Amazon’s Alexa provides users with a host of services. However, if you’re not interested in using voice commands or just don’t feel like “cheating” on your other smart home assistant, you may be wondering if there’s more to using your Echo Dot.

You can use Echo Dot without Alexa. Yet, without this vital function, you can only use it as a Bluetooth speaker. When it comes to playing games, managing your activities, and making requests, you need to use Alexa. You can change Alexa’s settings and features at any time to suit your preferences. 

Continue reading to learn more about using your Echo Dot without Alexa. While your options are limited, you can still get some function out of your device.

How to Use Your Amazon Echo Dot Without Alexa

Although you can use the Echo Dot without Alexa, you will still need to have the Alexa app downloaded on your smartphone or tablet. It’s available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

When connecting your device to your Echo Dot to play music, you should be about three feet away from it. From there, you can connect your Echo Dot to Bluetooth following these steps:

  1. Make sure your smart device (i.e., phone, tablet) has its Bluetooth on.
  2. Enter into the Alexa app.
  3. Go to Devices, then choose Echo & Alexa.
  4. Choose your device.
  5. Select Pair a New Device from where it says, “Bluetooth Devices.”

Alternatively, depending on what type of smart device and assistant you have, you can connect following these steps:

  1. Go into your smart device’s settings.
  2. Choose Bluetooth.
  3. Select your Alexa if it appears on the drop-down list.

You can learn more about using your Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker by clicking here.

Alexa Not Working on Echo Dot

You may want to use Echo Dot without Alexa if Alexa currently isn’t working with your device. This may be an issue for various reasons. If the underlying problem is due to a factory defect, you have up to a year to file a warranty claim. With that being said, here are some possible solutions if your Alexa isn’t responding:

“Unmute” Your Device

Your Echo Dot has a mute button located on the top of the device. Its icon is a speaker with a line going through it. If this button is on, your Alexa will not respond to voice commands. Try holding down on the button for a few seconds to disable this feature. Then, using the “wake word” to test it out.

Use Another Charging Cable

If your Echo Dot isn’t getting enough power, it won’t respond to commands. You don’t have to use the charging cable that came with your initial purchase; you can use any run-of-the-mill micro USB charging cord. If this doesn’t remedy your problem, try plugging your device into another outlet.

Make Sure Your Echo Dot Is Connected to the Internet

If your Echo Dot isn’t connected to the internet, it won’t respond to your voice commands. There are two ways to check if your device is connected to the internet:

  • If there’s an orange ring on top of your Echo Dot, it’s having problems connecting to the internet. This could happen when there’s an outage. Check your network connectivity status. If it’s working, try reconnecting your Echo Dot through the Alexa app.
  • Through the Alexa app, you can check whether your device is connected. If not, you’ll need to reconnect it. It will not use your phone’s data.

Try Performing a Hard Reset

Regardless of the underlying problem, you have nothing to lose by performing a hard reset. While you may have to re-enter your login credentials and reconnect to the internet, this could ultimately be the root of your problem.

You have two options when resetting your device, which includes:

Going Through the Alexa App

You can perform a factory reset by doing the following:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Select Devices.
  3. Choose your Echo Dot under Echo & Alexa.
  4. Tap Factory Reset.

You can learn more about performing a hard reset by clicking here.

Holding Down the Power Button

To perform a hard reset without going into the Alexa app, you should:

  1. Hold down the microphone and volume button at the same time.
  2. Wait until the top of the device flashes orange.

You can learn more about this method by clicking here.

In Conclusion

While you can use Echo Dot without Alexa, you can only use it as a Bluetooth speaker and nothing more. If something is preventing your Alexa from responding to voice commands, several measures could alleviate your problem.