Will Amazon Alexa Work Without Wi-fi?

BY KRISTA BRUTON 

August 19, 2020

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The draw and appeal of Amazon’s Echo  (or Alexa, as it is commonly known) include a variety of abilities ranging from instant news updates, streaming music, and having questions answered about any topic on a whim! While Alexa is growing more popular each day, there are alternative ways to put your Amazon Alexa to use. 

If you do not have Wi-Fi in your home, or if you are planning on heading out for a vacation, it is still possible to utilize Alexa as a Bluetooth device with a bit of preparation. There are two ways to use Alexa without Wi-Fi: 

  • Use a mobile hotspot 

  • Connect Alexa via Bluetooth 

Why Alexa Does Not Work Without Wi-Fi 

Amazon’s Alexa is a device that strictly revolves around Wi-Fi to access everything from Google to various music-streaming services. Without Wi-Fi it is simply impossible to connect to these applications and features. In order to make the most out of your Amazon Alexa investment, a Wi-Fi connection or hotspot must be available to get started and to take advantage of all that the device has to offer. 

How Does Wi-Fi Work? 

As it stands right now, Wi-Fi carries over 60% of the world’s internet. Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity and it’s just a different way of saying WLAN which means wireless local area network. Wi-Fi uses wireless radio frequencies to send signals to and from wireless devices. A no-Wi-Fi radio uses Kilohertz (kHz) and Megahertz (MHz) and, Wi-Fi uses Gigahertz (GHz) frequencies. If you want to break it down even farther, Hertz (Hz) is just a unit of frequency. One hertz is equal to one cycle per second. So one GHz is equal to one billion cycles in one second. 

Using Alexa as a Bluetooth Speaker 

If you are wondering, “does the Amazon Echo Dot have to be plugged in?” that answer varies between power and connectivity.  One way to utilize Alexa without having internet access or a steady Wi-Fi connection is to use your device as a Bluetooth speaker. To get started, you do need access to a Wi-Fi connection for the pairing process. If you do not have Wi-Fi in your home or while you are traveling, consider opting for a public Wi-Fi location or a venue that offers hotspots. Always be sure to use any Wi-Fi connection you choose as securely as possible to keep your personal and private data safe and unavailable to potential hackers or malicious individuals. 

Once you have established a basic internet connection, you can quickly pair your phone with your Amazon Alexa. The  following steps  will help you pair your devices so you are able to use your Alexa in the future without connecting to Wi-Fi: 

  • Open the Alexa application on your smartphone, select “Menu” and choose “Settings”. 

  • Pick the device you would like to pair. 

  • Select  Bluetooth. 

  • Select a device from the list, then select “Forget.” Repeat this step for all other Bluetooth devices on the list. 

Getting the Most out of Your Amazon Alexa 

After your Alexa has successfully paired with your Bluetooth device(s), you can begin using Alexa as a second speaker. You can now stream any music, podcasts, and other audio material you have on your device. If you seek additional services and features, it is important to remember that a Wi-Fi connection is necessary. Amazon Alexa focuses on the ability to connect in order to maximize what it has to offer. 

If you choose to opt for Wi-Fi in the future, be sure to do so with a secure connection that is safe  and  reliable. Looking for new ways to add a layer of security to your home and electronics?  Contact Brinks Home Security™ to learn more. 

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.  

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Will Amazon Alexa Work Without Wi-fi?

BY KRISTA BRUTON 

August 19, 2020

The draw and appeal of Amazon’s Echo  (or Alexa, as it is commonly known) include a variety of abilities ranging from instant news updates, streaming music, and having questions answered about any topic on a whim! While Alexa is growing more popular each day, there are alternative ways to put your Amazon Alexa to use. 

If you do not have Wi-Fi in your home, or if you are planning on heading out for a vacation, it is still possible to utilize Alexa as a Bluetooth device with a bit of preparation. There are two ways to use Alexa without Wi-Fi: 

  • Use a mobile hotspot 

  • Connect Alexa via Bluetooth 

Why Alexa Does Not Work Without Wi-Fi 

Amazon’s Alexa is a device that strictly revolves around Wi-Fi to access everything from Google to various music-streaming services. Without Wi-Fi it is simply impossible to connect to these applications and features. In order to make the most out of your Amazon Alexa investment, a Wi-Fi connection or hotspot must be available to get started and to take advantage of all that the device has to offer. 

How Does Wi-Fi Work? 

As it stands right now, Wi-Fi carries over 60% of the world’s internet. Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity and it’s just a different way of saying WLAN which means wireless local area network. Wi-Fi uses wireless radio frequencies to send signals to and from wireless devices. A no-Wi-Fi radio uses Kilohertz (kHz) and Megahertz (MHz) and, Wi-Fi uses Gigahertz (GHz) frequencies. If you want to break it down even farther, Hertz (Hz) is just a unit of frequency. One hertz is equal to one cycle per second. So one GHz is equal to one billion cycles in one second. 

Using Alexa as a Bluetooth Speaker 

If you are wondering, “does the Amazon Echo Dot have to be plugged in?” that answer varies between power and connectivity.  One way to utilize Alexa without having internet access or a steady Wi-Fi connection is to use your device as a Bluetooth speaker. To get started, you do need access to a Wi-Fi connection for the pairing process. If you do not have Wi-Fi in your home or while you are traveling, consider opting for a public Wi-Fi location or a venue that offers hotspots. Always be sure to use any Wi-Fi connection you choose as securely as possible to keep your personal and private data safe and unavailable to potential hackers or malicious individuals. 

Once you have established a basic internet connection, you can quickly pair your phone with your Amazon Alexa. The  following steps  will help you pair your devices so you are able to use your Alexa in the future without connecting to Wi-Fi: 

  • Open the Alexa application on your smartphone, select “Menu” and choose “Settings”. 

  • Pick the device you would like to pair. 

  • Select  Bluetooth. 

  • Select a device from the list, then select “Forget.” Repeat this step for all other Bluetooth devices on the list. 

Getting the Most out of Your Amazon Alexa 

After your Alexa has successfully paired with your Bluetooth device(s), you can begin using Alexa as a second speaker. You can now stream any music, podcasts, and other audio material you have on your device. If you seek additional services and features, it is important to remember that a Wi-Fi connection is necessary. Amazon Alexa focuses on the ability to connect in order to maximize what it has to offer. 

If you choose to opt for Wi-Fi in the future, be sure to do so with a secure connection that is safe  and  reliable. Looking for new ways to add a layer of security to your home and electronics?  Contact Brinks Home Security™ to learn more. 

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.  

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