Have you just purchased a new Alexa-powered device like the Echo or Echo Dot? Want to get it connected to WiFi for smart home control and voice assistance, but don‘t want to hassle with downloading yet another app? Don‘t worry – you can setup your Alexa device and access Alexa skills completely app-free with this easy 6 step guide.
In just a few minutes, you can have your Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and other Alexa gadgets linked to your Wi-Fi and ready to help organize your day, provide information, play music and more – no app required. Just grab your Amazon login, Wi-Fi password and laptop or desktop computer.
I‘ll walk you through exactly what to do step-by-step to bypass the app and quickly connect via the Alexa website. Let‘s get started!
Step 1: Power Up Your Alexa Device
The first step is easy. Just plug in your new Alexa gadget if you haven‘t already. Make sure the power cable is securely connected and turn on the device.
You should see the light ring around the top of the Echo or Echo Dot turn blue, indicating it is powering on. Give it several minutes to fully boot up and get ready for setup before moving on.
Alexa will greet you with a chime when ready to get connected.
Step 2: Prepare Your Computer and Log Into Amazon
While Alexa starts up, grab your laptop, desktop PC or Mac computer. This process unfortunately won‘t work from an iPhone or Android – it requires a full desktop browser.
I recommend using Firefox or Safari when connecting your device. Chrome browsers have difficulty linking with Alexa‘s software correctly. Just launch the browser and go to Amazon.com to log into your account.
Make sure to use the credentials for the Amazon account you want associated with your Alexa. You‘ll also want to enable one-click checkout here if you plan to shop with Alexa voice commands.
Once logged into Amazon, you are ready for the next step. Just leave this browser window open.
Step 3: Access Your Alexa Settings
Now that Alexa is powered on and your Amazon account is ready, it‘s time to connect them.
Go back to Amazon.com in your desktop browser, and look over on the left side of the screen. You should see a "Settings" link under the "Account & Lists" section – click this to access your Alexa settings.
This will open a page that shows any Alexa devices currently linked to your account, recent activity, app connections, and general preferences. We‘ll dig deeper in a minute, but for now look under "Alexa Devices" for the next step.
Step 4: Begin Set Up for A New Device
Under the "Alexa Devices" section, click the yellow button labeled "Set up a new device". This launches Alexa‘s step-by-step setup process.
Think of this like an installation wizard, similar to when installing new software on your computer. Just walk through each screen as prompted.
Step 5: Select Your Alexa Device Model
After clicking that "Set up new device" button, you‘ll be taken to a page showing all of Alexa‘s product offerings. This includes:
- Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
- Echo Dot (4th Gen)
- Echo (2nd Gen)
- Echo Show 5
- Echo Show 8
- Echo Show 10
- Echo Flex
- Echo Auto
- Echo Sub
And more! Simply click on the specific device model you are setting up, like the "Echo Dot (4th generation)". This tells Alexa‘s servers what type of device to connect with.
If you purchased an Echo Show smart display, the process will be slightly different using the touch screen. See the section below for details on that.
Step 6: Follow On-Screen Prompts to Connect
After selecting your device model, just continue following the instructions shown on each setup screen:
First, Alexa will search for your device on the local network and show a message like "Your Echo is ready to connect!" Once it detects the device, a confirmation code will display on its light ring that you verify matches the site.
Next, Alexa will have you connect to a temporary WiFi network from your computer. Look for it to start with "Amazon-" followed by random numbers and letters. Select that network on your PC.
Alexa will then prompt you to enter the password for your main home or office WiFi network. Make sure to enter the CORRECT password here during setup. Long, complex passwords may need to be typed twice.
That‘s it! Just keep following along as Alexa links to your WiFi network and Amazon account. You‘ll see a confirmation when setup completes successfully.
Then feel free to start using Alexa by asking questions, setting alarms, building shopping lists, and controlling smart home devices. Welcome to the future!
Setting Up An Echo Show
The main steps are the same for all Alexa devices, but the Echo Show smart display lacks a button on the setup screen.
To connect YOUR Echo Show:
Power on the device and wait for the setup prompt.
Tap the Settings icon in the top right corner.
Choose Wi-Fi and enter your network name and password directly on the Show‘s touch screen.
Follow the rest of the on-screen prompts to finish linking your Amazon account.
The Echo Show makes setup a breeze with its interactive screen!
Why Connect An Alexa Device Without the App?
Connecting your Alexa gadget directly from the website provides a few advantages:
Works on restricted networks where you can‘t install apps, like at the office.
Quickly add Alexa to additional networks like at your vacation home.
Avoid managing yet another app if you prefer the web.
Allows setup if your phone lacks storage space for more apps.
Can troubleshoot WiFi issues that prevent the app from connecting.
However, the free Alexa app does offer some handy tools and features:
Video walkthroughs to show you exactly what to do
Software updates and notifications
Advanced smart home and skills management
Access routines, lists, and settings from your phone
So the app is recommended for full control if you don‘t have WiFi restrictions. But for a quick web-based setup, just follow the steps above to get started without downloads or mobile apps!
Troubleshooting Common Alexa Setup Issues
Don‘t panic if you run into a few hiccups during the initial setup process. Here are some of the most common errors and how to fix them:
Alexa has trouble finding your WiFi network.
Your router firewall settings may be blocking new device access. Try temporarily turning off the firewall or enabling access for 60 minutes.
Setup gets stuck trying to install required software.
Simply reboot both the Alexa device and your computer and start the process over from Step 1.
You get error messages about incompatible browser or Amazon account.
Make sure you are using Safari, Firefox or Edge on a desktop computer, and logged into the correct Amazon account.
The wifi password isn‘t accepted.
Double check that you correctly entered your WiFi‘s password during setup, accounting for case sensitivity. typing the password twice can help avoid typos.
Alexa won‘t respond after connecting.
If your Echo is having trouble hearing commands, move it to a new location and ask a simple question like "Alexa, what time is it?" to test.
Following this guide step-by-step and double checking settings as you go can help avoid most issues connecting your new Alexa gadget via the web.
Tips for A Quick and Easy Setup
Here are a few parting tips to ensure the process goes smoothly:
Update your computer and browser before starting for maximum compatibility.
Write your WiFi password down instead of trying to remember it during setup.
Limit distractions and background noise interference.
Be ready to re-enter your Amazon password at times for security.
Use Alexa‘s voice responses to confirm everything is working after setup completes.
Review router and Alexa settings if the device can‘t hear you well from afar.
Set up additional Echo devices in other rooms for whole-home Alexa access!
Ready to Get Your Alexa Online?
Now you have a complete walkthrough of how to get your Alexa device connected to Wi-Fi without needing any app!
In 6 quick steps, you can go from unboxing your Echo or Echo Dot to having it respond to voice commands within minutes.
Just power on the Alexa gadget, log into your Amazon account, access Alexa settings, choose your device model, follow the prompts and enter your WiFi info correctly. That‘s it!
So ditch the app download, grab your laptop and Amazon password, and let‘s get your new Alexa assistant connected right from the website.
With clear instructions, helpful troubleshooting, and my tips for smooth sailing, you‘ll be up and running in no time. Just speak up when you want to access music, smart lights, weather reports, and all of Alexa‘s other skills completely app-free!