Here’s how to connect Alexa to Bluetooth

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As good as Alexa speakers can be, some of them – especially smaller ones like the Echo Dot – benefit from pumping audio through a separate Bluetooth speaker instead. How to connect Alexa to Bluetooth no matter what accessories you use.

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QUICK ANSWER

To connect Alexa to Bluetooth, put your Bluetooth speaker in pairing mode, then open the Alexa mobile app and find your Alexa device on the Devices tab. Tap the Status pane, then Bluetooth Devices or the appropriate Shift button in the Paired Devices field. The Pair a new device option should appear.


JUMP TO QUESTION

How do you connect Alexa to Bluetooth?

First, put your target Bluetooth speaker in pairing mode. The exact method will vary from product to product, but typically this involves holding down a particular button for a few seconds. Check the instructions if you are not sure.

From here, it’s a question of using the Alexa app for Android, iPhone or iPad:

  • Go to Devices tab, and then select Echo & Alexa in the carousel upstairs.
  • Select the Alexa device you are trying to pair with.
  • Press Status rude.
  • If you see it, press Bluetooth devices. If not, press Change button next to it Speaker, and then select Bluetooth from available options and press Next.
  • Press Pair a new device button to establish the Bluetooth connection.

Are there any limits to using Bluetooth speakers for Alexa audio?

Few. Many Bluetooth speakers can only be paired with a single device at a time, which means they have to be paired again each time they change source. To avoid this, you can either upgrade to a speaker that supports multipoint pairing, or assign your Alexa device a dedicated Bluetooth partner. In some cases, it may be easier to purchase more powerful Alexa hardware, such as a Sonos or an Echo Studio.

Even if you use a dedicated Bluetooth speaker, you may (potentially) have to ask Alexa to “pair Bluetooth” every time your Bluetooth speaker comes online again, specifically after being turned off or out of range. You can avoid this by leaving a speaker permanently on, paired and close.


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