Voice-Activated Smart Speaker: The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen)
is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker. It can
also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5mm
audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. The Echo Dot
(3rd gen) connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide
information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. You can call almost anyone and control compatible smart home devices with
- Voice Recognition w/ Echo Spatial Perception: On the
top of the Echo Dot (3rd gen) is
an array of four microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced
noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, the Echo Dot (3rd gen) can hear you
ask a question from any direction - even while playing music. When you want to
use Echo Dot (3rd gen), just say the wake word "Alexa" and the Dot (3rd gen) responds instantly. If you have more than one
Echo or Echo Dot (3rd gen), Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to
with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
- You can turn the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen)'s microphone off by
pushing the microphone on/off button on the top of the device. When the
microphone on/off button turns red, the microphone is off. The device will
not respond to the wake word, nor respond to the action button, until you
reactivate the microphone by pushing the microphone on/off button again.
- You cannot connect multiple Alexa devices to each
other and play the same requested audio at the same time.
- Audio Playback: The Echo Dot (3rd gen) features a built-in speaker for
voice feedback when not connected to external speakers. A 3.5mm stereo audio output allows you to
connect the Dot (3rd gen) to your AV receiver or powered speakers. Make sure your
amplified device is powered on. Audio cable is sold
- Some AV receivers and powered speakers will go into Standby mode
when they have not received an audio signal for a specific amount of time. In
this case, the Echo Dot (3rd gen) cannot turn on these amplified devices through voice activation.
You will have to physically turn back on the AV receiver or powered speaker
through its front- or top-panel control, remote control, or compatible app
before streaming audio from the Dot (3rd gen) to the amplified device.
- Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) is also
Bluetooth-enabled (A2DP/AVRCP) and acts as a Bluetooth receiver, transmitter, or
controller. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support provides audio
streaming from your mobile device to the Echo Dot (3rd gen), or from the Dot (3rd gen) to a
Bluetooth speaker or headphone. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
offers voice control of connected mobile devices - like your smartphone or
- Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X
devices. Hands-free phone communication (HFP) is not supported. Bluetooth audio
streaming cannot be multiroom distributed.
Built-In WiFi (MIMO): The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) comes ready to
connect to your home's WiFi network. It features dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz),
dual-antenna MIMO WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) for faster streaming and fewer dropped
connections than standard WiFi. The Echo Dot (3rd gen) requires the Alexa App
for WiFi setup and configuration. It does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or
Alexa App: With the free Alexa App on
Apple iOS 9.0+,
Android OS 4.4+,
Fire OS, and
desktop browsers, you can easily setup (including WiFi network) and manage the
Echo Dot (3rd gen) voice-activated powered speaker. The free Amazon Alexa App is a
companion to your Alexa device for setup, remote control, and enhanced
features. Interactions with Alexa are automatically mirrored visually on your
Amazon Alexa App, providing more information as you want it. The Amazon Alexa
App lets you easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more.
- Music Apps w/ Multi-Room: Use the Alexa App to connect
music services you already use like Spotify, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. The
new Multi-Room Music section allows you to designate a group for devices on
the same WiFi network. Once created, group names can be used to control
- Smart Home w/ Routines: Setup your smart home devices
from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, and more. You'll be able
to view the state and control your smart lights, locks, and thermostats.
When you are on-the go, you can use the app to quickly check the status of
your lock or turn off your lights. The new Routines section allows you to
automate a series of Smart Home actions with one custom command.
- Calls & Messaging: With the Alexa App, you can call and
message Amazon Echo device owners and anyone else with the Alexa App on
their phones. When you're away from home, use the app to make a quick call
or send a message to your family's Echo. Use Drop In to instantly connect
with your devices for a call. For example, you can drop in to let the family
know it's time for dinner or check in on the baby's nursery.
- Other Features: See what books are available to read
from your Kindle & Audible libraries, plus enjoy Podcasts. View shopping,
to-do lists, and Google Calendar while on the go. Control your timers and
set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where
you discover and enable third-party skills.
Skills: Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance
the functionality of the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) with Alexa - Alex has more
than 50,000 skills and counting. You can search for and
enable skills in the Alexa app or from the
Alexa Skills store on the website. You can also see ratings and reviews to
learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in
the Alexa App. To use an Alexa skill, first enable the skill, and then make your
request based on the example phrases shown in the app. If you know the exact
name of the skill you want, you can say, "Enable [skill name] skill." Some
skills may require you to link to an existing account and a separate
subscription in order to use the skill. You can even create your own personal
skills and custom responses with Alexa
Skill Blueprints - just say "Alexa, help me get started with skills".
