Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers and displays continues to grow year after year. And if you’ve touched a Echo smart speaker, congratulation! It’s always exciting to get new technology, especially something that feels so futuristic like smart speakers in the home. Now that you have it in your home, the next step is to set it up and make the most of it.
And we’ll break down how to set up virtually any member of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker family, how to configure it for the room it’s in, and connect your music services to you can start using.
This setup procedure applies to nearly all Amazon Echo-branded smart speakers, including the standard Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Studio. Echo program – 5, 8, ten and 15 – provides a more intuitive integration experience, allowing you to plug it in and perform on-screen pop-ups.
However, the steps you need to do are not complicated at all and can be done right on your phone.
- First, make sure you unpack your Echo and have it plugged in. An orange light will appear on the device, indicating that the device is in Setup Mode. Otherwise, hold down the action button (recognized by a white dot) for about 15 seconds. When the green light turns orange (or Alexa says, “Currently in Setup Mode”), you’re ready to go.
- Download the Amazon Alexa app from the App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone. You’ll be asked to sign in to your Amazon account and create a voice profile for Alexa so it can recognize you when you talk to your Echo.
- In the app, tap the “Devices” button at the bottom of the screen, then tap the “+” in the top-right corner.
- From there, select “Add a device.” This will prompt the app to start looking for Echo signals that haven’t been established.
- Once your Echo is recognized, tap it and follow the instructions that appear. You’ll be asked to add a Wi-Fi network to the speaker, whether it’s a network saved to your phone or a new one from the list that will appear on your screen.
- During setup, you’ll be asked if the Echo can access your location. This makes it easier for speakers to provide accurate weather forecasts or other location-based information. If you don’t want your Echo to know where you are, you can always opt out, but it might be convenient if you leave it on.
- When you’re done, Alexa will say, “Your Echo is ready,” signaling that the setup was successful.
Now that your Echo speaker is up and running, it’s time to start interacting with Alexa. By now, everyone seems to know common phrases and questions to ask a virtual assistant (e.g., “How’s the weather today?” “What’s 2 + 2?” “How tall is the Empire State Building? How many?”) And there are hundreds of thousands of questions to explore.
Start by saying “Hello” to Alexa through your Echo. It will walk you through some of the basic commands it understands and help you learn its capabilities. Diving into the Alexa app – on your Android or iOS device – is also a great way to get hold of the built-in Skills and Features, Amazon’s version of the app for Echo devices.
You can also control your smart home with Alexa. As long as the accessories or devices you own are compatible with Alexa, you can ask Alexa to turn off the kitchen lights, play movies on your TV, and check your security cameras, and more. This alone will quickly make your Echo speaker the central hub of your home.
One of the biggest advantages of owning a smart speaker is playing music with your voice. By going to the Alexa app and tapping on “Music Link Services,” you can hook up all the subscriptions you have so you can play whatever music you want.
Currently, Alexa supports many types of services such as Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Sirius XM and Tidal, among others. You will also need an account with these services to connect them. You will be given an option to set one as default if you have multiple.
As your smart home grows, it’s important to name the room your Echo speaker is in. That way, if you buy a second speaker for another area of your house, you’ll be able to control what’s played and where.
If you press the “Continue” button after you first set up your Echo, you can assign a room name to the device to track its location. Alternatively, in the settings of your Echo list in the Alexa app, you can give it a name for easier control (such as “Bedroom Speakers” or “Living Room”).
Using Groups is another great way to control where content plays in your home. This way you can play the same music in different rooms, make intercom announcements, and enable grouped processes.
- 1. If you own multiple Echo speakers, make sure they’re all set up and plugged in.
- 2. Open the Alexa app and tap “Devices”, then tap the “+” sign and tap “Add group”.
- 3. Tap “Create room or group.”
- 4. It will ask you to choose one of Amazon’s pre-configured group names or give you the option to add a custom name. Select one of these options, then select and select the Echo speaker you want to add to it.
- 5. Once you have made your selection, click on the “Save” button.
- 6. To make sure everything works, you can ask Alexa to play the music in the group you just created. If you hear music coming from the speaker you specified for it, your job is done.
Alexa Guard Plus
Alexa Guard Plus uses your Echo speaker’s microphone to monitor your home’s activity and notify you if it detects a burglar, emergency, or other unusual sound with how to listen for things like broken glass or smoke alarms. It can even give you direct access to various emergency helplines using your voice. It’s pretty handy, but it’s a paid skill at $4.99 per month or $49 for the whole year.
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