Connect Alexa to a speaker in a few easy steps
Why should you connect Alexa to a speaker?
Alexa speakers like the Echo and Echo Dot come with a robust speaker, but for those of us that love music, it’s just not the same as listening to our favorite album in surround sound. And if you’re an audiophile like me, you probably already have a speaker or stereo system that plays music to your liking. When you connect Alexa to your existing speaker system, you get the benefits of a smart home assistant with the sound you cherish. Plus, it’ll be easier than ever to queue up your favorite albums!
Pro Tip: The Echo Studio, which was released in late 2019, is the first premium quality smart speaker in the Echo line-up. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re considering buying a new premium speaker!
What types of external speakers connect to Alexa?
Alexa is commonly connected to Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headsets. Here are a few of my favorites currently available on the market:
- Sonos Smart TV Soundbar (hint: Alexa is built-in to this device!)
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headset
- Bose SoundLink Portable Bluetooth speaker
- Sony Extra Bass portable speaker
As you can see, a lot of new speakers are coming out with Alexa already built-in, but any Bluetooth enabled device can connect to Alexa.
Here’s how to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker:
If your Bluetooth speaker doesn’t come preloaded with Alexa, follow these steps to pair your Echo to the speaker:
- Turn on your speaker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for putting it in pairing mode
- Open up your Alexa app
- Tap the Devices icon on the bottom navigation bar
- Choose your Echo device (e.g., the Echo speaker you want to say Alexa commands to in order to play music over your bluetooth-connected speaker)
- Select Bluetooth Devices
- Select Pair a New Device
- When a list of available devices appears, select your Bluetooth speaker
- Follow a few simple prompts
Now, for as long as your device has Bluetooth enabled, you’ll be able to stream audio through your external Bluetooth speaker.
Can Alexa connect to an external speaker that doesn’t have Bluetooth?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could utilize your existing stereo system? Good news: you can!
If you have a home stereo system that doesn’t come with a built-in smart assistant, you can connect your system via the built-in 3.5mm jack, which is located at the back of the device near the power supply. Now, all you need is a converter to connect the other end of the jack to your speaker system. Now, any time your sound system is turned on, you’ll hear Alexa’s output.
You can also consider this device: the Amazon Echo Input. The Input helps to bring Alexa to your existing speaker, and also connects to your system via a 3.5mm jack, but keep in mind that it does not connect to wi-fi speakers.
What else can my Alexa-connected speaker do?
The possibilities are endless! From getting updates on the weather, turning on your smart home lights, or setting reminders and alarms, there are so many great uses for Alexa. When you’re ready to take the plunge, read the VoiceBrew Comprehensive Guide to Alexa Speakers. You’ll discover which device is perfect for your living situation, as well as get detailed guides on how to make the most of your new device.
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