The world of smart devices in the home is exploding right now and voice-controlled home speakers such as Amazon’s Echo are one of the easiest ways to try this exciting new technology. However, if this is your first smart device, you may be a little wary about how to set the device up using your iPhone. Here is a step-by-step guide to get your speaker activated and ready to help you around the house.
- Head over to the app store and find the free Alexa app. While you are downloading the app, go ahead and plug your device into a power source. It will begin to glow as it prepares to sync with your iPhone.
- Once the app is downloaded, enter the email you use for your Amazon account and your Amazon password to get started.
- Next, the app will ask what you are trying to set up, either the Alexa App which you can use through your iPhone or a physical Echo speaker. Select “Setting up an Amazon Echo”.
- Next, the app will ask you to select what type of device you are setting up. For the purposes of this tutorial we are using an Echo Dot, but the subsequent choices will be similar regardless of what type of Echo you are setting up.
- Once you have selected your device you will be ready to pair the speaker to your WiFi through your iPhone. Hit continue.
- One of the biggest issues at this point of the setup occurs when the Echo and iPhone have difficulty locating one another. If this is the case you will need to hold the setup button (the button with a single dot on the to of the speaker) to send the Echo into setup mode. Next, pull down your control center to access your WiFi and find the WiFi connection labeled Amazon-XXXX.
- Once a successful connection is established hit continue to move to the next screen where you will be prompted to enter find your home WiFi network and enter the password.
Once a WiFi connection is established between the Echo and your router, your speaker will ready to go! You will now have an opportunity to personalize your Echo by setting its location within your home (a useful feature if you have more than one smart device active) or even change the activation word from “Alexa” to anything you want!