One question we get asked over and over is, “How do I pair my Amazon Echo with a Bluetooth speaker?”
The answer is actually a bit two-fold, as there are some versions of the Echo that cannot be paired at all with any external speaker. If you own the original Amazon Echo — the tall one with the bigger built-in speaker — then unfortunately you’re out of luck. This model can’t be paired at all with an external speaker. Conversely, if you’re using the Amazon Echo Dot — the one we most often are contacted about — then you can indeed pair with an external Bluetooth speaker.
After you’ve completed this initial setup, you’ll be able to easily connect to the same speaker going forward. Simply turn it on and your Echo Dot will automatically connect, giving a verbal confirmation. If you use more than one external speaker, you can simply ask Alexa to connect to a specific, previously paired device.
The Echo Dot already has a speaker, so why would you want to use an external one? The answer is simple — the built-in speaker in the Dot is terrible. Pretty much any Bluetooth speaker you can find will serve you better, and you can get some truly amazing sound without breaking the bank. We use the Sharkk Commando and is works like a champ, but any Bluetooth speaker can do just as good. You'll no longer be stuck with tinny, hollow sound and you'll have the freedom of choosing whatever external speaker works best for you!