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How to keep Alexa talking when she's off Wi-Fi

Using your phone's hotspot keeps Amazon Tap smart no matter where you are

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David Priest

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Amazon Tap cuts the wire for Echo. But without Wi-Fi, Alexa stops working and Tap simply becomes a Bluetooth speaker. Here's how to keep Alexa talking off Wi-Fi, using your phone as a mobile hotspot.

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First, open your Alexa app, go to Settings, select your Amazon Tap, and choose Update Wi-Fi.

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Then, hold the bottom button on your Tap for 5 seconds.

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When the lights on top turn blue, Tap will sync with Bluetooth devices. Instead, hold it till the lights turn Orange.

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Once Tap is ready to sync, go to your phone's settings and look at its Wi-Fi connections.

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Whether on an iOS or Android device, the Wi-Fi connection screen should look about the same. Connect to the Tap on this screen.

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Back on the Alexa app, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Use this device as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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A message will pop up telling you not to activate your hotspot yet. Just tap Start.

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Next, enter the information for your phone's personal hotspot and tap Connect.

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While Tap is searching for a signal, activate your device's mobile hotspot option. On an Android device, you can just tap the Hotspot option in settings.

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On an iOS device, you'll have to Switch on the Personal Hotspot here.

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Once Alexa connects to your device's signal, you can Tap Continue in the Alexa app. Now Tap is ready to chat no matter where you are.

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