from Amazon Echo, say, "Alexa, disconnect".
  5. In the future, just say “Alexa, pair [device name]” to reinstate the connection.

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How to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker for better sound

The sound quality from some Alexa speakers leaves a lot to be desired, but the good news is that if you’ve got 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 analogue system, you can buy Bluetooth adapters which can also bridge the gap.

To pair a Bluetooth-enabled speaker with the Amazon Echo:

  1. Power on your external Bluetooth speaker and start pairing.
  2. Head to the Alexa app (you can also use the alexa.amazon.com web app)
  3. Go to Settings in the left menu.
  4. Choose Devices, and select the Alexa device you want to pair
  5. Tap Bluetooth
  6. Choose Pair a New Device.
  7. You should now see your external device listed. Tap to pair.

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