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How to Connect Amazon Alexa Echo Smart Speaker to Bluetooth Speaker




Not only can you use your Amazon Echo speaker as a Bluetooth speaker, but you can also connect it to another Bluetooth speaker, and hear Alexa audio through that external Bluetooth speaker wirelessly.  We demonstrate here how to pair an Amazon Alexa Echo speaker to a Bluetooth speaker in the following paragraphs.




Note that your Alexa speaker must be connected to the internet and linked to your Amazon account in order to be able to pair it with a Bluetooth speaker.  Our demo here assumes that all those logistics have been taken care of.

 

1. Locate the Alexa app on your device.

We’re running this demo on an iOS based iPad Air as shown in the next screenshot.  In our case, the Alexa app is located on the third home screen page of apps, as pointed at by the blue arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.
iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

 

2. Run the Alexa app.

The app displays its home screen as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.

 

3. Tap the Hamburger control

Find the hamburger item in the top left corner of the screen, as pointed at by the blue arrow in the previous screenshot.  This brings up the Alexa app’s main menu, as displayed in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.




4. Tap the  Settings   option on the main menu,

The Settings item is pointed at by the blue arrow in the previous screenshot.  This brings up the   Settings   screen, as shown in the next screenshot.  From this screen, you can select which Echo device currently set up on your Amazon account, you wish to pair with your Bluetooth speaker.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.

5. Tap the Echo device you wish to pair to your Bluetooth speaker.

This takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the Echo speaker you chose.

In this demo, we’re pairing from our   Bedroom Dot   Echo Dot speaker to our external Bluetooth speaker.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.

6. Tap the   Bluetooth   item,

Find the Bluetooth option pointed at by the   blue   arrow in the previous screenshot.  This brings up the   Bluetooth Devices   screen, as shown next.  At this point, you’re now ready to initiate a scan by the Echo speaker you’ve selected in the previous step for available Bluetooth devices.   However, don’t press the   Pair a New Device   button just yet.  We must first power up your external Bluetooth speaker and put it into pairing mode.




Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Bluetooth Settings screen for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Bluetooth Settings screen for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.

7. Power up your external Bluetooth speaker.

In this demo, we’re pairing with a Craig model CMA3568 Bluetooth speaker, as pictured next.  This speaker automatically goes into pairing mode when it’s first powered on.  The blue pilot lamp on the front, to the right of the Bluetooth on-off switch, comes on and blinks rapidly when this speaker enters pairing mode.

Picture of the Craig Bluetooth speaker, model CMA3568, front view, with its BT on-off switch highlighted.
Craig Bluetooth speaker, model CMA3568, front view, with its BT on-off switch highlighted.

In the next picture, we’ve turned on the CMA3568, and the blue pilot lamp is blinking.

Picture of the Craig Bluetooth speaker model CMA3568, front view, powered on and in Bluetooth pairing mode, with the blue pilot lamp highlighted.
Craig Bluetooth speaker model CMA3568, front view, powered on and in Bluetooth pairing mode, with the blue pilot lamp highlighted.

8. Tap the  Pair a New Device   button.

Once your Bluetooth speaker is powered up and in pairing mode, go back to the Alexa app on your mobile device, and tap the blue  Pair a New Device   button, discussed in Step 6 above.  This initiates a scan by your Echo speaker for in-range Bluetooth devices, and lists any that it found on the next screen.  In our case, our Alexa Bedroom Dot speaker found two devices during its scan; our Roku player and our Craig CMA3568 Bluetooth speaker.  The Bluetooth speaker is pointed at by the blue arrow in the next screen shot.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Setup- screen, with our Craig Bluetooth speaker highlighted in the list of available devices.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Setup- screen, with our Craig Bluetooth speaker highlighted in the list of available devices.




9. Tap the Bluetooth speaker you wish to pair with your Echo smart speaker.

We’re pairing ours with the CMA3568 entry (the Craig model CMA3568 Bluetooth speaker).  Doing this adds the speaker to the previously paired devices list for the currently selected Echo smart speaker, displays this list as shown in the next screenshot, and then attempts to connect to the Bluetooth speaker.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Previously Paired Devices- screen for our -Bedroom Dot- Alexa smart speaker, with the Craig CMA3568 Bluetooth speaker highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Previously Paired Devices- screen for our -Bedroom Dot- Alexa smart speaker, with the Craig CMA3568 Bluetooth speaker highlighted.

After several seconds, and assuming all goes well, the pairing successfully occurs, and the Bluetooth logo appears to the left of the speaker entry in the Previously Paired Devices list, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen for our -Bedroom Dot- smart speaker, showing the -Bluetooth Devices- screen for that speaker, with the Craig CMA3568 Bluetooth speaker connected successfully.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen for our -Bedroom Dot- smart speaker, showing the -Bluetooth Devices- screen for that speaker, with the Craig CMA3568 Bluetooth speaker connected successfully.

You should now hear any audio that would normally come from the Echo smart speaker you just paired, from the external Bluetooth speaker that you just successfully paired it with.  You may also hear Alexa tell you that you’ve successfully paired with your Bluetooth speaker for the first time, and that you can now unpair by saying, “Disconnect my speaker.”  You may also unpair by powering off the Bluetooth speaker itself.




Once your Bluetooth speaker has been added to the previously paired devices list, your Echo smart speaker will connect to it any time it detects that speaker is activated and in Bluetooth range.  With our Craig speaker, we just turn the speaker on and it automatically reconnects to our Bedroom Dot, without us having to do anything manually in the Alexa app.

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Revision History

  • 2017-12-29: Originally published.