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How to Use an Alexa Device as a Speaker for Your PC

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How to Use an Alexa Device as a Speaker for Your PC

Alexa devices are smart, but you can use the speakers for more than just the voice assistant. With that in mind, we’ll show you how to use an Alexa device as a speaker for your PC. It’s something you can do with any old Echo device and a great way to increase the volume on a laptop or PC. 

How to Use an Alexa Device as a Speaker for Your PC

Bluetooth is the easiest way for most people to use an Alexa device as a speaker. It’s something you’ll find on every modern laptop, although missing from older desktop PCs. We have a workaround for those systems as long as you have an Aux jack. 

While you could perform this process from the Alexa web portal in the past, Amazon now requires people to use the Alexa app. We’re using the mobile app for our guide. If you already have a connected Alexa device you want to use with your PC, skip ahead to Step 5 in our guide.  

How to Use an Alexa Device as a Speaker for Your PC with Bluetooth 

For anyone dusting off an old Echo, follow these steps to set up a smart speaker for use as a PC speaker. 

1. Download the Alexa App

Go to the app store of your choice and download the official Alexa app. You can get it for free on Google Play or the App Store on iOS. Once downloaded, log in with your account.

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Download the Alexa app on Google Play or the App Store.

2. Add Device 

With the Alexa app open, tap on the + symbol in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and choose Device. 

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Choose Device to add a new Alexa-enabled device in the app.

3. Select Your Device

Choose Amazon Echo from the Shortcuts section. Scroll through the list of options on the next screen and select the Alexa device you want to use. 

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Choose Echo smart speakers from the list.

4. Set Up the Echo

Follow the on-screen instructions to connect your Alexa-enable device to the app. The process is straightforward; just make sure you have a steady Wi-Fi signal

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You’ll get this message when the setup process is complete.

5. Devices

Tap on the Device tab at the bottom of the screen and choose your Alexa device from the options that appear. 

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Select your speaker from the list of available options.

6. Connect the Speaker

Ensure Bluetooth is turned on with the PC you want to connect the speaker to. In the app, select Connect a device, and the app will begin to search for your PC. Select it from the list of options, and Alexa will say, “Now connected to Bluetooth,” when pairing is successful.

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Choose your PC to sync up the speaker via Bluetooth.

We used a Chromebook and an Echo Dot for our PC speaker, but the process is similar on Mac and Windows PCs. The main thing to remember is to ensure Bluetooth is on your PC and the Alexa device is within range. 

How to Use an Alexa Device as a Speaker with an Audio Cable

Do you have a 3.5mm audio port on your PC? There’s a strong chance you do whether you’re using a desktop PC or a laptop. If you have an Alexa device with a 3.5mm output, you can use a cable to transform an Alexa-based speaker into a PC speaker. 

You’ll also need a 3.5mm audio cable if you don’t have one on hand. Connect one end of the cable to your Echo Dot and the other to the PC, and you should be good to go. Depending on your operating system, you may need to go into settings and make a few adjustments on your computer.

Standard 3.5mm Male to Male audio cable. Tied with a twist tie. Top view shot.
You’ll need a cable to connect an Echo to a PC.

The Wrap-Up

Whether your PC speakers are subpar or you just need a temporary audio boost, using an Alexa device as a PC speaker can breathe new life into an old Echo. It’s a simple process anyone can do; just remember the range on the smart speaker if you’re using Bluetooth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Alexa device makes the best laptop speaker?

Echo Dots make the best PC speakers thanks to a combination of price and portability. 

Are PC speakers worth it?

A good set of PC speakers can greatly increase any system’s audio performance.

Does the 4th gen Echo Dot have an Aux jack?

Yes, the 4th generation Echo Dot has a 3.5mm jack.

Can you use any smart speaker as a PC speaker?

Many smart speakers allow you to connect to a variety of devices, but you’ll want to check on the connectivity options beforehand.

Is an Echo better than PC speakers?

Some models are, although it depends on the Echo and how good your PC speakers are.

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