Here’s how to set up an Echo Show in just a few steps!
Longtime Alexa fans may be content with Echo Dot, but at some point you’ll likely want to upgrade to an Echo Show with a display. And when you do, just follow this handy guide — you’ll be up and running in just a few minutes!
The easy steps to set up your Echo Show
- Open the box, which will have the Show, a power cord and an instruction booklet. Remove the protective film from the screen and plug in the power cord. The Dot has a plus and minus buttons for volume, the Show has a few more command buttons; volume, a button to turn the mic and camera on and off, and a toggle to cover and uncover the camera lens.
- With the Dot, you set up via the Alexa app. With the Show, the setup is onscreen. First confirm the name of the person the Show is registered to. It will default to the primary name on the related Amazon account, or you can tap “No” to assign it to someone else.
- Go through the prompts, confirming time zone, address (accept or change it, depending on where you will be using the device), and the room where you will be using it. You can give it a custom name.
- Select your wallpaper which will play on the screen. You can choose Illustration, Seasonal, Nature, Travel, Art or upload your own photos.
- Next, it will ask you to download the latest version of the Alexa app (if you don’t already have it), and give you a few options:
A – You can make it a dedicated children’s device, with the ability to filter explicit content, set bedtime limits and review activity.
B – You can also add Amazon Music just for that device, if you don’t want to pay the higher price for unlimited access ($3.99/month for a single device vs $14.99/month unlimited).
C- You can sign up for Audible to access audiobooks, podcasts and more. Prime members get 2 credits when they sign up for a free trial; after that it’s $14.95 plus taxes per month.
- Alexa will tell you when setup is complete. The home screen displays time, weather and date, and then rotating screen images will show your wallpaper along with suggestions for things you can Alexa to do, from setting an alarm to suggested videos and trending recipes from Food Network Kitchen. (Some new devices come bundled with a free one-year subscription.) The prompts are great for new users who don’t know everything that Echo Show can do—at least until they subscribe to VoiceBrew 🙂
Pro Tip: The latest version, the Echo Show 10, has a 10.1 inch HD screen designed for video calls, recipes and streaming shows, directional sound speakers, and a 13 MP camera with auto-framing to keep you front and center during video calls. (Wow!)