Amazon recently unleashed Multi-room audio for compatible Echo devices to the public. It makes everything from chores to party time that much more awesome.
Read on to find out how this handy feature works and how to use it.
Multi-room audio for Alexa
Multi-room sound might be one of the most affordable ways to fill your home with high-fidelity, rich sound. It gives you everything you need to enhance the music you’re listening to in one room or to keep your audiobook with you as you go about your day.
According to Amazon, “Ask Alexa to play a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, Pandora, and others. With Multi-room music, you can fill your home with music, radio, podcasts, audiobooks, and more using compatible Echo devices in different rooms.”
First, you must set up Multi-room music in the Alexa app. Here’s how:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Select Devices.
- Tap Plus, and then select Combine Speakers.
- Select Multi-Room Music.
- Follow the instructions in the app.
How to surround yourself with Amazon’s Multi-room music
There are a ton of ways you can spin this excellent feature. Ask Alexa to play music on all your linked devices, or you can send your favorite person a melody downstairs from wherever you are.
Multi-room music is compatible with many popular music apps. Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, Audible, and Amazon Music can now go everywhere you go.
You can group speakers while relaxing in your living room or any room with an Alexa-enabled device. It’s also compatible with Fire TV devices and several third-party smart speakers from Sony, Polk and more.
Here are some ways to ask Alexa to play Multi-room audio:
- Alexa, play music everywhere.
- Alexa, play Audible in the bedrooms.
- Alexa, play happy birthday downstairs.
- Alexa, move my music to the everywhere group.
- Alexa, play “The Kim Komando Today” podcast everywhere.
Creating Alexa groups
Speaker groups allow you to simultaneously play music, podcasts and news on multiple Echo devices, providing a Multi-room audio experience. In the Alexa app, you can create custom speaker groups, such as “Upstairs,” “Bedrooms,” or “Downstairs.”
You can also say, “Alexa, play music everywhere,” and music or audio will play together on all the supported devices throughout your home.
Here’s how to create Alexa groups:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Tap Devices.
- Select Plus, and then Add Group.
- Select either Create a room or device group or Combine rooms or groups.
- Use the preset group names, or create your own, and then select Next.
- Select the devices or groups you want to include, then Save.
Just like that, you’ll have a party going throughout your home.
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