The Amazon Echo Dot’s speaker is good especially if you only want to hear the latest news, purchase products, or play games and quizzes. However, if you want to use it to play music, the Echo Dot lacks the booming speaker which its big brother (the regular Amazon Echo) has. This shouldn’t be a problem though, because you can set up an external speaker with virtually any of Amazon’s Alexa-driven devices.
There are two options to go: either you can plug in an external speaker or connect one via Bluetooth. Follow the steps on whichever option is convenient for you.
OPTION 1: Plug In a Speaker
If you wish to plug a speaker into your Echo Dot, you’ll need a standard 3.5mm audio cable with male connections on both ends.
STEP 1: Plug one end of your audio cable into your speaker’s Aux In connection and the other end into the Dot’s Aux Out connection, beside the power cable’s connection.
STEP 2: Power up your speaker, and it will now stream out the sound from your Echo Dot.
OPTION 2: Stream via Bluetooth
If you don’t want to mess around with the cables, you can stream the sound from your Echo Dot through a Bluetooth speaker instead. Amazon provides tips on what type of Bluetooth speaker you can use; they also sell a variety of supported speakers. Once you’ve got the perfect speaker, proceed with the steps below:
STEP 1: Power on your speaker, then put it into pairing mode.
STEP 2: Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
STEP 3: Tap on the hamburger (three horizontal dots), then choose Settings.
STEP 4: Tap on the name of the device you would like to set up your speaker with.
STEP 5: Tap on Bluetooth.
STEP 6: Tap the Pair a New Device button.
NOTE: The Alexa app will now begin searching for nearby Bluetooth devices for pairing with your Echo Dot.
STEP 7: Once Alexa finishes displaying the devices it has located, tap the name of your speaker from the list to start the pairing process.
STEP 8: Once the pairing is successful, the speaker will show up in the list of Bluetooth devices in the Alexa app.
NOTE: Your Echo Dot will also announce that the pairing is successful. You can now ask Alexa to play music and perform other tasks, and the sound will be streamed through your Bluetooth speaker.
In case you decided to disconnect the speaker, proceed with the steps below:
STEP 1: Click the name of the speaker in the Alexa app, then tap Disconnect.
NOTE: You can also say, “Alexa, disconnect.” Alexa will then tell you that your Echo Dot is now disconnected from your speaker.
STEP 2: To re-establish the connection, you can say, “Alexa, connect.” Alexa will reconnect your Echo Dot to the last connected Bluetooth device.
STEP 3: To remove the entry for your speaker, click on the name of the speaker in the Alexa app, then tap on Forget Device.
NOTE: Doing this will make your speaker disappear from the list of Bluetooth devices. So, in case you would like to reconnect it to your Echo Dot, you will have to go through the pairing process from scratch.