Amazon has one of the best smart speaker lineups with Echo devices. There are different Echo speakers at different price points to work with various third-party apps and accessories. One notable omission from the list is Google’s YouTube Music service. You can always connect your Amazon Echo to a smartphone via Bluetooth and play YouTube Music on it.
Amazon has offered required APIs to developers to integrate a music streaming service with Alexa on Echo. Popular names like Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Apple Podcasts already support Alexa. Google hasn’t boarded the Alexa train yet. You need to use the Bluetooth trick to play YouTube on Amazon Echo.
This post will show you how to connect your phone to Amazon Echo through Bluetooth and play videos from YouTube Music or any other streaming service.
Download Alexa App on iPhone or Android
First, you need to download the Alexa app for iOS or Android. It’s the core app to learn new Alexa tricks, tweak Amazon Echo, manage Bluetooth devices, Wi-Fi network, and more. You can set up, manage, and customize Alexa (Amazon’s voice assistant) and your Amazon Echo device using the Alexa app on mobile.
Search for Alexa app in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Install the app on your phone and proceed.
We will use Alexa for iOS in the screenshots below. You can follow the same steps on Alexa for Android as the apps use an identical user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design.
Connect Your Phone to Amazon Echo via Bluetooth
When you first order your Echo device, Amazon automatically connects it to your email ID that you use to order it. Open the Alexa app on your phone and follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open Alexa app on Android or iPhone.
Step 2: Sign in with your Amazon account details. The app will ask for confirmation code if you have added 2FA (two-factor authentication) to your Amazon account.
Step 3: Tap on the Devices menu.
Step 4: Select your Echo device from the list.
Step 5: Tap on the Settings gear in the top right corner.
Step 6: Under the wireless menu, select Bluetooth Devices.
Step 7: Tap on the pair a new device button at the bottom.
Step 8: It will enable Bluetooth on your Amazon Echo and the device is ready to pair wirelessly.
Step 9: Open Bluetooth on your phone and find your Amazon Echo from the list.
Connect your phone via Bluetooth to Amazon Echo, and it will appear under the same menu. If you don’t want to use the Alexa mobile app, you can pair a new Bluetooth device using Alexa web. Here’s how.
Use Alexa Web to Pair Bluetooth Device to Amazon Echo
If you sit in front of your desktop most of the time, you can use the Alexa web app to pair and manage Bluetooth devices on your Amazon Echo. Go through the steps below to make changes.
Step 1: Visit Alexa on the web.
Step 2: Sign in using your Amazon account details.
Step 3: It will open the Alexa home tab.
Step 4: Select Settings from the left sidebar.
Step 5: Under the Devices menu, find your Amazon Echo and open it.
Step 6: Select Bluetooth from the following menu.
Step 7: Click on the Pair a New Device button.
Step 8: It will enable Bluetooth on Amazon Echo. Open Bluetooth settings on your mobile phone, and connect to Amazon Echo.
Play YouTube Music on Amazon Echo
Once you connect your phone to Amazon Echo, you are all set to use YouTube Music on it. Go through the steps below.
Step 1: Open YouTube Music on your phone.
Step 2: Start your favorite playlist and listen to songs on Amazon Echo.
You can also open YouTube, or any music or podcast streaming service on your phone and play the same on Amazon Echo.
YouTube Music Limitations on Amazon Echo
With Apple Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music, you can connect the streaming service to Echo via Alexa and use voice commands like “Alexa, play music” or “Alexa, play party playlist on Spotify” to play your favorite songs. The same isn’t available on YouTube Music. You must open YouTube Music and start your favorite playlist. Alexa commands aren’t available here.
Disconnect Your Bluetooth Device from Amazon Echo
If you no longer use YouTube Music or plan to sell off your phone, you can remove your phone from Amazon Echo. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open Bluetooth settings on your Amazon Echo in Alexa mobile app (refer to the steps above).
Step 2: Tap on the down arrow beside your device name.
Step 3: Tap on Forget Device and confirm your decision.
Enjoy YouTube Music on Amazon Echo
You don’t need to switch from YouTube Music to Spotify or Apple Music just because your Amazon Echo device doesn’t support it natively. You can use the steps above and connect your phone to Amazon Echo via Bluetooth and enjoy your favorite YouTube Music playlists.
Last updated on 29 June, 2022
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