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Amazon Echo: How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones

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Amazon Echo is a smart home gadget and speaker that uses Alexa. Alexa, Amazon’s personal voice assistant, can perform a range of tasks, including playing music.

Because the Echo isn’t particularly loud, it’s helpful to pair it with an external audio output device for an optimal listening experience.

You can pair your Amazon Echo with other Bluetooth devices, making it possible to stream music and podcasts to your headphones, earbuds, or even external speakers. Here’s how you do it.

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Amazon Echo

You can use the Alexa app on iOS or Android devices to pair your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds with your Amazon Echo. Here’s how to connect.

  1. Put your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds in pairing mode.
  2. Open the Alexa app.
  3. Select More on the bottom menu.
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Select Device Settings.
  6. Under All Devices, select your Echo device.
  7. Select Bluetooth Devices.
  8. Select Pair A New Device.
  9. Under Available Devices, select your headphones or earbuds.
  10. Your headphones or earbuds will appear on the list of Paired Devices.

You can enable Bluetooth on your headphones or earbuds by saying, “Pair Bluetooth” the next time you want to connect. Once the initial pairing is complete, specific Bluetooth devices may automatically reconnect to your Echo when in range. Looking for a soundbar with Amazon Alexa? Then check out our Bose Smart Soundbar 900 review.

How to Connect Wired Headphones to Amazon Echo

It’s easy to connect your Amazon Echo to your wired headphones.

  1. Turn off pairing mode if your headphones are both wired and wireless.
  2. The wired connection requires a 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable.
  3. Locate the Echo’s 3.5 mm audio output port.
  4. Plug in the 3.5mm audio cable into the back of your Echo.
  5. Connect the opposite end to your 3.5mm headphone jack.

How To Connect Amazon Echo To External Speakers

The most simple way to pair your Echo with your home speaker system is via an Audio In port on your device. Before you start, have a 3.5mm to 2 RCA audio cable.

Connect via Audio In

  1. Turn off your stereo receiver.
  2. Plug in the RCA cables into the back of your stereo receiver.
  3. Note where the input RCA cables are attached.
  4. Connect the 3.5mm end of the RCA cable into the Echo’s 3.5 mm audio output.
  5. Turn on your stereo receiver and set it to the matching input.

Pairing your Amazon Echo with your Bluetooth speakers is as simple as pairing Bluetooth headphones or earbuds. Before you begin, disconnect the Echo from any other Bluetooth devices. Your Echo and Bluetooth speaker should be at least three feet apart before starting the process.

Connect via Bluetooth

  1. Put your Bluetooth speaker in pairing mode.
  2. Open the Alexa app.
  3. Select More on the bottom menu.
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Select Device Settings.
  6. Under All Devices, select your Echo device.
  7. Select Bluetooth Devices.
  8. Select Pair A New Device.
  9. Under Available Devices, select your speaker.
  10. Your speaker will appear on the list of Paired Devices.

How To Use Amazon Echo As A Bluetooth Speaker

Do you want to listen to music on your phone but do not have access to an external speaker? You’re in luck because you can use your Amazon Echo as a Bluetooth speaker. Here’s how to set it up.

On iPhone

  1. Say, “Alexa, pair,” or “Alexa, turn on Bluetooth” to your Amazon Echo.
  2. Alexa will enter pairing mode and search for nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices
  3. Launch Settings on your iPhone.
  4. Tap Bluetooth.
  5. Under, Other Devices section, tap the device name of your Echo.
  6. Alexa will announce, Connected to (phone name)” when it has successfully connected to your device.

On Android

  1. Say, “Alexa, pair,” or “Alexa, turn on Bluetooth” to your Amazon Echo.
  2. Alexa will enter pairing mode and search for nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices.
  3. Open the Quick Settings panel by pulling down the top screen.
  4. Enable Bluetooth.
    1. The Bluetooth Settings Screen will open and show all available devices.
    2. To manually access the Bluetooth settings screen, tap and hold the Bluetooth icon.
  5. Under Available Devices, select the name of your Amazon Echo.
  6. You’ll receive a Bluetooth pairing request notification. Click Ok to accept.
  7. Your Echo will now appear as Connected for audio on your phone.
  8. Alexa will announce, Connected to (phone name)” when it has successfully connected to your device.

Now that you are connected over Bluetooth, you can use the Amazon Echo as a Bluetooth speaker. Any audio you play over your iPhone or Android phone will play over the Echo.

How to Setup Multi-Room Music with Amazon Echo

If you own multiple Echo devices in your home, you can stream music on all your speakers simultaneously. The multi-room music setup is not complicated. It can be done in minutes. Make sure that all devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network before you begin.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Select Devices.
  3. Tap the Plus icon.
  4. Select Set Up Multi-Room Music.
  5. Select all of the Echo devices you want to use.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Name your music group (you can create multiple groups).
  8. Tap Save.
  9. Say, “Alexa, play [music selection] on [group name],” when you’re ready to start listening.

You now have all your Echo speakers connected to simultaneous stream multi-room audio.

Amazon Echo Won’t Connect to Bluetooth Device

Verify that your Bluetooth device is using a profile that is supported. The Echo supports the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP SNK) and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP). If your Echo device will not pair with your Bluetooth device, here’s what you should do.

  • Make sure that your Amazon Echo is up to date with the latest update. Say, “Check for software updates.”
  • Make sure your Bluetooth device has a full battery charge.
  • Keep your Echo and Bluetooth device away from electronics that can cause Bluetooth signal interference like microwaves and baby monitors.
  • When pairing, make sure your Bluetooth device and Echo device are at least three feet apart.
  • If you previously paired your Bluetooth device with Alexa, delete the device. Try pairing it once again.
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