Set up Alexa in a Few Easy Steps

Learn how to set up your Echo device with our easy setup guide. Get tips on how to connect Alexa to the Wi-Fi, download the Alexa app, and more.

Select your Echo device type below to get started

How to set up
your Echo

Follow these five easy steps.
Echo and Alexa devices
wi-fi password for Echo Setup
1

Have your Wi-Fi password handy

You can also enable Bluetooth on your
phone for an easier setup experience.
Download the Amazon Alexa app
2

Download the Amazon Alexa app

If you haven't aleady, you can click here to download or update the latest version of the Alexa app on your smartphone.
Plug in your Echo device
3

Plug in your Echo device

Plug in your Echo device into an outlet. In about a minute, Alexa will greet you and let you know to complete setup in the Alexa app.
Set up in the Alexa app
4

Set up in the Alexa app

Open the Alexa app and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device. If you aren't prompted to set up your device after opening the Alexa app, tap the More icon to add your device manually.
Get started, just ask Alexa
5

Get started, just ask Alexa

Once setup is complete, say "Alexa" to wake your Echo, then ask for music, news, weather, and more - or ask, "Alexa, what can you do?" You'll know Alexa is ready when the light ring turns blue.

Need help with Alexa setup?

Want step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Echo device?
Watch this how-to video.

Bonus Tip
"Alexa, learn my voice."
Set up your voice profile to get a more personalized experience.

Top 10 Alexa Picks

Try these curated features, hacks, and tips

1

Have your Wi-Fi password handy

Make sure you also have your log in information for any supported Music Streaming Services or Video Service Providers you want to listen to or watch with Alexa.
wi-fi password for Echo Setup
2

Plug in your Echo Show

Plug in your Echo Show into an outlet. In about a minute, the display will turn on and Alexa will greet you.
Plug in your Echo Show
3

Set up on-screen

Follow the on-screen setup instructions. During setup, you’ll connect to the Wi-Fi so you can access Amazon services.
Set up Echo show on-screen
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Get started, just ask Alexa

Once setup is complete, say “Alexa” to wake your Echo Show, then ask to watch a show, cook along to a recipe, make a video call, and more—or ask, “Alexa, what can you do?”
Get started, just ask Alexa
5

Access settings and shortcuts

Swipe down from the top of your screen to access Settings. Swipe left from the right side of the screen for shortcuts to music, smart home, tips on using Alexa, and more.
Alexa settings and shortcuts

How to set up your
Echo Show

Follow these five easy steps.
Echo show and Alexa devices

Need help with Alexa setup?

Want step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Echo device?
Watch this how-to video.

Bonus Tip
Download or update the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone to get more out of your Echo Show.

Top 10 Alexa Picks

Try these curated features, hacks, and tips

FAQs

Q. How do I connect my Echo device to the Wi-Fi?
A. If your Echo device loses its Internet connection or has intermittent Wi-Fi connectivity issues, first try restarting your Echo device. Remove the power adapter, wait 30 seconds and then reconnect it. Make sure you're using the power adapter included with your Echo device. If connectivity issues persist, see our Troubleshoot Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues Help & Customer Service Page for common Wi-Fi connectivity resolution recommendations. If you've changed your network password, router or service provider, see our Update the Wi-Fi Settings for Your Echo Device and our Update the Wi-Fi Settings on Your Echo Show Help & Customer Service Page for how to update your Wi-Fi settings.

Q. Did you buy this Echo device as a gift?
A. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to de-register your Echo device before gifting. Also, remember to forward helpful welcome emails to help them get started with their new device.

Q. How do I get started using my Echo device?
A. Check out the Top 10 Alexa picks for new things to try.

Q. What is Brief Mode Mode? 
A. With Brief Mode, Alexa speaks less and may play a short sound instead of giving a voice response.

Q. What are the different Alexa light ring notifications?
A.
Learn more about the different color Alexa light ring notifications and their meanings here.

Q. Need to reset Alexa?
A.
Having trouble with your Echo device? Restart your device first to see if it resolves the problem. Just unplug the power adapter from the device or the outlet and then plug it back in.

Q. Can Alexa speak another language? 
A.
Yes, Alexa can speak another language, such as Spanish. To enable multilingual mode, ask Alexa to speak in multiple languages or change the default language. For example, say “Alexa, speak Spanish” to change your default language. If you say “Alexa, speak English and Spanish” you can speak to Alexa in either language and she responds in that language. If you say “Alexa, stop speaking Spanish” you switch back to your primary language setting.

Q. How do I change the volume settings on Alexa?
A.
Is Alexa talking too softly or too loudly? Adjust the volume of Echo devices with your voice, or by touch using either the volume controls on-device or in the Alexa app. Try saying, "Alexa, set the volume to [1-10].“ Instructions on how to adjust the volume through the Alexa app are here.