Which smart plugs support Alexa?
When you look for smart plugs, you will find that most support Amazon Echo and other Alexa products. The easiest way to tell if a smart plug supports Alexa is to look at the packaging.
You should find “Alexa Compatible”, “Supports Alexa”, “Works with Alexa” or something similar. Also check the product description on the back of the packaging.
If you shop online, read the title and description of the smart plug carefully to see if it supports Alexa.
For a shortcut, you can use the search function by pressing Ctrl+F on your computer (or Command+F on a Mac) to search for “Alexa.” If there are any matches, they will be highlighted. You can also search for text in your smartphone’s web browser.
You can find many popular smart plugs on Amazon, such as the Amazon Smart Plug, Gosund Smart Plug, and Kasa Smart Plug.
Pairing a smart plug with Alexa
Once you have an Alexa-compatible smart plug, you can start the pairing process.
The smart plug must be connected somewhere where you can reach WiFi. It doesn’t matter where your Alexa devices and smart plug are in relation to each other. They don’t need to communicate directly, they communicate via WiFi. Make sure your wifi can reach them both.
Now open the Alexa app on your phone and tap the “Devices” tab at the bottom of the screen.
Tap the plus icon in the top right corner. Three options will appear. Tap ‘Add device’.
Tap “Plug” under All devices.
Look for the manufacturer of the device or the brand name of the plug you want to pair with Alexa. The brand names are arranged alphabetically, so keep scrolling down until you find yours.
Once you’ve found your brand, follow the instructions in the Alexa app. It will guide you to download your brand’s app to set up your smart plug. If you can’t find your brand, read the If you can’t find the brand name during installation section below.
The setup process varies depending on the brand, but it should be similar to adding a new device in the Alexa app.
You’ll probably need to create an account, put your smart plug into pairing mode, and connect to your Wi-Fi network. The brand app guides you through all of this.
When you set up the smart plug, you can turn it on and off in the manufacturer’s app.
Return to the Alexa app. Alexa should automatically find your plug and ask you to set it up in the Alexa app. If Alexa didn’t find your plug automatically, go to the Pair through the Skill Store section below.
Tap “Set up device” at the bottom of the screen.
You can add your plug to a group of smart devices for more organization. Add it to a group by tapping “Choose Group”. You can also choose to skip this step.
Tap “Continue” on the next screen and then “Done”. The smart plug should now be set up on your Alexa account, meaning it is linked to your Alexa devices.
You can test if the clutch worked by saying “Alexa, turn on” [plug name]” or “Alexa, turn off [plug name].”
Make sure you say the correct name of your smart plug. Double-check that you’ve named the device the same in both your brand and the Alexa app.
If you can’t find the brand name during setup
If your smart plug’s brand name isn’t in the Alexa app, scroll all the way down and tap “Other.”
Tap “Discover devices” at the bottom of the screen.
Your Alexa device will begin to search for your smart plug. Once it’s found, follow the instructions in the Alexa app to set up and pair your smart plug.
If Alexa couldn’t find your smart plug, the app will take you to a page with four help options.
Try to rediscover your device.
You can also try connecting your smart plug closer to your router and then try again. If Alexa still can’t find your plug, contact Amazon support using the “Call customer service” or “Email customer service” options.
Pair through the Skill Store
If Alexa didn’t find your smart plug automatically after you set it up in the manufacturer’s app, you’ll need to pair it through the skill store.
In the Alexa app, tap Next at the bottom of the screen.
Tap ‘Enable to use’.
Log in to your brand’s account and follow the on-screen instructions to connect your plug to Alexa.
Controlling a Smart Plug with Alexa
After successfully pairing your smart plug with Alexa, you can turn any device on or off through your Alexa devices. You can set the smart plug to work on a schedule by creating an Alexa routine.
Plug a device into your smart plug and say, “Alexa, turn on” [plug name],” or “Alexa, turn off [plug name].”
If you are far away from your Alexa devices, you can open the Alexa app and toggle the smart plug on or off from there.
Tap the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen > Plugs. Then press the “On” or “Off” switch next to the name of your smart plug.
Now you can use Alexa to turn your device on and off. Do you want to do that for more devices? Why not buy some more smart plugs?
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