How to order an Amazon Echo Dot without an Amazon Echo

No Echo? No problem. Here's an easy workaround so you can get on the Dot preorder list.

Amazon says otherwise, but you don't need an Echo to order an Echo Dot.

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Earlier today, Amazon took the wraps off the Echo Dot, an adorable little sibling to the company's popular Echo smart speaker. You can pair it with a Bluetooth speaker or just use it as a standalone virtual assistant.

The problem is, you can't preorder one -- not unless you already own a full-size Echo. For the moment, the only official way to put Alexa Jr. in your shopping cart is to say to her big sis: "Alexa, order an Echo Dot."

Thankfully, there's a workaround. All you need is the Amazon Shopping app for Android or iOS. Here's how to score your Dot, with the caveat that Amazon may pull the plug on one or both of these options at any time. As of this writing, both worked.

Android

Step 1: If you haven't already, install the Amazon Shopping App and sign into your account.

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Step 2: Tap the microphone icon to start a voice search, then say, "Add Echo Dot to shopping cart." That should take you to a search result with the Add to Cart button enabled.

Step 3: Tap that button, then check out.

iOS

Step 1: If you haven't already, install the Amazon Shopping App and sign into your account.

Swipe right to add the Dot to your cart.

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Step 2: Tap the search field, type "Echo Dot," then run the search.

Step 3: In the search-results page that appears, you should see the Dot at the top. Don't tap it; instead, swipe right to immediately add it to your cart. Then check out.

And that's it! Let us know if you had success (or failure) using either of these methods.

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