You're already the owner of an Alexa device, maybe an Amazon echo. Now you've bought a second device, maybe another Echo or the smaller Echo Dot. How do you configure the other device? And a third? A fourth? And how do you configure yourself and juggle them all?
To do this, you can use the practical Alexa app on your iOS or Android device. You can also access it from the website Alexa but the process is more convenient if you go mobile.
Here we show how to configure multiple devices with an iOS device, but the process is similar on Android.
Synchronizer with Alexa App
Open the Alexa app and press Devices at the bottom right. On the next page, press the plus (+) icon at the top right and select Add Device from the pop-up menu.
You will ask yourself what type of device you are installing. Because this is an Amazon Echo, choose this option. However, you can also set up another smart home device, for example. a light, a contact or a switch.
You will then be asked to choose the type of Amazon device you set, such as an Echo Dot, Echo Plus, or Echo Input . Depending on which device you choose, the next screen will ask you to confirm which generation of Echo device you are configuring.
The app then takes you through the installation process. Make sure your Echo unit is plugged in. Wait for the ring to turn orange and then press Continue in the app. If the ring does not turn orange, hold down the function key for six seconds until it does.
Connect Amazon Echo Device to Wi-Fi
The app will tell you that you open the Wi-Fi settings screen on your mobile device and selects the network name for your Echo device. It should take the form of Amazon-XXX, with XXX represented by a series of three capital letters.
Return to the Alexa app and press Continue. Choose your own Wi-Fi network and wait for your Echo device to connect.
Then you should see a screen indicating that your Echo is online and connected to the internet, while Alexa tells you the device is ready. To make sure Alexa is listening to your new device, ask a question or send an inquiry. Press Continue.
Depending on the type of Echo device you have added, you can see another installation screen. For example, the setting for an Echo Dot will ask if you want to connect an external speaker. Select the appropriate option on this screen.
Connect your echo device to a group
The next screen asks if you want to add your echo device to a group that will help you to organize multiple gadgets by location or other criteria. If so, select the group you want to place your new device in, and then press Continue.
Your device is now ready to move. Follow the same steps if you need to configure more Echo devices.
Renaming Your Echo Device
When adding more devices of the same type, Alexa gives them sequential names, such as Echo-1, Echo-2. But you can give each unit a more descriptive name. To do this, return to the Devices screen in the Alexa app. Touch the Echo & Alexa icon and tap the device you want to rename.
On the device setup screen, tap the Edit Name link under the device name. Enter the new name of the device and press Done. Your device is officially renamed.
Give Alexa Some Space
If you install multiple Alexa devices in your home, make sure you place them far enough apart so that the wrong device does not respond when you try to interact with your device. The Bluetooth range is limited, but it can still communicate from one room to another.
In my case, I have an echo in our living room, a second echo in our bedroom and a third echo in my office. These rooms are far enough apart so that I can call Alexa, and the right unit responds. If the devices are in the vicinity, you can still change the Wake word to distinguish between each other. In addition to Alexa, other wake-up words that you can use to get your echo attention can be Amazon, Echo and Computer.
How to play multiple room music on echo devices
If you have multiple Echo devices, you can play multi-room rooms so the songs are everywhere in your home. First, create a group to accommodate the Echo units you want to include in multiple room playback. Then just ask Alexa to play music on the group, and the sounds are piped to all the devices in that group.
To add multiple Echo units to a single group from the Alexa app, tap Devices at the bottom right. Select the plus (+) icon at the top right and select Add multi-room music speakers.
Create your own name for your group or choose one of the usual names (Everywhere, Kitchen, Bedroom etc.). Press Next and you will see a list of Alexa devices that are compatible with the Multi-Room Music feature. Select the Echo devices you want to add to this group (an Echo device can only belong to a group). Press Save. Repeat these steps to create another group.
You are back to the Devices screen where you can see your new group. To play music on Echo devices in a group, say: "Alexa plays music on [name of group]."