How to Connect Your Android Phone to Alexa

What to know

  • Install the Alexa app, open it and log in to your Amazon account. Press the Alexa button to activate.
  • Open the Alexa app and say the activation word (“Alexa”, “Ziggy”, “Computer”, “Echo” or “Amazon”) to start using.
  • To use Alexa devices with your phone, open the Alexa app, select Devices > Echo & Alexa and pair your device.

This article will teach you how to use Alexa on your Android phone and how to connect an Alexa device to your Android phone.



How do I connect my Android phone to my Alexa?

Connecting your Android phone to Amazon’s Alexa assistant is usually done in two ways: the app or by pairing it with a device.


The first method requires you to install the Alexa app on your phone to activate the assistant through it. Follow the steps below to start using Alexa with your Android phone.


  1. Open the Alexa app. If you haven’t already, install it from the Google Play Store and sign in to your Amazon account.


  2. Choose the user who will use this device.


  3. Press Alexa button at the top of the screen and give the permissions access to your phone’s microphone.



  4. You can now use Alexa by pressing the button or by using one of the activation words (“Alexa”, “Ziggy”, “Computer”, “Echo” or “Amazon”) to launch the assistant.


How do I connect my Android phone to an Alexa device?

If you want to use your Android phone with an Alexa device, such as an Echo Dot or Echo Show, you need to pair it with the device. This can also be done via the Alexa app. Follow the steps below to pair your Android phone with the Alexa device. It allows you to stream music and other audio through the Echo device.


  1. In the Alexa app, navigate to Devices.


  2. Tap Echo and Alexa near the top of the screen.


  3. Select the Echo device you want to connect to and choose Connect a device.


  4. Open on your Android device Settings and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. It can be listed under: Bluetooth connections on some devices like the Pixel 4A.


  5. Tap Bluetooth to open a list of available devices, then tap the Echo device in the list.


Once your Android phone is connected to your Echo speaker, you can stream audio from your phone to the speaker and use it as a Bluetooth speaker. You can also communicate directly with Alexa by pressing the Alexa button or using one of the activation words, such as “Alexa”, “Ziggy”, “Computer”, “Echo” or “Amazon”.


FAQ

  • Can I connect Alexa to my Samsung phone?

    Yes. All Samsung devices run on Android, so they are all compatible with the Alexa app. Alexa is also compatible with Samsung SmartThings.

  • How do I make Alexa my default voice assistant on Android?

    After setting up the Alexa app on your phone, go to Settings > apps > Choose default apps > Digital Assistant App and choose Amazon Alexa. You can then access Alexa without opening the app with voice commands or the Home button on your device.

  • How do I update the Alexa app on my Android phone?

    To update apps on Android, open the Google Play Store and go to My apps and games > Updates > Update or Update everything. Go to the Google Play Store to update automatically Settings and select Update apps automatically.


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