It’s not necessary to completely erase your Amazon Echo settings in the Alexa app in order to change just the wireless network to which your Dot connects. Armed with your tablet and the Alexa app, connecting your Dot to a different WiFi network is a breeze, as follows.
We assume here that Alexa App has previously been linked to your Amazon account, and that the Echo Dot you’re modifying has previously been added to your Alexa app. The screen shots below were taken from an Apple iPad Air. However, a similar Alexa app for Android is also available from the Google Play store.
1. Connect your Echo Dot to power. If not already operating, plug your Dot into a power source, as you’ll need to access the network parameters stored in its memory, as described below. You won’t be able to do this without juice.
2. Run the Alexa app on your tablet. To get started, run this app on your tablet computer, that gives you access to your current Alexa devices and settings. The Alexa App Home screen then appears as pictured next.
3. Tap the Settings menu item. On the Alexa App Home screen above, tap the Settings option, located in the black-background menu at left-screen. The Settings screen then appears as pictured next.
4. Choose the Echo device to update. Select the Echo device you wish to update the WiFi connection information for, located under the Alexa Devices section on the screen above.
The device configuration page for the Echo device you selected then appears, as pictured next. We’ve circled the Update WiFi option on that device page, that we’ll go into in the next step.
5. Next, tap the Update WiFi item. After pressing the Update WiFi option above, an illustration of the Dot displays next (2nd generation here) and shows you where on the Echo Dot the action button is, as pictured next. You’ll need to know where this button is to perform the next step (step 6).
6. Press and hold the Dot’s Action button for approximately five seconds. Locate the Action button on your Dot as shown in the previous picture, and press and hold it for roughly five seconds (It’s the button with the small white circle printed in its center).
This forces the Dot to enter WiFi setup mode. The Dot then announces, “Now in setup mode. Follow the instructions in the Alexa app.”
A rotating orange blip then appears on the light ring, as pictured next. Do not proceed to the next step until you’ve heard this announcement, and see this rotating orange glow.
We recommend that you not place the Dot into WiFi setup mode until the screen in step 6 is showing on your tablet. If you put the Dot into setup mode first, and then advance the Alexa app to this point, sometimes the app can become confused, and force you to set up the Dot as a completely new device. However, following the steps in this procedure eliminates the risk of this occurring.
7. Press the Continue button back in the Alexa App. Once you see the light ring glowing orange, return to your tablet and the Alexa app, and press the blue continue button. The Connect to Echo Dot prompt screen then displays as follows.
8. Go into your tablet’s Settings page. Press the Home button on your tablet. This minimizes the Alexa app. Then, locate the Settings app and tap it. In my iPad, we find the Settings app on the second home page as shown below, although this app may be elsewhere on your tablet.
9. Tap the WiFi Settings item. This initiates a scan for in-range WiFi networks by your tablet. A partial list of networks that my iPad found is pictured below. Note that it found the Amazon-E9W wireless network. This is the WiFi SSID being broadcast by my Echo Dot running in setup mode. If you do not see the Amazon-XXX network, move your tablet closer to the Dot and wait some seconds for it to appear. If you still do not see it, reboot your Dot and once the light ring goes out, repeat step 5 above. The orange ring must appear as described in that step, in order to see the Amazon-XXX network.
10. Tap the Amazon-XXX network. The connection should be created immediately, as the Amazon-XXX network is unsecured. No password is required for this ad hoc network. Once connected, your WiFi settings screen should look something like the next picture. Note that we’re now connected to Amazon-E9W.
Your Dot should also announce something like the following: “You’ve connected to Echo Dot. Go ahead and finish the setup in the Alexa app.”
11. Go back to the Alexa App. Press the Home button on your tablet to return to the Home page. Find the Alexa app. Mine is on Home Page 3, as shown below. Tap the Alexa app.
The following screen then appears, showing that the tablet is now connected to your Echo Dot.
12. Press the Continue Button. Press the blue Continue button on the screen pictured above. This initiates a scan by your Echo device, for available WiFi networks from its vantage point. Once the scan finishes, the Choose Your WiFi Network screen appears, as shown next, which displays a list of the in-range WiFi networks detected by your Dot during the scan.
13. Tap your desired WiFi network. Pick the network you’d like your Dot to connect to on the Choose Your WiFi Network screen above. You’ll then be prompted for that network’s password, as shown next.
14. Enter the WiFi password. Use that virtual keyboard to tap in your WiFi network’s password. When finished, hide the keyboard. You should observe the following screen, showing the password entered.
15. Press the Continue button. Tapping the Continue button initiates attempts by your Dot to connect to the wireless network you chose in step 13. During this connection process, the Preparing your Echo Dot screen appears, displaying an advancing progress bar, as shown next.
If all goes well, the Setup Complete screen appears, as pictured next, indicating that your Dot has successfully connected to the WiFi network you specified, and she was also able to connect with the Alexa servers at Amazon through that WiFi connection as well.
Also, your Echo Dot should announce something like, “Your Echo Dot is now ready.”
16. Press the Continue Button. Tapping this button on your tablet takes you out of the Setup Complete screen and back to the Alexa App Home screen.
17. Test out your Dot. Ask, “Alexa, what time is it?” or “Alexa, what’s the weather?” If she responds with appropriate answers, then your Echo Dot is ready for use. Enjoy!
Execute this procedure any time you wish to change your Dot’s preferred WiFi network.
- This post pertains to the following software and hardware versions of the components referenced herein:
- iOS 10.1.1
- Alexa App: Client Version 1.24.698.0; Bridge version 220.127.116.11
- Amazon Echo Dot, 2nd Generation
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- Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Setup Help Instructions
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- Resetting Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 2nd Gen to Factory Default
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- Spotify Setup Instructions on Amazon Echo Alexa Devices
- Unboxing and Connecting Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen Smart Speaker