Do You Need Alexa To Use Echo Dot?

Alexa To Use Echo Dot

A smaller version of Amazon’s original Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot refers to the hockey puck-shaped smart speaker that takes voice commands using the Amazon Alexa voice/ personal assistant to play music, answer questions, or play the news, among other tasks.

The Amazon Echo Dot is one of Amazon’s multi-room device. It measures just a little over 3 inches in its diameter, and its height is about 1.5 inches. This device comes with buttons at the top for voice control, device waking, and for muting/ unmuting the speakers.

But even with these buttons, you don’t really need to tap or touch your Echo Dot to use it since it’s designed to respond to your voice commands. Therefore, to answer the question above, you don’t require Alexa to use your Echo Dot device. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use Alexa.

In fact, you need Alexa to exploit Echo Dot’s full potential.

Some of the things you could do with Alexa, the AI-powered voice assistant, include setting alarms, playing music, playing games, answering questions using information from the internet, and you could also use Alexa to control the other smart devices in your home.

Devices that offer Alexa

If you are looking for the best devices that offer Alexa, you will have to choose between the devices that directly work with Alexa, for example, the Phillips Hue. On the other hand, there are devices that provide Amazon Voice Services, exclusively. The latter refers to the platforms that essentially run on Alexa.

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Using Alexa

If you are new to the whole Alexa and Amazon Echo world, you should know that Alexa has been designed around the big range of Amazon Echo’s devices. What it means is that Alexa has been designed to work with all the Echo speakers from the standard Echo and Echo Plus, to Echo Studio, as well as Echo Dot.

Beyond the speakers, Alexa is also integrated into the Amazon Echo display devices like Echo Spot, Echo Show, Echo Show 5, and Echo Show 8. The other Alexa-enable Echo products include Echo Flex smart plug and the Echo Wall Clock.

Some of the things that Alexa can do include play music, deliver news, provide information from the internet, deliver sports news, control your smart home, tell you about the weather, and if you are an Amazon Prime member, Alexa could order products for you from Amazon.

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How does Alexa work?

Alexa resides in the cloud, which means that this voice/ personal assistant powered by Artificial Intelligence has the capacity to expand its information base and to refine its responses to enhance the accuracy of the information you get.

One of Alexa’s core functions is playing music since Alexa can draw music from Amazon Music, as well as Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, and Apple Music, among other platforms.

Echo devices with displays, on the other hand, will offer visual information, often extending beyond news, recipes, widgets, and games. These devices, Echo Show or Echo Spot, feature touch-enabled controls which enhance the function of the devices, as well as the control of other smart devices in your home.

How to Use Echo Dot

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First, you need to place your Echo Dot speaker in the best spot in your house/ room. After unboxing, you need to plug it in. Make sure that the spot you choose for the speaker is a central spot in the room because you need to make sure that your voice will be carried to the speaker easily from any spot in the room or the other rooms.

Avoid placing the speaker near the toilet, on the sink, by the window, or under your TV.

Some of the places you could keep your Echo Dot include the corner of the living room but away from the windows, on the bedside table, at the edge of the kitchen counter, on a shelf/ mantle, or you could mount it on the wall (as long as the wall doesn’t face the window).

Download your Alexa app to your Android or iOS smart device

Device and Alexa Setup

Add Echo Dot to Alexa (Go to Devices, Add Device, then select Amazon Echo)

Connect your Echo Dot to your home Wi-Fi. When the connection is made, Alexa will notify you with ‘Your Echo is Ready.’ When that happens, click on Continue on your Alexa app then follow the other steps provided.

Location Setup

Next up, you need to set up and learn how to make the best use of the device.

The setup involves downloading the Alexa app and adding the location (home address – you need to input the right address if you are going to use Alexa to give you the weather forecast).

To ensure that smooth flow and use of your Echo device, we recommend creating voice profiles for everyone living in your home the first time you are setting up the speaker/ integrating Alexa.

Doing this enhances the device’s ease of use for everyone in your home. The biggest advantage of personalized voices is that Alexa will recognize the voice of the person speaking to it, and then it will play the user’s voice, call/ message the people in their address book.

The other thing you need to do in the initial setup is to enable the voice purchasing function, as well as the 1-click ordering function. For these two, go to the setting tab, select your Account settings, and then Voice Purchasing under the Account settings.

Once the setup is done, you can use Alexa to run different things in your home.

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  • For example, you can use voice commands to control the volume of your smart speaker to create reminders, as well as to-do lists.
  • Alexa also gets to control different smart home devices once you set everything up
  • You could also use Alexa to text and call your friends.


Besides calling and texting, linking Alexa with your calendar and email will allow Alexa to access your emails and calendar to remind you of all meetings, upcoming events, and it could also set up your schedule.

For this to happen, go to the Settings tab and then select Email and Calendar. Next, choose the email account you wish to add – Google, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft, and Apple.

Note that you can turn off the email option if you need the calendar functions only – tap on the Next tab, then enter your email address and then follow the onscreen instructions to turn off email. Of course, there is a lot more you could do with Amazon Echo Dot when you activate Alexa.

Therefore, we’d recommend that you use Alexa with your smart speaker

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