Amazon is a little late to the whole-house audio celebration. Ecosystems like AirPlay and Sonos had them beat for a whereas, however Amazon has lastly added the flexibility to play music on a number of Echos without delay. Learn on as we present you the way to configure a whole-house system utilizing your Echo audio system.
To get began with the whole-house setup, you’ll solely want two or or extra Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Present audio system. Presently, the model new whole-house audio performance is just obtainable for these three Amazon-produced audio system—however don’t fear when you’ve got a third-party Alexa system just like the Eufy Genie. Amazon has software program instruments to assist third-party speaker makers combine their audio system into the Alexa whole-house setup. The instruments are in improvement launch in the meanwhile, and by the top of the 12 months there needs to be updates for non-Echo audio system obtainable.
Along with your two-or-more Echo audio system on hand, let’s dive proper into the painless setup course of. Make certain your audio system are powered on, linked to the identical community, and have straightforward to parse nicknames, so grouping them is painless. Should you’ve by no means messed round with renaming your Echo merchandise from the default naming (which is ambigious like “Jason’s Echo Dot”, “Jason’s Second Echo Dot”), try our information to renaming all of your Echo units with extra descriptive names.
Then, open up both the Amazon Alexa app on telephone or pill, or hit up alexa.amazon.com from a browser whereas logged into your Amazon account to full the setup. Each have an identical menus and an identical steps (however our screenshots under are from the iOS app).
First, faucet on the menu icon to convey up the left-hand navigation menu.
Subsequent, choose “Settings” from the sidebar.
Scroll down within the Settings menu till you see the entry for “Audio Teams”. Choose the one entry in that group: “Multi-Room Music”.
Within the Group configuration display, you’ll choose a group title together with a record of Echo units that belong to that group. Faucet on “Select Group Title” on the high.
You don’t manually kind within the title, nevertheless. As a substitute, decide the title you need from a very nicely populated record of potential group names. The very first group you need to create is “In every single place” to instantly unify your whole-house audio system.
Subsequent, verify off all of your Echo units (that is the “In every single place” configuration, in any case) after which click on “Create Group”.
At this level, if all you wished was each Echo in sync, you’re finished. In any other case, you possibly can click on “Create Group” once more within the Teams display displayed after you end creating your first group, and create extra teams (reminiscent of “upstairs”, “downstairs”, “outdoors” and so on).
Along with your “In every single place” group created, it’s time to check the system. The syntax for whole-house audio system is “Alexa, play [valid audio source command], [group name]”. At launch, the legitimate audio sources are Amazon Music, TunIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora (with assist for Spotify and SiriusXM on the way in which), so any command that you simply beforehand used with the aforementioned companies will work with the multi-room music system.
For instance merely saying “Alexa, play Weapons ‘N Roses” would, on a person Echo and should you’re a Prime subscriber, spool up the Amazon Prime Music Library Weapons ‘N Roses playlist. Now you possibly can merely append the command to “Alexa, play Weapons ‘n Roses in all places” to match the group title we simply created.
And growth, identical to that, a single unified playlist is streaming to all obtainable Echo units in sync with one another. So whether or not your style runs 1980s exhausting rock or 1780s instrumental, your whole dwelling might be crammed together with your favourite tracks with a single voice command.