How to set up an Amazon Echo in a few simple steps | Digital Trends Spanish
Did you get your first Echo smart speaker? Congratulations, and welcome to a whole new world of automation, streaming music, home security, information and easy contact with friends and family. However, before you can enjoy all that you need to know how to set up an Amazon Echo, of course. That is what we are here for.
Step 1: download the Alexa app
The free Alexa app is a must if you are the owner of an Amazon Echo. You will need it to configure your device. Download it on any smartphone or tablet with iOS 11.0 or higher, Android 6.0 or higher, or Fire OS 5.3.3 or higher. Simply open the app store that came with your device and search for “Alexa app”. If the application can be downloaded on a computer? Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi, then go to the website of Amazon Alexa To download it.
Step 2: connect the Echo
This is probably the easiest step in the entire setup process, as the Echo does not require batteries to function. Simply plug the included power adapter directly into the Echo and plug it into an electrical outlet. When the light ring turns blue, it means the power is connected. Then wait for it to turn orange as this is a sign that Alexa is getting ready to greet you. When it’s done, you’ll hear Alexa’s voice telling you it’s ready for setup.
Step 3: connect the Echo to Wi-Fi through the app
Next, you will need to connect your Echo device to your home Wi-Fi network. The latest versions of Echo should guide you through this process. However, if you get stuck, simply open the Alexa app and search for available networks until you find yours. If you have multiple Echo devices, make sure to go to Alexa Devices in the menu and choose the correct device. Under the Wireless heading, you should be able to see the status of the Wi-Fi network connection.
Once you’re connected, you have the option to save your Wi-Fi password to Amazon, which will make it easy to connect other smart home devices or set up a new Alexa device on the same network, should you decide to buy more Echos for other rooms. You also have the option of connecting your Echo to a public network, although the password will not be saved on Amazon.
Step 4: start talking to Alexa
To get started, say the wake word, which by default is “Alexa.” But maybe there is already a human Alexa in your house and you will want to change the wake word for another. Just tell Echo: “Alexa, change the wake word.” You can also manually change the wake word by opening the Alexa app, tapping help and comments, and selecting Change wake word. Currently, you can change the wake word to respond to “Echo,” “Amazon,” and “Computer.” It is not known when Amazon will allow customizing Alexa so that you can call it by whatever name you want.
Step 5: start using your Echo
Congratulations! Your Amazon Echo is set up and ready to go in your everyday life. To make sure everything is working properly, you can do a simple test, trying some basic commands. For example, say the wake-up word and “hello.” If your Echo is set up correctly, Alexa should reply with a simple “hello” in return.
But of course: the Echo can do a lot more than say hello. In the Alexa app menu, you’ll see two sections called Skills and Games, and Things to Try. These are great ways to see what Alexa is capable of. Skills in particular can help you customize Alexa, giving her certain skills; Think of them as mini apps from many different creators that you can use for your entertainment, organization, news, and more.
You can get started with your Echo device with a to-do list, check the weather, check traffic conditions, call your friends, text your family, stream podcasts, or connect smart home devices. Alexa has thousands of essential skills – and others not so essential – that you can add as well. Check out some of the more useful things that Amazon Echo can help you do here.
Step 6 (optional): connect the other smart devices or an external speaker
Head to your Alexa app menu and select Devices (Alexa may show you an ad right now, from which you can exit). In this mode, Alexa will try to find nearby and connected smart devices so you can pair them. You can also choose Add Device if Alexa is having trouble locating the device you have in mind. You can also organize devices into Groups and create more complex schemes where multiple devices interact at the same time. See our post on Routines for more information.
The Amazon Echo can also play music, and while the sound quality has improved, for a first-class listening experience you have the option of connecting an external speaker to your Echo device. For best results, get a certified Bluetooth speaker to be compatible with Echo devices. Keep in mind, of course, that your Echo can only connect to one Bluetooth device at a time, so if there is already a unit connected to your Echo, you will need to desync them before you can connect any external speakers.