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How to Use an Amazon Echo as a Computer Speaker

How to Use an Amazon Echo as a Computer Speaker

There are several reasons why you might want to connect an Amazon Echo device to your computer or laptop.

With larger, more powerful speakers than those typically found in desktop monitors or laptops, an echo can be a noticeable improvement in sound quality. Using the Echo on your desk instead of adding a set of wired speakers can help reduce cable clutter, and you can still use all of Alexa’s smart features when connected.

As long as your computer has built-in Bluetooth, setup only takes a few minutes.

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These instructions will work with any Amazon Echo smart speaker, although one with better sound would make more sense, such as the Echo (4th Gen) or Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen). For a wireless connection, you need a computer with built-in Bluetooth; Macs all have this, but some PCs don’t. If your PC does not, you will need to purchase a Bluetooth dongle. If your Alexa device has a 3.5mm audio connector, you can connect your computer using a cable.

The short version

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    Activate Bluetooth on your Echo speaker

    Use the voice command “Alexa, search for Bluetooth devices” and your Echo device will become visible.

    You can also use a web browser to perform a device search. Go to the Amazon Alexa website and sign in using your Amazon account details. Click Settings in the left navigation bar, then click the Amazon Echo device you want to connect to. Click Bluetooth on the screen that appears, then click Pair New Device. Your Echo will begin to search for other devices in Bluetooth pairing mode.Alexa Web Service Add Bluetooth Device

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    Connect a Windows PC via Bluetooth

    Mac users should proceed to the next step. Open the Windows Settings app, either from the Start menu, the Win+X keyboard shortcut, or a Windows search. Click Bluetooth & Devices in the left navigation menu, then click Add Device. Choose Bluetooth from the list that appears, then select the Echo device.Windows 11 adds a Bluetooth device

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    Connect a Mac via Bluetooth

    Open the Bluetooth Settings panel on OS X by opening System Preferences from the dock or Apple menu. Your Echo device should appear in the list; click Connect.

    You can also check the option Show Bluetooth in the menu bar, for faster access to connected devices: once activated, you can click on the Bluetooth symbol in the OS X notification bar, choose a device from the drop-down menu that appears, then click Connect.
    Mac Bluetooth Add Echo

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    Force your Echo to connect via Bluetooth

    As long as your computer and Echo speaker are within Bluetooth range, they should now be able to connect automatically. You can now use a voice command (e.g. “Alexa, connect to my computer”) to sign in as well. Just be sure to use the device name as it appears in the Settings section of the Alexa app.

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    Use a wired connection

    Not all Amazon Echo devices have a 3.5mm input. The Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Studio can be connected to a computer using a 3.5mm audio cable, but it’s not quite plug-and-play. Connect a 3.5mm output from your computer to the 3.5mm port on your Echo. Open the Amazon Alexa smartphone app. Tap Devices in the bottom navigation bar, then tap Echo & Alexa at the top of the screen. Tap the name of your Echo device, then tap the Settings icon in the upper right corner. Scroll down and tap Aux Audio. On the new screen that appears, tap Line in to have the Echo listen from an external source.3.5mm echo input

FAQs

Will stereo pairing work in this mode?

No, you can only connect one Echo device to your computer; stereo pairing works when listening to music via a streaming source.

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