Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning.

Alexa WiFi Setup Instructions for Amazon Echo Speakers

This post gives Alexa WiFi speaker setup instructions.  We list the steps to follow to complete Alexa set up on a wireless network.  We demonstrate this using the Alexa series 3rd generation speaker, that came out in 2019.  Further, these directions work for brand new speakers as well as used Alexas that you want to put on a different network or account.





Before you Start Alexa WiFi Setup

1. A WiFi Internet Connection

None of the Alexa WiFi speakers that we are aware of come with an RJ45 Ethernet inlet.  So, you may only set them up through a WiFi network, and that network must have internet access.

2. A Smart Mobile Device

You’ll need to run the Alexa app on a mobile phone or tablet computer that can run it.  For this demo, we’re using an iPad tablet.

3. The Alexa App

Obtain the Alexa app in the Google Play (Android) store, or the App Store (iOS).  Download and install the right version for your device, and then log into it with your Amazon account credentials.  If you just made a new account, be sure to use those credentials.

4. An Alexa Account

If you do not already have an Amazon Alexa account for your speaker, get one at https://amazon.com/ .  Follow the prompts there to set one up.

Or, when you run the Alexa app in Step 2 under the Alexa WiFi Setup Instructions, Step-by-Step below, and you’ve never signed into the app with a valid account, Alexa will ask you to sign in, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Login prompt. Alexa WiFi Setup.
The Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Login prompt.

There, the app lets you make a new account if you don’t already have one.  If you do not, then press the  Create a New Amazon Account  button in the lower center portion of the login screen.  Then, the app walks you through that account setup routine.  Note that you must have an account to run the following steps.

5. Bluetooth

Turn on Bluetooth on your mobile device.  Why?  Because the Alexa app uses Bluetooth to find nearby Amazon speakers in some situations. Speaker setup requires this.





Alexa WiFi Setup, Step-by-Step 

1. Plug your WiFi Alexa Speaker into Main Power

Back view of an Alexa WiFi speaker, showing the AC power cord connected.
Back view of a WiFi Alexa smart speaker, showing the AC power cord connected.

 

Top view of the speaker, shown connected to AC power and booting.
Top view of the speaker, shown connected to AC power and booting.

2. Run the Alexa App

Find the Alexa app on your mobile device, as we did on the iPad tablet, as shown in the next picture.

Screenshot of the iOS home screen, showing the Alexa app Icon highlighted. Alexa WiFi Setup.
iOS home screen, showing the Alexa app Icon highlighted.

Tap the Alexa app icon to run it. If this is your first time starting the app, it will prompt you for your Amazon Alexa account and password. Again, if you just set up a new account above, log into the app with those account credentials.

Plus, if this is your first speaker, the app will ask you to set up a new device.

3. Enter Account Id and Password to Continue with Alexa WiFi Setup

Should the app prompt, enter your account details.  Doing this will sign you in.  Then, the app memorizes your account details for the next time you run it. That way, you won’t have to punch in this data every time.





4. If you are Not Prompted to Set Up a New Device… 

If this Alexa WiFi speaker assistant is not your first device, the app displays its Home screen.  We got the Home screen right away, since we have other devices on our Echo account.

Picture of the app -Home- screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.
The app -Home- screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.

5. Tap the Menu (Hamburger) Button

Find this called out by the green arrow in the last picture.

Hitting the menu button brings up the app’s main menu, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted.

6. Go to the Settings Screen  

Visit the Settings page by tapping the Settings menu item (left side of screen), highlighted by the green arrow in the previous picture.

The Settings the screen displays as follows.

Picture of the -Settings- screen in the app, with the -Device Settings- option highlighted. Alexa WiFi Setup.
The -Settings- screen, in the app, with the -Device Settings- option highlighted.

7. Visit the Device Settings Page to Continue with Alexa WiFi Setup

Get to the Device Settings page by tapping the Device Settings menu item (left side of the Settings screen, near the top), highlighted by the green arrow in the last picture above.

Tapping Device Settings brings up the All Devices screen, which lists all your currently registered Echo speakers and devices. Shown next.

Screenshot of the app displaying its -All Devices- page, with the -Add New Device (Plus)- button highlighted.
Screenshot of the app, displaying its -All Devices- page, with the -Add New Device (Plus)- button highlighted.

8. Go to the Set Up New Device Menu  

Bring up the Set Up New Device menu by tapping the Plus button in the top right corner of the All Devices page, as highlighted by the green arrow in the last picture above.

