Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker in original package, front view.

How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi

It’s not necessary to completely erase your speaker settings in the Alexa app, just to connect it to a new WiFi network.  With your mobile device and the Alexa app, doing this is a breeze.  Also, you can run through the same routine to connect up a brand new Echo Dot.  So given all that, we show here how to connect the Echo Dot 2nd generation speaker to WiFi.

We assume here that Alexa App is linked to your Amazon account. Plus, the Echo Dot 2nd generation you’re  connecting is present in your Alexa app. If you bought the speaker from Amazon through your account there, then it should automatically appear.

We took the screen shots below from an Apple iPad Air.  But a similar Alexa app for Android is also available from the Google Play store.

How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi

1. Connect your Echo Dot to Power

If not already running, plug your Echo Dot into a power source. You’ll need power to access the network settings stored in its memory, as described below.

2. Run the Alexa App on your Mobile Device

To get started, run this app on your table or other mobile device. This gives you access to your current Alexa devices and settings.

The Alexa App   Home   screen then appears as pictured next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, displaying its Home screen.
Amazon Alexa App, displaying its Home screen.

3. Tap the   Settings   Menu Item

Touch the   Settings  option.  For older versions of this app, find this in the black-background menu at left-screen.

The   Settings   screen then appears as pictured next.

Picture of the Settings screen on the iOS Alexa App.
Alexa App Settings Screen

4. Choose the Speaker you Want to Connect to Continue with How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi

Tap the Echo device you wish to connect.  Find this speaker under the  Alexa Devices   section on the screen above.

The device configuration page for the speaker you picked then appears, as pictured next.  We circled the   Update WiFi  option on that device page, in the next picture.

Picture of the Alexa App displaying the Echo Device Configuration screen, with Update WiFi option circled.
Alexa App Echo Device Configuration screen, with Update WiFi option circled.

5. Next, tap the   Update WiFi   Item

After pressing the   Update WiFi  option above, an icon of the smart speaker displays next (2nd generation here).  It shows you where on the speaker the action button is.  You’ll need to know where this button is to run the next step (step 6).

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6. Press and Hold the Speaker’s   Action   Button 

Find the   Action  button on your Echo Dot 2nd Generation, as shown in the last picture above.

Then press and hold it for roughly five seconds. It’s the button with the small white circle printed in its center.  This forces the speaker to enter   WiFi Setup  mode.

The 3rd generation Echo Dot 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.

Do not place the speaker into WiFi setup mode until the screen in step 6 shows.  Doing so before this, and then advancing the app to this point, sometimes confuses the app. This then forces you to set up the speaker as a completely new device.  But following the steps in this routine reduces this risk.

Picture of the Echo Dot 2nd generation speaker in Setup Mode, showing Light Ring with orange blip circling.
The 2nd generation Echo Dot speaker in Setup Mode, showing Light Ring with orange blip circling.

7. Press the   Continue  Button Back in the Alexa App to Continue with How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi

Once you see the light ring glowing orange, return to your tablet and the Alexa app. Then press the blue   Continue   button.

The   Connect to Echo Dot   prompt screen then displays as follows.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, Prompting to Connect your tablet to Echo Dot.
Amazon Alexa App, Prompting to Connect your tablet to Echo Dot.

8. Go Into your Tablet’s   Settings   Page

Press the   Home  button on your tablet.  This minimizes the Alexa app.  Then, find the   Settings  app and tap it.  We find the   Settings   app in our iPad Air on the second home page as shown below, although this app may be elsewhere on your tablet.

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

9. 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 is pictured below.  Note that it found the Amazon-E9W wireless network.  This is the WiFi SSID being broadcast by our Echo Dot 2nd generation speaker, running in setup mode.

If you do not see the Amazon-XXX network, move your tablet closer to the smart 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 step 5 above.  The orange ring must appear as described in that step, in order to see the Amazon-XXX network.

Picture of the iOS Settings WiFi Screen, showing the available AMAZON-XXX Network Highlighted though not yet connected. How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi.
iOS Settings WiFi Screen, showing the available AMAZON-XXX Network Highlighted though not yet connected.

10. Tap the    Amazon-XXX    Network to Continue with How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi

The connection should happen right away, as the Amazon-XXX network is unsecured.  You need enter no password for this ad hoc network.

Once connected, your   WiFi Settings   screen should look something like the next picture. Note that we’re 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 Echo Dot 2nd generation should also announce something like the following: “You’ve connected to Echo Dot.  Go ahead and finish the setup in the Alexa app.”

11. Go Back to the Alexa App

Press the   Home  button on your mobile device to return to the   Home  page.  Find the Alexa app.  Ours is on Home Page 3, as shown below.  Tap the Alexa app.

Picture of the iOS Home screen with the Alexa App highlighted.
iOS Home screen with Alexa App highlighted.

The following screen then appears, showing that the tablet is now connected to your Echo Dot.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, displaying the -Connected Echo Dot- screen.
Amazon Alexa App, displaying the -Connected Echo Dot- screen.

12. Press the   Continue   Button

Press the blue   Continue  button on the screen pictured above.  This begins a scan by your Echo Dot, for available WiFi networks from its vantage point.

Once the scan finishes, the   Choose Your WiFi Network  screen appears, as shown next.  This displays a list of the in-range WiFi networks detected by the 2nd generation Echo Dot during the scan.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, displaying the -Select Your WiFi Network- screen. How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi.
Amazon Alexa App, displaying the -Select Your WiFi Network- screen.

13. Tap your Desired WiFi Network to Continue with How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi

Pick the network you’d like your speaker to connect to, on the   Choose Your WiFi Network   screen above.  The app then prompts for that network’s password, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa App, prompting for WiFi password.
The Alexa app, prompting for WiFi password, and virtual keyboard displaying too.

14. Enter the WiFi Password

Use that virtual keyboard to tap in your WiFi network’s password.  When finished, hide the keyboard.

You should see the following screen, showing the password entered.

Screenshot of the app, displaying the WiFi Password Entry screen. How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi.
The app displaying the WiFi Password Entry screen.

15. Press the   Continue    Button

Tapping the   Continue  button starts attempts by your Echo Dot 2nd generation Alexa to connect to the WiFi network you chose in step 13.

As this connection takes place, the   Preparing your Echo Dot   screen appears, displaying an advancing progress bar, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, displaying the -Preparing Your Echo Dot- screen.
Amazon Alexa App, displaying the -Preparing Your Echo Dot- screen.

If all goes well, the   Setup Complete  screen appears, as pictured next. This means that that your Alexa speaker has successfully connected to the WiFi network you specified.  It also means that she was also able to connect with the Alexa servers at Amazon through that WiFi connection.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, displaying the Setup Complete screen.
Amazon Alexa App, displaying the Setup Complete screen.

Then, your Echo Dot 3rd generation should say something like, “Your Echo Dot is now ready.”

16. Press the   Continue   Button to Continue with How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi

Tapping this button on your tablet takes you out of the   Setup Complete  screen and back to the Alexa App   Home   screen.

17. Test Out your Speaker

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

Run this routine any time you wish to connect your Echo Dot to a new WiFi network.

Qualifiers

  • This post pertains to the following software and hardware versions of the components referenced herein:
    • iOS 10.1.1
    • Alexa App: Client Version 1.24.698.0; Bridge version 1.16.39.0
    • Amazon Echo Dot, 2nd Generation

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References for How to Connect Echo Dot 2nd Generation to WiFi

  1. What is Amazon Echo?   on Wikipedia

Revision History

  • 2020-08-03: First posted.