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How to Order an Echo Dot Without an Amazon Echo

Joel Lee 11-04-2016

It hasn’t been long since the Amazon Echo debuted Amazon Echo Review and Giveaway Amazon’s Echo offers a unique integration between voice recognition, personal assistant, home automation controls, and audio playback features for $179.99. Does the Echo break into new ground or can you do better elsewhere? Read More but it can already be considered a resounding success. The Echo is really useful, comes at a great price, buyers have a lot of good things to say about it — and Amazon is really capitalizing on it with the Echo Dot.


For those who don’t know, the Echo Dot is a cheaper version of the Echo 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 , but it has all of the same features that make the original awesome. The problem is that you can only order the Echo Dot with an actual Echo, so if you just want the Echo Dot on its own, you’re out of luck…

…except that there’s a workaround.


The workaround is surprisingly simple for Android:

  • Download the Amazon Shopping app.
  • Launch it and sign into your account.
  • Begin a voice search: “Add Echo Dot to cart.”
  • In the results, tap “Add to Cart” for the Echo Dot.
  • Tap “Proceed to checkout” to complete the order.

And it’s even simpler for iOS:

  • Download the Amazon Shopping app.
  • Launch it and sign into your account.
  • Search for “Echo Dot”.
  • In the results, swipe right on the Echo Dot to immediately add it to your cart, then check out as normal.

It’s unclear how long these workarounds will stay valid, but if you really want an Echo Dot, you might as well give it a shot. Considering all the amazing things you can do with it 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 , it’d be well worth the effort. It also makes for an awesome gift for friends and family 9 Impressive Home Automation Gadgets Family & Friends Will Love With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to snag one of these amazing smart home devices. Read More .

Are you interested in the Echo Dot? How do you feel about the Echo? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Luis
    May 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Still Works on android. Thank you

    • Joel Lee
      May 9, 2016 at 2:44 am

      Thanks for confirming, Luis! Good to know. :)

  2. CoolHappyGuy
    April 12, 2016 at 4:08 am

    I just ordered one!!! This method really works.

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Awesome! Good to know it worked for you. Thanks for confirming, CoolHappyGuy. :D