The Set Up New Device menu then pops up as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the app, showing its -Set Up New Device- menu, with the -Add Device- option highlighted.
Screenshot of the app, showing its -Set Up New Device- menu, with the -Add Device- option highlighted.




9. Tap the  Add Device   Option

Touching the Add Device option brings up the   Setup->What type of device are you setting up?  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -What Type of Device are you Setting Up- page, with the -Echo- device type highlighted. Alexa WiFi Setup.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -What Type of Device are you Setting Up- page, with the -Echo- device type highlighted.

10. Tap the Amazon Echo Device Type

Tapping the Amazon Echo item brings up the first Setup screen for Echo devices, as shown next, where you pick which model of the Echo Alexa you’re adding.  In this case, we want to setup and Alexa Echo device.  So, we’ve pointed out that option with a green arrow in the next picture.

Screenshot of the app, displaying the -Which Device Would You Like to Set Up- page, with the Echo entry highlighted.
Screenshot of the app, displaying the -Which Device Would You Like to Set Up- page, with the Echo entry highlighted.

11. Tap the Echo Device Type Item to Continue with Alexa WiFi Setup

Touching the Echo device brings up the Echo Set Up  screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iPadOS, displaying its -Is Your Echo Plugged In- prompt page, with the blue -Yes- bar highlighted.
Alexa app on iPadOS, displaying its -Is Your Echo Plugged In- prompt page, with the blue -Yes- bar highlighted.

12. Now Put your Alexa WiFi Speaker into Setup Mode

If your speaker is running, as it should be if you did Step 2 above, it’s probably displaying its orange light ring, as shown next.  If you see the orange light, then skip ahead to Step 13. Or if not, then work through this step.

Top view of a typical Alexa WiFi smart speaker, showing the spinning orange light ring. Alexa WiFi Setup.
Top view of a typical Alexa WiFi smart speaker, showing the spinning orange light ring.

If this is a brand new speaker you just unpacked, just plug it into AC power.  Then after a a about fifteen seconds, it automatically enters Setup mode and speaks this.

But if this is not a new Alexa, it may not go into Setup mode right away.  So in that case, you must reset it.  In brief, to reset the unit, press and hold the Action button until the unit starts resetting.  After reset, the speaker then enters Setup mode.

No matter how ever you get it into Setup, the deal is that once you have it there, move on to the next step.





13. Tap the Speaker in the List that Matches the One you’re Setting Up

Next. pick up your mobile device again and go back to the Alexa app.  You should see the screen pictured in Step 11 above.

Tap the blue Yes bar shown there.

This starts the Alexa app scanning for new devices to set up, as shown next.

Screenshot of the app, showing its -Select Amazon Echo- page while it searches for Echo devices to set up.
The app, showing its -Select Amazon Echo- page while it searches for Echo devices to set up.

Now at this point, the app is waiting to hear from the speaker you’re setting up.   It will hear it then, when you place your Alexa WiFi speaker into Setup mode.

If your unit is indeed in Setup, then after a brief pause, the app should list your new speaker, as ours did, in its found-devices list, as shown next.

Screenshot of the app, displaying its -Select your Amazon Echo- page, with an Echo speaker device highlighted.
The app, displaying its -Select your Amazon Echo- page, with an Echo speaker device highlighted.

If Alexa does not find your speaker, make sure you have Bluetooth turned on in your mobile device that’s running the Alexa app.  Then check again that your speaker is still flashing its light ring in orange.

Note that Alexa WiFi smart speakers only remain in Setup mode for several minutes. Then, they time out.  If that happens, then unplug the speaker from power for a few seconds and plug it back in.  This should restart Setup mode.

14. Tap the Listed Amazon Echo to Set Up to Continue with Alexa WiFi Setup

In this demo, we tap the Echo-50U speaker, pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture above.

This brings up the  Select your Wi-Fi Network   page, as shown next.

Just prior to the app showing this screen, it runs a WiFi scan from the speaker you chose, for in-range WiFi networks that the speaker sees.  Then, it’s this list that the app displays for you.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS showing its -Select Your WiFi Network- screen, with the network we want highlighted. Alexa WiFi Setup.
Alexa app on iOS showing its -Select Your WiFi Network- screen, with the network we want highlighted.

15. Choose the WiFi Network To Setup your WiFi Alexa Speaker With

Tap the WiFi network you want your speaker to sign into.  In our case, we’re picking the 937T681J4059H_2G_Guests network.  That one is pointed out by the green arrow in the last picture.

