How to Set Up Alexa on Amazon Echo in 12 Steps (with Photos)

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How to Set Up Alexa on Amazon Echo in 12 Steps (with Photos)

Digital assistants are almost to the point where they are an essential part of any household. We guarantee if you have never used any of them, you have at least heard of Amazon’s Alexa. This is probably the most recognizable voice assistant out there, or maybe a close second to Siri from Apple. Most people access Alexa through Echo devices, which are little speakers sitting in your house waiting to help you out or play music.

Amazon makes a myriad of Echo devices for different needs, but most people will probably be looking to set up an Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus. Luckily, these all have pretty much the same setup process.

Our goal with this guide is to make setting up your Alexa Echo as easy as possible, because until you have it running, you can’t say, “Alexa, how do I set up an Echo?”

Let’s dive in!

1. Download the Alexa App

If you don’t already have the Alexa app installed on your phone, you can click here to download it on Android or here to download it for iOS. After downloading the app, sign into your Amazon account.

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Download the Alexa app and sign in.

2. Plug In Your Alexa Device

Using the provided power cord, plug in your Alexa, and give it a few moments for the light to glow orange. After a few moments, your Alexa should announce it is ready to be set up.

3. Add a Device

On the Alexa app on your phone, tap on the option that says More then the first option will be Add a Device.

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Click on More and then Add a Device.

4. Select Which Device to Set Up

Now you will see a list of device options to set up. For this guide, we will select Amazon Echo. Then, on the next page, select the name of the device that you are setting up. Again, most people will probably be selecting the first option that reads Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and more.

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Click on Amazon Echo and then select the device you are setting up.

5. Confirm Light Ring, and Select Your Device

After selecting which device you are setting up, the app will ask you to confirm that there is an orange light on your device. If there is, select Yes.

Then, the app will then show you the available devices. You should see Echo followed by a string of numbers or letters. That is your device.

If you don’t see an orange light on your device, tap No. The app will then prompt you to press and hold the action button on your device until there is an orange light. The action button is a button on your device with a dot icon.

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Select Yes if there is an orange light, then select your available device.

6. Select Your Wi-Fi Network

Now a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks will pop up, select yours and log in like you usually do when connecting to Wi-Fi. If you do not see your network as an available option, tap Rescan Network at the top of the app.

7. Choose a Language

Depending on your region, you have a list of language options. Choose the most appropriate one. Note that you can also select options that have multiple languages listed on them. This is perfect for multi-lingual households.

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Select your language, and click Continue.

8. Select Which Room This Device is in

This might seem a bit silly if you only have one Alexa device, but if you ever get more than one, this will help group your devices.

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Then, select your room, and click Continue.

9. Set up Voice ID (Optional)

Voice ID is an optional feature, but it is excellent if you want to set it up. It allows each household member to have personalized results when they ask Alexa a question.

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Set up voice ID and click Agree and Continue.

10. Enter Your Address

This will allow Alexa to give you personalized weather, traffic, and more results. If you use Amazon to order products, your address should already be in this field. You can tap on Enter a new address if your address is not already here.

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Enter your address and click Continue.

11. Amazon Sidewalk (Optional)

Amazon Sidewalk allows you to keep your devices connected easily, but it will share your Wi-Fi signal with your neighbor’s devices. Whichever option you choose, you can always change this option later.

12. Tap Let’s Go

Now the app will say Get Started with Alexa, tap Let’s Go on the bottom of the screen to start using your Alexa. With your Alexa device set up, you can now ask her to set timers, play some music, and even tell you a joke.

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Tap Let’s Go and you’re all set!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Alexa track my walk?

With Amazon’s Echo buds, you can ask Alexa to track your workout. Alexa will track calories burned, workout distance, step count, average pace, and overall time.

Can Alexa remind me to exercise?

You can definitely include Alexa in your workout routine. You can do this by speaking to Alexa or setting it up via the Alexa App on another device. On the home page, click on More and then Routines. Then, create a routine for your workout session and follow the easy steps of adding your skill and for what time.

Does Alexa track everything you say?

Even though Alexa’s microphone is always active, it does not record everything you say. It will wait until it hears its wake word to activate itself. By default, this is Alexa.

Can Alexa place phone calls?

You can make phone calls from an Echo device or the Alexa app, giving you hands-free options for calling family, friends, and other people. But, of course, Alexa isn’t the only one you can talk to through your Echo device. You can also make and receive voice calls from other people.

Can Alexa go in a car?

You cannot take a standard Amazon Echo into your car, but now there is the Echo Auto, specifically designed for car use. It comes with a 12V USB adapter and can connect to your car audio system through Bluetooth or a wired auxiliary connection.

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