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The Amazon Echo is a smart device in more ways than one. Thanks to Alexa, its built-in digital assistant, you can order some takeout, ask for medical advice, or do any of a range of other things 7 Creative Uses for Amazon Echo and Alexa 7 Creative Uses for Amazon Echo and Alexa You’ve seen the ads starring Alec Baldwin, but you're still not sure what Amazon Echo does or whether you need one in your home. We’re about to find out. Read More . However, one thing the Echo hasn’t been able to do is pair with a Bluetooth speaker. Until now.

Amazon currently sells three different Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo, the Dot, and the Tap Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap: What Are the Key Differences? Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap: What Are the Key Differences? One common complaint against Amazon Echo was that it had too many features and cost too much. Amazon's response to that? Releasing two variations with smaller price tags: the Tap and the Echo Dot. Read More . The Echo is the big daddy of them all, and the most expensive. However, previously only the Dot had the ability to pair with a Bluetooth speaker. Now, Amazon has added that feature to the Echo as well.

Pairing Your Echo With a Bluetooth Speaker

It’s not clear when Amazon launched this feature, but there’s now a customer support page detailing how to connect your Echo device to Bluetooth speakers. Amazon recommends you use a Bluetooth speaker certified for use with the Echo, and place the devices at least three feet apart.

Then:

  1. Disconnect any other Bluetooth devices from your Echo.
  2. Turn your Bluetooth speaker on and turn the volume up.
  3. Put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode.
  4. Open the Alexa app on your phone and select Settings.
  5. Select your Echo device, and then select Bluetooth and Pair a New Device.
  6. Select your speaker from the list of available devices.

After completing these steps your Echo should be paired with your Bluetooth speaker. You can now use your Bluetooth speaker exactly as you would use your Echo. The advantage here is that you’re no longer tied to the location where you have your Amazon Echo plugged into the wall.

This Only Applies to Audiophiles

I own an Echo, and I personally find it a good enough speaker in its own right. However, if you’re an audiophile Are You an Audiophile? These 10 Questions Will Reveal the Truth Are You an Audiophile? These 10 Questions Will Reveal the Truth You might think you are an audiophile, but in reality very few music lovers tick all of the necessary boxes. Are you really an audiophile? Or are you just a great pretender? Read More you may feel the need to pair it with another, higher-powered, higher-quality Bluetooth speaker. So it’s good to at least have that option available to you.

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Do you own an Amazon Echo? If so, have you wanted to connect a Bluetooth speaker to it? Will you now take advantage of the feature? Do you own a Dot? If so, have you paired it with a Bluetooth speaker? What speaker do you own? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Sherri Repinski
    March 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    This is not something new. What would be great , is to be able to sync multiple speakers with Alexa!!

    • Dave Parrack
      March 16, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      That would be awesome. In terms of this being news, it's clearly been added since the Echo launched, and Amazon didn't really signpost it. So we suspect it's news to most of our readers, as it was to me personally.

  2. Cliff Wade
    March 15, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    You've been able to do this for quite some time actually. This is far from being something new.

    I've had my Echo paired to my Vizio Sound Bars/Stands for about 3 months(since I bought it) and to several speakers as that's how I test a lot of the speakers I review is by playing music on them via the Echo.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Possibly. But it certainly wasn't possible when the Echo launched, which is what differentiated it from the Dot, so we've written it up as news to a good portion of our readers.

      If only you had told us three months ago we could have beaten several other tech sites to the story!