Smart speakers unlock a new way for users to interact with a media device and open the door to true smart home automation. It becomes an integral part of your daily life after a while. With so many features, such smart devices offer incredible flexibility and carve the path to endless possibilities.
If you have decided to invest in a smart home ecosystem, the first thing you need is a smart speaker – presumably, an Amazon Echo device due to its features and AI capabilities. Chances are you already own one, which is why you are here.
The following guide has everything you need to know to get your Amazon Echo Dot or Echo Plus up and running.
Setting up Echo with Amazon Alexa
Amazon’s Alexa is one of the most popular digital assistants for smart speakers. It gives Echo speakers the ability to learn and adapt to pretty much everything about you and your connected home. To get the most out of your Echo Dot or Echo Plus, you need to set it up with Alexa first.
For that, you will have to install the Amazon Alexa app on your Android or iOS device. You can get it from either the Play Store or the App Store, depending on what device you use. While the app is downloading, plug in the power adapter to your Echo speaker and connect it to a nearby wall outlet. Once the Amazon Alexa app is installed, you can launch it and start with the setup process.
When you see an orange ring on top of the Echo speaker, it means that it’s ready to connect to a Wi-Fi network. You can then follow the steps below to set up your Echo speaker.
- First, launch the Amazon Alexa app on your device if you haven’t already.
- Next, enter the required credentials and SIGN IN to your Amazon account.
- Once you are logged into the Amazon Alexa app, tap the action icon (three horizontal lines) on the upper-left side. It should open up the sidebar.
- Now tap the Add Device option, followed by choosing Amazon Echo from the list of smart devices.
- After that, choose the Echo speaker you own, then select the generation of the device.
- Enable Bluetooth from the notification shade or Control Center to allow your device to scan for nearby Echo speakers.
- Select your Echo speaker from the results once again and wait for the app to establish a connection.
- You will be now asked to connect your Echo speaker to a Wi-Fi network. Tap Continue once you do it.
- In case you wish to use your Echo with an external speaker, you get the option on the following screen. Since you can change it later, proceed with Use Echo Built-in Speaker for now.
- Now assign a location to your Echo speaker (e.g., Dining Room, Living Room, Master Bedroom) and hit Continue.
While you can skip this step, it will come in handy later when you set up multiple Echo speakers in your house.
- Finally, watch the short video to learn about the Amazon Echo platform, then tap Next to finish the setup process.
That’s it! This is how you set up an Amazon Echo speaker. We will talk more about setting up other Alexa-compatible smart devices later in this guide.
Linking accounts to your Echo
After you manage to successfully set up your Amazon Echo, there are a few more things left to do. If you use Prime Music, then your Echo already has access to it – assuming you are using the same Amazon account. If you use some other service for listening to music, you can link it to your Echo as well. Here’s how:
- Open the sidebar in the Amazon Alexa app and tap Settings.
- Now scroll down to the Alexa Preferences row and tap Music.
- Select the music streaming service you wish to link to your Echo device. You will be prompted to log in to your respective account.
From the Alexa Preferences row, you can also select your news sources for Flash Briefing, where your Echo speaker will read you the breaking news of the day.
You can also add your Google, Microsoft, or iCloud account to give the Echo access to your Calendar. Alexa can remind you of your daily agenda, along with weather and traffic information to help you prepare.
Connecting your Echo to other smart devices
Once you start investing more into smart home appliances, you can use your Echo speaker to control them individually, whether it’s the lights or your thermostat. When purchasing such appliances, make sure that they are certified to work with Alexa.
Using your Echo to control other smart devices in your house is straightforward. All you have to do is link them from the Amazon Alexa app the same way you added your Echo speaker. Simply tap Add Device in the app’s sidebar, select the device you wish to link, and then choose the brand.
In case you are wondering, Amazon is actively working with hundreds of smart home device manufacturers to ensure Alexa support, so compatibility is the least of your worries.
We hope this guide has helped you set up your Amazon Echo speaker. To add more functionality to your Echo, you can check out the Skill & Games section in the Amazon Alexa app.
Skills are like standalone cloud-based apps for Echo devices, giving you access to thousands of extra features. If you want to learn more about the stuff you can ask Alexa about, consider checking out the Things to Try section as well.