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If one Amazon Echo smart speaker is great for listening to commands andthat automate your day, just imagine what magic could happen if you pair it with another Echo speaker or display. One is just never enough, right? Because there are some unique functions you can set up if you have several Alexa devices in your home.
And while you only need two devices to perform these tasks, you can certainly add more (or even). We'll walk you through the four coolest things you can do with two or more Amazon Alexa devices below.
1. Play music simultaneously across all devices
With the Multi-Room Music feature in the Alexa app, you can so that you can listen from any room with an Echo.
To get started, open the Alexa app and select Devices. Next, tap the Plus icon and choose Combine Speakers. Select Multi-Room Music and then follow the onscreen instructions to finish setup.
2. Drop in on all your Echo speakers at the same time
Whether you're in a different room, or out of the house entirely,can help you quickly get in touch with someone at home. And if you have multiple speakers, you can drop in on your devices at the same time.
For example, if you have anin your kitchen and an in your basement, you can start talking on both of them. Just say, "Alexa, drop in on all devices" to get started.
3. Turn your living room into a home theater
Similar to listening to music across your devices, you can do the same with your TV. Using your Echo speakers, you can turn your living room into a home theater. To do so, you'll need toor .
Note that this works best with one of the speakers designed for high-quality sound, like anor an .
4. Make announcements and set reminders across all your Echo devices
If you need tofor yourself or make an announcement that everyone in your house can hear, it's easier to hear when you have multiple speakers set up around your house. After all, if you only have one Echo speaker, you may not hear an announcement or reminder if you step into a different room.
To make an announcement across all your Amazon Echo devices, open the Alexa mobile app and select Settings > Device Settings > device name > Communications > Announcements. This will allow you to manage the announcement settings for each device associated with your account. From here, you can say, "Alexa, make an announcement," or, "Alexa, tell everyone [X]" and, "Alexa, broadcast [X]."
For reminders, select Reminders & Alarms from the Alexa app menu. Tap Reminders and select Add Reminder. Type the reminder, date and time you'd like the announcement to be made. Tap Announces From and select All Devices. Now when you set a reminder, Alexa will broadcast it across all your Echo speakers.
For more Alexa tips, here'sand .