​How to set up multi-room audio on your Amazon Echo speakers

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Guide to Alexa multi-room audio

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, or Apple's AirPlay 2 for versatility, 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 (1st and 2nd generation)
  • Amazon Echo Dot (1st and 2nd generation)
  • 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 set up multi-room audio via your Amazon Echo speakers

How to set-up your multi-room

  1. First stop is the Alexa app – open and select Smart Home
  2. Tap Groups and then Create Groups
  3. You now have two options. Choose Multi-Room Music Group.
  4. 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.
  5. 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."

Amazon Echo stereo speakers

Unfortunately - unlike pairs of HomePods or Sonos speakers - there's no dedicated stereo pairing for a duo of Echo speakers.

You can get two Echos to perfectly match each other in terms of playing songs perfectly in sync - but you cannot get a dedicated left and right stereo speaker setup with Amazon's smart speakers.


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