16. Enter the Password for That WiFi Network

Tapping a WiFi network may ask you to enter the password for that network.  Skip to Step 17 if you don’t see this prompt.

The app may not prompt you, if you’ve previously saved this network’s information to your Alexa account.  This is true for us in this scenario.  So Alexa did not ask us for the password.

But if a password entry screen does appear, type in the right WiFi password for the WiFi network you chose, and then move ahead to the next step.





17. Next, Wait for your Speaker to Connect to your WiFi Network

While your Alexa speaker tries to set itself up on the WiFi network you picked above, the app shows the Connecting your Echo to Wi-Fi screen, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the the app, displaying the -Connecting your Echo to WiFi- page.
The app, displaying the -Connecting your Echo to WiFi- page.

After some seconds, and if all goes well, you see the following screen.  This shows that the speaker successfully setup on your WiFi network.

Screenshot of the app displaying the -Your Echo is Now Connected- page, with the blue -Continue- bar highlighted.
The app displaying the -Your Echo is Now Connected- page, with the blue -Continue- bar highlighted.

Also, the smart speaker then makes a sound, and announces that it’s ready for use.

But if it does not setup correctly, and you get errors, follow any instructions that the app puts up.  If you entered the wrong WiFi password, the app prompts you to re-enter it.

Now if the problem is network related, you may have figure out the issue on your router.  In that case, once you’ve fixed the problem, try rerunning this routine again.  We advise that you close the Alexa app and start it again first.  Then, be sure that your Alexa WiFi speaker is in Setup mode before doing the setup routine again.

18. Choose the Room Where you will Put your Speaker

When the speaker sets up successfully, the app then takes you to the  Where is your Echo  screen, as pictured next.  This screen allows you to name the location in your home where you will place your speaker.

Screenshot of the Alexa app displaying its -Which Room is your Echo In- page, with the -Bedroom- choice checked and highlighted along with the blue -Continue- bar. Alexa WiFi Setup.
Alexa app displaying its -Which Room is your Echo In- page, with the -Bedroom- choice checked and highlighted along with the blue -Continue- bar.

19. Tap your Desired Location for your Speaker, to Continue with Alexa WiFi Setup

Pick the name of the location you want from the list displayed, as shown in the last picture.  In this demo, we tapped Bedroom, as seen in the last photo. Note the check mark that appears when you tap your preferred choice.

The system then prompts you for the street address where you’ll be using your speaker, as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Alexa App displaying the -Where is your Echo Street Address- page, with the blue -Continue- bar highlighted.
Alexa App displaying the -Where is your Echo Street Address- page, with the blue -Continue- bar highlighted.

The default address, which is filled in, and which we covered up in our demo, is shown here.

Review this address, and if correct, move on to the next step.  If the address is not not the one you want, then tap the Enter a new address link on this screen, and follow the directions to type in the street address you want.  Once done, the system returns you to this screen, except that now, the correct street address for your speaker should be listed.





20. Tap the Listed Street Address to Set it as the Alexa WiFi Speaker’s Default Address

When you touch the address you want, a check mark appears to the right of it, as shown in the next picture.

Screenshot of the app, displaying the -Where is your Echo- page ,with the street address we want for our speaker checked and highlighted.
The app, displaying the -Where is your Echo- page ,with the street address we want for our speaker checked and highlighted.

Move on to the next step once you’ve marked the correct street address for your speaker.

21. Tap the Blue Continue Bar 

Once you bump the Continue strip, your Alexa WiFi is now setup, and ready to answer voice commands.

Then, the Alexa app takes you back to its Home screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -Home- page. Alexa WiFi Setup.
Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -Home- page.

You may now close the Alexa app if you wish.

22. Check Out your Speaker

Your WiFi Alexa speaker is now ready to respond to spoken commands and questions once the orange light ring goes out.  So try asking it some questions like:

  • What’s the weather?
  • What time is it?
  • Give me my flash briefing.
  • How are you today?
  • Sing happy birthday.
  • Tell me a joke.

… and so on. Of course, be sure to precede each question with your the right wake word.  The default is Alexa.  Or it could be Computer, Amazon, or Echo if you changed it.

23. Done with Alexa WiFi Setup !

Enjoy this wireless speaker.  It’s a truly great sounding mid-sized speaker, with its improved bass and volume.

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References for Alexa WiFi Setup

  1. 3rd Generation Amazon Echo Dot Product Page at Amazon.com
  2. Amazon Alexa Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  3. Amazon Echo Help Pages

Revision History

  • 2020-08-07: First published.
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