Amazon Echo can now be connected to Bluetooth speakers

In a recent software update, Amazon has added the ability for the Amazon Echo to connect to external Bluetooth speakers. The Echo Dot has always had this ability because you’re expected to connect it to external speakers, but the full sized Echo is meant to be a stand alone device, so external speaker connectivity was never present until now.

If you’re unhappy with the performance of the Echo’s built-in speaker, you can go into the Alexa app and connect it to better speakers, as long as they support Bluetooth. The Echo Dot also has an auxiliary 3.5mm audio out connection, but that is not present on the full sized Echo.

Amazon has been on a trend lately of unifying functionality across their Alexa devices. The Amazon Tap recently gained hands-free Alexa functionality, which was previously only present on the Echo and Echo Dot. Now the Echo has gained functionality that was previously only available on the Echo Dot.

There’s a good chance the expansion of the Amazon Echo’s Bluetooth functionality is somehow related to the audio synchronization functionality that is expected to arrive soon. The leaked images of audio sync settings in the Alexa app state that the feature interrupts active Bluetooth connections. I would guess that Amazon needed to enable external Bluetooth speaker support for the Amazon Echo in order to make audio syncing work.

See Amazon’s help page for full instructions on connecting the Echo to Bluetooth speakers.

SourcePocket-lint

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6 comments
  1. Omar says:

    Wow I’m excited in that audio sync feature I have 5 of these around the house thanks again Eli for bleeding edge info!

  2. Steve Kline says:

    When will Echo work in conjunction with Sonos speakers?

  3. Chad Loughrige says:

    I don’t see where to enable Echo to play to an external Bluetooth speaker in the Alexa app.

  4. Bill says:

    Amazon Echo can now be connected to Bluetooth speakers along with the NSA

    /fixed

  5. Gdroid666 says:

    I really hope that they add audio switching capability via voice
    I have a dot in the kitchen and bedroom and an open floor plan
    Dining room adjacent to the kitchen
    Dining room speakers connected to zone 2 of my AVR which has a Bluetooth recevier plugged into it
    And an additional Bluetooth speaker in the kitchenas well I want to be able to tell Alexa to play on kitchen dot or play on Bluetooth or play on both Bluetooth and dot ,even better tell it to play on kitchen Bluetooth paired speaker.or paired Bluetooth receiver,
    They should make it have full audio routing capability through voice
    3.5 mm jack connected speakers ,multiple paired Bluetooth receivers as well as any echo device on the account. And also audio scene settings by voice

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