Echo devices were truly the dawn of Alexa, starting out as a bulky, cylindrical device that was an excellent smart speaker but not exactly aesthetically pleasing.
Now, Alexa Echo devices are often the hub of entire smart home setups.
Does this mean that Alexa can connect with standard, Bluetooth speakers?
Multiple Bluetooth speakers are nothing to an Echo device. In fact, Alexa can connect to even more than that, so long as all of the Bluetooth speakers are set up in the same group, within the Alexa app.
If you have a couple of Alexa 4th Generation Echo devices, along with some of those bass-heavy, portable Bluetooth Speakers, you can create quite the immersive atmosphere – a theatrical experience in your living room. However, there are some limitations.
Can Alexa Play on Two Bluetooth Speakers at Once?
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Alexa is definitely capable of that and more. All you need to get started is the Alexa app on your mobile device. Since the Alexa app is found on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, you can control your speakers on either an iPhone or an Android.
Once you have the Alexa App downloaded, open it and log in or create an Amazon Account. If you are a Prime member, that’s the same login information you will use in the Alexa app.
- Open the Amazon Alexa App
- Select the + symbol at the top
- Select “Add Device”
- Make sure the speakers you want to add are in Pairing Mode
- Scroll down and select “Bluetooth Speaker”
- Select the speaker as it pops up under “Available Devices”
- Complete the pairing process
- Pair the second speaker in the same way
- Scroll down to “Groups”
- Select “Create a Group”
- Select “Create a Room or Device Group”
- Name the group you’re creating
- Select all of the devices in your group (one of them should be an Echo 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Generation, not a Dot)
- Be sure to select the two Bluetooth speakers as well
- Select “Next”
- Review and confirm the Group
Now you have a group with an Echo device, essentially the point man of the group, and the two Bluetooth speakers connected to it. An Echo Dot 4th Generation can serve as a smart home hub, so you can tie a lot of different devices to it.
Would it be Possible to Connect Multiple Bluetooth Speakers to Alexa?
Not only can you add multiple speakers to your Alexa group, but you can also add your nicest speaker by connecting to the 3.5mm AUX jack on the back of your Echo. The 3.5mm jack delivers higher-quality audio than what you can get from Bluetooth, so it’s worth a shot.
If you have three or more speakers, take the best one and connect it to an Echo device with an AUX cable. If the ports are available, you can connect a chain of speakers in this way as well.
Also, all speakers that are paired to a central Echo device will automatically pair with it whenever they are turned on.
The only way to undo the pairing is to jump back on the Alexa app and remove the speaker from the group.
Can Alexa Connect to Two or More Bluetooth Devices?
Alexa can connect to a ton of Bluetooth devices, and it’s not just speakers. Smart Home security cameras, motion detection devices, smart microwaves, smart ovens, Bluetooth speakers, Amazon Echo devices, smartphones, smart TVs, and the list goes on and on.
This is assuming you have an Amazon Studio or 4th Generation Echo. Both of these devices can serve as a smart home hub, connecting and coordinating all of your Bluetooth devices. You can also connect Echo Dot devices with Bluetooth speakers, but there is no central control there.
Here’s How to Pair Two Echo Dots
If you have several Echo Dots and you want to connect them, rather than just standard Bluetooth speakers, you can do that as well. Pairing your two Echo Dots is really simple, as long as you have the Alexa App.
Make sure that your Echo Dots have already been set up on your Wi-Fi. If you have multiple-channel Wi-Fi, be sure they are all on the same one.
- Open your Alexa App
- Select “Devices” at the bottom
- Select the + icon at the top
- Select “Combine Speakers” from the pop-up menu at the bottom
- Scroll down and select “Stereo Pair/Subwoofer”
- Select the Echo Dots
- Select each speaker to verify positioning (right and left)
- Choose a name
- When the message, “(your name choice) was created,” you’re good to go
That’s all there is to it, and you can come back later to add a third Echo Dot if you prefer.
How Many Alexa Speakers Can You Pair?
You can pair up to four Echo speakers together at once, with the addition of the Echo Sub if you have it, for a total of five speakers.
The Echo Subwoofer cannot be substituted with another speaker. If you own one, the option is there. If you don’t own one, four Alexa speakers are the limit.
How Many Echo Dots Can You Sync to an Amazon Account?
There is no limitation to how many Echo Dots you can have connected (synced) to your Amazon account. In fact, it can get a little aggravating. If you have older Echo Dots or Echo speakers that no longer function, it’s easy to forget them.
They get mixed in with the gigantic list of all the devices you have synced to your Amazon account. As we mentioned earlier, there are several Amazon speaker devices that are capable of being a smart home hub.
You can end up with so many devices on there that a couple of inoperable Echo Dots may get lost in the sauce, so to speak. You will have to go in and find them to remove them if you really need to.
Alexa Multiroom Music Explained
Multiroom music with Amazon Echo devices is exactly what it sounds like – coordinated music that fills your whole home, from room to room or wherever you have your Echo devices placed.
It’s not just music, either. Multiroom includes music, audiobooks (Amazon Audible), podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music (and books), iHeart Radio, Apple Podcasts, and SXM. You can also pair your Fire TV or Firestick in with all of them.
Multiroom Audio by Making Groups
The process we listed above for creating a group is exactly how you set this up. The default group names in the Alexa app include all of the traditional room names in a home, so you don’t even have to come up with your own names.
You can set up as many groups as you want, connecting Echo speakers in each room and have either room-to-room audio (just tell Alexa to move to the (insert room name here)) or have whole-house audio all at once. It’s entirely up to you.
How to Turn Off Multiroom Music
This is the simplest thing to do out of all the setups and processes described above. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, cancel the downstairs group.” Or, “Alexa, cancel the bedroom group.”
Whatever group you want to turn off is done in this way. You can always jump on the Alexa app and physically turn off the group by selecting “Devices,” and scroll down to the Groups at the bottom.
Select your Group, then select the paired speakers or the lone speaker in that Group. On the next screen, you will see the “off” option at the top right, with a moon symbol that’s crossed out. Select that option and that room is now off.
Amazon’s Echo devices and virtual assistant Alexa have come a long way since that heavy cylinder thing first came out. Now, Alexa is capable of running your entire smart home at your command, including Bluetooth speakers and additional Echo devices.
If you want, you can throw in your Fire TVs, Echo Shows and Fire Sticks to create some serious, room-to-room, whole-house entertainment.
Who knows what comes next but, so far, Alexa is pretty entertaining.