Want to listen to your music from Amazon Music, Pandora or Spotify throughout your home? If you have Amazon Echo devices in multiple rooms, just ask Alexa, though you'll need to adjust some settings first.
In fact, after some basic steps, you can ask Alexa to play music or podcasts Some or all of your Alexa-enabled speakers. You can also set a "preferred" speaker or group of speakers, depending on which rooms you use most often for listening to music. More on that later.
The trick is to create one or more speaker groups. With the Alexa mobile app, you can choose which Alexa speakers (including echo devices and third-party Alexa-enabled speakers like Sonos One or Polk Command Bar) to use in a particular speaker group.
For example, you can create a group named "Anywhere" that contains all Alexa-enabled speakers in your home. You can also create "Top" and "Bottom" speaker groups as well as "Bedroom Suite" and "Kitchen / Dining Room" groups. Be creative and keep in mind that a single speaker can belong to multiple speaker groups.
How to Create an Alexa Speaker Group
Launch the Alexa Mobile app by tapping the menu button in the top corner of the screen Tap Settings> Device Settings tap Add to the plus sign and then to Music Speaker for Multiple Rooms> Next .
Next, choose a name for your A new speaker group, ideally something that is easy to say and heard for Alexa. A good speaker group for starters could be "Anywhere" for any Alexa-enabled speaker in your home. Tap Next as soon as you have selected a name.
Now is the time to pick the speakers you want added to your new speaker group. The next screen displays a list of compatible Alexa speakers. (Note: The list does not include Bluetooth speakers that are paired with your Echo devices.) Since we are creating an "Everywhere" speaker group, tap each speaker in the list. You can later create another group at any time (for example, Top or Kitchen) and, if you wish, add one or more speakers that are already assigned to your Everywhere group.
After selecting Speaker for, tap Done in your new speaker group. It takes about a minute for Alexa to create the new multiroom speaker group and notify you when she's ready.
Take a test drive with your new multiroom music setup with Alexa support? Just say "Alexa, play Bruce Springsteen on Spotify everywhere," and if all goes well, you'll suddenly hear The Boss whirring on all your Alexa speakers.
Bonus Tip: If you're using the Spotify app for mobile devices or desktops, your new Alexa speaker group should also appear as a Spotify Connect option in the "Connect to a device" menu.
To select a favorite Alexa speaker or group of speakers
If you can set a specific echo device to automatically play music on an Alexa speaker group, you do not need to tell Alexa which group should be used. For example, if you have an echo in the kitchen, you can set it to play by default in your "Kitchen / Dining" speaker group whenever Alexa asks you to play music.
Open the Alexa Mobile app, tap the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen, and then, in the Groups area, tap a device group. You do not have a group yet? Tap the plus button in the upper right corner of the screen to create one.
Tap a group, tap Setting Up under the Favorite Speaker heading, select a speaker or speaker group from the list, and then tap Save.
If you request the Echo device in this group to play music, your tunes will automatically play on the preferred speaker or group of speakers you specify.
To temporarily override the preferred speaker setting for an Echo device, just let Alexa know where you want to play your music ("Alexa, play Ciara on Ben's Echo Dot").