Amazon’s family of Echo smart speakers and displays continues to grow every year. And if you recently got your hands on an Echo smart speaker, congrats! It’s always fun getting new tech, especially something that feels so much like the future like a smart home speaker. Now that you’ve got it in your home, the next step is setting it up and using it to its fullest.
And we’re going to break down how to set up virtually any member of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker family as well as how to configure it for the room it’s in and connect your music services so you can start jamming out.
This setup process applies to nearly all of Amazon’s Echo-branded smart speakers, including the standard Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Studio. The Echo Shows — 5, 8, 10 and 15 — offer a more intuitive onboarding experience, allowing you to plug it in and walk through the steps that pop up on the screen.
That being said, the steps you need to follow aren’t complicated at all and can be done right on your phone.
- First, ensure you’ve unpackaged your Echo and have plugged it in. An orange light should appear on the device, indicating that it’s in Setup Mode. If it’s not, hold down the action button (recognized by a white dot) for approximately 15 seconds. Once the blue light turns to orange (or Alexa says, “Now in Setup Mode”), you’re ready to proceed.
- Download the Amazon Alexa app from the App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone. You’ll be asked to sign in to your Amazon account and create a voice profile for Alexa so it can recognize you when you speak to your Echo.
- In the app, tap the “Devices” button at the bottom of your screen, then the “+” in the top right-hand corner.
- From there, select “Add device.” This will prompt the app to start searching for signals of an Echo that has yet to be set up.
- Once your Echo is recognized, tap on it and follow the instructions that appear. You’ll be asked to add a Wi-Fi network to the speaker, whether it be one saved to your phone or a new one from a list that will populate on your screen.
- During setup, you’ll be asked if it’s OK for your Echo to access your location. This is so it’s easier for the speaker to deliver accurate weather forecasts or other location-based information. If you don’t want your Echo to know where you are, you can always opt out, but it might prove to be convenient if you leave it on.
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