How to Connect Alexa to WiFi? – Before You Start
You can shout at your Amazon Alexa device all you want, but if it’s not connected to a stable WiFi, it won’t respond to any of your commands.
Unfortunately, most Amazon Alexa devices don’t have an Ethernet port, so the best way to connect to the internet is using WiFi.
Alexa devices can notify you when they aren’t connected to the internet.
For instance, the Amazon Echo speaker lineup has a light ring that will turn red if you give voice commands and the speaker isn’t connected to the internet.
You can connect Alexa devices to the internet using the Alexa app, which is available for iPhones on Apple App Store and Android devices on Google Play Store.
Although the process is relatively easy, it comprises a couple of steps. What’s more, you can connect your Alexa device to the internet without the app via Amazon’s web portal.
Why Does Alexa Need to Be Connected to WiFi?
Basically, because its functionality revolves around the internet, Alexa is an AI (artificial intelligence) virtual assistant, and it needs WiFi to access your data and optimize your routines.
Alexa enables your smart speakers to play your favorite tracks, and it also controls all other smart home appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, thermostats, doorbells, etc.
Alexa can even tell you a joke if you’re bored. How amazing is that?
Each command you verbally give to your Alexa device is routed to the Amazon cloud for handling. It then relayed back to your Alexa device with a suitable answer.
This happens in a matter of seconds via a WiFi connection.
Therefore, connecting your Alexa device to WiFi through the Alexa App or without the app is essential.
That said, let’s look at how to connect an Alexa speaker to WiFi with the Alexa smartphone application or using the Amazon Alexa web page.
The Setup Process
With The Amazon Alexa App
Connecting your Alexa devices such as Echo or Echo dot to WiFi requires you to follow a couple of steps. Let us look at how to do this using the Alexa app.
- Start by launching the Amazon Alexa App on your device. You can get it on the Apple App Store for iPhone users and Google Play for Android users if you don’t have the app.
- Once you open the app, you will require to sign in with your Amazon account. If you don’t have an account at the moment, you can create one right from the app.
- Then you have to allow for the permissions for the app to work correctly.
- Next, click on “Devices.” You will see this option at the bottom-right end of your screen.
- Then, click on “Echo & Alexa” on the next screen.
- Next, select the Alexa device you’d like to connect to a new WiFi connection. If you can’t see your device, go back to the “Devices” tab and click on “All Devices.”
- Friendly tip: If you forgot the device’s name, you can ask Alexa – “Alexa, what is my device name.” For this command to take effect, you have probably might need to have set up Amazon Alexa on your smartphone.
- Then click on “Change.” This text is in a small font on the right next to the WiFi name
- Next, click “No.” Note that if your device is in setup mode, you will be forced to hold and press the action button on your Alexa device.
- Then shift your Alexa device into setup mode and click “Continue.” Alexa devices are different so refer to the app to see which button you should click. For instance, if you have the Amazon Echo or Echo dot speaker, the switch is at the top, and when you press it, the light ring will change to orange.
- Next, choose your Alexa device. If you can’t see your device in the rundown, click on the “Device Not Listed” option at the end of your screen.
- Then select your WiFi network. If you pick a previously saved WiFi from the list at the top of your screen, you can skip this step.
- Next, enter your WiFi passcode.
- Lastly, give your Alexa device a couple of minutes to join the new WiFi network.
With the Amazon Alexa Web Portal
Here, we look at the steps if you don’t have the Alexa app installed on your smartphone. Meanwhile, it is a personal preference if you don’t want to use the app.
You can also connect Alexa devices to the network using a browser.
Take a look at the steps to follow for this scenario.
- Start by opening a browser on a smartphone or PC and enter amazon.com. You can use various browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox.
- Next, log in to your Amazon account by entering your user ID and passcode. If you don’t have an account, you will see “Create New Amazon Account at the bottom of the tab.”
- Once you’ve registered, you can see a menu on the left side; click on “Settings.” If you can’t see this option, try zooming out or expanding your browser tab.
- After pressing the settings button, it will list your already set up Alexa devices; click on the device you’d like to connect to the internet. If you can’t see your Alexa device click on the “Set Up New Device” option.
- Now, choose the device to set up and connect to your WiFi. You can select from Echo Dot, Echo, or Echo Plus devices based on what you own. If you don’t see your device try scrolling down to see more options. After finding your device, click “Continue.”
- Plug your Alexa device into a powered wall outlet.
- Wait for some minutes for the light on your device to turn orange. Note: if your device’s light doesn’t turn orange, then select “Don’t see the orange light.” You will be directed to the button to press and hold on to Alexa your device.
- Next, connect to WiFi with the format Amazon-XXX on your smartphone or PC without shutting down your browser. For PCs, the WiFi position varies depending on whether you’re using macOS or Windows OS. For smartphones, just go to settings then WiFi.
- Once you have joined the Amazon WiFi network, go back to the browser and press “Continue.” You will see a window indicating “Your phone is connected” to Alexa.
- Then on the browser, choose the WiFi network you want to link Alexa to. If you have already saved the network, you can skip this step.
- Next, enter the WiFi passcode and click on “Connect.”
- Lastly, wait for a couple of minutes for your Alexa device to process and connect to your WiFi. Once it’s done connecting, you can test the device with a question. For instance, you can say, “Alexa, who is the richest man in the world?”
Troubleshooting Connection Problems
Sometimes you could be unfortunate and have trouble connecting your Alexa device to WiFi. So how do you fix some of the problems that might arise?
Check On Your WiFi Connection
Check if your WiFi connection is stable because your Alexa device won’t work if the latency is low.
Try connecting to the same network as your Alexa device using a smartphone or PC to see if the connection is active.
Move Your Alexa Device Closer to The WiFi Router
There’s an invisible line between your router and Alexa device through which information flows.
If that line is obstructed by something as massive as a wall or cabinet, the connection between your router and Alexa device will be severed.
Shifting your Alexa device closer to the router establishes a strong signal that surrounding objects can’t break.
Metal objects also interfere with WiFi connections, so ensure there aren’t any close to your router or Alexa device.
Reboot Your Alexa Device, Router, and Modem
Start by unplugging your Alexa device from the power outlet and then plugging it back in.
If Alexa still can’t connect to WiFi, turn off both your router and modem, and after some minutes, turn them on. Sometimes restarting your devices helps fix a WiFi connection issue.
Factory Reset Your Alexa Device
A factory reset is meant to be a last resort. Factory resetting your Alexa device will format all your personal preferences from your device, meaning you will have to set it up all over again. But then again, it might be worth it if it solves your connection issues.
To sum it all up, getting your Alexa device connected to WiFi is a pretty straightforward process, as illustrated above.
Whether you want to set up a new Alexa device or want to link an existing Alexa device to a new WiFi, using the Amazon Alexa smartphone application or using the Amazon web portal, it’s possible.
Now when you’re heading out for a movie, you can ask, “Alexa what’s the weather like today?” and you will get a suitable reply.