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2 Steps To Use Alexa As A Bluetooth Speaker Without WiFi

How To Use Alexa As A Bluetooth Speaker Without WiFi

I recently went on a holiday to a nice cabin hut in the mountains.

However, there was no WiFi.

Now, that’s no issue for me…

But my Alexa wasn’t happy with that.

Luckily, I found some easy ways to use it without WiFi.

Let me tell you.

Keep reading to find out:

  • Which Alexa devices are AUX-compatible.
  • 2 easy steps to use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without WiFi.
  • How to pair other devices with your Echo via the Amazon Alexa app.
  • And that’s only the beginning… 

Can you use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without WiFi?

You can use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without WiFi by using your mobile hotspot. And if you don’t have an internet connection, you can use it as a regular Bluetooth speaker. Another way is to use the AUX connection on specific Amazon Echo models.

How to use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without WiFi? 2 steps

Step #1: Create a mobile hotspot

Alexa is a convenient voice assistant that comes with every Amazon Echo device. 

They all have it, from the first generation Echo Dot speaker to the latest Echo Show 15 with a touch screen.

Alexa can answer many questions, like:

  • “Alexa, what’s the weather like today?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the current stock price of Facebook?”
  • “Alexa, can you play the latest album from Harry Styles?”

As long as she’s connected to WiFi, she executes all kinds of commands.

But she loses that ability if you have no WiFi. 

This can happen, for example, because of:

  • ISP issues.
  • Weak WiFi signals in far and remote areas.

But no worries, you can simply connect Alexa to a mobile hotspot from your smartphone.

Most likely, you’ll have your phone with you all the time anyways.

So, let’s start by creating a mobile hotspot on your smartphone by following these steps:

Android smartphone

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Navigate and toggle ON your Portable Hotspot.

Apple iPhone

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Choose Personal Hotspot.
  3. Enable Allow others to join.

Note: Write down the network name and password that comes along with the personal hotspot to avoid losing access to it.

Read also: Why Won’t My TV Connect To My Hotspot? 11 Easy Fixes 

Step #2: Connect Alexa to the mobile hotspot

Now that the mobile hotspot is active, you can connect it to Alexa by doing the next 10 simple steps:

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app (Android/iOS) on your smartphone.
  2. Go to Devices.
  3. Choose Echo & Alexa.
  4. Select the name of your Amazon device.
  5. Go to Change (next to WiFi network).
  6. Choose from a list of available WiFi networks.
  7. Navigate and select Use this device as a WiFi hotspot.
  8. Choose Start.
  9. Fill in the network name and password from your hotspot.
  10. Tap on Connect.

Alexa will confirm if the connection is successful, and done!

You might also want to know: 3 Easy Steps To Play SoundCloud On Alexa

Some people might want to solely use their Alexa device as a Bluetooth speaker without WiFi.

That said, I have 2 more ways you can follow to do so:

Bonus #1: Pair your Alexa device via Bluetooth

If you don’t have access to WiFi or a mobile hotspot…

Or maybe you don’t need to use Alexa’s voice command features…

Then you can use your Amazon Echo speaker simply by pairing it via Bluetooth with your chosen device.

This way, you can play whatever you want from your smartphone or computer to your Bluetooth speaker.

Note: Remember that Alexa needs to be connected to the Internet to work. Without it, she can’t execute your voice commands.

First, get the Amazon Echo and the device you want to connect with each other.

Then enable Bluetooth on the device you want to pair.

Here’s a list on how to do this on different devices:

Android device

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll to Bluetooth.
  3. Toggle ON Bluetooth.

Apple device (iPhone or iPad)

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy & Security.
  3. Select Bluetooth.


  1. Go to Settings (gear icon).
  2. Select Devices.
  3. Go to Bluetooth & other devices.
  4. Toggle ON Bluetooth.


  1. Go to System Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth in the sidebar.
  3. Click to activate Bluetooth.

After that, you can go ahead and…

Activate Bluetooth on your Amazon Echo

You can do so by following these 5 easy steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Go to Devices.
  3. Select Echo & Alexa.
  4. Choose the device you want to pair. 
  5. Select Bluetooth Devices, and then Pair a New Device.

You can test it by playing music from your computer or smartphone, and you’ll notice the sound coming from the Amazon Echo.

Furthermore, here’s a helpful video on how to pair an Android smartphone with Alexa:

Bonus #2: Use an AUX connection

Old but gold: AUX connection.

This 3.5 mm jack input is often used to connect your headphones.

Simply connect it to your smartphone via the audio cable, and the music will blast from the headphones.

Easy peasy!

Luckily, the AUX connection on your Amazon Echo works the same way.

But wait…

Not all of the Amazon Echo speakers have an AUX connection.

And even if they have one, some only have AUX output.

Meaning they can only send the audio out to another device, such as an extra speaker.

But again, it depends on which Amazon speaker you have.

So, which Amazon speakers have the aux connection?

Here’s a list of Amazon devices and their type of audio connection:

Type of speakerAUX inputAUX output
Amazon Echo 3rd GenYesYes
Amazon Echo 4th GenYesYes
Amazon Echo 5th GenNoNo
Amazon Echo StudioYes Yes
Amazon Echo Dot 3rd GenNoYes
Amazon Echo Dot 4th GenNoYes
Amazon Echo Dot 5th GenNoNo
Amazon Echo Show 5 1st GenNoYes
Amazon Echo Show 5 2nd GenNoNo
Amazon Echo Show 8 1st GenNoYes
Amazon Echo Show 8 2nd GenNoNo
Amazon Echo Show 10 3rd GenNoNo
Amazon Echo Show 15NoNo
Amazon Echo Plus 1st GenNoYes
Amazon Echo Plus 2nd GenYesYes

Note: If you’re going to use the AUX connection on your Amazon speaker, you first need to configure this via the Amazon Alexa app.

Here’s how to do that in 7 easy steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Select General Settings.
  3. Go to Devices.
  4. Choose Echo & Alexa.
  5. Select your device.
  6. Go to AUX.
  7. Select Line in if you want to listen from a different device (for example, a smartphone), or select Line Out if you want to send the audio to another speaker.

Happy listening!