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 > Get Started and 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, then connect via Bluetooth.

This article explains how to use Alexa with either your Windows 10 PC or Mac. If you have a Windows 10 or Windows 11 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 have the Alexa app for Windows (or obtain it down the road), you must set it up yourself to begin using it.

  1. Select Start > Alexa.

    If you don't already have it, you can download the Alexa app for Windows from the Microsoft Store.

    Windows Start Menu and Alexa app in Windows 10
  2. Select Get Started when the setup screen appears.

  3. Sign in to your Amazon account, or create a new account if you don’t have one. 

    Sign into or create a New Amazon account to access Alexa form Windows.
  4. Select Agree and Continue on the Terms and Conditions screen.

  5. 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.

    Finish Setup in Windows Alexa app

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.

Alexa for PC doesn't support all the features available on Echo devices. For example, you might see your shopping list on your PC, but you can't edit the list there. Instead, you must make changes through the Alexa app.

Alexa app in the Windows 10 taskbar

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

It only takes a few steps to pair an Amazon Echo with a Windows PC.

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

  2. Select Settings in the left pane, then choose your Echo in the list of devices. 

    Bluetooth and Echo dot highlighted in Amazon device settings
  3. Select Bluetooth.

    Make sure Bluetooth is enabled and your computer is discoverable. Your Echo device must also be turned on and connected to the internet.

    Bluetooth in Amazon device settings website
  4. Select Pair a New Device. Alexa will search for available devices.

    Pair a New Device in Amazon device settings
  5. Type Bluetooth in the Windows Search box (it may be in the Start menu) and select Bluetooth and other devices settings.

    Bluetooth and other devices settings in Windows 10 Start menu
  6. Select Add Bluetooth or other devices.

    Add Bluetooth or other devices in Windows Settings
  7. Choose Bluetooth.

    Bluetooth on Windows Add device screen
  8. Select your Echo in the list of devices.

    Echo dot in Windows Add device screen
  9. Select Done on the confirmation screen. Your computer is now connected to your Echo as a speaker.

    Done in Windows Add device screen
  10. In your web browser, select the Back button to return to the Bluetooth settings page. You should see your laptop listed under Bluetooth Devices.

    Windows laptop under Bluetooth devices in Amazon device settings

How to Pair an Echo With a Mac

Pairing an Amazon Echo with a Mac is similar to pairing on to a PC.

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

  2. Select Settings in the left pane, then choose your Echo in the list of devices. 

    Bluetooth and Echo dot highlighted in Amazon device settings
  3. Select Bluetooth.

    Bluetooth in Amazon device settings website
  4. Select Pair a New Device; Alexa will search for available devices. 

    Pair a New Device in Amazon device settings
  5. Select Apple menu > System Preferences.

    Apple Desktop with System Preferences highlighted
  6. Select Bluetooth.

    MacOS System Preferences with Bluetooth highlighted
  7. In the Devices list, select Connect next to your Echo.

    Connect button on macOS Bluetooth
  8. In your web browser, select the Back button to return to the Bluetooth settings page. You should see your laptop listed under Bluetooth Devices.

To set your Echo as the default speaker, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Sound > 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 Windows PC. To do so, you need to set up the Wake on LAN (WOL) Alexa skill.

  1. Change your computer's name to something easy to say like “My PC.” Make sure none of your other connected devices have the same name.

  2. Get the Wake on LAN skill from Amazon and enable it on your Alexa device.

  3. Go to https://www.wolskill.com/ and log in with your Amazon account.

    Log in with Amazon on WOLSKILL.com
  4. Enter your computer's name and MAC address, then select Add.

    To find your computer's MAC address, open the command prompt and enter ipconfig /all. Look for the Physical address.

    Add under device name and MAC address on WOLSKILL.com
  5. Now when your computer is in rest mode, say “Alexa, turn on device name” to wake up your device.

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