Note: At this time, you cannot customize which content is
available on specific Alexa devices. For example, music, skills, shopping lists
are available on all Alexa devices registered to the same account as the
Alexa Voice Service: When you want to use the Echo Dot (3rd gen),
simply say the wake word, "Alexa," and the Dot (3rd gen) lights up and streams audio to
the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognize and respond
to your request instantly. Once you say "Alexa", the audio stream includes a
fraction of a second of audio before the wake word, and closes once your
question or request has been processed. Alexa (the brain behind Dot (3rd gen)) is built in
the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use the Dot (3rd gen), the more
it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.
- Voice Profile: Voice Profiles give you the ability to
teach Alexa your voice. Now when you then interact with your compatible
devices, Alexa creates a personalized experience for you and each user in
your home who creates a Voice Profile.
- Wake Word: When the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) detects the "Alexa"
wake word, the light ring around the top of Echo Dot (3rd gen) turns blue to indicate
that the Dot (3rd gen) is streaming audio to the Cloud. If you'd like, you can give
each Alexa device (Echo or Echo Dot (3rd gen)) a distinct name.
- Wake-Up Sound: You can also enable a "wake-up sound", a
short audible tone that plays after the wake word "Alexa" is recognized to
indicate that the device is streaming audio.
- End-Of-Request Sound: You can also enable an
"end-of-request sound" that will play a short audible tone at the end of
your request, to indicate that the connection has closed and the device is
no longer streaming audio.
Note: Alexa is developed to get better over time. Alexa
uses your voice recordings and other information, including from third-party
services, to answer your questions, fulfill your requests, and improve your
experience and our services. When you set up the Echo or link third-party
services with Alexa, Alexa begins processing some information, such as your
music playlists. You can also help Alexa improve its voice services by
providing feedback within History or by using Voice Training in the Alexa
Alexa Calling & Messaging: Now you can quickly call and
send/receive voice messages for your family and friends via Alexa-Call just by
using your voice. You can send and receive Alexa messages, as well as place and
receive Alexa calls, between Echo, Echo Dot Echo Plus, Echo Spot and Echo Show,
as well as the Alexa App. You can place outbound calls to most phone numbers in
the United States, Canada, and Mexico using the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo
Show and Echo Plus.
- Calling: You can use supported Echo devices and the Alexa App to
call another person who has registered for Alexa Calling & Messaging, or
place an outbound call to most phone numbers in the United States, Canada,
and Mexico for free. When you receive Alexa calls on your supported Echo
devices, Alexa will tell you that you have an incoming call and identify the
caller. You also will see a rotating green light ring on Echo, Echo Plus and
Echo Dot (3rd gen) devices, and an incoming call screen on Echo Show and Echo Spot.
You can say "Alexa, answer" to pick up the call. Either person can end the
call by saying "Alexa, hang up." When you receive a call, you also will
receive a notification on your mobile phone and will see an incoming call
screen in the Alexa App that lets you answer the call.
- Messaging: You can use supported Echo devices and the Alexa App
to send voice and text messages to another person who has registered for
Alexa Calling & Messaging. Messages are processed in the Cloud to convert
voice messages to text, and vice versa. When you receive a message on a
supported Echo device, you will hear an audio tone and see a visual
notification. You will be able to retrieve the message on your supported
Echo devices by saying "Alexa, play my messages." When you receive a
message, you also will receive a notification on your mobile phone, and you
will be able to view and play the message in the Alexa App. Alexa messaging
does not support sending or receiving text messages to or from phone
- Drop-In: The optional Drop In feature will let you easily connect
with your closest friends and family that have supported Echo devices. When
someone drops in on your supported Echo device, you will hear an audio tone
and see a visual indicator that someone is dropping in on you. The contact
on the other side of the Drop In will automatically hear audio through your
- Alexa Calling & Messaging supports receiving Alexa calls only; it
does not support inbound calls from phone numbers.
- You cannot call 911 and other emergency services using Alexa.
Music Listening: The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) provides
access to select online music services and the ability to setup a multiroom
audio system with Amazon Music using multiple Alexa enabled devices.
- Music Apps: The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) provides hands-free voice
Spotify Connect. You
can also upload your personal music collection from iTunes, Google Play Music,
and more to your music library on Amazon and then stream your music through your
Alexa device. Simply ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific
genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was
released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. In addition, you can us the Echo
Dot (3rd gen) and Alexa to listen to Audible and Podcasts.
