So you are now the proud owner of Amazon’s small smart speaker, the Echo Dot. So you can’t wait to get it all set up to get the most out of its digital assistant, Alexa. In this article, we will explain how to start it and set up, but also how to reset the Echo Dot or connect a Bluetooth speaker to it.
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How to set up and configure Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon likes to make life simple for its users. It’s no surprise given the ease of ordering on its site. Two ways are possible, via the website or via the Amazon Alexa mobile app.
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)
The Amazon Echo Dot is easy to set up. / © ANDROIDPIT
How to configure the Echo Dot via the app
- Log in to your account (or create an account) and follow the instructions.
Sign in or create an account to get started. / © AndroidPIT
- Choose the one you are interested in (in this case the Echo Dot) from the list of devices and choose the language you want (as of the time of writing, Alexa is available in English or German).
Alexa will likely expand the available languages in the future. / © AndroidPIT
- Wait for the orange light around your Echo Dot then choose “continue” to validate. If you don’t see the orange light, just press and hold the Action button (the one with the dot) for 5 seconds.
Watch for the orange light! / © AndroidPIT
- After a minute, you are connected to your Echo Dot. Then select your Wi-Fi network and enter the password.
Connect Echo Dot to Wi-Fi. © AndroidPIT
- After a short wait, your Echo Dot is ready and you can talk to Alexa. You also have the possibility of connecting it to another Bluetooth speaker.
Introduce yourself to Alexa. / © AndroidPIT
How to configure the Echo Dot via the site
The configuration via website is similar to the application:
- Go to https://alexa.amazon.com and log in to your account.
- Click Settings then Set up a new device
- Choose your device from the list and then choose the language
- Connect to the Wi-Fi and then connect your Echo to the power supply
- When your Echo Dot says Ready for Setup, connect directly to the Wi-Fi network it has created.
- Find your network in the drop-down list and choose it
- You can now use your Echo Dot
How to reset your Amazon Echo Dot
You want to sell your Echo Dot or maybe just reset it to make it more efficient. Here’s how you do it:
- First, press and hold the Mute and Volume down buttons at the same time until the light ring turns orange (approximately 20 seconds).
- The light ring then turns blue.
- Wait until the light ring goes out and turns on again. The light ring turns orange again and your device then goes into configuration mode.
Press the mute and low volume buttons to reset. / © ANDROIDPIT
How do I connect a Bluetooth speaker to my Amazon Echo?
Unlike the Home Mini, the Echo Dot can connect to other existing speakers via the mini jack on the Echo Dot or via Bluetooth. This is a significant advantage because it allows you to enjoy better sound quality with multi-room sound. Before you start, be aware that it is also possible to connect your speaker via the mini-jack on the back. Here is how to proceed:
- Go to the Amazon Alexa application settings. Select your device and go to Bluetooth
Connecting to a Bluetooth speaker is also easy. / © AndroidPIT
- Select Pair a new device. The Echo Dot must then switch to pairing mode. A few seconds later, the connection is made and you can use the speaker. To log out, simply disconnect it from the application or say “Alexa disconnect”.
You can connect a speaker to your Echo Dot for better sound. / © AndroidPIT
Amazon Echo Alexa: What is the next step?
As with the Google Home Mini, you can use other connected devices like the Philips Hue with Amazon Echo. You can check our list of devices compatible with Amazon Alexa to find out what exactly you can use. The list gets longer every day, so don’t hesitate to bookmark the article.
Have you had any problems configuring your Amazon Echo Dot? Tell us everything in the comments.