All of Amazon’s Echo devices that come with an in-built Alexa system can easily respond to voice commands once they are set up properly. And these portable devices are easy to configure and can help you with a wide array of functions in your daily life.
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Most importantly, Amazon has developed the application so that any user can easily operate the Echo devices from their mobile, tablets, or even PC. That’s right; you can use your Alexa device for PC as well!
Usually, the Alexa app on a mobile or a tablet is widely used to operate these Echo devices. You can still use the web version of the Alexa app to connect your Alexa device as a speaker for PC easily. We will take you through the easy steps you have to follow to get this done.
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Setting Up Your Alexa-Enabled Speaker On Your Windows PC
Once you go through this guide, you will see that these are pretty simple steps that anyone can follow to get the Alexa-enabled device installed on a PC. You will need an updated browser for the process to work. Any updated browser like Chrome, Edge, or Firefox can easily get these steps completed. Even though there is an Alexa app on the Windows store, yet as of now, it still does not support setting up any Echo devices for the first time. So, you will have to follow these steps pretty much using your PC’s web browser to get the job done.
- Step 1 – Open the updated web browser on your PC. Type in https://alexa.amazon.com in the address bar of your web browser.
- Step 2 – You will have reached the log-in page where you need to input your Amazon account credentials to log in.
- Step 3 – There a few things you need to do meanwhile before proceeding with the further steps on your browser. Start by simply turning on your Echo device by plugging it into power.
- Step 4 – This is an optional step to verify your Echo device. If you have ordered it for yourself using your own Amazon account, then, in that case, you will notice that your Echo device will automatically appear on the Alexa web app account you have logged yourself into. After you have started the Echo device, you need to wait for some time. After this, the ring light around it turns Orange (I have seen this myself on my 2nd generation Amazon Echo). This is when it should get displayed automatically on the Alexa web app.
- Step 5 – Next step is holding the action button down for 5 seconds, which you will find on the Echo device.
- Step 6 – Now go back to the web browser on your PC. Go to the Alexa account that you had opened earlier. You will find that there is a Settings option on the left side of the web app. Now click on it.
- Step 7 – Now choose the option on the top to Set up a new device.
- Step 8 – You will be prompted to choose a device that you want to set up. Choose the one you have with you – an Echo, an Echo Dot, and Echo Plus, whichever you possess.
- Step 9 – Depending on the Echo device you have, you may need to repeat Step 5 now. You can also press the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth button on the device for 5 seconds. Do that, and the light will turn orange. Now you can press the Continue option on the web app.
- Step 10 – Look out for the Bluetooth option. Press on it, and you will be presented with a list of options of nearby available devices enabled with Alexa. At this point, if you had previously connected your PC to any Echo device, its name would pop up in the list, and you will be asked to select a previously paired device. Skip to the next step since you want to add a new device.
- Step 11 – You will find a Pair a New Device option at the bottom side of the screen. Click on it. This will tell the Alexa web app to start searching for any new device that is available in the vicinity for connection.
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- Step 12 – Just do a quick parallel check at this point and ensure that the Bluetooth setting on your computer is turned on and that the PC is discoverable to other Bluetooth devices. You can do this easily by going to the search bar on your PC and searching for Bluetooth. You will be provided with multiple results from which you need to select the Bluetooth and other device settings option. You will get redirected to the Bluetooth settings on your PC. Under the Bluetooth header, you will find the switch. Change it to the ON position in case it has been accidentally turned OFF.
- Step 13 – Next, find an option named Add Bluetooth or other devices. You will generally find this at the top end of the Bluetooth setting window on your PC. You will be shown the list of device types that you want to add. Choose the Bluetooth option from the list.
- Step 14 – You will be again shown a list of Bluetooth devices that is available in the vicinity of your PC. Choose the Bluetooth device that is enabled with the Alexa system that you want to add to the PC as a speaker. Click on the Done button, and your Alexa device is now connected to your PC as a speaker!
Using Alexa Commands On PC
The Alexa app is available on the Windows store. Once you install the app on your PC, you can use the app to perform tasks by using voice commands just like you do with your Alexa app on your mobile or tablet. Installing the app in itself is a pretty straightforward process.
Just download the app from the Windows store, set it up using your Amazon login credentials, and read and accept the Terms and conditions of the app. You will be prompted by the app to permit it to use the speakers which you have to accept for it to work.
Before finishing the setup, you will also be prompted to enable the Hands-free option, which will prove very helpful if you want to command Alexa to do something without having to pause your ongoing activities and manually type the command. As a bonus offer currently offered, you can also avail of 90 days of free usage of Amazon Music once you set up Alexa on your PC.