Voice-Activated Powered Speaker: The Amazon Echo is a
hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice
Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and
360° omni-directional Sound: The Amazon Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with
dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional
audio to fill any room with immersive sound. A 2" tweeter delivers crisp highs,
while a 2.5" woofer and reflex port produces deep midbass response.
Built-In WiFi (MIMO): The Amazon Echo 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) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard
WiFi. It does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) WiFi.
Alexa Voice Service: When you want to use the Echo, simply say the
wake word, "Alexa," and the Echo 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 Echo) is built in the cloud, so it is
always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech
patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.
- Wake Word: When the Amazon Echo detects the "Alexa" wake word,
the light ring around the top of Amazon Echo turns blue to indicate that the
Amazon Echo is streaming audio to the Cloud. If you'd like, you can give each Alexa device
(Echo or Echo Dot) 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
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 App.
Far-Field Voice Recognition: Tucked under its light ring is an array
of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise
cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, the Echo can hear you ask a
question from any direction - even while playing music. When you want to use
Echo, just say the wake word "Alexa" and the Echo responds instantly.
Note: You can turn the Amazon Echo'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.
ESP (Echo Spatial Perception): If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo
Note: You cannot connect
multiple Alexa devices to each other and play the same requested audio at the
Alexa App: With the free Alexa App on
Apple iOS 8.0+,
Android OS 4.4+,
Fire OS, and
desktop browsers, you can easily setup (including WiFi network) and manage the
Echo 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: Use the Alexa App to connect music services you
already use like Spotify, Pandora, and iHeart Radio.
- Smart Home: Setup your smart home devices from WeMo, Philips Hue,
SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, and more.
- Books & Podcasts: See what books are available to read from your Kindle
Audible libraries, plus enjoy Podcasts.
- Shopping & Calendars: View shopping, to-do lists, and Google
Calendar while on the go.
- Timers & Alarms: Control your timers and set custom tones for
your alarms, and much more.
- 3rd-Party Skills: The Alexa App is also where you discover and
enable third-party skills.
Music Apps: The Amazon Echo provides hands-free voice control for
Amazon Music, Pandora,
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.
Note: The Amazon Echo supports
Spotify Connect (requires Spotify Premium subscription), which allows you to
play music on the Echo and use the Spotify app on your phone or tablet as a
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Echo 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 Amazon Echo, or from the Amazon Echo to a Bluetooth
speaker or headphone. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) offers voice
control of connected mobile devices - like your smartphone or tablet.
Note: Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS
X devices. Hands-free phone communication (HFP) is not supported.
Smart Home: The Amazon Echo works with devices such as lights,
switches, thermostats, and more from
Nest, 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 and Alexa, you can control
lighting products using your voice, smartphone, or tablet.
- Outlets: With the Echo, Alexa, and smart outlets, you can control electronics and appliances using
your voice, smartphone, or tablet.
- Thermostats: With the Echo, Alexa, and compatible thermostats, you can control the temperature of your
home using your voice, smartphone, or tablet.
- Door Locks: With the Echo and Alexa you can control compatible door locks using your voice,
smartphone, or tablet.
Skills: Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance
the functionality of the Amazon Echo with Alexa. You can search for and enable
skills in the Alexa app or
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
Note: At this time, you cannot
customize which content is available on specific devices. For example, music,
skills, shopping lists are available on all Alexa devices registered to the same
account as the content.
IFTTT: The Echo 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.
Note: Currently, the
Echo 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 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: The Amazon Echo 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.
Questions & Answers: The Echo 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.
Auto Updates: Because the Amazon Echo is always connected to the
internet, updates are delivered automatically.
AC Power Adapter: The Amazon Echo includes an AC power adapter that
will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet, surge protector, or power
Note: The Amazon Echo is not battery powered.