Alexa Echo Setup

Alexa Echo setup – 1st and 2nd generation devices

The Amazon Echo is simply an advanced speaker which is capable of responding to your voice commands. And not only this, it is also capable of placing calls on your behalf when you tell it to. So, bringing home this amazing new technology must feel great and the same time, a little terrifying. How do you complete the Alexa Echo Setup and will it work like how it should? To find answers and assistance on the same, use the guidelines and troubleshooting tips available here.

New Features of Amazon Alexa Echo Setup


Notable Features

  • With the latest Alexa Echo by your side, you can perform functions such as;
    1. Set alarms
    2. Place calls
    3. Listen to music or radio
    4. Check weather updates
    5. Also, control other smart devices
  • The speakers provide 360-degree surround sound
  • There are seven microphones to listen to your commands
  • Despite loud environments, the device receives your voice commands
  • Besides, you can also order food for yourself with this device

Alexa Skills

When you have a 1st gen Alexa Echo

If you possess a first gen device, then you have to use the following Alexa Echo Setup guidelines to help you.

You need the app

In case, this is your first Amazon device, then you may have to install the Alexa Amazon app before you begin. This is free of cost app for which your device must have one of the following operating systems installed;

  1. Android – version 4.4 or higher
  2. Fire OS – version 3.0 or higher
  3. iOS – version 8.0 or higher

This app can be installed on handheld devices or maybe even on your PC and can be used to control the Echo device.

Power up the device

You will a power adapter corresponding to this device’s configuration and we suggest that you always use this.

  • Connect one end of the adapter to a power source/outlet
  • And then, connect the other end to the Echo device
  • Switch on the power source
  • The device will light up in blue
  • If it doesn’t, then there could be issues with the adapter or the power source
  • Troubleshoot it accordingly
  • After which, you will be greeted by an orange light

Alexa Smart Home

Wi Fi connection

In the next step of the Alexa Echo Setup, you will have to connect the device to a network through your Wi Fi router.

Devices with a screen

How to Connect Alexa to Wifi

  • Open the app and choose to connect to an independent network
  • This is because, the Echo is not capable of connecting to peer-to-peer connections
  • Either use the voice command or the touchscreen menu to access SETTINGS
  • From which, you must choose Wi Fi
  • Select the appropriate network name
  • And then, follow any prompts
  • You can also use the advanced Wi Fi options to choose a network that does not appear in the list

Devices without a screen

Connect Alexa to Wifi

  • You have to use the app in this case too
  • Like we mentioned earlier, you must choose an independent network
  • Open the app and quickly navigate to the DEVICES menu
  • Choose your Alexa Echo device
  • Under the Wi Fi menu, select the CHANGE option
  • And then, choose the network and the corresponding password
  • Otherwise, you can add a new network or rescan to find an existing one

Now, that the initial setup steps are over, you are free to use the device for your desired function. And to begin with, you can address your device as “Alexa” and then, give it a relevant voice command to follow.

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When you have a 2nd gen Alexa Echo

If you possess a second gen device, then you have to use the following Alexa Echo Setup guidelines to help you.

The app versions change

Unlike the first gen device, this Echo may be compatible if and only if your app supports the following operating system configurations.

This is how you begin the Alexa Echo setup on your smartphones, tablets or PCs.

Connect to power source

We suggest that you always usepower adapter corresponding to this device’s configuration and the one that came along with the device.

Amazon Alexa Setup

  • To a power source/outlet, connect one end of the adapter
  • And then, to the Echo device, connect the other end
  • Switch on the power source
  • A blue ring of light will now appear on the device
  • issues with the adapter or the power source may render the device incapable
  • Troubleshoot it accordingly
  • Finally, you will see the blue light turn into orange
  • This means that the device is ready for operation

Once the basic setup is over, you will then have to connect the device to your home network to enjoy everything that the device promises.

Wi Fi connection

You will have to connect the 2nd gen device to your home network through the Wi Fi router or a network switch. And initially, place the device closer to the router for quick completion of the Alexa Echo setup. After which, you can place it anywhere in your home, as long as it receives the Wi Fi signals.

Devices with a screen

  • Launch the app
  • Besides, your network must be an independent one
  • This is because, the Echo is not capable of connecting to peer-to-peer connections
  • To access SETTINGS, you can use either voice commands or the touchscreen menu
  • And then, select the Wi Fi option
  • The appropriate network name must then be selected
  • Any instructions that appear on the app must be followed hereon
  • To choose a network that does not appear in the list, you can also use the advanced Wi Fi options

Amazon Alexa App

Alexa App

Devices without a screen

  • You need the Alexa app and an independent network to begin with
  • Quickly navigate to the DEVICES menu, open the app first
  • Choose your Alexa Echo device
  • Select the CHANGE option under the Wi Fi menu
  • From the list, choose your network network
  • And then, enter the corresponding password
  • Moreover, you can also add a new network
  • Or, simply rescan to find an existing one

An additional feature

When you have a larger audience, and want to amplify the sound emanating from your Alexa Echo, then you can connect it to external speakers. These speakers however, must be compatible with your Echo device. And, they can connect through an audio cable or using Bluetooth. The device does not come along with this audio cable and you must buy one separately for it. The Alexa Echo setup for an external Bluetooth speaker involves the following guidelines;

  • Place both the devices at least three feet apart
  • Turn on the devices and also turn up the volume
  • In case, other devices are connected to it, disconnect them
  • On the Bluetooth speaker, turn on the pairing mode
  • And then, open the Alexa app
  • Now, choose the DEVICES option
  • Select your Echo device
  • And in the next step, select the option BLUETOOTH DEVICES
  • Under the PAIR A NEW DEVICE option, choose the Bluetooth speaker
  • This choice must be made from a list that would appear
  • You can follow any instructions that appear thereafter
  • If it was a previously used device, simply use the voice command “CONNECT”

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