Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup-Wait For Orange Light- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.

How to Connect Alexa to WiFi, Different Network

How to connect Alexa to WiFi and the internet? Well, to do that you must put the speaker into Setup mode first.  In Setup, you choose the WiFi network you’d like to have the speaker log into, via the Alexa app. You can do this on either your desktop box or mobile device.  Now below, we walk you through this process with an Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 2 speaker.  But the routine is almost the same for connecting the other Alexa speakers. These include the Dot 1, the Echo 1 and Echo 2, and the Tap.  We do this Alexa demo on our iPad iOS-based tablet.

If you’ve linked this Alexa speaker to your Amazon account prior, then you can keep some of its settings.  Indeed, you need not erase these settings if  you’re just changing its WiFi network.





We’ll cover both cases here.  Case One is where you connect the speaker to WiFi for the first time on your Amazon account. Case Two is where you’ve previously connected the speaker on your account. But now, you just wish the speaker to connect to a different WiFi network.

So, armed with your tablet and the Alexa app, changing the WiFi network your Amazon smart speaker uses is painless.

We assume that you have linked the Alexa App to your Amazon account. Note also that we took the screen shots below with an Apple iPad Air. But a similar Alexa app for Android you can download from the Google Play store.

How to Connect Alexa to WiFi Instructions

1. Connect your Alexa Speaker to Power

If not already running, plug your speaker into a power source.  You must power on the speaker first.  Why?  Because you’ll need to access the network settings stored in its memory, as described below.

Picture of the unboxed Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen Speaker, plugged in and booting. Powering up.
Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen Speaker, plugged in and booting. Powering up.

2. Run the Alexa App on your Tablet

Start by running this app on your tablet.  The Alexa app lets you access your Alexa devices and settings.

The app Home screen then shows, as seen in the next shot.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Picture of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its Home screen, with the hamburger (Main) menu button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its Home screen, with the hamburger (Main) menu button highlighted.

3. Tap the Hamburger Shaped Menu Control

Find this item pointed at by the blue arrow in the last picture.

Tapping this control once brings up the main menu, as shown next.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its main menu, with the -Settings- item Highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its main menu, with the -Settings- item Highlighted.

4. Tap the Settings Menu Item

We’ve circled the Settings item in   blue   in the last picture, in the black-background menu at left-screen.





The  Settings  screen then appears as shown next.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Picture of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings- screen, with the -Set Up A New Device- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings- screen, with the -Set Up A New Device- button highlighted.

5. Look for your Alexa Smart Speaker in the Resulting List

Note on the  Settings  screen shown above, that the app lists all of my Alexa devices.  These are the speakers that our Amazon account knows about.

If the speaker you’re changing shows on your  Settings  screen, then tap that entry. Then jump down to step 6 below. There, you update the saved WiFi network.  This skips some of the early steps you need for a full setup of a brand new speaker.

But if your speaker is not on the list, then you’ll need to put into Setup mode.  This prepares the speaker to connect to WiFi first. This is just as you would do if you were adding a new speaker to your Amazon account.  In that case, pick up  with the next step (Step 5a) to do that.

5a. Tap the   Set Up a New Device   Button to Connect Alexa to WiFi

Find this button pointed at by the blue arrow in the last picture.

The Alexa app then displays the   Set Up a New Device   screen, as shown in the next picture.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Set Up A New Device- screen, with the -Echo Dot- choice highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Set Up A New Device- screen, with the -Echo Dot- choice highlighted.

5b. Choose the Device Type you’re Setting Up

Pick this from the list of speakers shown in the last screenshot.

The app then shows the   Choose Language   screen, as seen next.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Choose Language- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Choose Language- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.

5c. Choose the Language for the New Speaker

In our case, the English language choice already shows in blue in the last picture.  But 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 the language you want.

The blue link then appears again, showing the language you chose.

Once the desired language shows, tap the blue   Continue   button.

The app then puts up the  Begin Echo Dot Setup   screen, as shown in the next step.





6. Observe the   Begin Echo Dot Setup   Screen

This screen appears next.

Note that setting up a new speaker, or simply changing the WiFi network, both wind up at this screen.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Begin Echo Dot Setup- screen, with the -Connect To Wi-Fi- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Begin Echo Dot Setup- screen, with the -Connect To Wi-Fi- button highlighted.

7. Tap the   Connect to Wi-Fi   Button

The  Setup->Wait for the Orange Light Ring   screen then shows, as seen next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup-Wait For Orange Light- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup-Wait For Orange Light- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.

Wait for a minute or so for your speaker light ring to glow in a spinning orange-yellow pattern.

If the orange light ring does not come on after a few minutes, find the  Action  button on your speaker. Then press and hold it for roughly five seconds. The Action button is the one with the small white circle.

Pressing the Action button in this way  forces the speaker to enter WiFi setup mode. It then announces, “Now in setup mode. Follow the instructions in the Alexa app.”

