How to Set up Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot is an astonishing smart speaker developed by Amazon. With the advancement in technology, this device has been designed with an amazing voice-controlled personal assistant known as Alexa. Echo Dot enables you to perform a variety of tasks including making calls, sending messages, providing weather information, making to-do lists as well as providing means of entertainment among other daily activities.

Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation

Moreover, its small size is more convenient and it is packed with a huge range of amazing features that make it an ideal personal device worth possessing. Amazon Echo Dot will make your life easier and more comfortable.

Why set up your Amazon Echo Dot

You may be wondering what is the need for setting up your device in your home. Well, it is more than obvious since beyond getting started with the Echo Dot device, you will be able to customize your device to the level of your satisfaction. This will help you enjoy the exclusive experience with your Echo Dot device.

After purchasing this Amazon Echo Dot device, you may be eager to get the most out of its amazing features. This will be possible after a successful set up of the device. Ensure you follow each step accordingly to achieve a successful setup.

Furthermore, before you start the set-up process, ensure that you have a stable internet connection in your home. Without an internet connection, your Amazon device will be rendered useless. Moreover, you need to have an Amazon Account in order to proceed to with the setup process. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you can easily create one.

Step 1: Download the Latest Version of Alexa App

To begin with, you need to download the latest version of Alexa app from iOS App Store or Google Play store depending on the type of phone you are using. This app is compatible with devices having Android 4.4 or higher, iOS 8.0 or higher and Fire OS 3.0 or higher. To download the app, you need to follow the steps below:

For iOS users:

  1. Go to the App Store.
  2. Search for Amazon Alexa app.
  3. Click on install.
Amazon Alexa
Downloading Amazon Alexa on iOS

For Android Users:

  1. Go to Google Play Store.
  2. Search for Amazon Alexa app.
  3. Tap on install
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Downloading Amazon Alexa app on Google Play

You may also decide to download the Alexa app from the web browser of your laptop or computer; from there you can select whether you need the Alexa app for Windows, Mac, Android or iOS. You should also ensure that your Chrome or Safari web browsers are up to date.

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Downloading Alexa App from web browsers.

Step 2: Sign in to your Amazon Account

After downloading the Alexa App, you will be required to sign in to your Amazon Account before proceeding to the next step. You will have to enter your credentials to sign in and begin the setup. However, if you don’t have an account there is an option for you to create a new one.

Amazon Account
Signing in to your Amazon Account

Step 3: Plug in the Echo Dot

You will have to plug in your device to the power adapter and connect it to a power outlet. The light ring will turn blue, therefore, confirming to you that the power is connected successfully. You will then have to turn the device on by pressing on its power button. Wait for the blue light to turn orange and continue with the set-up process.

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Connecting Echo Dot to the power source

Step 4: Choose Echo Dot from the list of Devices

After logging in, you need to select Echo Dot device from the list of devices displayed on the screen. You will achieve this by clicking on the menu and then tap on Add Device which brings the list of devices to choose from.

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Select Echo Dot from the list of devices

Step 5: Choose a Language for Echo Dot

After selecting your Echo Dot device from the list, you need to choose a language that matches your Amazon Account settings. From the drop-down list, you will able to select the language of your choice. This will enable the voice assistant to understand what you are saying depending on the correct language you have chosen.

Select appropriate Language of your choice for your Echo Dot

Step 6: Select the type of Generation for Echo Dot

After choosing the Echo Dot from the previous step, you need to specify whether it is a third-generation or second-generation. In this case, you have to click on the image of the type of Echo Dot generation you are setting up. The latest generation available is the third-generation, hence, the recommended one to use.

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Choosing the type of Echo Dot Generation you are setting up

Step 7: Connect Echo Dot to your Wi-Fi network

You will then have to connect your Echo Dot device to your home Wi-Fi network. Since your Echo Dot device cannot work without a stable internet connection, this step is crucial to ensure that your device functions effectively through a successful internet connection. You will have to choose the Wi-Fi network you would want to connect your Echo Dot device to and then enter your password if required. After a little while, your device will connect successfully and you will require to proceed and customize your experience.

Connecting to your home Wi-Fi Network

Step 8: Select the External Bluetooth Speaker your Echo Dot will be using

Your device can connect to other external speakers via Bluetooth. This will benefit you with better sound quality all over your house. You will be able to enjoy a top-notch listening experience when you manage to hook up the Echo Dot device to an external speaker. However, if you would not want to connect your device to an external speaker you can easily skip this step.

Option for connecting to the external Bluetooth speaker

Step 9: Select the Room where your Echo Device is Located

You will have to choose a room where you want to place your Echo device or you can as well create a new room. You need to place your device in a group as this will allow the proper organization of your devices. The rooms to select from may include a kitchen, bedroom, dining room, and family room among other rooms in your home.

Selecting the room to place your Echo Dot device

Step 10: Start using your Echo Dot device

After going through all the above steps, your Echo Dot device will be all set up and ready to be used in your day to day life. You can start talking to your device by using the wake word “Alexa”. If the device is properly set, you will able to get a response from Alexa. Alexa will now update you with the news, weather conditions, play music, and many other activities.

You may also have to customize your device further when necessary. These may include allowing Alexa access to your accounts among other features of your choice. All in all, your device is now ready to use and you can enjoy its remarkable functionalities.


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