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Can you use Alexa in non-supported countries?

Amazon Alexa is only officially supported in a few dozen countries, but the platform can work elsewhere with a little effort.
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July 28, 2022

People outside the US are often jealous of the country getting first access to new technologies and services. Amazon Alexa is a prime example — pun intended — having initially launched as a US exclusive in 2014. The voice assistant is now available in more than 40 countries, but for some people, there’s still reason to be jealous. If you’re in that camp, can you use Alexa in non-supported countries?

Read more: How to use Amazon Alexa

QUICK ANSWER

Yes, Alexa can work in non-supported countries, but only under narrow circumstances. You'll need an international version of the Echo Dot, second-generation Echo, or first-generation Echo Plus, and that speaker must be compatible with local power standards. You'll also want the Alexa app for Android or iOS, which may mean fudging your app store location to download it. Even if you can get an Alexa speaker up and running, some functions will be out of bounds.


JUMP TO QUESTIONS

Can you use Alexa in non-supported countries?

Controls on a 2nd-gen Echo

Yes, but Amazon has created so many barriers that it might not be worth the effort. To begin with, you’ll need an international version of the Echo Dot, second-generation Echo, or first-generation Echo Plus. It should be possible to track down one or more of these, but you may end up ordering from Amazon’s US, UK, or German storefronts and paying quite a bit in shipping.

You’ll also want to download the Alexa app for Android, iPhone, or iPad. You can technically complete device setup via alexa.amazon.com, but the app is required to fully control settings and routines. If the app isn’t available in your region, you’ll have to temporarily change location and/or billing settings for the Google Play Store (Android) or Apple App Store (iPhone and iPad). Be warned this might not be practical since it can, for instance, wreak havoc on any app subscriptions you have going.

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Some Alexa features are outright blocked on international Echo models. These include shopping and a lot of local information, such as news, traffic, and businesses. Some Alexa skills won’t work, among them services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and SiriusXM.

In many regions, though, you can use Spotify, TuneIn, and/or Amazon Music Unlimited. Smart home functions are a go, as are things like calendars, timers, alarms, weather, and task/shopping lists. You can get news briefings if you don’t care about them being region-specific.

Check the product pages for international Echo speakers to see what restrictions apply in your country. Also, remember that international models can only speak English, German, or Spanish, so you should be reasonably fluent in one of the three.

Which countries officially support Alexa?

A 2020 Echo Dot with an older model
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

If Alexa is officially supported in your country, there’s no need to go through the hoops mentioned earlier. Here’s a list of supported regions in the order in which Amazon added them.

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • India
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • Uruguay
  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

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