A spinning orange blip then appears on the light ring, as seen next. Do not move on to the next step until you’ve heard this announcement, and see this spinning orange glow.

Do not place the speaker into WiFi setup mode until the screen above shows on your tablet. If you do, and then advance the Alexa app to this point, sometimes the app gets confused. This might force you to set up the speaker as a brand new device.   But this may not be what you wanted.  So be careful.  Do not start setup on the speaker until your app is on the screen shown above.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 in Setup Mode, showing Light Ring with orange blip circling.
Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 in Setup Mode, showing Light Ring with orange blip circling.

8. Tap the   Continue   Button to Connect Alexa to WiFi

Find this 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 stays up until you connect your mobile device to the Amazon-xxx WiFi network. The speaker creates this network for setup purposes.

Go on with the next step to connect your iPad to the speaker.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Echo Dot Setup-Connect Your iPad To Echo Dot- screen.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Echo Dot Setup-Connect Your iPad To Echo Dot- screen.




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 our iPad, we find the   Settings   app on the second home page as shown below. Note though, that you may find this app elsewhere on your mobile device.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iOS Home screen with Settings App Highlighted

10. Tap the WiFi Settings Item

This starts a scan for in-range WiFi networks by your tablet.

A partial list of networks that our iPad found appears next. Note that it found the Amazon-E9W WiFi network. This WiFi SSID comes from our Echo Dot speaker in Setup mode.  The speaker is in Setup when light ring glows orange.

If you do not see the Amazon-XXX network, move your tablet closer to your speaker. Then, wait some seconds for it to appear.

If you still do not see it, reboot the speaker. Then, once the light ring goes out, repeat from step 5 above. The orange ring must appear as described in that step. To see the Amazon-XXX network, the speaker must show the orange ring.  That is, it must be in Setup mode.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Picture of the iOS Settings WiFi Screen, showing the available AMAZON-XXX Network Highlighted though not yet connected.
iOS Settings WiFi Screen, showing the available AMAZON-XXX Network Highlighted though not yet connected.

11. Tap the Amazon-XXX Network

The connection should link right away.  No password prompt appears for this open network.

Once connected, your WiFi Settings screen should look something like the next picture. We’ve now connected to Amazon-E9W.

Picture of the iOS Settings WiFi Screen, showing successful connection with the AMAZON-XXX network.
iOS Settings WiFi Screen, showing successful connection with the AMAZON-XXX network.

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.  Ours is on Home page 3, as shown below. Tap the Alexa app.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. 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.

The next shown screen then appears. It shows the tablet now connected to your speaker.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Connected To Echo Dot- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Connected To Echo Dot- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.

13. Press the Blue  Continue  Button to Connect Alexa to WiFi

Find the Continue button on the screen pictured above. This begins a scan by your speaker, for in-range WiFi networks from its vantage point.

Once the scan finishes, the  Choose Your Wi-Fi Network  screen appears, as shown next. This screen shows a list of the in-range networks found by your speaker during the scan.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup-Select Your Wi-Fi Network- screen, with the desired network circled.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup-Select Your Wi-Fi Network- screen, with the desired network circled.

14. Tap your Desired WiFi 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.





Perhaps you’ve never linked with this network before in your current Amazon account.  In that case, the Alexa app prompts for this network’s password, as shown next.  The screen you see may differ slightly. But the password prompt function will indeed be the same.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, prompting for WiFi password.
Amazon Alexa App, prompting for WiFi password, and virtual keyboard displaying too.

15. Enter the WiFi Password if Asked

Use that virtual keyboard to tap in your WiFi network’s password. When finished, hide the keyboard. You should see a screen similar to the following, showing the password entered.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, displaying the WiFi Password Entry screen.
Amazon Alexa App, displaying the WiFi Password Entry screen.

16. Press the Continue Button

This starts attempts by your Alexa speaker to connect to the WiFi network you chose in step 13.  During this connection process, the   Preparing your Echo Dot  screen appears, displaying an moving progress bar, as shown next.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup-Preparing Your Echo Dot- screen.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup-Preparing Your Echo Dot- screen.

If all goes well, the   Setup Complete   screen appears, as shown next. Your speaker has successfully connected to the WiFi network you chose.  Plus, she was also able to connect with the Alexa servers at Amazon too.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup Complete- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Setup Complete- screen, with the -Continue- button highlighted.

At last, your Alexa speaker should announce something like, “Your Echo Dot is now ready.”

17. Press the Continue Button to Connect Alexa to WiFi

This takes you out of the   Setup Complete  screen and back to the Alexa App Home screen, as shown next.

How to connect Alexa to WiFi. Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Home- screen.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Home- screen.

18. Test out your Alexa Speaker

Ask, “Alexa, what time is it?” or “Alexa, what’s the weather?” If she responds with the right answers, then the speaker is ready for use.

Run this routine any time you wish to connect your speaker to a different WiFi network.





Qualifiers

  • 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.

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References for How to Connect Alexa to WiFi

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