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3 Steps To Connect Amazon Music To Echo Dot (2023 Guide)

How To Connect Amazon Music To Echo Dot

“Alexa, play Amazon Music.”

“Alexa responds: Here’s Amazon Music.”

“*Alexa starts playing Easy on Me by Adele*”

See how easy it was to get Alexa to play your Amazon tunes?

And this guide is too. All it takes is 3 simple steps to connect Amazon Music to your Echo Dot. 

Read on to find out…

  • How to Link Amazon Music to your Echo Dot.
  • Why your Echo Dot isn’t connecting to your Echo Dot.
  • List of Alexa commands you can use for Amazon Music.
  • 3 simple steps to connect Amazon Music to your Echo Dot. 
  • 5 solutions to fix your Echo Dot not connecting to Amazon Music.
  • And many more…

How to connect Amazon Music to Echo Dot?

You can connect Amazon Music to your Echo Dot by linking Amazon Music to your Echo device. First, you need to set up your Echo Dot device. It’s a straightforward process and Alexa will guide you all the way. Once that’s done, link Amazon Music to your Echo device and you’re good to go.

3 steps to connect to Amazon Music to Echo Dot?

#1: Setup your Echo Dot

If you’ve already set up your Echo Dot, you can proceed to #2. If not, here’s how to set up your Echo device:

  1. Tap on More (The 3 horizontal lines icon located at the bottom right of your screen).
  2. You’ll see “Add a Device” at the top.
  3. Press “Add a Device”.
  4. Under All Devices, press “Amazon Echo”.
  5. Under Echo Smart Speakers, press “Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and more”.
  6. Alexa will ask you to turn on your Bluetooth for a faster setup process.
  7. You can skip this process if you want.
  8. Plug your Echo Dot into a wall outlet or power source.
  9. You should see an orange light on your device to indicate it’s ready for set up.
  10. Alexa will ask if your Echo is plugged in and if it’s in Setup mode. 
  11. Tap “Yes”.
  12. Alexa will ask you to go to your WiFi Settings. 
  13. Choose the network with the name “Amazon-XXX”.
  14. Go back to your Alexa app.
  15. Choose the WiFi network you want to connect to your Echo Dot.
  16. Enter your WiFi password.
  17. Alexa will ask if you want to connect your Echo Dot to an external speaker.
  18. Choose the room where your Echo Dot is located.
  19. Set up complete. 

#2: Open Alexa App and Access Music & Podcasts 

First, download the Alexa app. Or, check for updates in your Google Play Store or App Store

You don’t want to go through this entire process only to find out Alexa needs an update in the end. 

Once that’s done, you need to access the Music & Podcasts section in your Alexa app. Now, there are 2 ways to do this. 

Either way is fine, so feel free to follow whichever you’re more comfortable with.

Option 1:

  1. On your Alexa app’s home screen, you should see “Manage Music Settings”. 
  2. Tap on Manage Music Settings.
  3. This will take you to the Music & Podcasts menu.

Option 2:

  1. Tap on More (located at the bottom right part of your screen).
  2. Tap Settings. 
  3. Under the Alexa preferences section, tap Music & Podcasts.

#3: Link Amazon Music

Download Amazon Music On Phone

Let’s get down to what you came here for. Connecting your Echo Dot to Amazon Music.

Don’t have it on your phone yet? You can download Amazon Music in the App Store or Google Play Store in less than a minute.

After you’ve downloaded Amazon Music, follow these steps:

  1. In the Music & Podcasts menu, you should see a list of services under the “Services” section.
  2. Amazon Music should be under the “Services” section.
  3. If not, tap Link New Service. 
  4. Make sure you have Amazon Music installed on your phone.
  5. Tap Amazon Music.
  6. Log in to your Amazon Music account.
  7. Say “Alexa play (song title) on Amazon Music.”

Still have a few brain cells left to handle a couple more info? In the next sections, I’ll walk you through…

  • 11 devices that can also play Amazon Music. 
  • How to manage the songs playing in your Amazon Music.
  • Useful Alexa voice commands to control Amazon Music with ease.
  • What you should do if your Echo Dot doesn’t connect to Amazon Music.

Why is my Echo Dot not connecting to Amazon Music? 5 causes + fixes

#1: You don’t have an active Amazon Music subscription

“Wait, are you serious?” 

Yup – you need to have either of the two to play Amazon Music on Alexa: 

  1. An Amazon Prime membership.
  2. Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

What to do about it:

Check if you have an active subscription on Amazon: 

  1. Open the Amazon website.
  2. Log in to your account.
  3. Beside the search field, you’ll see your name. Below it, you’ll see “Account & Lists”.
  4. Click on your name to reveal a drop-down menu.
  5. Under the “Your Account” section, click on “Memberships & Subscriptions.”
  6. You will be redirected to another page on Amazon.
  7. Check if you have any active subscriptions.  

#2: You’re streaming on more than one device

Amazon Music only allows you to stream on one device at a time. However, they have other plans, such as the Family Plan, that allows you to stream up to 6 devices. 

These plans are available for Amazon Music Unlimited. Read more about it here.

