This post shows how to connect a typical Sony portable speaker to a common Alexa device. We will do this with the Echo Input. But the same you could also do with an Alexa Dot, Spot, or any other Echo device that supports Bluetooth. Since this BT connecting happens between the speaker and Alexa directly, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to set up this link.
How to Connect a Sony Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa
Start with your Sony speaker powered off. Then run through this routine to connect the speaker to the Alexa device. We’re using an iPad Air computer to establish this linkage.
1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device
We found the app on an iPadOS iPad Air as shown in the next screenshot. In our case, the Alexa app is on the third home screen page. It’s pointed at by the blue arrow.
2. Run the Alexa App
The app displays its Home screen as shown in the next screenshot.
3. Tap the More (Hamburger) Control
Find the hamburger item in the lower right corner of the screen. This is pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.
This brings up the Alexa app’s main menu, as shown in the next screenshot.
4. Tap the Settings Option on the Main Menu to Continue with How to Connect Sony Speaker to Alexa
The Settings option is pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.
This brings up the Settings screen, as shown in the next screenshot.
From here, choose which Alexa device you wish to connect to your Sony speaker. The green arrow in the next picture points at our choice, the Thomas’s Echo Input device.
5. Tap the Alexa Device you Want to Connect
This takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the Alexa device you picked.
6. Tap the Bluetooth Devices Item
Find the Bluetooth Devices menu item pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.
This brings up the Bluetooth Devices screen, as shown next.
At this point, you’re ready to start a Bluetooth scan by the Alexa unit you just chose for this connection. In our demo here, our Echo Input will be the one that scans for Bluetooth devices.
But don’t press the Pair a New Device button just yet. We must first power up the Sony speaker and put it into discovery mode.
7. Turn On your Speaker to Continue with How to Connect Sony Portable Speaker to Alexa
Put down your mobile device for a moment, and turn on your Sony speaker. In this demo, we turn on our Sony SRS XB10 on by quickly pressing its Power button. See this button pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture. Most Sony speakers have a Power button like this example, that works the same way.
The speaker then powers up.
But since our Alexa device does not know about this speaker yet, she will not connect with the speaker automatically. Thus, the Power / Bluetooth Status light shows as slow or fast blinking white after you power up this speaker.
8. Put your Sony Speaker into Pairing Mode
Now, to allow Alexa to find your speaker, place that speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. In our demo, we press and hold in the Power button, as pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture, until the unit makes a two-tone beep sound. This lets us know that it’s ready to pair. Its Power lamp also flashes to signal that pairing mode is active, although your particular Sony speaker may have a separate pairing button and lamp for Bluetooth status.
9. Now, Go Back to your Mobile Device
The screen with the blue Pair a New Device button should still be showing, as in the next screenshot.
10. Tap the Blue Pair a New Device Button to Continue with How to Connect Sony Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa
This starts your Alexa device scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in discovery mode. Since our speaker is now in pairing mode, the Input should find it.
After a short pause, you should see something like the screen we got. Shown next.
In our demo, the Alexa app found our BT speaker, named SRS XB10.
11. Find your Sony Speaker on the Discovered Devices List
We see our Sony BT speaker in the list, as pointed at by the green arrow in that picture.
12. Finally, Connect your Alexa Speaker Device with your Sony Speaker
Connect to the BT speaker by tapping the listed speaker in the Bluetooth Setup screen, shown in the last screenshot above.
Alexa then connects with the speaker, as seen in the next screenshot.
13. Tap the Cancel Link
To get back to the Device Settings screen, touch the Cancel link. Find it circled in the last picture.
The app then takes you back to the Device Settings page for the Alexa device you just paired, as shown next.
Also, our speaker makes a Speaker Paired sound.
13. Done with How to Connect Sony Speaker to Alexa !
We have now successfully connected our BT speaker with an Alexa. So we can now ask Alexa to play music or any other audio content through this Sony speaker.
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References for How to Connect Sony Speaker to Alexa
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- 2020-08-25: First published.