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How to connect Alexa to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more: Step-by-step setup guide

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Chris Monroe

Amazon Echo smart speakers and displays they can be handy nerve centers for your home — connecting your smart devices and orchestrating them with simple phrases. But getting Alexa to cooperate along with your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other networks can be a hassle — particularly when it involves decoding various color codes on your smart speaker.

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I’ve set up dozens if not countless smart devices over the years, and a clear group of directions makes a huge huge difference. So here is how to connect Alexa to, well, almost anything.

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Connecting your Echo smart speaker or display to Wi-Fi is the only way to make Alexa work.


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Wi-Fi

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Your smart displays and speakers should automatically walk you through connecting to the Wi-Fi as soon as you boot them up the first time, but if you lost the instructions or need to reconnect a device, here is how.

Open the Alexa app, tap Devices on underneath of the screen, then Echo & Alexa on top left. Select which device you want to connect, then hit the blue Change button beside the Wi-Fi Network. The app will then walk you through connecting to the network.

Bluetooth

OK, perchance you want to connect your phone to your smart speaker to just, you know, utilize it as a speaker. Doing so the very first time is pretty similar to connecting to Wi-Fi, but it becomes much easier.

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Some Echo devices, like the Frames or Echo Auto, rely on Bluetooth connections to your phone.


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First, open the Alexa app, tap Devices, then Echo & Alexa. Select your device, then tap Bluetooth Devices. The Echo will search for devices to pair with, and once paired, you’ll be able to cast the music or podcasts of your choice directly to the smart speaker or display by just activating Bluetooth on your phone.

(If you need to connect your Echo to other speakers, you may also do that by scrolling down on these devices screen, past Bluetooth Devices and Wi-Fi Network, to Speaker and Stereo Pair/Subwoofer, which enable you to further customize your sound system.)

Smart devices

If you receive a new connected lightbulb, camera, deadbolt or pretty much any smart home gadget, Alexa can likely talk to it, too. As long as the device is Alexa-compatible, just head to the Alexa app.

Once the app is open, tap Devices, then tap the tiny plus register the upper right hand corner of the app. A menu will slide up from underneath of the screen, and you’ll be able to add devices by tapping — you guessed it — Add Device. From here, choose the device you need to add (the app provides an extensive list), and follow the precise directions for the new gadget.

Anything else you want to connect? Or any advice for individuals just creating Alexa? Drop a comment below.

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