How to set up an Amazon Echo – nation.lk – The Nation Newspaper
Investing in a smart home device is one of the best ways to automate your residence, allowing you to remotely control and manage web-connected devices with a smart speaker or smart display. These devices also allow you to fire off voice commands for music streaming, weather checks, schedule changes, timers, reminders, games, and more.
If you want to learn more about individual Echo products, check out our reviews of the fourth-generation Echo (standard) and Echo Dot. You can also read our take on the Echo Show 5, 8, and 10.
One of the most feature-rich smart hub lineups on the market is Amazon’s Echo family. Comprised of the standard Echo speaker, Echo Dot, Echo Studio, and various other display iterations, the Echo family is powered by Amazon’s all-knowing voice assistant, Alexa. If you’ve just bought your very first Echo product, or would appreciate a reminder on some of the basics, we’ve put together this helpful guide to get your new Echo up and running. Let’s dive right in.
Download the Amazon Alexa app
The free Alexa app is a must-have if you’re the owner of an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Download the app on any smartphone or tablet running iOS 11.0 or higher, Android 6.0 or higher, or Fire OS 5.3.3 or higher. Downloading the app on a computer? Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi, then visit the Amazon Alexa website.
Plug in the Echo
This is probably the easiest step in the whole process, as the Echo doesn’t require any batteries. Simply plug the included power adapter directly into the Echo, then connect the plug to a power outlet. When the light ring turns blue, that means the power is connected. Then, wait for it to turn orange, as this is a sign that Alexa is preparing to greet you. After that, you’ll hear Alexa’s voice telling you the device is ready for setup.
Connect the Echo to Wi-Fi via the app
Next, you’ll need to connect your Echo device to your home Wi-Fi network. The latest versions of the Echo should guide you through this process. However, if you get stuck, simply open up the Alexa app and search through the available networks until you find yours. If you have multiple Echo devices, go to the Devices tab, then click the icon for Echo & Alexa in the top carousel and select your Alexa-enabled device. Under the Wireless heading, you should be able to see the state of the Wi-Fi network connection.
Once you’re connected, you have the option of saving your Wi-Fi password to your Amazon account, which makes it easy to connect to smart home devices. You can also set up a new Alexa device on the same network should you decide to purchase more Echo speakers for other rooms. You also have the choice of connecting your Echo to a public network, although the password won’t be saved on Amazon.
During setup and when you use certain apps and features, Alexa will use your location to provide relevant local data, including weather, news, and time. If you move or want to get information from another region, you can change your Echo device’s location at any time right in the Alexa app. To do so, launch the app, then tap Devices. Tap Echo & Alexa, then tap the device you want to change. …….