How to Connect Alexa to a Bluetooth Speaker

Alexa supports Bluetooth speakers - here's how to pair them

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Alexa is a great voice-activated virtual assistant from Amazon, but while the Echo and Echo Plus have respectable built-in speakers, other devices like the Echo Dot are more limited. You may prefer to connect an external Bluetooth speaker, especially when streaming music.

Check the manufacturer's website to find out if the Bluetooth speaker you want to connect is Alexa-compatible. If so, Alexa could then be used through the manufacturer's app (with a few caveats). If not, you can connect it through an Echo device. This guide will walk you through how to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker, depending on what devices you're using.

What you need

  • Amazon Echo device, Amazon Fire TV or Third-party Alexa-compatible device
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Android device running Android OS 5.0 or higher or Apple device running iOS 9.0 or higher

Ask Alexa

Kids Talking to Amazon Alexa on Echo
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Alexa is meant to be a digital assistant controlled by your voice. Before digging through app menus, try asking Alexa to pair with your Bluetooth speaker. Use one of the following commands to set your Alexa-powered device to pairing mode:

  1. ​"Alexa, pair," or "Alexa, Bluetooth." It will respond with "Searching."
  2. Now put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode. This is typically done by pressing a physical button on the device called Pair or labeled with a Bluetooth icon.
  3. If you successfully paired Alexa and the Bluetooth speaker, it will respond with "Now connected to (insert device name)."

If the device isn't found, Alexa will respond by reminding you to enable Bluetooth on the device or use the Alexa app to connect a new device.

Pairing Bluetooth Speakers on Amazon's Echo Series of Devices

Alexa Bluetooth Speaker Screenshots
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  1. Download the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.
    Amazon Alexa on Google Play
    Amazon Alexa on App Store
  2. Open the Alexa app.
  3. Tap the gear icon on the bottom right of the screen. Alternatively, you can tap the three-line icon on the top left and select Settings.
  4. Select your Amazon device.
  5. Select Bluetooth.
  6. Press the Pair a New Device button at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode.
  8. When successful, you should hear Alexa say "Now connected to (insert device name)."

That’s it–Alexa on your Echo should be paired with your Bluetooth speaker. Now we'll WORDS MISSING HERE.

Pairing Fire TV devices to Bluetooth speakers

Amazon Fire TV Bluetooth Pairing Steps
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  1. Power on your Fire TV device.
  2. Scroll to Settings in the menu at the top of the screen.
  3. Select Controllers & Bluetooth Devices.
  4. Select Other Bluetooth Devices.
  5. Select Add Bluetooth Devices.
  6. Put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode. When connected, you'll see an on-screen confirmation, and the speaker will be listed as a paired device.

You can also connect your Echo device to your Fire TV. In this case, only one version of Alexa can be connected to the Bluetooth speaker at a time.

If you pair the Bluetooth speaker with the Fire TV, you’ll hear and talk to Alexa from your Echo speaker and hear content played through Fire TV on the Bluetooth speaker. Alexa skills like your flash briefing will still play through the Echo speaker while watching Hulu, Netflix, etc. will play audio through the Bluetooth speaker.

In this configuration, you can use the Fire TV remote to control Pandora, Spotify, and other available TV music services through the Bluetooth speaker. Voice controls like “Alexa, open Pandora” will still control Alexa on the Echo device, but commands like “Alexa, stop” or “Alexa, play” will control the Fire TV app.

Otherwise, the Echo Alexa will play from the Bluetooth speaker, while FireTV content will play through the TV speakers.

Using Alexa on Compatible Third-Party Devices

Alexa third-party speakers
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If a third-party Bluetooth speaker (i.e. the Libratone Zipp, Sonos One, Onkyo P3, and most UE speakers) supports Alexa, you can control it with manufacturer’s app. Be aware, however, that only Amazon Music can be used for these devices. To stream songs from Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music, (even with a paid account), you need an Amazon Echo-branded device.

The exceptions are speakers like the UE Boom 2 and Megaboom, which include a feature called “Say it to Play it.” These speakers access Siri on iOS devices and Google Now on Android devices to stream music from Apple Music (iOS), Google Play Music (Android), and Spotify (Android).

Sonos in the U.S. supports Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Pandora, IHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and Deezer, although much of this content isn’t available in the UK or Canada.

To connect Alexa to your Bluetooth speaker,  

  1. Download the manufacturer’s Android or iOS app. New devices are constantly added, so if yours isn’t listed here, search the speaker name in the Play or App store.

    Here are the apps for some of the third-party speakers include native Alexa support.

    UE Boom 2
    Boom by Ultimate Ears on Google Play
    Boom by Ultimate Ears on App Store
    UE Blast, Megaboom
    Ultimate Ears on Google Play
    Ultimate Ears on App Store
    Libratone Zipp

    Libratone on Google Play
    Libratone on App Store
    Sonos One

    Sonos Controller on Google Play
    Sonos Controller on App Store
    Onkyo P3
    Onkyo Remote on Google Play
    Onkyo Remote on App Store
  2. Scroll to Add Voice Control.*
  3. Select Add Amazon Alexa.*
  4. Connect your Amazon account using the email and password related to it.
  5. Download the Alexa app when prompted.
    Amazon Alexa on Google Play
    Amazon Alexa on App Store
  6. Link preferred music services (i.e. Spotify) on Alexa app. This is done by pressing the three-line icon on the top left corner, selecting Music, Video, & Books, and selecting your music service from the music menu.
  7. Link preferred music services on your third-party app.*

*Note–Exact wording and navigation may vary, depending on the individual app.

You should now be able to use Alexa on your Bluetooth speaker.

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