- Multiroom Music: Multiroom Music allows you to play and
control music from Amazon, Amazon Unlimited, Amazon Prime, and some other
3rd-pary music providers across multiple, compatible Echo devices at the same
time. You can tell Alexa to play music across your compatible Echo devices on
the same WiFi network. Tell Alexa to play jazz in the kitchen, top pop in the
family room, or play the same song throughout your whole home. To stream
different music on multiple devices or on more than one Multiroom Music group
at the same time, you must have an Amazon Music Unlimited Family plan.
Note: Subscriptions and fees will apply for online music services.
Home Entertainment Control: Amazon Alexa now offers home
entertainment skills for select multiroom audio systems - including
Yamaha MusicCast (all sold separately); as well as
Sony Android TVs and
AI ThinQ TVs (sold separately). You'll be able to control key functions and
features by simply using voice commands.
Smart Home: The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) works with devices such as
lights, switches, thermostats, and more from
Nest, Insteon and more. Ask Alexa to switch on a lamp, turn on the fan, dim the
lights, or increase the temperature. Some products work directly with Alexa and
other smart home ecosystems require a compatible hub.
- Lighting: With the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) and Alexa, you can
control lighting products using your voice, smartphone, or tablet.
- Outlets: With the Echo Dot (3rd gen), Alexa, and smart outlets,
you can control electronics and appliances using your voice, smartphone, or
- Thermostats: With the Dot (3rd gen), Alexa, and compatible
thermostats, you can control the temperature of your home using your voice,
smartphone, or tablet.
- Door Locks: With the Dot (3rd gen) and Alexa you can control
compatible door locks using your voice, smartphone, or tablet.
IFTTT: The Dot (3rd gen) with Alexa supports IFTTT, or "IF This, Then
That," a third-party service that automates how your devices, apps, and websites
work with each other through rules (or "Applets"). After you activate an Applet
through the IFFTT website, Alexa can then trigger that IFTTT Applet when you
interact with the Echo Dot (3rd gen).
Note: Currently, the Echo Dot (3rd gen) and Alexa can't be the
action in an Applet. For example, you can't allow Alexa to notify you of new
tweets on your Twitter account.
Amazon Prime Shopping: Amazon Prime members can ask the Echo
Dot (3rd gen) through "Alexa" to order eligible products ordered before, many Prime
products and digital music tracks and albums. Your default payment and shipping
settings will be used to place your order. You can require a speakable
confirmation code, turn purchasing off, and see product and order details in
your Alexa App. Just like orders placed through Amazon.com, orders placed
through Alexa are subject to Amazon's Conditions of Use & Privacy Notice.
News/Information & Calendars/Reminders: The Amazon Dot (3rd gen) with Alexa can
help you stay connected to the news that matters most to you - like world &
local news, traffic, weather, sports, and movie times. You can also use Alex to
setup your calendars and reminders.
- Flash Briefing: Flash Briefing lets you put together a
personalized lineup of updates from news sources like NPR, CNN, Fox News,
and CNET. If you've set up a voice profile, Alexa recognizes your voice and
can catch you up on the latest without repeating old news.
- Traffic & Weather: Alexa can help you get ready for
your day. Set your commute start and stop point, and Alexa can tell you how
long your commute will take. Or ask Alexa how the weather's looking.
- Sports & Movies: Get scores and schedules for the major
football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer leagues or set up a
personalized Sports Update to keep tabs on your favorite teams. Alexa can
even tell you movie show-times at theaters near you.
- Calendars & Reminders: Use your voice and Alexa to set timers, add
items to lists, and create calendar events and reminders.
Questions/Answers + Fun/Games: The Dot (3rd gen) with Alexa
taps into Yelp to provide you with info on local restaurants, shops, and other
businesses. It also makes a great calculator and dictionary. You can even get
fast facts on all type of topics from Wikipedia. Alexa
also offers funny jokes and fun games for the family.
FreeTime For Kids: FreeTime on Alexa is an Alexa experience just for
kids, available on the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, and Echo Dot Kids Edition.
When you use FreeTime on Alexa, Alexa will play music, answer questions, read
stories, tell jokes, and more with younger ears in mind. Certain Alexa features
may differ when FreeTime on Alexa is enabled. For example, voice purchasing from
Amazon is turned off and Alexa Calling and Messaging, if enabled, is limited to
only within the household or with contacts you select.
AC Power Adapter: The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) includes an
AC power adapter that will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet or surge
protector (sold separately).
Note: The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) is not battery powered.
Automatic Updates: Because the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) is always
connected to the internet, updates are delivered automatically.