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How to Connect Phone to Alexa in 5 Steps

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How to Connect Phone to Alexa in 5 Steps

Alexa is a handy voice assistant that knows many things! You can ask it to switch on and off lights, tell weather and traffic updates, and remind you about any upcoming event. However, these are just the basic functions; Alexa can even perform complex mathematical problems and even make conversions to help you in cooking and baking. 

If you have just bought Alexa for your smart home, you surely want to connect, pair, and use the device instantly. Luckily, Alexa can connect to your iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones. This means you can command the voice assistant from all of these devices. 

You just need a stable internet connection to connect your phone to Alexa. Then, follow the below methods to connect your iPhone and Android phone to Alexa. It’s super easy!

How To Connect an iPhone To Alexa

To use Alexa, you must download the app on your iPhone and pair it with the Alexa device. The Alexa app is available for free on Google Play and App Store. Here is how to install the app and connect your iPhone to Alexa:

Step 1: Open the App Store

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Open App Store.

First, open the App Store on your iPhone and type “Alexa app” or “Amazon Alexa” in the search bar. Tap on enter, and you’ll have many results for your provided phrase.

Step 2: Download Amazon Alexa

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Download Amazon Alexa

Find the app named “Amazon Alexa” from the list. Tap on its name and then select the blue cloud or “Get” button to download the app on your phone.

Step 3: Sign In to the App

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Sign into the app

Once the app is downloaded, tap “Open.” Since you’re using the app for the first time, you’ll have to sign in with your Amazon account credentials (email ID and password). Enter the information and tap on “Sign-in.”

Step 4: Set Up Features

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After confirming your name, the next screen will ask you to set up your Voice ID. You will have two options to respond: either skip and set it up later or set it up at the moment. Once done, select “Set up my features” to apply the important Alexa settings, such as setting up your contacts to make calls and send texts. Finally, select “Done.”

Step 5: Explore the App

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Explore the app.

Now, you will be on the app’s home screen. Here, you can find various options to select and benefit from. For instance, you can link music accounts, make a shopping list, add your favorite sports team, etc. Spend a significant amount of time on this step and explore what more this app offers. 

The most crucial option here is the “Add a Device.” You can connect your smart devices with Alexa through this option. And that’s it. Your iPhone is now connected to Alexa. 

With these steps, you’ll be able to connect your iPhone to your Alexa device. However, if you still have any lingering questions, or if you prefer a tutorial video- we found this step-by-step guide on YouTube that can help you navigate connecting your iPhone to your Alexa.

How To Pair an iPhone With Alexa via Bluetooth

You can also connect or pair your iPhone with Alexa through Bluetooth. This option particularly comes in handy when you do not want to link your Amazon or Apple Music account to Alexa. Here is how you can pair your iPhone with Alexa through Bluetooth:

Step 1: Enable Bluetooth on Your iPhone

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Enable Bluetooth on your iPhone.

After setting up your Alexa, enable Bluetooth on your iPhone. 

Step 2: Pair Both Devices

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Pair both devices.

Bring the iPhone near the Alexa device and command Alexa to pair by saying: “Alexa, pair with Bluetooth.” Your iPhone will instantly identify the Alexa device and notify you to take action. Click on “Pair” to link both devices.

Step 3: Command Alexa

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Command Alexa.

Finally, command Alexa to connect with the iPhone by saying: “Alexa, connect to my iPhone” or the name of your iPhone. That’s it! You can now play music directly from your iPhone’s iTunes library or Apple Music on the Alexa device. 

Once you’re done, say, “Alexa, disconnect my iPhone.”

How To Connect an Android Phone To Alexa?

No matter what Android phone brand you have, you can easily connect it to Alexa. Here is how you can connect your phone to an Alexa device:

Step 1: Open the Google Play Store

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Open the Google Play store.

Similar to the iPhone, you’d have to first download the Alexa app from Google Play Store on your phone. Search “Alexa app” and download the official one. 

Step 2: Sign In To the App

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Sign into the app.

Once the app is installed, open it and sign in with your Amazon account. Follow the prompts to complete the sign-in process. 

Step 3: Choose the User

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Choose the user.

The next screen will ask you to choose the user who’ll be using the Alexa device. Tap on the user you want to set up. 

