Echo Spot Firmware Update Instructions

Here, we detail our Echo Spot firmware update instructions for the Amazon Alexa Echo Spot smart video speaker. Note that this speaker automatically applies software updates shortly after Amazon publishes them.  But you may check for them manually, and update as well.  Also, new firmware installation does not erase current Echo Spot settings.  Furthermore, you can update the Spot without the Alexa app, since this visual speaker has its own touchscreen.  Indeed, as long as your Echo Spot is connected to the internet, it’s the only device you need to install firmware updates.





What you Need for Echo Spot Firmware Update 

To install Echo Spot firmware updates, you must first connect it to a WiFi network with internet access.  See our  Echo Spot Change WiFi Network Instructions Amazon Alexa Spot Speaker   piece for details on doing this.

Further, we assume that your Echo Spot is linked to your Amazon account.

1. Power up your Echo Spot

After several to ten seconds, a Home Screen appears as pictured next.

Picture of the Echo Spot speaker, front view, showing the local weather.
Spot Echo speaker, front view, showing the local weather.

Echo Spot Firmware Update Instructions

Now to the Echo Spot firmware updating, step by step help and tips.

1. Bring up the  Actions Menu

From the Home screen, get to the Actions icons by swiping down from screen top.

The Actions menu then appears as shown next.

Picture of a finger continuing to swipe down toward the center of the speaker screen, to reveal its main menu.
Continuing to swipe down toward screen center reveals main menu.

See the main menu controls screen, displayed fully, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the speaker displaying its Main Menu screen, with the -Settings- button highlighted. Echo Spot Firmware Update.
The speaker displaying its Main Menu screen, with the -Settings- button highlighted.

2. Tap the Settings Button

Find the Settings button on the Actions menu, as pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.  It’s the gear shaped, circular control at two o’clock on the screen.





The Settings screen then appears, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the speaker, displaying its -Settings- screen.
The speaker displaying its -Settings- screen.

Then, move down the screen to the Device Options entry, as shown in the next picture.   Scroll down through the list of settings by swiping up on the screen with your finger.

Picture of the speaker showing its -Settings- menu, with the -Device Options- item highlighted.
Showing the speaker’s -Settings- menu, with the -Device Options- item highlighted.

3. Tap the Device Options Entry to Continue with the Echo Spot Firmware Update

This brings up the Device Options screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Spot Alexa speaker, displaying its -Device Options- screen, at top of the options list.
The Spot Alexa speaker, displaying its -Device Options- screen, at top of the options list.

Then, scroll down the screen (drag swipe up with finger) until you see the Check for Software Updates option, as shown next, pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the speaker displaying its -Device Options- screen, with the -Check For Software Updates- option highlighted.
The speaker displaying its -Device Options- screen, with the -Check For Software Updates- option highlighted.

4. Tap the Check for Software Updates Option

This starts the process whereby the Echo Spot checks at the Amazon servers for the latest firmware version.  In our scenario here, there was indeed a newer version than the one currently running on our Spot.  So, our speaker began downloading that newer firmware, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker showing its -Device Options- screen, with the -Downloading Software- message highlighted. Echo Spot Firmware Update.
Showing the speaker’s -Device Options- screen, with the -Downloading Software- message highlighted.

Downloading continues and updates the downloading progress percentage, as shown next, now 95 percent downloaded here.

Picture of the speaker showing its -Device Options- screen, with the -Downloading Software-95 Percent Done- message displaying.
The speaker showing its -Device Options- screen, with the -Downloading Software – 95 Percent Done- message displaying.

After a brief wait, the new firmware finishes downloading, and the Echo Spot changes the Downloading… message to the Install Software option as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the speaker, displaying its -Device Options- screen, with the -Install Software Version- option highlighted.
The speaker displaying its -Device Options- screen, with the -Install Software Version- option highlighted.




5. Tap the Install Software Version Option

Find the Install Software Version option pointed at by the green arrow on the Device Options screen, as shown in the last picture above.

The Update Device Software screen then appears, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker, showing its -Update Device Software- confirmation screen, with the -Yes- button highlighted.
The speaker showing its -Update Device Software- confirmation screen, with the -Yes- button highlighted.

This screen reads, “Your device will need to restart to install the new software.  This could take up to 15 minutes.  Please don’t unplug your device!  Would you like to proceed?”

6. Tap the Yes (>) Button to Continue with these Echo Spot Firmware Update Instructions

Find the > button in the last picture, pointed to by the green arrow.

The Firmware Update Process

Tapping this button begins the firmware installation process.  The Echo Spot briefly displays a Powering Off message, and then shuts down for a couple seconds.  This leaves its screen completely dark for a short time, as shown next.  The updating is completely automatic from here on.  So it needs no further user input from you.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Spot smart speaker with dark screen. It is powered off.
The Echo Spot smart speaker with dark screen. It is powered off.

Then, the Spot speaker starts updating its firmware, displaying a progress ring on the Updating screen, as shown in the next few pictures.

Picture of the speaker updating its firmware, at 25 percent done.
The speaker updating its firmware, at 25 percent done.

 

Picture of the speaker updating its firmware, at 55 percent done.
The speaker updating its firmware, at 55 percent done.

Progressing…

Picture of the speaker. firmware updating, at 85 percent done. Echo Spot Firmware Update.
The speaker firmware updating, at 85 percent done.

Once the update progress ring completely lights up, all the way, the Echo Spot reboots and starts optimizing.  Optimizing is like what it does after a factory reset.  See our Reset Echo Spot to Factory Settings, How To Hard Reset   piece for further details.





Rebooting After Software Installation

During booting, the Amazon logo screen first appears as shown next.

Picture of the speaker booting, showing the Amazon logo screen.
The speaker booting, showing the Amazon logo screen.

Next, a Wait screen displays, with a white light ring and flashing blue dots, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker booting, displaying its -Wait- screen.
The speaker booting, displaying its -Wait- screen.

Then, the Echo logo screen appears, as booting progresses, as displayed next.

Picture of the visual speaker booting, showing its Echo logo wait screen.
The visual speaker booting, showing its Echo logo wait screen.

Then, the Optimization Process Begins

Optimization consumes much of the time during the firmware update process. This takes several minutes to finish. And as it runs, the Spot draws a round progress ring that slowly advances as it optimizes its software and resources. Shown in the next three pictures.

Picture of the speaker, showing the start of its Optimizing operation. Echo Spot Firmware Update.
The speaker showing the start of its Optimizing operation.

 

Picture of the speaker in the middle of the Optimizing operation.
speaker in the middle of the Optimizing Soperation.

 

Picture of the speaker finishing up optimization after the firmware update process completes.
The speaker finishing up optimization after the firmware update ends.




Echo Spot Firmware Update is Now Done

After optimization, the  Home  screen comes up.  You’re done!  Your Echo Spot is now running the latest firmware version.  Enjoy.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Spot speaker showing home screen, with mics un muted.
Amazon Echo Spot speaker showing home screen, with mics un muted.

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References for these Echo Spot Firmware Update Instructions

  1. Check & Update Your Alexa Device Firmware, on Amazon.com

Revision History

  • 2020-04-12: Added tags.
  • 2019-03-08: First posted.
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