For more intelligent living, amazon’s echo line up is one of the best in the business. If you want a personal AI assistant that will remind your tasks and provide entertainment, then the Echo series has got your back.
If you are into compact size and mobility, then the Echo dot is the right choice for you. But due to the compact size, the speaker provides low output than usual that it’s essential to know how to use the Echo dot as a speaker.
Echo Dot Overview
The Echo dot is the smallest product in the Echo lineup nut the small structure doesn’t mean it doesn’t have all the valuable features that the Echo series provides.
This ingenious device comes with Alexa’s integrated system and can play & stream music, podcasts, audiobooks, and report the weather. It can also be connected to other smart home device and control them upon your directions.
You can also connect any third-party apps like Twitter, Uber, Spotify, YouTube to play a selected playlist, read aloud tweets and news or request a vehicle for transportation. It can also remind you of important dates, tasks if you add a previous command.
Due to its small structure, the speakers aren’t quite up to the level of Echo, but that doesn’t mean the Echo dot can’t be used as a speaker.
Using Echo Dot as Speaker
Now, if you want to use your Echo dot as a speaker, there are two options to do that. Regarding your preference, the choices can be different.
Using Internal Speaker
Although it is smaller in size, the echo dots speakers give good output for a small hearing radius. The sound is crisp and warm and doesn’t have any clarity issues. To use the internal speaker of your echo dot, you need to follow these steps:
Step-1: Download Amazon Alexa App
The first step is to download the Amazon Alexa app, as, without it, you won’t be able to connect your Echo dot to your phone. After securing the power cord to an outlet, you need to open the Alexa app. The Echo dot’s name will show up in the pop-up window.
Step-2: Connecting to the Wi-Fi
After selecting the echo dot as your desired device from the Alexa app, the app will take you to a new window where it’ll want to be connected to a wireless network. Pick which network you want your device to be added to, and then input the password.
If you’ve connected your echo dot properly, you’ll hear Alexa speaking to confirming network connection and preparing the device for first time usage.
After getting the confirmation from Alexa, test your speaker by playing music, turning the volume up or down to ensure that the speakers are working correctly.
Using External Speaker
Due to the Echo dot’s compressed size, the speaker doesn’t perform that good for a crowd. But that doesn’t mean you are out of option. Adding an external speaker to the mix will fix all that. There are two types of external speakers that you can connect with your Echo dot. These are:
- Wired External Speakers
- Wireless External Speakers
Connecting Wired Speakers
It comes with a 3.5mm audio jack input port; you can easily connect your speaker by following the given steps:
Step-1: Power Up Both Devices
Both the speaker and the dot should be powered and turned on before plugging in. Or you can power up the speaker after you connect it with the dot, but the dot must be active.
Step-2: Plugging the Cable In
You need to connect the input or Aux-In cable that comes with your speaker to the 3.5mm audio port located in the echo dot. Make sure the other end of the cable is collected to your speaker. Depending on your speaker’s design, that cable can be removed from the speaker too. If that’s the case, then make sure that it is appropriately connecter with the speaker.
After connecting the speaker with the dot, you need to test to ensure that the connection was successful. If everything is done properly, you’ll find output from your external speakers instead of the dot’s speakers.
Connecting Wireless Speakers
If you find wires a hassle and want to get a clean and modest way to use external speakers, you should pick wireless speakers. The connection to the wireless speakers is made with a Bluetooth connection.
Follow these steps to pair your dot with your Bluetooth speaker:
Step-1: Device Range
If the two devices are out of their Bluetooth range, you won’t get any output from the speakers, so make sure that both devices are in their Bluetooth’s range radius. By keeping the devices close also help you gain low latency.
Step-2: Pairing Both Devices
To pair your echo dot with your Bluetooth speaker, you need to open the Amazon Alexa app. Go to the menu, then select settings. You will find your Echo dot’s name in the settings window, select that, and you’ll go to your dot’s settings.
Once you are there, tap on the Bluetooth option. After searching, it’ll show available devices around you. Make sure that your Bluetooth speaker is online and there is no restriction to pairing. After complete the search, your speaker should be visible on the available device’s menu.
Tap on the speaker’s name, and now your Echo dot is paired with your speaker, and you’ll receive every response from your speakers from now on.
The Echo dot is remarkable and similar to every aspect with the Amazon Echo instead of the speaker’s sound range but can easily be solved using external speakers.
Now you know how to connect echo dot as a speaker and hopefully now you can use your Echo dot to its max potential.