How to Play Music on Amazon Echo and Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon Echo devices are essentially interactive speakers. While some produce high-quality sound, those that come with a screen trade in some of the sound quality for high-definition resolution and on-screen features.
To enhance the sound of your Echo device, you can pair it with a single Bluetooth speaker. This additional speaker can help you bust out your favorite hits with better quality, and carry the sound with you to other rooms. Let’s see how to pair a Bluetooth speaker with your Amazon Echo.
Things to Know Before You Pair Your Devices
Pairing a Bluetooth speaker with an Amazon Echo Show can bring up many inconveniences. For example, the devices may not recognize each other if they’re too far away or too close. Also, you may get a speaker that isn’t supported or certified by Amazon. To avoid having to pair the devices a few times before you finally set everything up, you should pay attention to a few things.
First, try to place your Echo device at least 3 feet away from your Bluetooth speaker. If they are sitting too close, they may not register each other. On the other hand, the same thing may happen if you place them too far apart.
Afterward, look at Amazon’s official list of certified Bluetooth speakers compatible with the Echo palette. If you still haven’t purchased a speaker and you intend to use it mostly with your Echo device, try to get a device that’s on this list. However, even if a Bluetooth speaker isn’t on the list, there’s still a chance that your Echo will recognize it – but you’ll have to risk it.
Also, see if other Bluetooth devices are connected to your Echo. If they are – disconnect them. You should have in mind that your Echo can connect to only one Bluetooth device at a time.
Pair the Devices Using the Alexa App
Now that you’ve prepared everything, you can pair your Echo speaker with a Bluetooth speaker. Here’s what you need to do:
- Start the pairing mode on your Bluetooth speaker. If you don’t know how to do this, refer to the user manual that came with the device or find it online.
- Launch Alexa on your smart device.
- Sign in if necessary.
- Select the “Devices” icon at the bottom-right of the screen.
- Select your Echo device from the list.
- Tap the ‘Bluetooth Devices’ option.
- Choose “Pair a New Device” and wait for the list of available devices to appear.
- Select your Bluetooth speaker from the list of Bluetooth devices.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to finalize the setup.
After you’ve done everything, Alexa should say something along the lines of “Now connected to [your Bluetooth speaker’s name].”
Note: If the app doesn’t show your Bluetooth speaker and it was on the list of certified speakers mentioned in the previous section, check again whether you’ve started the pairing mode and whether the devices are at the appropriate distance.
To pair the same device again, just follow the steps 1-6 from above and select “Connect” next to that Bluetooth speaker. There’s no need to go through the pairing process again.
Pair the Devices Using a Voice Command
As you’re probably aware, Alexa is a virtual assistant that responds to your voice commands. Therefore, you don’t always have to go through the exhausting process of pairing the devices manually. Try this out:
- Say “Alexa, pair…” or “Alexa, Bluetooth” and wait for the device to respond with “Searching.”
- Set your Bluetooth speaker to pairing mode.
- Wait for Alexa to say “Now Connected to [your Echo device’s name].”
If Alexa can’t find the Bluetooth device, it will tell you to check if the pairing mode is enabled.
However, in most cases, the devices just won’t connect via voice command. This is especially true if you’re pairing them for the first time. Luckily, you can always follow the steps from the previous section and pair the devices using the Alexa app.
Expand Your Sound to Multiple Rooms
Since you can pair your Echo device to a Bluetooth speaker, you may carry it around with you from room to room. This is especially great if you have fewer portable devices such as the Echo Show or the Echo Dot.
Two speakers are always better than one, regardless if you’re listening to podcasts or streaming music from your favorite services such as Amazon Music or Spotify. However, there might be some audio delay from the Bluetooth speaker, so it’s best to keep it in a separate room.
Which Bluetooth speakers would you recommend to users that want to pair them with an Echo device? Let us know in the comments section below.