How to Connect Alexa to Your Computer

Get access to your computer with verbal cues

What To Know

  • For Alexa on Windows, press Start > Alexa app > Set up...Alexa > Continue... > Terms... > Finish. Sign in to Amazon.
  • For Echo on Win 10, log into Alexa > Settings > your Echo > Bluetooth > Pair. Open Bluetooth Settings on Win 10, and connect.
  • For Echo on Mac, log into Alexa > Settings > your Echo > Bluetooth > Pair. Bluetooth on the menu > Connect. Set up > change audio output.

This article explains how to use Alexa with either your Windows 10 PC or Mac. If you have a Windows 10 PC, you probably already have the Alexa app for Windows 10. You can use it alone or you can connect your Amazon Echo devices to your PC or Mac, too.

How to Set Up Alexa for PC

If you do have the Alexa app for Windows 10 (or obtain it down the road), you must set it up yourself to begin using it.

  1. Select Start, then select the Alexa on Windows app.

  2. Select Set up Amazon Alexa when the setup screen appears.

    How to begin Setup on the Amazon Alexa app for Windows.
  3. Select Continue on the Terms and Conditions screen.

  4. Select the settings you want, then select Finish Setup. If you’re not sure which settings you should choose, don’t worry, as you can change these later.

  5. Select Sign In to sign in to your Amazon account, or Create a New Amazon Account if you don’t have an account yet. 

    Sign into or create a New Amazon account to access Alexa form Windows.

After the initial login, Alexa is always ready on your computer. 

To use Alexa for PC, start by saying the wake word (Alexa,” "Ziggy," "Computer," "Echo," or "Amazon") followed by a command. Alternatively, select the Alexa on Windows icon to start the app.

Some features available on Echo devices are not supported by Alexa for PC. For example, you might be able to see your shopping list on your PC but you can't edit the list there. Instead, you must make changes through the Alexa app.

Use Alexa as Your Computer Speaker

If you have an Echo device and your computer is Bluetooth-enabled, you can pair them and use your Alexa device as a speaker for your computer. 

How to Pair a Windows PC With an Echo

  1. Log in to your Alexa account by going to alexa.amazon.com

  2. Select Settings in the left pane.

  3. Choose your Echo in the list of devices. 

  4. Select Bluetooth

  5. Select Pair a New Device; Alexa will search for available devices. 

    Alexa as computer speaker
    Alexa as computer speaker.
  6. Go to your computer’s Search box, which may be in the Start menu. 

  7. Type Bluetooth and go to the Bluetooth Settings in System Settings. 

  8. Make sure Bluetooth is on and your computer is discoverable. 

  9. Select Add Bluetooth or Other Device; choose Bluetooth under Device Type.

  10. Select your Echo in the list of devices and select Done. Your computer is now connected to your Echo as a speaker.

How to Pair an Echo With a Mac

  1. Log in to your Alexa account by going to alexa.amazon.com

  2. Select Settings in the left pane.

  3. Choose your Echo in the list of devices. 

  4. Select Bluetooth.

  5. Select Pair a New Device; Alexa will search for available devices. 

  6. Select the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar. 

  7. Choose Connect and follow the onscreen instructions to set up the device.

  8. Choose Apple menu, select System Preferences, then Select Sound

  9. Select Output, then choose your Echo in the list of devices. 

Turn on Your PC Using Alexa

While you cannot turn on a powered-down computer with an Alexa-enabled device, you can wake your sleeping or hibernating PC. To do so, you need to enable Wake on LAN, set up an IFTTT recipe, and connect Tasker with IFTTT through an SMS, your Android device, and computer.

Enable Wake on LAN

  1. Type Device Manager in the Start search box and press Enter.

  2. Double-click Network Adapters.

  3. Double-click the device name, go to the Power Management tab, then select all the check boxes.

  4. Go to the Advanced tab, select Wait for Link, then select On in the drop-down menu.

  5. Select Wake on Magic Packet, then select Enabled in the drop-down menu.

  6. Select OK.

Create an IFTTT Recipe

You need to use IFTTT to connect Amazon Alexa to Android SMS.

  1. Log in to IFTTT.

  2. Select Search, then enter Alexa trigger pc

  3. Select the Alexa, Trigger PC On applet and enable it.

  4. Enter the phrase you want to say to turn on your PC; type in your phone number and select Save.

Connect Tasker and IFTTT

Install the Wake on LAN app and the Tasker app (currently $2.99) onto your Android device. 

  1. Connect your Android phone to the same network as your PC.

  2. Open the Wake on LAN app and click the + in the lower right corner. Choose your computer from the list of devices. 

  3. Open Tasker and go to the Tasks panel. 

    Tasker screenshot
    Add a new task in Tasker.
  4. Tap the + to add a new task and enter a name for the task.

  5. Tap the + again and choose Plugin. Tap Wake on LAN

  6. Tap Edit and select your computer from the list of devices. 

  7. Go to the Profiles panel, tap the +, then choose Event.

  8. Tap Phone, then Received Text

  9. Tap Search to the right of Sender. Find and select your own contact info. 

  10. Go back to the Profiles panel and tap PC On (Or WoL) from the drop-down list.

  11. Make sure the profile is toggled on and exit Tasker. 

Once you have it all set up, you can say, “Alexa, trigger PC on" to wake your sleeping or hibernating computer.

 

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