How to Play Multi-Room Music

A single voice command is enough for Amazon Echo speaker to start playing your favorite song. Thanks to this convenient device, there’s no need to endlessly navigate music platforms in search for the hottest tunes around.

However, it gets even better. The Multi-Room music system allows you to this with several devices at the same time. Now you can choose multiple places in your house where you can blast your favorite tune simultaneously.

This article will explain all about Multi-Room music and how to easily set it up in your household.

What Is Multi-Room Music?

If you have two or more Echo speakers you can combine them into a particular speaker group. If they’re connected to the same network (your household, for example), you may use a simple voice command to play audio through the entire speaker group.

Let’s say that you have four Echo speakers, and you want to create two different speaker groups – one for upstairs and one for downstairs. You can combine two Echo devices into a group called “Upstairs”, and merge the other speakers into a group called “Downstairs”. When you use a voice command: “Alexa, play Rolling Stones upstairs”, only the “Upstairs” group will activate.

Furthermore, you may connect all your Echo speakers into one, huge group. By placing each speaker into a different room, you can fire up the music in the entire house with one sentence. Let’s see how to set up the Multi-Room system.


Set Up Multi-Room System

Before you start the Multi-Room setup, make sure that you have a smartphone with the Alexa app installed. Also, your Echo devices should be updated to the latest software to recognize each other. Afterward, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap the “Devices” button.
  3. Press the “Add” button (plus sign).
  4. Tap “Set Up Multi-Room Music”.
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  5. Select “Custom Name” to give a name to your group, or choose one of the listed default names.
  6. Pick the devices that you want to combine in one group.
  7. Tap “Create group”.

This will create a Multi-Room system that includes all the devices in a group. Now all you need to say is: “Alexa, play [your preferred music] on [your group’s name]”. It’s up to you to choose the arrangement of the speakers and make your own unique system. You can leave multiple speakers in one room if you want.

The multi-room system can connect more than just individual speakers. If you ever combined two Echo devices into a stereo sound system, they can be combined as a pair with a particular group.

Moreover, you can combine certain third-party speakers with your Echo devices, if they show up in the Alexa app during the setup.

What Is a Preferred Speaker?

Every Multi-Room device group has a preferred speaker (or a default speaker). This is the speaker of your choice that will play audio if you don’t state the group name in your command. If you say “Alexa, play Queen”, only your preferred speaker will start.

Therefore, it doesn’t matter which room you’re in, or which speaker is closest, your voice command will trigger only your preferred speaker. However, if you haven’t chosen this speaker, then the device that registered your command will start playing.

To choose a preferred speaker, do the following:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Choose “Devices”.
  3. Choose a Smart Home Device Group.
  4. Go to the group and add your preferred speaker.
  5. Tap the group containing your preferred speaker.
  6. Choose “set preferred speaker”.

Note: When you have multiple Multi-Room speakers, you can set an entire individual system as your preferred speaker. Also, you may set a stereo speaker pair as well as third-party speakers as your default speakers.

Can’t Hear Audio from Video Playback?

If you try to play a video with your Amazon Alexa, you won’t be able to hear it via the Multi-Room system. You can hear it on your preferred speaker, but the sound won’t play on other speakers in your household.

The feature supports audio from Amazon Music, Apple Music, TuneIn, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and SiriusXM. In the future, you can probably expect more platforms to be added but currently, they’re all audio-only.

If you have a preferred audio streaming platform, your voice command should be: “Alexa, play [desired audio] on [your group’s name] on [preferred platform]”. Otherwise, Alexa will play audio from the default platform, which is usually Amazon Music.

Blasting the Beats Throughout the Household

Thanks to the Multi-Room speaker system, you can seamlessly organize the audio playback of your entire house. There’s no need to carry an Echo speaker around with you or to connect to different Echo devices countless times.

Now, just organize a few different speaker groups and you can control the playback in the entire house with a single voice command.

How many Multi-Room systems would you create? How many Echo devices would you include? Share your experience with Multi-Room music in the comments section below.

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