How to use Bluetooth to connect Amazon Echo to phones or speakers

Turn the Echo into a Bluetooth speaker or outsource it to a better one

Connect to Amazon Echo over Bluetooth

The Amazon Echo isn't just able to connect over Wi-Fi - it's a very capable Bluetooth device, too.

By connecting an Echo speaker to Bluetooth, you're able to control music playback manually from your phone or tablet. However, many 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. In this guide, we'll be showing you how to do both.

Read this: What Alexa is and what it can do

Once you're set, it will mean you're able to not only take advantage of the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, but also music playing on your phone through a web browser or a non-supported streaming service.

One last thing before diving in below - you might be wondering, "Does my Echo device have Bluetooth?" The answer to that is yes - every device in the Amazon Echo family supports Bluetooth.

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".

How to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker

The sound quality from some Alexa 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.

Read next: Top Alexa commands for beginners

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 that can bridge the gap.

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 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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