Setting up a multi-room audio system in your home can be a daunting task. The increasing availability of wireless speakers has made it a little easier, but getting them all to sync up together can be a headache, and it can also be expensive.
One way around this, however, involves the uses of Amazon Echos and Amazon Echo Dots. When you initially set up the devices with the app on your iPhone, it did more than just make them useable. It also added them to your account, and gave you access to a feature called Multi-Room Music that lets you define a group of devices, to which you can then simultaneously stream the same music.
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How to Set Up Multi-Room Music on Your Echos and Echo Dots
The steps in this article were performed with the Amazon Alexa app on an iPhone 7 Plus. This guide assumes that you have already completed the initial setup of your Echo devices, and that they are turned on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Additionally, you will need the Amazon Music Unlimited Individual or Family plan to play music on multiple devices at the same time (up to 6 at once). I now have the individual Amazon Music Unlimited plan ($7.99 per month at the time this article was written), as opposed to the $3.99 Echo plan that I had initially. If you do not have the correct plan to take advantage of this feature, Alexa will prompt you to upgrade after you set up Multi-Room Music and try to use it. You can read more about Amazon Music Unlimited here on Amazon’s site.
Step 1: Open the Amazon Alexa app.
Step 2: Touch the menu icon at the top-left of the screen.
Step 3: Choose the Settings option.
Step 4: Scroll down and select the Multi-Room Music option.
Step 5: Select from one of the default name options, or create your own custom group name, then tap the Next button.
Step 6: Select the Echo devices that you want to add to the group, then tap the Save button.
It will take Alexa a minute or two to connect the devices, then you will be all set to start listening to the same song on multiple Echos at the same time.
If you are having trouble with getting this setup to work properly, this FAQ on Amazon’s site provides some troubleshooting steps you can take.
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