This article will teach you how to pair your smartphone with Alexa via Bluetooth so that you can use your Alexa device as a Bluetooth speaker. Using Bluetooth is also a better way to listen to podcasts, as Alexa's podcasting skills leave a little to be desired at the moment. It requires some installation to connect a device for the first time, but after the connection is established you can easily reconnect using only your voice. Please note that Alexa currently does not respond to Dutch voice commands, so you will have to speak in English or German.
Method 1 of 2: Pairing a device for the first time
Step 1. Turn on Bluetooth on your phone
Open your smartphone, open the Settings app and go to Bluetooth settings.
- ’On Android’: Open Settings
, press 'Connected devices' and then press the switch to turn it to the 'ON' position.
- 'On iOS': Open Settings
, press 'Bluetooth' and then press the switch to turn it to the 'ON' position.
Step 2. Make sure your device can be recognized
Sometimes this is referred to as “pairing mode” on certain devices. Most phones are automatically recognized after you turn on Bluetooth on the Bluetooth settings page.
If you are trying to pair Bluetooth speakers or anything else without a screen, please refer to the manual to learn how to enable pairing mode
Step #3. Open the Alexa app
The icon is a blue speech bubble with a white border.
Step 4. Press ☰
This three-line icon is in the top left corner.
Step 5. Press Settings
This is the penultimate option.
Step 6. Tap on your Alexa device
Select the Alexa device, such as the Echo, that you want to pair with your phone.
Step 7. Press Bluetooth
Step 8. Tap Pair a new device
This is the big blue button. The Alexa app will search for nearby Bluetooth devices.
Step 9. Tap the name of your device when it appears
When you see the name of your device or phone, press it and it will pair and connect to your Alexa device.
Once paired, you can connect and disconnect the device with your voice, without needing the Alexa app
Method 2 of 2: Pairing a device with voice commands
Step 1. Say "Alexa"
Say the wake up command to wake Alexa and she will begin to listen to your next command.
The default wake up command is 'Alexa', but if you changed this to 'Echo', 'Amazon' or something else, you'll need to use the wake up command you set up earlier
Step 2. Ask Alexa to pair with your phone
Say "Alexa, pair Bluetooth" and Alexa will connect to the device. Alexa will only connect to a device it recognizes because it was first paired using the Alexa app.
If more than one Bluetooth device is available that Alexa recognizes, Alexa will usually try to connect to the device it was most recently connected to
Step #3. Ask Alexa to disconnect your device
Disconnect by saying "Alexa, disconnect" and Alexa will disconnect all connected Bluetooth devices.
You can also use 'unpair' instead of 'disconnect'
Step #4. If you are having trouble connecting, use the Alexa app
If you have more than one Bluetooth device and are having trouble connecting to a specific device via voice commands, use the Alexa app to select the device you want to connect to.