Do you want to hear your Amazon Music, Pandora or Spotify melodies pop through your house? If you have Amazon Echo devices in multiple rooms, just ask Alexa, although you first have to adjust some settings.
Indeed, if you have followed a few basic steps, you can ask Alexa to play music or podcasts on some or all of your speakers with Alexa turned on. You can also designate a "preferred" speaker or speaker group depending on the room (s) that you usually use to listen to music. More about that later.
The trick is to create one or more speaker groups. With the mobile Alexa app you can choose which Alexa speakers (including both Echo devices and Alexa third-party speakers, such as the Sonos One or the Polk command bar) that you want in a specific speaker group.
For example, you can create a group called "Everywhere" that includes every Alexa speaker in your home. You can also create speaker groups "Up" and "Down", as well as "Bedroom suite" and "Kitchen / Dining room" groups. Be creative and remember that a single speaker can belong to multiple speaker groups.
Creating an Alexa speaker group
Launch the Alexa mobile app, tap the menu button in the top corner of the screen, tap Settings> Device settings tap the plus button, and then tap Add multi-room music speakers> Continue .
Then choose a name for your new speaker group, ideally something that is easy to say and for Alexa to hear. A good speaker group to start with can & # 39; Anywhere & # 39; are for every Alexa speaker in your home. Tap Next once you have chosen a name.
Now it is time to choose the speakers that you want to add to your new speaker group. The following screen shows a list of compatible Alexa speakers. (Note: the list does not include Bluetooth speakers associated with your Echo devices.) Because we create an "Everywhere" speaker group, go ahead and tap each speaker in the list. You can always create another group later (such as & # 39; Above & # 39; or & # 39; Kitchen & # 39;) and, if you wish, record one or more speakers that are already assigned to your Everywhere group.
After selecting speakers for Tap on your new speaker group, tap Done. Alexa needs about a minute to create the new speaker group with multiple rooms and alert you when it is ready.
Ready to take your new Alexa-powered multi-room music system for a test drive? Just say, "Alexa, play Bruce Springsteen everywhere on Spotify," and if all goes well, you'll hear The Boss on all your Alexa speakers at once.
Bonus tip: If you & # 39; If you are using the Spotify mobile or desktop app, your new Alexa speaker group must also be displayed as a Spotify Connect option in the "Connect to a device" menu.
How to choose a desired Alexa speaker or speaker group
If you want, you can set a specific Echo device to automatically play music on an Alexa speaker group without telling Alexa which group to use. For example, if you have an Echo in the kitchen, you can set it so that when you ask Alexa to play music, it is played by default on your "Kitchen / Dining Room" speaker group.
Open the Alexa mobile app, tap the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen, and then choose a device group from the Groups section. Don't have groups yet? Tap the Plus button in the upper right corner of the screen to create one.
Tap a group, tap Settings under the Preferred speaker heading, choose a speaker or speaker group from the list, and then tap Save.
If you now ask the Echo device in that group to play music, your songs will be played automatically on the desired speaker or speaker group that you specified.
If you want to temporarily ignore the preferred speaker setting for an Echo device, tell Alexa where you want your music to play ("Alexa, play Ciara on Ben & # 39; s Echo Dot").