How to Set up Alexa on your new Amazon Echo

Congratulations, you’ve got yourself an Amazon Echo device. You’ll be on your way to asking the voice assistant Alexa stupid questions in no time! This hands-free, a voice-controlled speaker can do so much more than meets the eye.

Enabled with Alexa, the Echo can respond to voice commands and play your music, read you audiobooks, report the weather, break down the news, and so much more. With seven built-in microphones, the Echo is designed to hear your voice commands no matter where you are in the room, even if there’s background noise or there’s music playing. Excited to get started?

Once you’ve got your new Amazon Echo unboxed, get this guide in front of you, and in just a few minutes you’ll be enjoying everything the smart speaker has to offer.

First things first; get everything you need.

First of all, in our Amazon Echo setup process, you do of course need an Echo and whatever power adapter came with it. These speakers don’t run on batteries, so make sure you’ve got the right power cable ready and waiting.

On the software side, you’ll need a phone or tablet (Android or iOS) ready to install the Alexa app.

Download and Install the Alexa App

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The first thing you need to do, before even plugging in the Echo, is to download the Alexa app (available on Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire).

You can’t set up your Echo speaker or proceed with these tips without it. Beyond that, you’ll need it to adjust your Echo’s settings down the road.

Plug in the Echo

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Now we’ve got the required software, it’s time to get the Amazon Echo hardware itself set up. Take the speaker and turn it over to find the power jack, then take the Echo’s power adapter and plug it into the power jack on the Echo speaker.

Finally, take the power adapter’s other end and plug it into the wall. Great work! Your Amazon Echo now has power and should start glowing as it configures itself. We’re on our way to set it up.

Connect the Echo to Wi-Fi via the app

Next, you’ll need to connect your Echo device to your home Wi-Fi network. The latest versions of the Echo should guide you through this process. However, if you get stuck, simply open up the Alexa app and search through the available networks until you find yours. Under the Wireless heading, you should be able to see the state of the Wi-Fi network connection.

Once you’re connected, you have the option of saving your Wi-Fi password to Amazon. You also have the choice of connecting your Echo to a public network, although the password won’t be saved on Amazon.

Start Talking to Alexa

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To get started, say the wake word, which by default is “Alexa.” But maybe there’s already a human Alexa in the house and you want to change the wake word to something else? Simply tell the Echo, “Alexa, change the wake word.” You can also change the wake word manually by opening up the Alexa app, tapping help and feedback, and selecting change the wake word. Currently, you can change the Echo to respond to “Echo,” “Amazon,” and “Computer.”

Start Using your Echo

Congratulations, your Amazon Echo is all set up and ready to be used in your day-to-day life. To make sure everything’s working properly, you can conduct a simple test by trying out a few basic commands. For example, say the wake word and “Hello.” If your Echo is properly set up, Alexa should respond with a simple “Hello” in return.

You’re all done!

You can start using your Echo device to make to-do lists, find out the weather, check on traffic conditions, call your friends, send text messages to your family, stream podcasts, or connect smart home devices. Alexa has thousands of essential and not-so-essential skills you can add, too. Check out some of the most useful things that the Amazon Echo can help you do.

Having problems?

If your Echo simply won’t hook up, try giving it a factory reset. To do that, press and hold the microphone off and volume down buttons simultaneously for 20 seconds to do this, while the device is switched on.

Some Alexa devices also have pinhole reset slots. It just needs to be pushed in with a paperclip or SIM removal tool until the LED light color changes. Check the supplied instructions if you’re not sure.

Now explore what Alexa can do and have fun with your Amazon Echo device!