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Here's how to connect Alexa to Bluetooth

If you're wondering how to connect Alexa to Bluetooth speakers, look no further. We'll get you up and running in minutes.
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August 24, 2022

As good as Alexa speakers can be on the smart home front, some of them — especially smaller ones like the Echo Dot — benefit from pumping audio through a separate Bluetooth speaker. Here’s how to connect Alexa to Bluetooth, regardless of the individual devices you’re using.

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QUICK ANSWER

To connect Alexa to Bluetooth, put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode, then open the Alexa mobile app and locate your Alexa device in the Devices tab. Select it. Tap Connect a device under Bluetooth Connections, then your speaker.


JUMP TO QUESTIONS

How do you connect Alexa to Bluetooth?

First, put your target Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode. The exact method will vary from product to product, but typically this involves holding down a specific button (often labeled with the Bluetooth logo) for a few seconds. Check the speaker’s instructions if you’re not sure.

From here, it’s a matter of using the Alexa app for Android, iPhone, or iPad.

  • Go to the Devices tab, then choose Echo and Alexa in the carousel up top.
  • Select the Alexa device you’re trying to pair with.
  • Under Bluetooth Connections, tap Connect a device.
  • Select your speaker. If it doesn’t appear, it may be out of pairing mode or too far away to detect.

Are there any limits to using Bluetooth speakers for Alexa audio?

A JBL Flip 6 Bluetooth speaker sitting next to a small fountain.
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A few. Many Bluetooth speakers can only pair with a single device at a time, which means they have to re-pair each time they switch sources. To avoid this, you can either upgrade to a speaker that supports multipoint pairing, or assign your Alexa device a dedicated Bluetooth speaker. In some cases, it might be simpler to buy more powerful Alexa hardware, like a Sonos product or an Echo Studio.

Even if you’re using a dedicated Bluetooth speaker, you may (potentially) have to ask Alexa to “pair Bluetooth” whenever your Bluetooth speaker comes back online, specifically after being turned off or going out of range. You can dodge this by leaving a speaker on, paired, and close by.


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Frequently asked questions

There doesn’t seem to be an official answer, but we’d assume not. The mic array on your Alexa speaker is probably superior, in any case, since it’s designed to hear voice requests anywhere in a room instead of just enable phone calls.

If you’re pairing with an Amazon Echo product, a Bluetooth speaker must support both AVRCP (the Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) and A2DP (the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). These are both extremely common, and even a speaker a decade old will probably be compatible. Third-party Alexa devices will probably have similar requirements.