Here, we answer the common question: How do I connect Alexa to the internet? Keep in mind that you need not completely erase your Alexa speaker settings to connect it to the internet on a new wireless network. Furthermore, at least for the Alexa Spot speaker, you need neither a tablet nor phone running the Amazon Alexa app, because this speaker has its own touchscreen. The Spot provides all the necessary menus for getting it up and running on the internet.
Before Starting to Connect Alexa to the Internet
Note that you can connect any Alexa speaker to the internet whether or not it successfully connects currently. But you must power ON the speaker must before you begin.
Also, the network you set up on the Spot must have internet access. Why? Because Alexa will not work well on many limited access or closed networks.
1. Turn On your Alexa Speaker
After several to ten seconds, a Home Screen appears on our Alexa as shown next.
How do I Connect Alexa to the Internet, Step by Step
1. Bring up the Actions Menu
Do this by swiping down from top of screen.
The Actions menu then appears as shown next.
2. Tap the Settings Button
Find the Settings button on the Actions menu, as pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.
The Settings screen then appears, as shown in the next picture.
3. Tap the Network Settings Menu Item
Find the Network Settings option shown in the last picture.
Tapping Network Settings brings up the Connect to Network screen, as shown next, and gives access to the Echo Alexa Spot WiFi settings.
4. Find Desired WiFi Network
The Connect To Network screen lists all in range as well as saved WiFi networks. So to find the wireless network you wish to setup your Alexa Spot on, swipe up and down on this screen until you notice it. If you don’t see the network you want, then maybe your Alexa is too far away from it. Move the speaker closer to that access point / router if this happens.
In this demo, we’re going to setup to the villasalon WiFi network on our Echo Spot. This SSID is circled in green, in the picture following.
5. Tap Desired WiFi Network Entry to Continue with How I Connect Alexa to the Internet
If your chosen WiFi SSID is a password protected network (as it well should be), the Spot then prompts you for its WiFi password, as shown next. Our villasalon network is indeed secured with a password.
6. Tap the Hide Password Button (Optional)
Skip ahead to the next step if you want to see the password characters appear onscreen as you enter them.
But if you want them hidden, then find the Hide Password option at the top of the screen. Hiding the password characters makes them show up as stars (*). But you need not hide the password if you’re alone or do not care if anyone looks sees it over your shoulder.
7. Enter the Internet Network Password
Type in the WiFi password for the internet wireless network you’ve chosen, using the onscreen virtual keyboard, as shown next. We’ve hidden our password. So we got the star characters as we entered ours.
8. Tap the Check Mark Button to Continue with How do I Connect Alexa to the Internet
Once you’ve typed the WiFi password, tap the gray check mark button at the bottom of the screen, as shown in the last picture.
The Alexa Spot then shows the Wi-Fi Network Confirmation screen, as shown next. Note that the villasalon network name appears, along with the password field (star characters).
If this is the WiFi network you wish, then go on to the next step. If not, then tap the Back button, found in the top left area (ten o’clock) on the screen, to choose a different WiFi network from the list of available networks.
9. Tap the Continue Button
Find the Continue button at six o’clock at the bottom of the Wi-Fi screen in the last picture (the > button).
The Alexa speaker then asks if you wish to save the WiFi password you entered above to Amazon servers, as shown next.
10. Switch Off the Save Password to Amazon Option (Optional)
The Save Password to Amazon option is ON by default. If you want to save your password there, then skip ahead to the next step. Doing so means that the next time you setup any Alexa device on the same Amazon account, that it will use that saved network information. This means that you won’t have to reenter the WiFi network and password the next time you set up a new Alexa on your Amazon account.
But if you with not to save your WiFi password, then tap the toggle switch at three o’clock on the prompt screen, shown next. This moves the switch to the left (OFF) position.
Here, we opted not to save it.
11. Tap the Blue Continue Button to Continue with How do I Connect Alexa to the Internet
Find the Continue (>) button at the bottom of the screen shown in the last picture.
The Alexa then tries to set itself up on the WiFi network you entered above. While it does this, it displays the Connecting screen, as shown next.
After ten to thirty seconds, a WiFi connection is made successfully (or not).
If connecting fails, then this Alexa speaker returns you to the list of available WiFi networks screen, with a WiFi Connection Failure message on your chosen network list item, as shown next. From there, you can either choose a different network, or pick the same SSID again and retry entering its password.
But if all works as expected with setting up the new WiFi connection, you’ll see the Verify Amazon Account screen come up, as shown in the next shot.
This screen says, “To connect to a new Wi-Fi network we need to confirm that you are <your Amazon account name> by signing you in with your Amazon account password.”
12. Tap the Blue Next (>) Button
Find this button shown in the last picture, at five o’clock (lower right on the touchscreen).
Alexa then asks for your Amazon account password, as shown in the screenshot in the next step.
13. Tap the Hide Button (Optional)
Skip ahead to the next step if you want to see the your Amazon account password characters appear onscreen as you enter them.
But to keep your password secret, then find the Hide option at the top of the screen. Again, hiding password characters makes them appears as asterisks (*).
We chose to hide ours for this demo.
14. Enter your Amazon Account Password to Continue with How do I Connect Alexa to the Internet
We typed in ours using the little virtual keyboard, as shown in the next picture.
15. Tap the Teal Done (Checkmark) Button
Find and tap the check mark button on the bottom of the round Alexa Spot screen, at the six o’clock position.
After a brief pause, and if all went as expected, you’ll see the Connected screen, as shown next.
Your Echo Spot has now successfully connected to the internet using the WiFi network you picked. Then, if that network has full internet access, you can give voice commands to the speaker. Test this out as follows.
16. Return the Alexa to its Home Screen (Optional)
Skip this step if you are not connecting an Alexa Spot, but instead, Echos, Echo Dots, and Echo Subs.
Say the command, “Alexa, go home.” This takes you back out of the WiFi Connected screen, and displays a home screen, as shown next.
17. Done with How do I Connect Alexa to the Internet
You’re all done with Alexa internet setup, and successfully too, we hope!
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References for How do I Connect Alexa to the Internet
- 2020-12-17: First published.