How to add a Bluetooth speaker to your Amazon Echo or Google Home
The arrival of new assistants, such as Alexa or the Google assistant, to our homes is taking place in most cases through smart speakers that both Google and Amazon offer us. However, these speakers have the drawback that sometimes they do not have all the quality necessary for their sound performance to be the most adequate. Or at least not as good as that wonderful sound bar you bought or the hi-fi you have at home.
Luckily, we do not have to limit ourselves to listening to music, calls and others through the speaker included with the assistant itself, since both the various Amazon and Google models offer us the possibility of connecting speakers externally. Something that can be interesting even to know in the first instance, so that we have the option of resorting to the cheapest model in the range, considering that the price usually increases as the quality or sound power of the car product improves. So, let’s put aside the reasons and get down to business in order to know how we should proceed to achieve this connectivity.
Connecting with Google Home
Since we have to start with some product, we are going to do it with the Google Home. This little Google assistant is becoming an increasingly common product. In addition, this model has the advantage of being able to install different speakers in different places in the house, properly connected, so you will have no problem controlling each environment separately.
However, if what we want is to change the speaker included by default for another Bluetooth speaker or any other similar device that we have, we will need to start with the configuration of the Google Home application. Next, we must click on the icon of the specific device to which we want to link this speaker. Something that will only be necessary in case we have several Google Home installed, according to the separate configuration that we have already mentioned.
Once in the options of this specific device, we will have to navigate to the default music speaker. Since what we are going to connect is a Bluetooth speaker, this is the option we must go to and not the device option. At the moment we access this option, we are presented with the connected devices that we can link to. The target device may already be on this list, so if you’re lucky enough, just tap on it to complete the connection. If the device does not appear, it will be necessary to choose the option “pair Bluetooth speaker”.
This option works the same as your mobile or any other device, so after a few seconds you should see the device you want to link in the list. If the device does not appear, it will be necessary to verify that it is turned on and in connection mode, if necessary. Once detected, all you have to do is click on the device and accept. This speaker will instantly stay linked for music and audio playback at the location you’ve selected. However, it should be remembered that the assistant’s instructions and responses will continue to be issued through the Google Home’s own speaker.
Connecting with Amazon Echo and Alexa
Now that we’ve explained how this process works with Google speakers, it’s time to talk about Alexa speakers. A process that is quite similar to the one we have already mentioned, so it is not a problem to get the most out of it either.
To start, we need to access the main Alexa app, from your Android or iPhone mobile. Once inside it, it is necessary to review the options menu and enter the configuration of the aforementioned app. Since what we are going to configure is the device, we will have to choose the “device configuration” options. For this reason, just after accessing this menu, we will have to choose the Echo device that we want to manage, in a similar approach to what we have seen for Google Home.
If you’ve done everything right, you should be presented with settings specific to the Echo device you want to control. Among them, we find an option that is Bluetooth devices. An aspect that does change compared to Google Home products, so you should not make a mistake. From here, the procedure is almost identical to the one we use to connect any Bluetooth device to our mobile, so getting lost is complicated.
In fact, after accessing this configuration, a list of all the Bluetooth devices with which we have previously linked the device will be presented on the screen. Be careful, because if we say everyone, it means everyone, so we will have speakers but also Smart TVs, mobile phones and others that we have been able to connect before. If the selected device does not appear in the list, it will be necessary to click on “Link a new device” to launch the search.
In a few seconds, the devices with open Bluetooth connectivity will begin to appear, from which we will have to select the speakers that we want to use. Again, we insist both on the need to choose what we really want to connect, as well as to configure the speaker in recognition mode, to avoid problems. Once the device is detected and selected, it is automatically configured, without us having to do anything else. Anyway, if you want to unlink this device from the connection in the future, you can also do it from this same screen.