Step 4: Allow Microphone Permissions

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Allow microphone permission.

Now, tap on the Alexa button present at the top of your screen. A microphone sound permission prompt will appear on your phone’s screen. Tap on Allow to proceed.

Setup 5: Explore and Use Alexa

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Explore and use Alexa.

You can now test Alexa with any of the wake words, i.e., Alexa, Echo, Ziggy, Amazon, or Computer. Another way to activate Alexa is by pressing the button. Now, the final step is to explore the Alexa device and try different options.

How To Pair an Android Phone To Alexa via Bluetooth

You can also pair your Android phone to Alexa through Bluetooth. It will allow you to play your favorite audio on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and any other Alexa device from the Alexa app. 

Here is how you can pair your Android phone to Alexa via Bluetooth:

Step 1: Open Devices in the Alexa App

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Open devices in the Alexa app.

Open the Alexa app on your phone and navigate to the “Devices” option. Now, tap “Echo and Alexa” at the top of the screen and choose the Echo device you want to pair with. Then, select “Connect a Device.”

Step 2: Enable Bluetooth on Your Phone

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Enable Bluetooth on your phone.

The next step is to enable Bluetooth on your Android device. Open the phone’s Settings and go to “Bluetooth Connections” to turn on the Bluetooth toggle. 

Step 3: Choose the Echo Device

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Choose the Echo device.

Finally, tap on Bluetooth to see all the devices available for pairing. Find your Echo device’s name and tap on it to pair. And you’re done!

Now, you can stream your favorite audio from your phone on the Alexa device. Talk to Alexa by pressing the Alexa button or using the wake words, such as Echo, Ziggy, Alexa, Amazon, and Computer. 

Summary

Alexa has an easy-to-use interface that connects to all sorts of smartphones. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can use the Alexa app or Bluetooth to pair it with the Alexa device. The process is pretty easy, but ensure a stable connection when connecting your phone to Alexa. 

Once connected, you can use the wake words to check if Alexa responds to it or not. Alexa typically listens to Bluetooth, Ziggy, Alexa, and Amazon. Hopefully, the above steps will help you connect phone to Alexa without hassle.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pair my iPhone with Alexa?

You can pair your iPhone with Alexa by enabling Bluetooth on your phone. Then, bring your iPhone close to the Alexa device and command Alexa by saying: “ Alexa, pair with Bluetooth.” Meanwhile, your iPhone will instantly pick up the Alexa device in pairing mode and ask for your permission to pair with it. Tap on “Pair” to connect both devices.

How do you connect Alexa step by step?

Before connecting to Alexa, download the Alexa app on your mobile device. If you already have it installed on your mobile device, ensure it is updated to the latest version. Now, plug in your device and open the Alexa app on your smartphone. Then, tap on “More” and select “Add Device.” Now, tap on “Amazon Echo,” select “Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and more,” and follow the upcoming instructions to set both devices up.

How do I put my iPhone in pairing mode?

Your iPhone will go into pairing mode just by turning its Bluetooth on. For that, open the “Settings” app, then “Bluetooth,” and turn the toggle on in front of the Bluetooth. Now, put your accessory in discovery mode and bring it close to the iPhone. On your phone, tap on the accessory’s name to pair it with.

How do I connect my iPhone to Alexa without Wi-Fi?

A stable Wi-Fi connection is necessary to connect an iPhone to Alexa. If you don’t have access to an internet connection, you can still connect your iPhone to Alexa using the mobile hotspot. Another way is to do it via Bluetooth. Simply turn on the Bluetooth on your smartphone, send Alexa in pairing mode, and tap on Pair on your phone to connect both devices.

How do I connect my phone to Alexa without the app?

Connecting a phone to Alexa with the app is the easiest way. However, if you do not have the app installed on your phone, you can still connect both your devices through the internet browser. Here is how:

  • Open the browser on your phone and visit alexa.amazon.com
  • Then, log in to your Amazon account.
  • Next, tap on “Settings,” present on the left sidebar. 
  • Tap on “Devices” and then “Set up a new device.”
  • Tap on the device you want to connect your phone to and ensure the Alexa device is turned on.
  • Finally, choose the Wi-Fi network marked as Amazon-XXX. And you’re done!
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