To create a smart home device groups in the Alexa app: Alexa starts playing music on your preferred speaker, no matter which one is closest or which group it's in.
If no preferred speaker is selected in a group, music only plays on the device that heard your request. Toucan choose a preferred speaker in your Device group from the Alexa app.
To make this work, toucan tap into the handy Alexa app on your iOS or Android device. Toucan also access it from the Alexa website, but the process is more convenient if you go mobile.
Open the Alexa app and tap Devices on the bottom right. On the next page, tap the plus (+) icon on the top-right, and select Add Device from the pop-up menu.
However, toucan also set up another smart home device, such as a light, plug, or switch. Wait for its ring to turn orange and then tap Continue in the app.
If the ring doesn't turn orange, hold down the action button for six seconds until it does. It should take the form of Amazon-XXX, with the XXX represented by a series of three uppercase letters.
Select your own Wi-Fi network and wait for your Echo device to connect. You should then see a screen indicating that your Echo is online and connected to the internet, while Alexa tells you that the device is ready.
To make sure Alexa is listening on your new device, ask a question or submit a request. Depending on the type of Echo device you added, you may see another setup screen.
For example, the setup for an Echo Dot will ask if you want to connect an external speaker. The next screen asks if you want to add your Echo device to a group, which helps you organize multiple gadgets by location or other criteria.
If so, choose the group in which you want to place your new device and tap Continue. If the devices are in proximity, though, toucan always change the Wake word to distinguish one from the other.
If you have multiple Echo devices, toucan play multi-room music so the tunes waft throughout your home. First, create a group to house the Echo devices you want to include in the multi-room playback.
Tap Next, and you'll see a list of Alexa devices that are compatible with the Multi-Room Music feature. Alexa has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve, but voice-activated playback of your favorite music has always been front and center.
This week, Amazon doubled down on her ability to stream tunes by letting you group multiple Alexa speakers for simultaneous playback throughout your home. But the absence of the battery-powered Amazon Tap is a disappointment -- especially considering that the little puck doesn't support Alexa's calling and messaging feature, either.
Amazon has a set of software tools planned to help outside developers bring their Alexa devices into synchronicity, but they won't be arriving until early 2018. Screenshots by Ry Christ/CNET One of the side benefits of multiroom audio support is that toucan use one Echo device to start playback on another.
All you need to do is tack the name of the target speaker onto the end of your command, like, “Alexa, play the Beatles in the kitchen.” Just go to the settings section of your Alexa app, select the device in question and give it a new name that'll work well with those kinds of commands.
Screenshots by Ry Christ/CNET While you're there in the Alexa app, we can go ahead and knock out the next step: grouping your devices for simultaneous playback. The Alexa app won't let you add speakers to more than one group at a time.
Screenshot by Ry Christ/CNET At this point, you're all set to start blasting music across multiple Alexa devices at your next house party, but there are still a couple of things you'll want to be aware of. First, as of now, Alexa's multiroom audio only supports Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Tune In and Pandora.
And it's worth noting that toucan already add Alexa-supported smart home devices to multiple groups. Finally, some users have reported that multiroom audio won't work with Echo Dot that are connected to outside speakers via Bluetooth.
As Amazon puts it: “Bluetooth is disabled during audio playback to ensure the best experience. Direct, wired connections to outside speakers still work, but still, the lack of Bluetooth support is potentially pretty annoying.
But there are caveats: the feature is only available in a few countries, and it only supports music, specifically, as well as certain devices and services. It's a phrase that ultimately refers to what you might expect: audio in multiple rooms.
In Amazon's version of multi-room audio, toucan create groups with two or more Echo devices. Alexa will not only play tunes from Amazon Music but also other streaming services, depending on your location.
Select Devices in the bottom left corner Tap the + in the top right corner Tap on Set Up Multi-Room Music, then “Continue” Pick a name for your group or select one from the list. Tap Next On the next page select the Echo devices to include in the group.
When the feature launched in 2017, only a handful of devices in the Amazon Echo support it, but that has expanded over the following months. Generally speaking, it's easy to get your default music service to play songs on a group, but you also get full control from the Alexa app.
There are a few areas where all the Echos will sing in harmony, but for the most part, each works as an individual. Amazon lets you to create a multi-room setup within the Alexa app that will allow you to play music across multiple Echo devices in your home.
For example, toucan play Tune In Radio in the bedroom and Spotify in the kitchen. This is a recent addition to the skills of the Echo, allowing you to create a sound system that will work with your Fire TV.
Some things are synced to your Alexa account and those are therefore accessible on the various Echo devices you might have scattered around the house. Of course, things like synced calendars or information from Skills you have set up are available on all your Echo devices.
The Echo is great for setting timers and alarms, whether that's for waking you up in the morning or as a reminder for when food will be finished cooking or the washing machine needs emptying. Within the Alexa app, toucan add another Amazon user to your Household Profile.
This is beneficial in several ways, first and foremost in that it gives that person access to their own content (music, audiobooks and Google Calendar). Amazon Toucan also use this to choose who sets up the Echo devices and which account they are assigned to.
You need to get the other people in the house to download the Alexa app and sign the terms of agreement, then once accounts are connected toucan tell Alexa to switch between the profiles which is handy for managing content, placing orders and more. Having multiple Amazon Echo devices in your home also gives you the ability to use them as intercoms around the house.
Pocket-lint Toucan do this from your phone by opening the app and clicking the “drop in” button then selecting the relevant Echo you want to talk to. This then essentially calls that device from your phone and allows you to speak to whomever is on the other end.
As of September 2020, you've been able to set up voice profiles for both adults and children, meaning that Alexa will know who is asking and can provide a better response. The advantage of having access to Alexa's features doesn't hinge on building some sort of super Echo network in your house.
If you have a loft room, the Dot or Flex will bring voice control that's outside the range of your Echo downstairs and so on. With multi-room audio support, there's certainly something to be said for owning multiple Amazon Echo devices in proximity.
With the Dot being so affordable, if you're a fan of the Echo then it's certainly worth the expansion, even if that's just to give you voice control over your smart lights or heating from more rooms in the house.