Turn your Amazon Echo into a new TV speaker for free. Here's how
Want to upgrade your TV sound? Use your Amazon Echo.
Katie TeagueWriter II
Katie is a writer covering all things how-to at CNET, with a focus on Social Security and notable events. When she's not writing, she enjoys playing in golf scrambles, practicing yoga and spending time on the lake.
ExpertisePersonal Finance: Social Security and taxes
We've all done it -- there's a quiet scene in a movie and you turn your TV volume all the way up just to hear what the hushed actors are saying. Or maybe you crank it up to feel the thrill of a car chase. Those are signs you need a better speaker for your TV. Fortunately, your Amazon Echo device is likely compatible with your smart TV, so you don't have to worry about damaging your eardrums when the next loud scene comes on if your TV speakers just aren't up to snuff.
Watch this: Amazon Echo Studio and new Echo Dot are big on sound and time
To get started, place your Echo device near the TV you'll be connecting to and make sure both are plugged in and turned on. Now say, "
, connect" -- the voice assistant will start checking for devices to connect to. On your smart TV, navigate to the Bluetooth settings to find the Echo speaker you're wanting to connect. For example, I might see "Katie's Echo Dot" or "Living Room Echo Plus." It's the same process if you have a
Note that all smart TV's are different, so the setup may not be exactly the same for you, though it should be close. For example, the TV I used is a
and has an option for Amazon Alexa that explained I needed to download the Vizio SmartCast skill to pair the two devices. When you're ready to disconnect the speaker from the TV, just say, "Alexa, unpair."