Bluetooth pairing with Alexa: 13 steps (with pictures)

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Bluetooth pairing with Alexa: 13 steps (with pictures)
Bluetooth pairing with Alexa: 13 steps (with pictures)
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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.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Pairing a device for the first time

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 1

Step 1. Turn on Bluetooth on your phone

Open your smartphone, open the Settings app and go to Bluetooth settings.

  • ’On Android’: Open Settings

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    , press 'Connected devices' and then press the switch to turn it to the 'ON' position.

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  • 'On iOS': Open Settings

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    , press 'Bluetooth' and then press the switch to turn it to the 'ON' position.

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Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 2

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

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 3

Step #3. Open the Alexa app

The icon is a blue speech bubble with a white border.

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 4

Step 4. Press ☰

This three-line icon is in the top left corner.

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 5

Step 5. Press Settings

This is the penultimate option.

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 6

Step 6. Tap on your Alexa device

Select the Alexa device, such as the Echo, that you want to pair with your phone.

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 7

Step 7. Press Bluetooth

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 8

Step 8. Tap Pair a new device

This is the big blue button. The Alexa app will search for nearby Bluetooth devices.

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 9

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

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 10

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

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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

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 12

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'

Pair Bluetooth with Alexa Step 13

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.

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