Amazon’s Echo smart speaker is a unique device that you can do some cool things with. One thing you might want to do is connect your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and then stream music from a service like Spotify or iTunes to the Echo.
The Amazon Echo already has you pretty well covered for audio. You can already play music directly on it from Amazon Prime Music, radio stations, Audible, and podcasts via iHeartRadio or TuneIn, and by connecting Pandora. But you might have other audio that isn’t available on those services and need to connect your device.
Pair Amazon Echo to Bluetooth Device
There are a couple of ways you can pair your Bluetooth device to the Amazon Echo, either by voice (using Alexa) or its web interface. To use your voice, say “Alexa Pair” and it will respond with “Ready to pair, to to the Bluetooth settings on your mobile device and choose Echo-###.” Each Echo will have a different identification number.
Then open the Bluetooth settings on your mobile device and select the Echo from the list. In my case, I am using an iPad mini. It should take less than a minute to pair, and when the connection is made, Alexa will say “Connected to Bluetooth.”
If you’re using the app or web interface, go to Settings > your echo’s name > Bluetooth > Pairing Mode. In this example, I am using an HTC One (M8), so you get an idea what it’s like on different devices.
Again, Alexa will say “Ready to pair. Go to the Bluetooth settings on your mobile device and choose Echo-###” You might not see the Echo right away, just wait a bit, and it should come up. After the connection is made, Alexa will say “Connected to Bluetooth.”
Either way, pair your device (by voice or app) once the connection is established, you can start streaming your tunes or whatever audio you have over to the Echo from your favorite audio service.
When you’re done using everything, just say “Alexa disconnect” and it will stop the connection from your smartphone or tablet.
Amazon recently made the Echo available to everyone without an invite and opened it to third-party developers. So we hope to see some exciting new features coming to the device soon.
For more tips and tricks check out our archive of Echo articles. You can download the Echo app for different devices from the links below.