In this demo, we’re going to connect (pair) the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker to an iPad Air tablet, such that the Dot becomes a Bluetooth speaker, allowing us to play any audio that the iPad is playing, through the Amazon Dot.
You might do this if you have your Dot connected to your home stereo system, for its great sound, and would like to hear YouTube videos, Netflix movies, Hulu shows, and other streaming multimedia services, through your hi-fi system, without connecting any cords to your tablet.
This procedure assumes that you’re connecting the same iPad to the Dot as what you’re running the Alexa app on.
Pairing the Echo Dot with an iPad, Method One
1. Make sure that both your tablet and your Echo Dot are online and connected to the Internet.
2. Turn Bluetooth ON, on the iPad, and assure that you see the “Now discoverable as” message, as shown next. The Dot will not be able to connect to the iPad unless it is advertising itself on Bluetooth (is in discovery mode).
3. Next, on the tablet, run the Alexa app. On my iPad, the Alexa app appears on the third home page, as pictured next.
The Alexa home screen then displays, as pictured next.
4. Then, tap the Settings item. This brings up the Alexa Settings screen, as shown next.
5. Next, locate your Alexa Dot device in the Alexa Devices list. Mine is the one pointed to by the green arrow in the picture just above, and tap it. This brings up the individual Alexa device configuration screen, as shown next.
6. Tap the Bluetooth item; the one circled in the previous picture. The known Bluetooth devices list screen then appears, as shown next.
7. Then, tap the Pair a New Device button. This puts your Echo Dot into discovery mode, where it advertises its device name in the Bluetooth domain. The Dot also scans for other broadcasting devices (others in discovery mode) while broadcasting its own name.
8. Tap the device in this list that you wish to pair with your Amazon Dot. In our case here, it’s the Tom’s iPad device.
Then, if all goes well, pairing will happen successfully, and the Alexa app adds this new device to its known Bluetooth devices list. The app then displays this updated known Bluetooth devices list, as shown next. It also shows the device as connected by coloring the Bluetooth symbol to the left of the device name, blue.
When pairing occurs successfully, your Echo Dot will announce this by saying, “Connected to Tom’s iPad. Now that you’re paired, next time, just say, ‘Connect my phone.’.”
Once you establish a Bluetooth connection between your Dot and a particular Bluetooth device for the first time, Amazon remembers the particulars about this connection, such that if you go into the Alexa app, to the Bluetooth devices list as displayed above, you’ll see your new device listed. Connecting to it subsequently is much simpler now. All you need do is either tap the device, or command your dot to do it by saying, “Alexa, connect to Tom’s iPad.”
At this point, all your iPad’s generated sounds will play on your Echo Dot, and so, you’re done. The steps below provide information on how to disconnect from Bluetooth as well as alternative methods of connecting, should you encounter problems connecting with method one above.
Pairing the Echo Dot with an iPad, Method Two
Sometimes, the Amazon Echo Dot does not find your desired device as it successfully did in step 7 in method one above. Or, if it does find it, it does not successfully connect to it when you tap the found device name as in step 8 in method one above. For these situations, you can try initiating the pairing from the device you wish to pair, rather than from the Echo Dot itself, as follows.
1. Perform steps 1 through 6 in method one above. Remember that step 6 places the Dot into Bluetooth discovery mode, so that it should show up on any other in-range devices that are themselves scanning for in-range Bluetooth devices.
2. Since we wish to pair our iPad, we then go into that iPad’s Settings, to the Bluetooth section. Tapping Bluetooth places the iPad into discovery mode, as well as initiates a scan for nearby Bluetooth devices, as shown next.
3. Tap the Echo Dot XXX entry to initiate the connection from this iPad. Ours shows as “Echo Dot-E9W”. This establishes the Bluetooth connection to the Dot.
As it did in method one, when successful connection happens, your Echo Dot will announce this by saying, “Connected to Tom’s iPad. Now that you’re paired, next time, just say, ‘Connect my phone.’.” Also as in method one, a successful connection adds your device to the Previously Paired Devices list in the Alexa app.
Go ahead and start playing your tablet music through your Amazon Echo Dot, which is now function as a decent Bluetooth speaker.
Unpairing the Echo Dot from Any Bluetooth Device, Method 1
1. You can disconnect your Dot from your tablet by saying, “Alexa, disconnect <your device’s name>” Then, the Dot responds, “Now disconnected from <your device’s name>.”
Unpairing the Echo Dot from Any Bluetooth Device, Method 2
1. Or, you may also disconnect by using Alexa app. Go to the app, to Settings, to your device, to its Bluetooth options, like we did above in steps 3 thru 5 in connection method one. The Previously Paired Devices list appears as follows.
2. Tap the down arrow on the right side of the device list entry. This exposes the disconnect and forget device options, as shown next.
3. Tap the Disconnect option, as pointed to by the green arrow in the previous picture.
This causes the Dot to terminate its Bluetooth connection with the device. Verify complete disconnection by noting the gray Bluetooth symbol pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.
We hope this post eliminates some of the confusion that can result when attempting to pair your Echo Dot as a speaker to your iPhone, iPad, or other sound-transmitting Bluetooth device.
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- 2016-12-12: Originally published.