Essentially, you won’t be able to connect to Amazon Music or play songs if it’s already streaming on another device.

What to do about it:

If your laptop is already streaming Amazon Music, you need to log out or close the app. Amazon Music allows you to stream up to one device at a time. 

Each Amazon Music plan has a streaming limit. If you want to be able to stream on all devices, you need to purchase Amazon Music Unlimited’s Individual Plan. Or you can also try their Family Plan. 

#3: Your Echo Dot/Alexa app is linked to another music service

It’s possible that your Echo Dot or Alexa app is linked to Spotify or Apple Music. If that’s the case, Alexa won’t play songs from Amazon Music.

What to do about it: 

First, check if Amazon Music appears in your list of linked services. If you want, you can also set Amazon Music as the default music service. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your Alexa app.
  2. Tap on More. (located at the bottom right part of your screen).
  3. Under Alexa Preferences, tap “Music & Podcasts”.
  4. Under Settings, tap “Default Services.”
  5. Tap “Select default service”.
  6. Choose Amazon Music.
  7. Tap Ok to confirm.

Try connecting to Amazon Music through your Echo Dot now. 

#4: Your Echo Dot encountered a minor bug or glitch

Sure – it’s brand new. But it might just be a one-time glitch. Fortunately, the solution is simple. 

In addition, you have 2 solutions when a glitch happens. 

What to do about it: 

First, do a soft reboot. This should only take 30 seconds to do: 

  1. Turn off your Echo Dot. 
  2. Unplug your Echo Dot from the power source.
  3. Wait for 10 to 15 seconds.
  4. Plug your Echo Dot into the power source.
  5. Try connecting your Echo Dot to Amazon Music.

Didn’t work? That means you’ll have to deregister your Echo Dot and register it again. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your Alexa app.
  2. Tap “Devices” (The Home icon located at the bottom of your screen).
  3. In the upper-right corner, tap “Echo & Alexa.”
  4. Tap your Echo Dot or the name you assigned to your Echo Dot.
  5. Scroll down until you see “Registered To (Your Name)”.
  6. To the right, you’ll see a blue “Deregister” option.
  7. Tap Deregister.
  8. Register your Echo Dot again.
  9. Try connecting to Amazon Music.

Now, if deregistering and registering your Echo Dot left you empty, don’t fret. 

Your last option is to perform a factory reset.

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#5: Your Echo Dot needs a factory reset

If your Echo Dot is brand new, this is hardly the case. But, if none of the solutions above worked, then a factory reset is your best option.

What to do about it: 

Performing a factory reset can be done in 3 steps: 

  1. Hold the action button of your Echo Dot.
  2. Hold the action button for about 15 to 20 seconds. 
  3. Wait for Alexa to say “Resetting your device.”

Here’s a video showing how to reset a 3rd Gen Echo Dot: 

If you have a 4th Gen Echo Dot, the steps above for a factory reset are the same.

Alexa voice commands for Amazon Music

With your Echo Dot fully connected to Amazon Music, let’s go over a few commands:

Amazon Music Voice CommandEffect
“Alexa, play (song title)”.“Alexa, play Easy on Me.”
“Alexa, play (song title) by (artist name)”.“Alexa, play Platinum Pop by Kygo”.
“Alexa, play the album (album title)”.“Alexa, play the album Fine Line”.
“Alexa, play popular songs by (artist name)”.“Alexa, play popular songs by Ariana Grande.”
“Alexa, play the latest (artist name) album”.“Alexa, play the latest Harry Styles album”.
“Alexa, play (genre type) music”.“Alexa, play Hip-hop music”.
“Alexa, play the playlist (playlist name).”“Alexa, play the playlist Workout”.

How to manage your Amazon Music experience

While your Amazon music tunes are playing, you can tell Alexa to shuffle, skip the song, repeat, and so on. 

For example, you can say “Alexa, play music for 5 hours.” In effect, Alexa will play music for 5 hours. 

Alternatively, you can be more specific and say “Alexa, play music until 9:53 p.m.”. Then, Alexa will play music until the time you specified. 

You can use a whole ton of commands while your songs are playing on Amazon Music. Simply start by saying “Alexa” then follow it up with any of these commands:

  1. Next.
  2. Stop.
  3. Pause.
  4. Shuffle. 
  5. Previous.
  6. Volume Up.
  7. Stop Shuffle.
  8. Volume Down.
  9. Who is this artist?.
  10. What song is this?.
  11. Listen to my playlist.
  12. Play something more like this.
  13. Play the artist/song I was listening to yesterday.

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11 devices that can play Amazon Music

You aren’t limited to just your Echo Dot. You can also use the following devices to play Amazon Music:

  1. Fire Tablets.
  2. Sonos device.
  3. HEOS device.
  4. Play-Fi device.
  5. BlueSound device.
  6. Amazon Fire TV Stick.
  7. Your Windows PC or Mac.
  8. Bose SoundTouch systems.
  9. Any iOS device (iOS 9.0 or higher).
  10. Any Android tablet (v 4.4 or higher).
  11. Any Android phone (v 4.4 or higher).