Alexa is a voice control system device from Amazon. The Echo systems come with pretty good built-in speakers. However, there might be some cases when you would want to use an external speaker to increase the range for your audio. You can easily connect your Echo system to a bluetooth speaker to enjoy the audio in another room. In this article, I will provide a guide on how to Connect Alexa to Bluetooth Speaker using the Alexa application or the manufacturer’s application (speakers that have Alexa support).
Before you move on to the steps for connecting Alexa to a bluetooth speaker, let us go through a few things you need to keep in mind regarding the devices you want to establish a link between.
- Make sure that the bluetooth speaker is not paired with any other device. If it is already paired to some other device, the speaker would not be able to connect with Alexa.
- The Echo and speaker must be in range to be detected for bluetooth connectivity. Generally, the devices are kept 3 feet apart so they can be detected and a connection can be established easily.
- The pairing mode for your speaker should be ON. If your device is not discoverable, Alexa won’t be able to link to it.
How to connect Alexa to Bluetooth Speaker
Below is a guide you need to follow to link your Alexa Echo system to a bluetooth speaker using the Alexa app.
Find the Alexa app on your tablet or smartphone and click on it. If you don’t already, you might need to download it from the app store.
Click on the hamburger menu which will open up the menu system of your app. Scroll through the options in the menu system and choose “Settings”.
From the list of devices displayed, choose the Alexa system you would like to link your speakers to.
Under the Wireless section, tap on Bluetooth devices in the next menu.
Click on “Pair a New Device”. This will search for nearby devices you can connect your Echo system to.
Make sure the bluetooth pairing mode on your speaker is ON. If not already, you can switch the pairing mode ON by pushing a Pair button on your device or a label with a Bluetooth icon.
Now that your bluetooth pairing is enabled, your device can be discovered by your Echo system.
Check on your Alexa screen for the bluetooth device to show up. If you are not sure which device it is, you can check the brand name and the model number of your device to match with the list on the Alexa screen.
Click on the bluetooth speaker you want to establish the connection with.
You have now connected Alexa to your bluetooth speaker.
Once paired with the bluetooth device, Alexa will let you know by saying “Now connected to (your bluetooth speaker’s name)”
If Alexa can’t find your device, it will remind you to turn on bluetooth pairing on your speaker or use the app to link to another device.
Connect through Third-party Apps
You can also connect Alexa to your bluetooth speaker by using a third-party manufacturer’s app. There are a few third-party speakers that have built-in Alexa support. Some examples of such applications are UE Boom & Megaboom, Sonos One, UE Blast & Megablast, Libratone Zipp, and Onkyo. To pair such speakers to Alexa you need to follow the steps mentioned below.
- Firstly, you need to download the Manufacturer’s app and signup
- Now you have to connect your Amazon account using the email and password related to it.
- Link the preferred music services on the third-party app through the Alexa app.
You are now ready to stream music in your bluetooth speakers through Alexa.
I hope this article helps you to connect the Echo system to your bluetooth devices. You can do it by using the Alexa app or any third-party app, provided your speaker manufacturer supports Alexa. You have the simplest guide on how to connect Alexa to Bluetooth Speaker. Follow these steps and enjoy streaming music in every corner of your home.