When it comes to keeping your life organized and on track, Alexa is an absolute powerhouse. But while this virtual assistant can keep you up to date, there are times and situations where you don’t want to depend on the Alexa App to keep your devices connected. Let’s face it, there is an app for almost everything, and going on a safari through your phone to find the one you need costs valuable time and effort! So, how do you connect Alexa to your Wifi without using the app?
Alexa-enabled devices can be connected to your Wifi network without using the Alexa App through the use of your internet browser. This can be done from your mobile device browser, or with your Mac or PC. However, using your Alexa device without the Alexa App will limit some key functions.
Okay, now that we have the answer to how connecting an Alexa-enabled device can be done, we need to get the step-by-step instructions for using an internet browser to connect Alexa devices to Wifi. We also need to know which Alexa functions are limited without the use of the Alexa App. Let’s get into it!
Connecting Alexa To Your Wifi Using Your Internet Browser
You can use your internet browser to connect Alexa to your Wifi by following the steps outlined below:
- Go to www.alexa.amazon.com
- Sign in to your account
- Go to the left sidebar and select Settings
- Select Devices
- Select Set Up A New Device
- Select the device you wish to connect
- Turn on the selected device, if applicable.
- Select the Wifi network that shows as Amazon-XXX
- Select Continue when it appears in your browser
- Select the network you wish to connect to and enter your password when prompted
Please Note: The Google Chrome browser does not support this method of connection. The website address used to access Alexa is not supported by Google Chrome and there is no current solution for this issue.
From here, you can repeat these steps to connect your other Alexa-enabled devices, set up Groups, and Name devices as well.
Using Alexa Features With Your Browser
While some functions are available to you if you wish to use Alexa strictly through your browser, there are features that you must have the Alexa App to access. In this section, we’ve outlined what you can do without the Alexa App, and what functions cannot be accessed without the App to give you a better idea of how to proceed now that you’re Alexa device is connected to your wifi.
About Alexa Features On Your Internet Browser
When you sign in to your Amazon Alexa account, you can access the following categories by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the page:
- Now Playing
- Music, Video, & Books
- Reminders And Alarms
- Smart Home
- Things To Try
- Help And Feedback
These features can be accessed via internet browser, but features are limited for some categories and require the Alexa App. We’ve provided the limitations for these categories for you below:
Lists, Reminders, And Alarms: While you will be able to see all existing content you have added, you are not able to edit those lists using the browser.
Contacts: While you can see your Contact Lists using the browser, you cannot make or receive calls with the browser alone.
Commands And Skills: Alexa was designed to use voice commands, and does not support typed commands. As such, it relies on voice recognition to understand your command, which can be less accurate without the Alexa App.
Connected Content And Services: While you will be able to access all of your Amazon content and services, other services may not be accessible without the Alexa App to act as a bridge between them. You also will not be able to use Alexa to control apps and controls on your PC or Mac.
Drop-In Intercom: This feature is not available using your internet browser alone, and will require use of the Alexa App or an Echo Speaker.
Virtual assistants like Alexa can be an invaluable tool for helping you simplify and organize your life. But when almost every device, subscription and service has an app to keep you connected, scrolling through all of them can eat up a significant amount of your time and energy!
In this article, we put together a step-by-step guide to connect your Alexa devices to Wifi using your internet browser, as well as a simple breakdown of how key features may be impacted without the use of the Alexa App. Now you are prepared to connect and use your Alexa devices without the Alexa App with all the facts you need to make an informed choice!