How to Remove Smart Devices from Alexa

How to connect them as well

The list of Amazon Echo devices continues to grow. Alexa can assist you in practically every room of the house; you can even have Alexa in your vehicle. At the same time, the number of smart devices compatible with Alexa has exploded, with everything from plugs and light bulbs to thermostats, doorbells, and home security systems ready to sync up with Amazon's virtual assistant.

But if you have too many or unused objects connected, here's how to remove those smart devices from Alexa and reconnect them if necessary.

Instructions in this article apply to Amazon Echo devices using the Alexa app on Android or iOS devices.

Remove Smart Devices from Alexa

When you need to know how to remove devices from Alexa, look no further than the Alexa mobile app.

Removing a smart device from Alexa also removes the device from all groups and routines.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device.

    Adding and removing devices is not supported on the Alexa desktop app.

  2. Select Devices in the lower-left corner of the screen.

  3. Select All Devices, represented by three dots at the top of the screen.

  4. Select the smart home device you want to remove.

    Reaching the Devices list in the Alexa app
  5. Tap Settings.

  6. Select the Trash icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  7. Choose Delete on the confirmation screen and close the app.

    The Settings, Trash, and Delete buttons in the Alexa iOS app

How to Connect Smart Home Devices to Alexa

Connecting smart home devices allows you to control them using Alexa. Before you get started, set up your smart home device according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Make sure the device is compatible with Alexa and complete the setup for the smart home device on the manufacturer's website or app. Download and install the latest software updates for the device and connect it to the same Wi-Fi network as your Echo device.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device.

    Adding and removing devices is not supported on the Alexa desktop app.

  2. Select the More menu in the lower-right corner.

  3. Tap Add a Device.

    The More Menu and Add a Device command in Alexa
  4. Select the type of device you want to add.

    If the brand is not listed, select Other.

  5. Choose the brand on the next screen.

    Type and brand of devices to add to Alexa
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device. The steps will vary based on the type and brand.

  7. Enable the skill to control the device using Alexa. Log in to the account related to the device if prompted. A notification appears informing you that the smart device has been successfully linked to your Alexa device.