Amazon Echo Dot is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker. The Echo Dot can be used as a hands-free device and is easy to control smart home devices, plan your day, listen to music and audiobooks, and make phone calls with other Amazon Alexa and Echo users over the Internet.
The Amazon Echo Dot is compatible with a variety of devices, including the Mac. An interesting thing about the method of connecting these two devices is that you’ll need not only to set the right configuration of settings on Mac.
The thing is that you also will need to do some changes to your account. Only after you’ll accomplish the needed steps on your account, you’ll be capable to start pairing Mac and your Alexa device.
If we exclude this tricky moment, in everything else it’ll be easy for you to perform the steps described below. However, before you start pairing your Mac with Alexa, it’ll be better for you to figure out how Bluetooth pairing works with Alexa devices in general.
How to connect your devices to Echo Dot or other Alexa devices via Bluetooth in general
Before you go to the method of connecting the Mac to the Echo Dot, you need to understand what the connection methods are in general. Bluetooth is used by users almost as often as the internet. The standard Bluetooth connection method looks roughly like this:
- First, if Bluetooth isn’t turned on and the Amazon Echo isn’t near your device, go to “Settings” and open the “Bluetooth” settings.
- After performing the previous step, you’ll hear the command “Alexa, pair”. When Alexa goes into pairing mode, it’ll search for nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices.
However, things don’t always go according to plan. In case the method doesn’t work, do the following:
- First, open the Alexa app and go to “Settings”.
- Next, clear all paired devices by selecting Bluetooth and “Clear All Paired Devices” on your Echo device.
- If you want to reconnect your Echo device, tell Alexa to “Pair” to put it into discovery mode.
How to connect Mac to Alexa devices explained
The process of connecting the Echo Dot to the Mac is the same. It’s described in more detail below:
- Start by opening alexa.amazon.com in your browser.
- When you get to the site, log in to your Alexa account.
- Once you do this, the left panel will display Settings.
- When you do, select Bluetooth by tapping the corresponding button.
- The Alexa App will search for available devices when you select “Pair a New Device”.
- When you’re finished setting up on the site, go to your Mac’s desktop. Select “Apple menu” in the upper left corner there.
- Once the pop-up window appears, select “System Preferences” from the available options.
- Next, go to the “Bluetooth” section.
- In the “Device List”, click on the “Connect” button next to your Echo Dot.
- In your web browser, select the “Back” button to return to the Bluetooth settings page. You should see your laptop listed under Bluetooth Devices.
If you’re unable to connect to the Echo Dot, check “Show Bluetooth” on the menu bar if you don’t have a Bluetooth icon on the menu bar by going to “System Preferences” and then to “Bluetooth”.
You can now select Bluetooth by pressing “Shift + Option” and clicking the Bluetooth icon. You can reset the Bluetooth module by selecting “Debug” and then “Reset Bluetooth Module” in the menu that appears. Now repair the devices.