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3 Steps To Connect Alexa To WiFi In 27 Seconds (2022)

How To Connect Alexa To WiFi

Got an Amazon Echo device? Time to set it up.

… and get Alexa connected to your WiFi.

There are a lot of things Alexa can assist you with.

You just need to make sure you have internet access.

Keep reading to find out…

  • 3 simple steps to connect Alexa to WiFi.
  • How to connect Alexa to WiFi without the app.
  • 3 causes why Alexa is not connecting to your WiFi.
  • Easy fixes to reconnect your Echo device to the internet.
  • And so much more…

How to connect Alexa to WiFi?

To connect Alexa to WiFi, turn on your Amazon Echo device and put it on Setup Mode. Click and hold the Action button until the device light turns orange. Open your Alexa app and go to settings. Select your Echo device. Then simply follow the instructions that will appear on-screen.


3 steps to connect Alexa to WiFi


#1: Install the Amazon Alexa app 

Before you can connect Alexa to your WiFi, you need to download the app. This is how you’ll control all Alexa’s settings.

The good thing is that it’s available on any device running on iOS or Android.

Here’s how you set up the app: 

  1. Go to the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “Amazon Alexa.”
  3. Click “Get” or “Install.”
  4. Log in to your Amazon account.

“What if I don’t have an Amazon account?”

If you don’t have an existing Amazon account, just sign up. Your device is new so you need an account.

It’s pretty easy. Just follow the instructions on the app. And you’ll be good to go.

#2: Set up your Echo device

Now you have the Alexa app ready on your phone. The next thing you need to do is set up your Echo device.

Alexa won’t be any good if it’s not connected to Echo. How else can she talk to you in that familiar voice?

To set up your Amazon Echo, just follow these steps:

Step 1: Plug your Amazon Echo device. Once it’s plugged, a light should appear. Orange means that your device is in setup mode.

Step 2: Open the Amazon Alexa app from your phone or tablet. Go to “More” and select “Add Device.”

Step 3: From the options, select “Amazon Echo.” You can choose from Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus depending on your device. Alexa will automatically scan any Echo device that’s nearby.

#3: Connect Alexa to WiFi

After setting up your Echo device, Alexa will guide you on what to do next. Just follow the instructions that will appear on the app.

Here’s what’s going to happen:

  1. Wait for the pop-up menu in the Alexa app.
  2. Choose your WiFi network.
  3. Enter your password.
  4. Tap “Connect.”

The Alexa app will then connect your Amazon Echo to your WiFi. It will display a success message once done.

Your Echo device now has internet access. Time to enjoy Alexa’s cool features.

“But what if I don’t want to download the Alexa app?”

Apps aren’t your thing? You can also connect Alexa to WiFi without downloading the Alexa app. It’s almost the same process… but with a few extras. These are the steps:

  1. Open your browser and go to alexa.amazon.com.
  2. Log in to your Amazon account.
  3. From the menu, click “Settings.”
  4. Select “Set up a new device.”
  5. Choose your Echo device and press “Continue.”
  6. Go to your WiFi settings.
  7. Connect to “Amazon-XXX” and press “Continue.”
  8. In the browser, select your WiFi connection.

And that’s it. You just connected Alexa to the internet without downloading the app.

Check out: 47 Best Alexa Routine Ideas (#13 Will Blow Your Mind)


Bonus: How to reconnect an existing Echo device to WiFi


Maybe you just need to change your WiFi settings.

Or your Echo device got disconnected from the internet.

“How do I connect Alexa to the WiFi now?”

Follow these easy steps to reconnect Alexa to your WiFi in 27 seconds. Or less…

#1: Reboot your device

Sometimes, connection issues can be solved by simply restarting your device. 

To make sure you do it right, follow these steps:

  1. Turn your Amazon Echo device off and on again.
  2. Wait for your WiFi & Internet network to be restored automatically.
  3. Open your Alexa app and tap on the menu.
  4. Click on “Settings” and then choose your Echo device.
  5. Select “Update WiFi.”
  6. Connect to your existing home WiFi.

You can also restart your WiFi router to make sure that your internet is okay.

#2: Put your Amazon Echo device on Setup Mode

Once in Setup Mode, your Amazon Echo can be detected by the Alexa app.

Alexa can now assist your Echo device to connect to your WiFi network.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Check if your Echo has an orange light.
  2. If it’s still blue, click on “Don’t see the orange light ring” in the Alexa app.
  3. Follow the instructions on screen.
  4. Push and hold the “Dot” or “Action” button in your Echo device.

This means that your Echo is in Setup Mode. It’s ready to reconnect to the internet.

#3: Reconnect Alexa to your WiFi

  1. Go back to your Amazon Alexa app.
  2. Open the “Menu” and click “Settings.”
  3. Connect to your Amazon Echo Device.
  4. Follow the instructions on screen.
  5. Click on the WiFi you want to connect to.

If you’re connecting to a different WiFi, just input the password. Then connect.

There you have it. Your Alexa is connected to the internet once again.

To see the entire process, watch this video.


Why won’t Alexa connect to WiFI? 6 causes & fixes


#1: Alexa is connected to the wrong WiFi network

This may sound funny. But sometimes it’s exactly the case.

Both the Alexa app and your Echo device should be connected to the same WiFi network.

If your phone automatically connects to a different WiFi, then it’s probably the issue

Solution: Good thing this is a pretty simple issue. And the solution is just as easy.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Grab your phone where the Alexa app is installed.
  2. Check if it’s connected to your WiFi Network.
  3. Open the Alexa app.
  4. See if your Echo device is connected to the same network.
  5. If it’s not, follow the steps above to reconnect your Echo device.

