Bluetooth connection is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to pair your Echo Auto to other devices. In fact, the gadget needs this connection to sync to the Alexa app and put all of its skills at your disposal.
It is great that it is so easy to connect Echo Auto to Bluetooth, and that you don’t need to be particularly tech-savvy to do it. But no device is glitch-free and you might experience some Bluetooth connection problems along the way.
Aside from a step-by-step guide on connecting Echo Auto to Bluetooth, this article provides some troubleshooting tips and tricks.
Establishing the Connection
The set-up wizard makes the entire process very easy and the app has the ability to test your Bluetooth connection. Here are all the necessary steps.
Connect Echo Auto to the power outlet in your car and select Bluetooth input on the car’s stereo. You don’t need to set the stereo to Bluetooth right away. The app will ask you to do it during the set-up process.
Once you hook up the gadget, take your smartphone, launch the Alexa app, and navigate to Echo Auto. Take the following path to do it.
Devices > Plus icon > Add Device > Amazon Echo > Echo Auto
Hit Continue in the Warning and Terms and Services window and your Echo Auto should pop up under “Select An Accessory.” Tap on the device to confirm and choose OK when the wizard asks you if you can use Bluetooth.
Afterward, you get the option to test the Bluetooth speakers and the connection. You can skip this step, but you might want to do it anyway to make sure everything is running smoothly. All you need to do is tap on the Play button in the app and wait for Alexa to greet you via the car’s speakers.
After the test, Alexa should inform you the device is ready to use. This means it has successfully paired with your smartphone and the car’s/stereo’s Bluetooth.
It won’t hurt to inspect the car’s Bluetooth connection before you set up your Echo Auto. Start the car and the stereo, set the stereo to Bluetooth, and check if the device is discoverable on your smartphone.
Now, you should make sure that all the silent modes are turned off. The easiest way to do this is via the Quick Settings menu on Android or Control Center for iPhone users.
Expert Tip: Check if there’s Do Not Disturb scheduling that might coincide with your driving routine.
You should also properly position your Echo Auto. The positioning doesn’t affect the Bluetooth functionality, but it helps you easily reach the device and keep your dashboard neat.
The most optimal way to place Echo Auto is to use the proprietary air vent mount. That being said, the gadget should work just fine when positioned on top of your dashboard.
Troubleshooting Bluetooth Connection
If you’re experiencing poor Bluetooth connectivity, the first thing to do is to force-close or quit the Alexa app and reboot Echo Auto. Then, you turn the app and the device back on to see if it helped.
There is always the option to manually restart Echo Auto. Pull out the USB cable from the outlet, wait about half a minute, and plug the cable back in. If this doesn’t help, feel free to restart your smartphone.
But before you restart it, try toggling the Bluetooth off and on to revive the connection. Again, you should wait for a while before you toggle the feature back on. For Android users, Amazon suggests to switch on the Airplane mode, wait for a while, then switch it back off.
Echo Auto Tricks
Launch the Alexa app and navigate to Echo Auto settings, then choose “Forget This Device.” Then tap your way to smartphone’s Bluetooth settings and see if the phone is paired with Echo Auto.
If it is, forget or unpair the gadget and unplug it from the power source (you plug it back in after a while, of course). Once plugged back in, Echo Auto should be set up again and don’t worry, this doesn’t take more than a few minutes.
The last option is to factory reset your Echo Auto and then do another set-up via the Alexa app.
What If Everything Fails?
As you might already know, Bluetooth is not the only way to connect Echo Auto. If you cannot establish a Bluetooth connection, use the AUX cable and plug the gadget directly to your stereo.
Alexa should automatically pick up on the AUX connection and ask you to use it. Don’t forget to switch the stereo’s input mode to AUX and you should be good to go. The only downside to this alternative is that there’s one more cable on your dashboard.
Searching for Bluetooth
Some users reported Bluetooth issues when switching from one Echo Auto command or function to another. You should be able to fix this with a simple restart and always make sure to check all the connected devices.
Did you have any problems connecting Echo Auto to Bluetooth? What command do you issue most often? Give us your two cents in the comments below.