Alexa is one of the world’s greatest inventions. This virtual voice assistant works with Amazon’s Echo speakers to help you out in the smartest of ways. One of the most common applications of Alexa is to use it to stream and play music. From this need stems the question: Can you use Alexa as a speaker with Aux?
There is always a way around doing some things when it comes to using electronics and smart technologies (mostly, and in this case also). Keep reading to know all you need to about using Alexa as a speaker with an aux cable. Let’s start with the basics and hopefully, by the end, you will figure your way around it!
Can I use Alexa as an external speaker?
Amazon’s Alexa is primarily known as a virtual voice assistant, but you can also use it to play any audio. The audio could include songs, news broadcasts, etcetera. It can be used like a Bluetooth speaker with your smartphone or any other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Yes, you can use Amazon’s Echo as an external speaker. The Echo Dot, combined with Alexa, can supply a decent sound to whatever you ask her to play for you. You could play music, news or any other audio using Amazon’s Echo as an external speaker. An Echo Plus works particularly well in this department.
Yes, Amazon’s Echo has audio. The prime purpose of the device is to give out responses. Hence the quality is not as good, loud or refined as the sound that comes from expensive speakers, but it is not bad (considering the cost). Many users use Echo with Alexa to play various audio types – it works!
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Newer versions of Echo, such as Echo Plus, Echo Studio and the Amazon Echo 3rd Generation, all have the AUX input feature. This allows users to create hardwired connections with other devices and turn their Echo into a speaker.
Here’s how you can use Amazon Echo’s AUX input feature to make it work like a speaker:
- Make sure you are using a 3.5mm AUX cable.
- Connect one end of the cord into your Echo and the other end into the device you wish to connect (the audio output device).
- Open your Alexa application and go to ‘Devices.’
- Select the connected the device.
- Tap on ‘AUX Audio’.
- Now choose ‘Line In’ from the options that appear on your screen.
You are good to go! With these 6 simple and quick steps, you can use your Echo as a speaker with AUX.
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Yes, you can use an AUX cable with an Echo Dot. Technically, you can use AUX with all Echo devices for the AUX output feature. On newer versions of the Echo Dot (3rd generation and subsequent models) you can also use the AUX input feature to use your Echo as a speaker.
Yes, you can use Alexa as a wired speaker with the aid of a 3.5mm AUX cord. Simply plug one end of it in your Alexa device and the other in your smart device. Create a hardwired connection between the two using the Alexa application and you will be good to go!
Note: Run a compatibility check before doing so. Some versions of Amazon’s Echo devices do not have an AUX input feature. Moreover, not all devices can be connected to your Amazon Alexa Echo using an AUX cable.
Yes, and No. Yes, because you can use an AUX cable or a Bluetooth connection to use your Alexa-enabled Echo device as a speaker. And no because you will need Wi-Fi for the initial pairing process. Once paired, you can continue to use your Alexa as a speaker without Wi-Fi.
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You will need a 3.5mm AUX cable to connect your speakers with Alexa. All models of Amazon’s Echo family can be connected to external speakers using an AUX cable. Here’s how you can connect wired speakers to your Alexa and amplify your sound:
- Plug one end of the cable in your Echo’s AUX out connection.
- Plug the other end in your speaker’s AUX in connection.
- Play music via your Alexa-enabled device and hear the sound blast out of your externally wired speakers.
Concluding my thoughts on using Alexa as a speaker with an AUX!
Using Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo as a speaker with an AUX cable is not that hard- it merely takes a couple of minutes to do so. However, you must also note that not all Echos and external devices can be connected using an AUX cord.
Do your research before investing into an Amazon Echo! Take my advice: it is better to invest in newer, slightly pricier Echo models. For an Echo that is robust, has both AUX in and AUX out features and that can play a louder sound, my top pick would be the Amazon Echo Studio!