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How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot
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The Amazon Echo Dot is one of the best-value smart speakers you can buy; at $49 (and usually priced lower), it's one of the least expensive ways to get Alexa into your home. Despite its small size, it delivers great audio if you want a small smart speaker for your bedroom, study, or kitchen. 

But before you start using the Echo Dot and all of the best Alexa skills, you'll need to set it up first. Fortunately, the entire process only takes a few minutes, even if you're new to the world of smart home devices. Here's how to set up your Amazon Echo Dot.

Did you purchase the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock? We have a dedicated guide showing you how to set up the Echo Dot with Clock, which is similar, but has a couple more steps.

And be sure to check out our how to use Alexa guide for more tips and tricks to using Amazon's voice assistant.

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 1: Download and open the Alexa app (Android and iOS) on your smartphone or tablet.

Step 2: Select Devices in the lower right corner.

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 3: Press the Plus sign in the top right corner, or press the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines) in the upper left corner

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 4: “Add Device.”

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 5: Press the Amazon Echo icon, followed by the Echo Dot icon that appears on the next screen. Then, press the image of the third-generation Echo Dot.

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 6: Plug in your Echo Dot using the included power adapter. Once the blue light ring has turned orange, your device is in Setup Mode.

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 7: Wait for your Echo Dot to appear on your phone and select it. You’ll be prompted to go to your Wi-Fi settings. Once there, select the network called “Amazon-XXX.” Then, return to the Alexa app.

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 8: Choose the Wi-Fi network to which you want to connect your Echo Dot. Enter your password if required.

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 9: Select the external speaker your Echo Dot will be using. If you won’t be connecting this device to an external speaker, skip this step.

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Step 10: Select the room where your Echo Dot is located (or create a new room).

How to set up the Amazon Echo Dot

Congratulations: You’ve set up your Echo Dot! Next, you’ll want to read our guide on Amazon Alexa settings to enable and disable.

For more Alexa-related tips, tricks, and how-tos, check out our complete guide to Alexa.