How to Fix It When Alexa Won't Connect to Wi-Fi

Echo Dot or other device not working? Try these tips

It's not always clear why Alexa won't connect to Wi-Fi. Sometimes the router needs a restart; other times it's the Wi-Fi signal is being blocked by a physical object. These troubleshooting tips can help you get your Echo Dot or Alexa-enabled devices back online and taking your commands.

Illustration of a person entering a dark room with an Alexa device not connected
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How to Fix It When Alexa Is Not Connecting to the Internet

Follow these steps as needed to get Alexa up and running again.

  1. Check your internet connection to be sure it's working properly. If you can't connect to the internet, Alexa can't do her job. If that's okay, the problem could be in your hardware.

  2. Restart the modem and router. Manually restart both the modem and wireless router, wait five minutes, then connect Alexa to Wi-Fi. Connectivity problems can sometimes be caused by network hardware, rather than the devices that connect to the network.

  3. Restart the Alexa-enabled device. Power off the Echo or Alexa-enabled device, turn it back on, then connect to Wi-Fi again. You can also just unplug the device for 30 seconds if you're not sure how to power it on and off. Sometimes a physical reboot of an Alexa-enabled device can fix the problem; both of these options will accomplish that.

  4. Confirm that the Wi-Fi password is correct. If the hardware is working properly, find another device on your Wi-Fi network, disconnect it, then reconnect it using the same password you use to connect Alexa. If the other device recognizes the Wi-Fi network but cannot connect using the same password, then the password you're using for your Alexa device is likely incorrect.

    This is a common issue because Wi-Fi devices don't state the reason why they cannot connect to a network.

  5. Look for blocks in your network and move your device closer to the wireless router. Wi-Fi signals cannot travel long distances without degrading. It may be that your Alexa-enabled device cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network because it's simply out of range. Look into expanding your home's connectivity with a mesh network if this fixed the problem. Once you've moved your device, you might need to connect it to the network again.

  6. Check for possible interference. Make sure there aren't any physical barriers between your router and the Alexa device. Brick walls, concrete walls, and reinforced doors can block Wi-Fi signals. Also remove or turn off devices that can interfere with the signal, like FM radios or baby monitors.

  7. Reset the Alexa device to factory settings. When all else fails, resetting the device to its factory settings can sometimes fix Wi-Fi problems.

    The instructions for resetting an Amazon Echo Dot depend on the generation of the device.

    Third-generation Echo Dots have a fabric speaker wrapped around the sides of the device with four control buttons on top. Second-generation Dots have a non-fabric speaker and four control buttons on the top of the device. First-generation Dots have only two buttons on top.

    To reset a third-generation (newest) Amazon Echo Dot to factory settings, press and hold the Action button for 25 seconds. The light ring will blink orange and then turn off. A few moments will pass before the light turns blue and then orange, indicating setup mode. Now you are ready to begin the setup process using the Alexa app. Follow the setup process and once again try to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

    To reset a second-generation Amazon Echo Dot, press and hold the Microphone Off and Volume Down buttons until the light ring turns orange then blue. When you release the buttons, the light turns off and on. When the light turns orange, the Echo is back to its factory settings.

    To reset a first-generation Amazon Echo Dot to factory settings, press the Reset button (located on the bottom of the device) with a paperclip or other thin object until the light ring on the top of the Echo Dot turns orange, then blue. When you release the button, the light ring turns off and on. When the light turns orange, the Echo is back to its factory settings.

    The instructions for resetting an Amazon Echo also depend on the generation of the device.

    Second-generation Echos have a fabric speaker wrapped around the sides of the device. First-generation Echos do not.

    To reset a second-generation (newest) Amazon Echo, press and hold the Microphone off and Volume down buttons at the same time until the light ring turns orange (about 20 seconds). The light ring will turn blue, then turn off and on again. Once the light turns orange it is in setup mode. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device and follow the instructions to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

    To reset a first-generation Amazon Echo, press the Reset button (located on the bottom of the device) with a paperclip or other thin object until the light ring on the top of the Echo Dot turns orange, and then blue (about 5 seconds). The light ring will turn blue, then turn off and on again. Once the light turns orange it is in setup mode.

    To reset other Amazon Echo devices, like the Echo Sub or Echo Plus, follow Amazon's instructions.

  8. Contact technical support. If you're unable to connect your Alexa device after completing all of the above instructions, contact Amazon or your internet service provider.