The Amazon Echo is a very capable speaker that can easily fill a room with sound. While you can play music directly from the device itself, here’s how to connect your smartphone or tablet to your Amazon Echo and use it as a Bluetooth speaker.
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The Echo has several music services built in, including Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon’s own Prime Music service, but if you want to play something through the Echo speaker, you can plug in your phone or tablet and use that like a regular old Bluetooth speaker.
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However, there is no mechanism to use it, it’s speakerphone, and if you make or receive calls from your smartphone while paired with echo, the calls won’t be routed to the speakerphone. Likewise, text messages cannot be read on the Echo and notifications on the device will not be passed to the Echo speaker.
How to link your device with voice command
Amazon Echo’s biggest selling point is voice control, so it’s only natural that you can initiate the pairing process with your voice. Before proceeding, make sure you have the device you want to connect to and that you know where the Bluetooth settings menu for your device is located. We will pair iPhone with Echo, so if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can monitor them directly, otherwise, customize them according to your device.
To start the pairing process, make sure your mobile device’s Bluetooth function is enabled, and then enter the following command:
Alexa will reply that she is ready to pair and that you should check the Bluetooth settings on your device. On an iPhone, you’ll find the Bluetooth settings in Settings > Bluetooth. There you will see an entry for Echo like this:
Select an entry to complete the pairing process.
How to connect your device from the Alexa app
In addition to pairing with a voice command, you can also open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet and start the pairing process there.