Make sure that it’s connected to the right WiFi network this time.

#2: The Echo’s device settings were reset

Your WiFi connections all good? If it is, check your Echo’s device settings.

They may have been reset so Alexa can’t connect to the WiFi.

Maybe someone in your family accidentally played with the settings. Or factory reset your Echo device.

Alexa’s firmware update could have also failed.

Solution: Whatever the reason for the settings to get rest, it’s simple to fix. Alexa will be reconnected to the internet in a flash.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Restart your Echo device.
  2. Wait for the light to turn orange.
  3. Open the Alexa app.
  4. Follow the setup instructions on screen.
  5. Reconnect your device to the WiFi network.

#3: The Echo device is too far from the WiFi router

It’s possible that your device might be out of range from your router.

If it’s too far away, then Alexa won’t be able to detect the connection.

Remember, your Echo device runs on Bluetooth. And it needs around 30 feet (10 meters) between the WiFi to work.

Moving your Echo device to a different location is the usual suspect. So if you want to do some rearranging, make sure that it’s still within your WiFi’s range.

Solution: To see if this is the cause, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Echo device.
  2. Turn off your WiFi router.
  3. Bring the two devices closer.
  4. Turn both devices back on.

Alexa should be able to detect the internet connection. And connect automatically to the WiFi.

If not, follow the reconnection steps mentioned above.

Note: You can also use a WiFi extender if moving your Echo or router isn’t an option. This handy device widens your WiFi’s range. So Alexa can detect it from farther away. 

#4: The Echo device is near another appliance 

If the Echo is within WiFi range, check if it’s near another appliance.

Devices like a microwave or baby monitor can interfere with the signals.

This can confuse Alexa and stop it from getting a successful internet connection.

Solution: This issue is like the proximity issue above. All you need is to move your Echo device somewhere else. Or remove the other devices.

Here’s what you do to check if this is causing Alexa’s problem:

  1. Turn off your Echo device.
  2. Restart your WiFi router.
  3. Put the two devices closer together.
  4. Turn on your Echo device.

The next time you use Alexa, there shouldn’t be other appliances interfering. It will be connected to the WiFi without any hitches.

Learn more: Alexa Device Is Unresponsive: 16 Causes & Fixes

#5: Faulty WiFi connection

Faulty WiFi Connection

If you feel like the problem is no longer with the device, then it could be with your WiFi network.

This may be caused by power outages. Or sudden firmware updates for your WiFi routers.

Maybe someone just changed the settings.

Luckily, most WiFi problems can be solved in a few easy steps. No need to be super tech-savvy.

With a few basic steps, you can find the issue and fix it yourself.

There are a few reasons why a faulty WiFi connection happens.

Scenario 1: Change of WiFi name or password

Did you recently change your WiFi name or password? If yes, Alexa and your Echo device won’t recognize the new settings.

To fix this, just reconnect your Alexa device. Follow the instructions outlined above.

But there are a few things to remember:

  • Your Echo device should be plugged in.
  • Your phone and Echo should be within WiFi range.
  • The Alexa app should be connected to the WiFi first.

Scenario 2: WiFi router or modem received a firmware update

Your internet modems & routers sometimes receive updates. This helps to make sure our internet connections stay smooth.

But a lot of issues can also arise from this. Especially if the update process isn’t successful.

To see if this is causing Alexa’s loss of connection, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your WiFi router and Internet Modem.
  2. Connect your phone to the WiFi.
  3. Try accessing the internet.

If your phone can access the internet, follow the steps on how to reconnect your Echo device above.

If your phone can’t access the internet, contact your Internet Service Provider. Their tech support team can help you out.

Scenario 3: Router may have been moved physically

Did you move your router by any chance? If yes, then it may be just out of range from your Echo device. And Alexa can’t connect to the internet.

Here’s an easy fix for this issue:

  1. Move your WiFi router and Echo device closer.
  2. Restart both devices.
  3. Reconnect Alexa to the WiFi.

Note: If you’re using a WiFi extender, restart that as well. Your Echo could have been connected to the extended signal. Alexa will need you to input the password again when this is the case.

Scenario 4: Inactive internet account

It’s possible that you may have forgotten to pay your internet bills. So you got disconnected.

This is actually more common than you might think.

You keep wondering why Alexa isn’t connecting to the internet. When you have no internet to begin with.

To check if this is the issue, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your WiFi router and internet modem.
  2. Connect your phone to the WiFi.
  3. Try to access the internet.
  4. See if there’s a notification about your internet access.

If your phone can still access the internet, follow the steps on how to reconnect your Echo device above.

If not, then check with your Internet service provider. You might need to pay your bills.

Scenario 5: Messy WiFi network

Do you have a lot of wireless mesh & extenders? It could be that some of them are faulty.

Any issue with your WiFi accessories can block your internet access. When this happens, of course Alexa won’t be able to connect

The easiest way to know if this is the cause of your issue is very simple. This is what you do:

  1. Unplug all your WiFi mesh & extenders.
  2. Bring your Echo device close to the main router.
  3. Restart the router and Echo device.

Once done, Alexa should be able to connect to the WiFi again. Just make sure to fix your WiFi extenders so it doesn’t happen again.

Note: These steps are just quick fixes for minor connection issues. If you need more help, contact your Internet Service Provider.

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#6: Faulty Device Hardware

If it still won’t connect, then there’s probably an issue with your Echo’s hardware.

Although it’s unlikely, the parts inside your Echo device can still run into trouble.

When all else fails, restore Alexa to its factory settings. This means setting it up from scratch. And that includes your Amazon Echo device.

When all else fails, call Amazon tech support. Or bring your Echo device to the nearest service center.