Use Your Echo Device as a Bluetooth Speaker

Alexa, the voice assistant that powers Amazon’s Echo smart speakers, is certainly one of the products that attracts a lot of attention, but they are also one of the many Bluetooth devices that you can use to play music, podcasts, and other audio programming from your smartphone, tablet, or another Bluetooth-enabled device. There are several great benefits to doing this, including the ability to boost the quality of your audio, as well as the ability to access services that Alexa is not able to access, such as Apple Music and popular podcast apps.

The Echo Tap does not support Bluetooth pairing.

There are, however, some Echo smart speakers that do not provide superior sound quality. If you want to hear Alexa’s spoken updates and interact with her in a more meaningful way than listening to music, then the Echo Dot would be the best choice. A home with a medium-sized or small room can benefit from the quality sound provided by the second-generation Echo. There is not much a room can’t handle when it comes to the Echo Plus, and it is quite robust.

In order to use Multi-Room Audio, multiple speakers can be synced and boosted in volume together, but for Bluetooth connections, this feature is not yet available. The reason for this is not a shortcoming of Amazon’s products, rather it is a limitation inherent in Bluetooth technology.

Although Alexa does have some limitations when it comes to controlling your Bluetooth audio source, it is still somewhat present. The main functions that she will be able to perform are playing, pausing, stopping, skipping forwards and backwards, as well as adjusting the volume and skipping forwards and backwards as needed.

The Bluetooth connection, of course, will be coordinated by her as well.

With the Echo speaker, you can connect it to devices that are Bluetooth-enabled.

The following instructions will show you how to use your Echo device as a Bluetooth speaker when paired with any smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.

  1. The Echo speaker must be within range of your device in order to function properly.

  2. If there is an existing Bluetooth connection, you can disconnect it by saying “Alexa, disconnect.”

  3. It is important to turn on Bluetooth pairing mode on your smartphone, tablet or other device.

  4. It is important to pair your Echo device as soon as you can. To do so, you need to say, “Alexa, pair.” She will confirm this by saying, “Searching…”

  5. When you’re in the Bluetooth settings of your device, select your Echo speaker from the list of devices. A successful connection will be announced by Alexa.

  6. If the connection has been configured, you can ensure it remains active by using the command, “Alexa, connect to [Device Name]” or “Alexa, pair with [Device Name]” any time that the devices are within range, with Bluetooth, on.