Echo Dot Setup 2nd Generation 2017 (With Video)

For anyone struggling with how to setup Echo Dot in their home, fear not! I have good news. Not only is the Echo Dot setup straightforward, I have created this post and video to guide you through the process. This setup is going to be for the very most basic setup.

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Echo Dot 2nd Gen
This little device packs a mean punch in both functionality and potential!

The Echo Dot is a smart speaker with Alexa, Amazon’s virtual personal assistant, built in. Because Alexa is built in, this smart speaker is capable of controlling many other smart devices in your home. We won’t be diving into Alexa skills or how to connect Philips Hue to Alexa in this post. Instead, we will save those for individual posts so you can get exactly that information if you need it.

Let’s get started!

What You Need to Setup Echo Dot

Echo Dot Cable and Phone
You don’t need much to get your device setup! Just the basics!

To get your device setup, you really don’t need much. Just the basic items that come in the box.

  • Echo Dot
  • USB Cable
  • Power Brick
  • Cell Phone or Laptop

That’s it!

Connecting the Echo Dot

Echo Dot Audio and Power Ports

The Echo Dot only has two possible plugins to connect. One is for the USB cable, the other is for a 3.5mm audio jack. This is totally optional, and can be used if you want to wire your device to an external speaker.

The speaker in the Echo Dot is actually fair, especially for its size. But if you want even better quality, you may want to wire an external speaker up with the 3.5mm cable OR you can go wireless and use a bluetooth connection instead.

Step 1: Plug in the Power Brick

This isn’t rocket science. But I want you to understand that you don’t really have to do anything before you power on your Echo Dot.

The Echo Dot does NOT come with a built in battery, meaning you will have to power it via the included USB cable and power brick. You can actually buy Echo Dot battery accessory for really cheap on Amazon.

So yeah, just plug the USB cable into the power brick. Plug the power brick into the wall. Plug the other end of the USB cable into your Echo Dot and presto. Power.

Step 2: Set up the Alexa App

I THINK this can be done on either a laptop or cell phone, but don’t hold me to it. I know that if you are using a laptop or computer, can manage your Alexa at However, if you own an Echo Dot the chances are you have a smart phone, and you can use it to setup your device.

For my Echo Dot setup I used an Android phone. A Samsung Galaxy to be exact. Setting up the Alexa app was also very simple.

Google Play Alexa App
To get the Alexa app on an Android device, simply search “Alexa” in the Google Play Store. It will come right up!
  1. Search Alexa in Google Play Store or App Store search bar.
  2. Install the Alexa app.
  3. Open the app

Once you’ve installed the Alexa app and signed in, this is the screen you should see…

Alexa App Home Screen and Echo Dot
Alexa App Home Screen. If you see this you did it right!

Step 3. Connect Echo Dot to Wifi

Now that you have the Echo Dot powered up and the Alexa App installed on your phone, you just have to connect them together. To do this you use the Alexa app to connect your device to Wifi. Don’t worry, this isn’t too hard either.

Activate Alexa’s Setup Mode

First, hold down the “action button” for 5 seconds. It shouldn’t be difficult to figure out the action button. It’s the one that isn’t a microphone mute button and it’s not the + or – buttons that control volume. That’s right, it’s the little button with a dot in the middle.

action button orange ring
Hold down the action button until you see an orange ring light up the edge of the Echo Dot.

Hold that action button down for 5 seconds and the Echo Dot will show an orange light ring around the edge. Alexa will announce that she has entered setup mode. Yeah, I assumed Alexa’s gender. Fight me.

Select Alexa App Options to Setup Echo Dot

Now that Alexa is in setup mode, open the Alexa App menu by selecting the three bars in the top left hand corner of the app.

Alexa App Menu
Open the Alexa app menu then select settings to set up a new device.

After you click settings click the blue bar “set up new device.”

Set Up New Device Alexa App
Click the blue bar to connect new devices to Alexa.

You’ll see options to setup an Echo, a Tap, and an Echo Dot. Just select your device. This guide is working with Echo Dot so I selected that.

Setup Echo Dot in Alexa App
You can set up an Echo, a Tap, and an Echo Dot all the same.

Follow the Prompts

Next you are going to be asked for your preferences for language and then prompted to connect to wifi. Moving forward, you really shouldn’t be able to screw this part up. The app asks you a couple questions and you answer them. It will guide you through.

The app will tell you to put Alexa in Setup mode by holding down the action button for 5 seconds, but we’ve already done that. If the orange light is still illuminated, just hit continue.

Next you’ll be asked to allow location. If you want local area updates and functionality, like weather, you’ll want location turned on. Your app will show flashing blue lights indicating it’s working.

You might see a notice appear on your phone that your wifi connection has been disconnected. Alexa will then announce: “You’ve connected to Echo Dot. Go ahead and finish the setup in your Alexa App.” Click continue on your phone.

Select your wifi network and enter your password. Click Connect.

Watch the blue bar fill up. Alexa will announce that the Echo Dot setup is complete.

Click continue and at this point Alexa App will prompt you to connect your Echo Dot to an external speaker.

Connect Echo Dot to External Speakers
You don’t have to connect your Echo Dot to an external speaker, but it gives you the option of superior sound quality.

In my opinion, I think the Echo Dot speaker isn’t bad at all. However, you can definitely expand the power of your Dot with external speakers, especially if you plan to use your device to play music. You can tell Alexa to play music from Amazon Music app, your phone, pandora, and more!

If you don’t have an external speaker handy, simply select “no speakers.” You will be shown a short video to walk you through the basics of using Alexa.

Step 4. Enjoy the Awesome Power of Alexa and the Echo Dot

You’re all done! Alexa can do all types of awesome things. She can learn skills. She can control other smart devices (like Philips Hue bulbs) in your home at your request. But usually the most basic things people love to jump to are:

  • The time
  • The weather
  • The news
  • Music

While these features are all pretty awesome on their own, make sure you check out all the other amazing things Alexa can do via the skills store. If you have other smart devices in your home, try to get them integrated with Alexa through a skill or discover them under the main menu -> smart home -> devices -> discover.

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