You’ve got a nice, small, compact Amazon Echo Dot that can fit practically anywhere and offers all the features of its big brother, the regular Amazon Echo. And while the newest third-gen Echo Dot delivers dramatically improved sound over its predecessors, it still lacks the booming speaker offered by the full Echo.
That’s fine if you just want to hear the latest news, purchase products, and play games and quizzes. But if you want to listen to music, the Echo Dot’s speaker may not do the trick. Fear not, though, because you can connect your Dot to an external speaker to beef up the sound.
You can set up an external speaker with virtually any of Amazon’s Alexa-driven devices, but the Dot is really the only one that needs it. The original Echo, the Echo Plus, and the Echo Show all have hefty speakers, so there’s little need for a separate, external one.
If you have an Echo Dot and want to connect it to another speaker, you have a few options. You can plug in an external speaker or connect one via Bluetooth. Let’s go over the steps for both options.
Plug In a Speaker
If you wish to plug a speaker into your Echo Dot, you’ll need a standard 3.5mm audio cable with male connections on both ends. Plug one end of your audio cable into your speaker’s Aux In connection and the other end into the Dot’s Aux Out connection, right next to the power cable’s connection. Then just power up your speaker, and it will now pump out the sound from your Echo Dot.
Stream Via Bluetooth
Don’t want to futz around with cables? Then you can instead stream the sound from your Dot through a Bluetooth speaker. Amazon offers tips on what type of Bluetooth speaker you can use and sells a variety of supported speakers.
After you’ve got the right speaker, turn it on and put it into pairing mode. Fire up the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet. Tap on the icon for Devices and then select the button for Echo & Alexa.
At the Echo & Alexa screen, tap the name of the device that you wish to set up with your speaker.
Tap on the setting for Bluetooth Devices.
Tap on the button to “Pair a New Device.”
The Alexa app now searches for nearby Bluetooth devices for pairing with your Echo Dot. Tap on the name of your speaker when it pops up.
After the pairing is successful, the speaker shows up in the list of Bluetooth devices in the Alexa app. Your Echo Dot also announces the successful pairing. You can now ask Alexa to play music and perform other tasks, and the sound is piped through your Bluetooth speaker.
If you wish to disconnect the speaker, click on the name of the speaker in the Alexa app and tap Disconnect. Or, say: “Alexa, disconnect.” Alexa tells you that your Echo Dot is now disconnected from your speaker. To reestablish the connection, tell Alexa: “Alexa, connect.” Alexa connects your Echo Dot to the last connected Bluetooth device.
To remove the entry for your speaker, click on the name of the speaker in the Alexa app and tap Forget Device. Your speaker disappears from the list of Bluetooth devices. To reconnect it, you’ll have to go through the pairing process again.