- Echo Dot requires a Wi-Fi connection in order to be used.
- The Echo Dot has a variety of features, including Alexa.
- Echo Dot can easily be connected to Wi-Fi using your smartphone by following just a few steps.
The Echo Dot is an incredibly nifty device with a lot of features and, of course, Alexa. But you can’t use your Echo Dot until you connect it to Wi-Fi. Sometimes, the simplest devices are the most complicated to figure out. The Echo Dot is no exception. There aren’t any Wi-Fi buttons or notable ways to do it on the device itself.
If you’re stuck and don’t know how to connect your Echo Dot to Wi-Fi, don’t worry. We’ve laid out the steps below so anyone, regardless of tech ability, can connect their Echo Dot to Wi-Fi. Scroll through our tutorials and you can start using Alexa on the Dot today!
Things to Know About Connecting Your Echo Dot to Wi-Fi
Naturally, we’ll have to cover a few things before you can complete the tutorial below. The entire process should only take a few minutes, but we want to cover what you’ll need to do with your Echo Dot first. It just makes the process easier.
So, before trying to connect to Wi-Fi, ensure the following things:
- Plug Alexa into a wall outlet and ensure she lights up.
- Install the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device (you can use a smartphone or tablet, whichever you have handy).
- Create an Amazon account if you don’t already have one.
- Connect your smartphone or tablet to the Wi-Fi network you want to connect your Echo Dot to.
When you’re certain that your Echo Dot is functioning and you have the Alexa app, you’re ready to connect the device to Wi-Fi! We’ll show you how to connect new devices in the first section, and how to connect an existing one to a new Wi-Fi network in the second section. Without further ado, let’s get started!
How to Connect a New Echo Dot to Wi-Fi
Ok, so the process takes quite a few steps. But it’s actually pretty easy after you get the hang of it. Because we use our Echo devices often, we’ve gotten this down to a science, so you don’t have to. Follow these steps and connect your Echo Dot to Wi-Fi:
Step 1: Connect Your Smartphone to Wi-Fi
Start out by ensuring that your smartphone or tablet (the one you’re using the Alexa app on) is connected to the same Wi-Fi network you want to connect your Alexa device to.
Note: If you’re using an Android device, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Settings cog. Then, tap Wi-Fi and connect. iOS users can tap on the Settings app from the home screen and tap Wi-Fi, then connect.
Step 2: Hold the Action Button
Now, make sure your Echo Dot is plugged into the wall and getting power. Then, hold the Action button (the one that has a dot on it) until an orange light begins to flash.
Step 3: Tap Devices in the Alexa App
When the orange light is flashing, open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet and tap the Devices icon at the bottom of the page.
Step 4: Tap the + Sign
You’ll see quite a few options on this page, but if you look in the far right top corner, you’ll see a + (plus) icon. Tap it.
Step 5: Tap Add Device
A new window will appear with a few options. Tap the Add Device option.
Step 6: Tap Amazon Echo
At this point, you have to tell the Alexa app which device to look for. Tap Amazon Echo on the first page, then tap Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Pop, and more on the second page (it’s the option at the top).
Step 7: Tap Your Echo Device
Finally, you’ll see your Echo device in the available devices list. Tap it. The Alexa app will do the rest!
It is now connecting to Wi-Fi. It may take a moment, and your Echo may need an update. But once everything is complete, you’re all set!
How to Connect an Existing Echo Dot to a New Wi-Fi Network
We’ve been using our Echo Dot for quite some time. Through new routers and new ISPs (internet service providers), we’re pretty familiar with this process. If you have had your Dot for a while, and you need to connect it to a new Wi-Fi network, follow these steps:
Step 1: Connect Your Smartphone or Tablet to Wi-Fi
Similar to the steps above, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve connected your smartphone or tablet to the Wi-Fi network where your Dot will connect. So pull up the settings on your iOS or Android device and connect to the Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Tap Devices
Now, open the Alexa app and tap Devices at the bottom of the page.
Step 3: Tap Alexa & Echo
This page has a list of favorite devices. If you see your Echo Dot there, go ahead and tap it. But if you never favorited your Echo Dot, tap Alexa & Echo at the top of the page.
Step 4: Tap Your Dot
Tap on your Echo Dot device on the list.
Step 5: Tap the Current Wi-Fi Network
A bit more than halfway down the page you’ll see Status with the Dot’s current Wi-Fi network. Tap the Wi-Fi network.
Step 6: Tap Change
Look for the blue Change button next to the Wi-Fi network and tap it.
Step 7: Hold the Action Button
Finally, hold the Action button to put your Dot into pairing mode. Then, follow the prompts in the Alexa app to connect to the new Wi-Fi network.
Note: It will connect to whichever Wi-Fi network you’ve connected your phone to.
We hope you found the process smooth and easy. But if you’re still here because you couldn’t quite get your Echo Dot to work properly, don’t worry. We’ve included this section to help you troubleshoot and fix any Echo Dot connection issues.
Take a look at this list to diagnose the problem:
- Is your Echo Dot plugged into its charger? Is the charger working? Perhaps try another cord or wall outlet (if you don’t get any lights).
- Hold the Action button longer if the orange light doesn’t appear at first. Sometimes it takes several seconds.
- Is your Wi-Fi working? Check your Wi-Fi speeds. Then, try restarting your router.
- Is your smartphone or tablet connected to Wi-Fi? If not, try another network.
- Try a device reset. Use a paperclip or earring to press the reset button on older Echo Dot generations. Hold the Microphone off and Volume Down for 20 seconds on newer generations.
Your Echo Dot shouldn’t be too troublesome to fix. But if you continue to struggle to get it to connect to Wi-Fi, you can reach out to Amazon’s Support Team for more help.
Connect Echo Dot to Wi-Fi – Wrap Up
The Echo Dot is a low-cost and feature-rich little device that gives you complete access to Alexa, skills, and more! But you won’t see any benefits of your purchase unless you connect it to Wi-Fi first. Sometimes, you have to reconnect your Echo Dot to Wi-Fi after the initial setup due to system glitches or new routers. Fortunately, the process is pretty straightforward. All you need is the Alexa app on your smartphone or table, an active Wi-Fi network, and our tutorial!
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