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. 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. 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.
- Disconnect any other Bluetooth devices from your Echo.
- Turn your Bluetooth speaker on and turn the volume up.
- Put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode.
- Open the Alexa app on your phone and select Settings.
- Select your Echo device, and then select Bluetooth and Pair a New Device.
- 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 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.
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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