In order to connect your Alexa smart speaker to Wi-Fi, the speaker must be entered into Setup mode. There, you can choose the wireless network you’d like to have the speaker log into via the Alexa app, on either your desktop computer or mobile device. Below, we walk you through this process with an Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 2 speaker, although the process is virtually identical for connecting the other Alexa speakers like the Dot 1, the Echo 1 and Echo 2, and the Tap. We’ll perform this Alexa demo on our iPad iOS-based tablet computer.
If you’ve previously linked this particular Alexa speaker to your Amazon account, please note that it’s unnecessary to completely erase these settings for that speaker in the Alexa app, if all you’re doing is changing the wireless network credentials that the speaker uses to connect to the internet. However, we’ll cover both cases here; where you are connecting the speaker to Wi-Fi for the first time on your Amazon account, and the case where you’ve previously connected the speaker via your Amazon account, but now, simply wish the speaker to connect to a different Wi-Fi network.
Armed with your tablet and the Alexa app, connecting your Amazon smart speaker to a different wireless network is fairly painless, as follows.
We assume that the Alexa App has previously been linked to your Amazon account. Note also that 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.
Connecting Your Alexa Smart Speaker to a New Wi-Fi Network Procedure
1. Connect your Alexa speaker to power. If not already operating, plug your speaker into a power source, as you’ll need to access the network parameters stored in its memory, as described below.
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 hamburger shaped menu control, pointed at by the blue arrow in the previous picture. This brings up the main menu, as shown next.
3. Tap the Settings menu item, circled in blue in the previous picture, located in the black-background menu at left-screen. The Settings screen then appears as pictured next.
5. Look for your Alexa smart speaker in the resulting list. Note on the Settings screen, displayed in the previous picture, that the app shows a list of all of my Alexa devices that my Amazon account currently knows about.
If the speaker you’re changing Wi-Fi networks on is listed on your Settings screen, then tap that entry, and then jump down to step 6 below, where you’ll be able to update the saved Wi-Fi network while avoiding some of the preliminary steps needed to perform a complete setup of a new speaker.
However, if your speaker is not on the list, then you’ll need to prepare the speaker to connect to Wi-Fi first, just as you would if you were adding a new Alexa speaker to your Amazon account. In that case, continue on with the next step (Step 5a) to do that.
5a. Tap the Set Up a New Device button, pointed at by the blue arrow in the previous picture. The Alexa app then displays the Set Up a New Device screen, as shown in the next picture.
5b. Choose the device type you’re setting up from the list of available speakers and accessories displayed in the previous screenshot. The app then displays the Choose Language screen, as displayed next.
5c. Choose the language for the new speaker. In our case, the correct language choice is already shown in blue in the previous picture: English (United States). However, if you wanted to change this, tap on this link. A list of available language options will then appear, with the current language choice checked. There, you can simply tap on your preferred language. The blue link will then reappear, and show the language you selected. Once the desired language is showing, tap the blue Continue button. Alexa then displays the Begin Echo Dot Setup screen, as shown in the next step.
6. Observe the Begin Echo Dot Setup screen, as shown next. Whether you’re setting up a new speaker to connect to Wi-Fi, or simply changing the Wi-Fi network on a speaker that you’ve previously set up, both procedures eventually converge at this screen. From here forward, establishing a Wi-Fi connection for a new or previously set up smart speaker is the same.
7. Tap the Connect to Wi-Fi button. The Setup->Wait for the Orange Light Ring screen then displays, as shown next.
Wait for a minute or so for your Alexa speaker light ring to glow in a slowly spinning orange-yellow light pattern.
If the orange light does not appear after a couple minutes, locate the Action button on your speaker, 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 Alexa speaker to enter Wi-Fi setup mode. It 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 smart speaker into Wi-Fi setup mode until the screen above is showing on your tablet. If you do, and then advance the Alexa app to this point, sometimes the app can get confused, and force you to set up the speaker as a completely new device, even if that’s not what you intended.
8. Tap the Continue button back in the Alexa app. This brings up the Echo Dot Setup->Connect your iPad to Echo Dot screen, as shown next. This screen remains up until you go to your tablet or mobile device, and connect it to the temporary Amazon-xxx Wi-Fi network that the speaker sets up for configuration purposes. Continue on with the next step to connect your iPad to the speaker.
9. Go into your tablet’s Settings page. Press the Home button on your mobile device. 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 device.
10. Tap the Wi-Fi Settings item. This initiates a scan for in-range Wi-Fi networks by your tablet. A partial list of networks that my iPad found is pictured next. Note that it found the Amazon-E9W wireless network. This is the wireless SSID being broadcast by my Echo Dot running in setup mode, when light ring is glowing orange.
If you do not see the Amazon-XXX network, move your tablet closer to your Alexa speaker, and wait some seconds for it to appear. If you still do not see it, reboot your speaker, and once the light ring goes out, repeat from step 5 above. The orange ring must appear as described in that step, in order to see the Amazon-XXX network.
11. 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 Wi-Fi settings screen should look something like the next picture. Note that we’re now connected to Amazon-E9W.
Your speaker should also announce something like the following: “You’ve connected to Echo Dot. Go ahead and finish the setup in the Alexa app.”
12. 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 Alexa speaker.
13. Press the blue Continue button on the screen pictured above. This initiates a scan by your speaker, for available Wi-Fi networks from its vantage point. Once the scan finishes, the Choose Your Wi-Fi Network screen appears, as shown next, which displays a list of the in-range wireless networks detected by your smart speaker during the scan.
14. Tap your desired Wi-Fi network. Pick the network you’d like your speaker to connect to, on the Choose Your Wi-Fi Network screen above. In our case, we picked the 937T681J4059H_2G_Guest network. If you’ve never connected with this network before in your current Amazon account, You’ll then be prompted for that network’s password, as shown next. The screen you see may differ slightly, but the password prompt function will indeed be the same.
15. Enter the Wi-Fi password if requested. Use that virtual keyboard to tap in your Wi-Fi network’s password. When finished, hide the keyboard. You should observe a screen similar to the following, showing the password entered.
16. Press the Continue button, which initiates attempts by your Alexa speaker 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 speaker has successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network you specified, and that she was also able to connect with the Alexa servers at Amazon through that connection as well.
Finally, your Alexa speaker should announce something like, “Your Echo Dot is now ready.”
17. Press the Continue Button, which takes you out of the Setup Complete screen and back to the Alexa App Home screen, as shown next.
18. Test out your Alexa speaker. Ask, “Alexa, what time is it?” or “Alexa, what’s the weather?” If she responds with appropriate answers, then the speaker is ready for use.
Execute this procedure any time you wish to change your speaker’s preferred Wi-Fi network.
- This post pertains to the following software and hardware versions of the components referenced herein:
- iOS 11.2.5
- Alexa App: Client Version 1.24.4244.0; Bridge version 2.2.2471.0
- Amazon Echo Dot, 2nd Generation, running device software version 599473420.
- AC Power Adapter Specs for Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 2 Smart Speaker
- Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Setup Help Instructions
- Pairing Amazon Alexa Dot as Bluetooth Speaker
- Resetting Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 2nd Gen to Factory Default
- 2018-02-12: Originally published.