If you own multiple Alexa speakers, you can create a Sonos-style multi-room audio system, which enables you to sync the same music across multiple Echo devices. That could mean seamlessly listening to music as you move throughout your home, or filling large rooms with multiple speakers working in tandem.
Multi-room audio systems have been big business in tech for the last few years, in no small part thanks to the success of Sonos. While Amazon’s Echo range of speakers can’t match Sonos for sound quality, the Alexa voice assistant has at least learned the art of playing music, in time, across devices on your network.
Which Echo speakers support multi-room?
When the feature launched back in 2017 it was only supported by a handful of the Amazon Echo range, but that has increased over the following months. Now every Echo speaker is capable of getting hooked up.
- Amazon Echo
- Amazon Echo Dot
- Echo Show
- Echo Plus
- Echo Spot
You’ll notice that the Sonos One, which rocks Alexa, isn’t listed here. In fact, at present only speakers that have rolled off Amazon’s own production lines get multi-room audio support. That also applies to the Amazon Tap.
What music sources can you play?
Music support is pretty ubiquitous, if you’re already aware of Amazon’s list of supported services. You can take advantage of muti-room via Amazon Music, Prime Music Spotify, Pandora and Sirius XM. In addition, TuneIn and iHeartRadio will play radio stations using muti-room, if you prefer.
How to set-up your multi-room
- First stop is the Alexa app – open and select Smart Home
- Tap Groups and then Create Groups
- You now have two options. Choose Multi-Room Music Group.
- Give your group a name – or you can choose from the pre-set ones. Keep it natural though, as you’ll need to use this name later.
- Select Echo devices on your network and then choose Create Group. It will take a couple of minutes to set up.
Alexa muti-room commands
Once you’ve followed these steps, it’s party time. Just say "Alexa, Play [music] on [group name]," to start playing across your selected devices. To stop, you can say “Alexa, stop playing music on [group name]”.
Also, if you’re using music services that aren’t default, don’t forget you’ll also need to add the source AND the group. For example, "Alexa, play rock music on Amazon Music downstairs."
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- How to view security camera footage on your Amazon Echo devices
- How to set up and use Alexa Drop In and Calling on your Amazon Echo
- Alexa and Spotify guide: How to connect and use with your Amazon Echo
- Alexa Brief Mode explained: How to turn it on and how it works
- How to control Sonos with Alexa
- How to play podcasts with Alexa on your Amazon Echo
- How to control Amazon Fire TV using your Echo speaker
- How to use Alexa to control your lights and devices
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