Did you know you can add a remote voice control to your Amazon Alexa device? Why would you want to do that, you ask?
Here’s a few reasons why you might want to consider adding a remote to your Alexa setup:
- In a very noisy room, Alexa may not hear or interpret your voice command. The remote gives you a direct audio link to Alexa. (this is especially useful for Dot devices)
- The remote allows you to quickly manage the volume, skip and pause music without voice commands.
- You can quickly turn off Alexa’s listening mode using the Mute button.
You can snag a remote from Amazon for $30: Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot
The Alexa Voice Remote is very similar to the one provided with Amazon Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick, except it doesn’t have the Back, Home, and Menu buttons. Incidentally, the Fire TV remote will also work with Alexa Echo and Dot, but you have to give up using it with your Fire TV setup (the remote will only pair with one device at a time).
Once you get your Alexa Voice Remote, here’s how to set it up:
- Open the Alexa app for Android or iOS – or on the web at: http://alexa.amazon.com/
- Tap or click the Menu option and choose Settings.
- Locate the Alexa device you want to pair with the remote and tap or click it.
- Find the Pair Device Remote option and tap or click it.
- Follow the instructions on the Pair Alexa device remote page.
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