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As good as Alexa speakers can be, some of them — especially smaller ones like the Echo Dot — benefit from pumping audio through a separate Bluetooth speaker instead. Here’s how to connect Alexa to Bluetooth, regardless of the individual accessories you’re using.
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To connect Alexa to Bluetooth, put your Bluetooth speaker in pairing mode, then open the Alexa mobile app and locate your Alexa device in the Devices tab. Tap the Status pane, then Bluetooth Devices, or the relevant Change button in the Connected Devices field. The Pair A New Device option should appear.
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How do you connect Alexa to Bluetooth?
First, put your target Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode. The exact method will vary from product to product, but typically this involves holding down a specific button for a few seconds. Check instructions if you’re not sure.
From here it’s a matter of using the Alexa app for Android, iPhone, or iPad:
- Go to the Devices tab, then choose Echo & Alexa in the carousel up top.
- Select the Alexa device you’re trying to pair with.
- Tap on the Status pane.
- If you see it, tap on Bluetooth Devices. If not, tap the Change button next to Speaker, then choose Bluetooth from available options and hit Next.
- Tap the Pair A New Device button to make the Bluetooth connection.
Are there any limits to using Bluetooth speakers for Alexa audio?
A few. Many Bluetooth speakers can only pair with a single device at a time, which means they have to re-pair each time they switch sources. To avoid this you can either upgrade to a speaker that supports multipoint pairing, or assign your Alexa device a dedicated Bluetooth partner. In some cases it might be simpler to buy more powerful Alexa hardware, like a Sonos or an Echo Studio.
Even if you’re using a dedicated Bluetooth speaker, you may (potentially) have to ask Alexa to “pair Bluetooth” whenever your Bluetooth speaker comes back online, specifically after being turned off or going out of range. You can dodge this by leaving a speaker permanently on, paired, and close by.
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