Amazon Echo has many built-in media libraries such as iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Audible. However, I listen to music and audiobooks on my phone with some apps that aren’t built-in to Echo, so I needed to find out if I could connect my Echo to my phone via Bluetooth.
Does Amazon Echo have Bluetooth? Yes, Amazon Echo has bluetooth which allows users to play audio from their phone or other Bluetooth-enabled device to their Echo essentially making Echo like any other Bluetooth speaker. Pairing can be done by voice or in the Alexa app.
Before you can use your Echo as a Bluetooth speaker, you will need to ensure that Bluetooth is turned on on your phone or Bluetooth-enabled device and pair the devices. This guide provides directions for setting up Bluetooth with your Echo device and some neat ways to use it.
Amazon Echo Has Bluetooth
All Amazon Echo devices come equipped with Bluetooth. You can pair your Echo to any Bluetooth-enabled device such as:
How to Pair Echo
Follow these steps to pair your Echo to a phone, tablet, computer, or TV that has Bluetooth:
- On your phone, tablet, computer, or TV, ensure that Bluetooth is on and in pairing mode.
- Say your Echo device’s wake word and then say “pair”.
- Your Echo device will appear in the list of nearby Bluetooth devices on your other device.
- Select your Echo device from the list to pair the two devices via Bluetooth.
- Confirm that your Echo device appears on the list of connected devices on your other device.
You can also pair Bluetooth-enabled devices to your Echo using the Alexa app. If the device you want to pair doesn’t have a screen such as a speaker, you will need to follow these directions:
- Plug in your Bluetooth-enabled device and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to put the device in pairing mode.
- Open the Alexa app on your phone on tablet.
- Select “Devices”.
- Select the Echo device that you want to pair to.
- Tap “Bluetooth Devices”.
- Tap the “Pair A New Device” button.
- Select your other Bluetooth-enabled device from the list.
You can disconnect any connected devices by voice or in the Alexa app.
Bluetooth Voice Commands
After you have initially connected your two devices, you can easily pair the devices anytime with your voice.
To pair, say your wake word followed by “pair [other device’s name]”. Alexa will respond with “searching” and then “now connected to [other device’s name]”.
If you are not sure what your other device’s name is, you can check in the Bluetooth settings on that device.
If you only have one Bluetooth device set up on your Echo, you can just say “[wake word], pair”. With multiple connected devices, if you don’t specify which device to pair by name, your Echo will connect to the first device you paired it with that is in range.
When you are done using Bluetooth, say your wake word followed by “unpair” or “disconnect from Bluetooth”. Your devices will stay linked for future use.
Ways to Use Echo and Bluetooth
Using Bluetooth with your Amazon Echo device opens up a lot of opportunities for functional and creative uses.
Using Echo with Your TV
Echo can play the audio from your TV if your TV has Bluetooth. The 2nd and 3rd generation Echos have impressive speakers that work well as TV speakers.
While connected to your TV, your Echo will still perform all its normal functions as well.
You can pair your Echo with any Bluetooth-enable TV; however, in order to control your TV with Alexa voice commands, it must be a compatible Fire TV or TV with a Fire Stick. This article has more information in using your Echo with your TV.
Link to Other Speakers
The Echo Dot, Amazon’s cheapest Echo device, has all the same features as the original Echo, but the Dot doesn’t have a great speaker. If you already have another Bluetooth speaker, you can use it as your Echo speaker. This is really ideal if you want to play music with your Echo Dot.
With an external speaker connected, talk to Alexa through your Echo as you normally would. Alexa’s responses will play through your external speaker as will any music or other audio that you ask Alexa to play.
Echo in Your Car
Echo Auto is made specifically for use in your vehicle. It uses Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi to operate so that it continues to work while your car is in motion. Click here for a video on how to set up your Echo Auto with Bluetooth.
You can even set up an Echo Dot in your car. However, Echo Dot requires a Wi-Fi connection to operate, so you would have to use your phone’s mobile hotspot instead of Bluetooth. If you have unlimited data on your phone and an extra Echo Dot lying around, this is a great way to use it! Check out this article for more information about this hack to get Alexa in your car.