the echo dot is a great smart home automation tool that helps you listen to music and stream podcasts. It also has a built-in Alexa assistant that you can give voice commands to. While the Echo Dot is wireless and doesn’t need to be plugged in to use it as a speakerphone, you may be wondering how you can use it with an aux.
Below, we’ll cover all the steps to connect your echo dot with an auxiliary cable to use the device as a speaker. we’ll also go over some troubleshooting steps in case the connection doesn’t work.
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can i connect echo dot as speaker to aux?
all echo dots can play music via bluetooth and wi-fi. however, some people may still prefer to use a cable to play music. if you fit into this category, first know that not all echo dots have an auxiliary input feature. however, all models have an auxiliary output.
What this means is that on output devices, you can use an auxiliary cable to connect to another device to play music. For example, you can use the Echo Dot to connect to another larger speaker, and then play music via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on the larger speaker. however, you will not be able to connect your smartphone to the echo dot and play music from the phone.
The following echo models have auxiliary inputs and outputs and can be used as a wired speaker:
- echo plus
- echo studio
- 3rd generation echo
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models with input and output options can be used as traditional speakers. this means you can take an aux cable, plug one end into the echo, and the other end into the device you want to play music from.
these echo smart speaker options do not have auxiliary input options:
- echo dot
- echo display
- auto echo
Since the echo dot doesn’t have an input option, you can’t use it as a wired speaker. however, as stated above, you can use the echo dot to connect to another speaker for better sound quality, or if:
- Your other speaker isn’t bluetooth or doesn’t have wi-fi capabilities.
- You’re playing music outdoors and want a larger speaker.
- You’re on an event and you want the music to be louder than the echo dot can play.
Note that you will still need bluetooth or wi-fi to play music through the echo dot. then the echo dot will play music through the other speaker.
how to connect echo dot with aux
To connect one of the echo models to an auxiliary cable, follow these steps:
- make sure you’re using a 3.55mm aux cable. no other size will work.
- connect one end of the cable to a compatible echo device.
- connect the other end to the audio output device.
- play music or other audio from the music device to see if it works.
If the music or audio doesn’t start playing automatically, you may need to manually connect it from your output device:
- click settings.
- choose sound.
- choose the auxiliary output source you are using.
play music through echo dot to another speaker
To play music via bluetooth through echo dot and to another speaker, follow these steps:
- say “alexa pair bluetooth”.
- click settings on your smart device.
- click on bluetooth.
- click on the device you want to pair.
- it will start pairing automatically and tell you when finished.
why won’t my echo device work with an auxiliary cable?
First, you need to make sure your echo device is compatible with the auxiliary input cable. Unfortunately, not all devices can use the input features.
then check the following:
- your cable is 3.5mm.
- both ends of the plug are fully plugged in.
- your wi-fi or bluetooth is connected if you use only the function output.
the echo dot can use its auxiliary output function to play music via wi-fi or bluetooth on another large speaker. however, it doesn’t have an auxiliary input, which means you can’t use an auxiliary cable to play music through an ipod or other device.
to use echo dot’s helper output function:
- plug one end of the aux cable into the echo dot.
- plug the other end into the speaker you are using.
- use bluetooth or wi-fi to get started to play music.