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  • Information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more--instantly
  • Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
  • Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
  • Connected to the cloud so it's always getting smarter
  • 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
  • Compatible with select Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink connected devices to control lights and switches with your voice
  • Plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more

What is the Amazon Echo?


Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.
Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the wake word. You can pick Alexa or Amazon as your wake word.


Always be heard
Tucked under the light ring on Echo is an array of seven microphones. These sensors use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction. With enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you ask a question even while it's playing music....j
Just ask
Echo uses on-device keyword spotting to detect the wake word. When Echo detects the wake word, it lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where we leverage the Alexa Voice Service to recognize and respond to your request.

Ever-evolving
Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
...and adding new skills
We are always adding new capabilities to Echo. Recently, we’ve added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, Google Calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, Amazon.com re-ordering, control of connected devices with WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Wink, and more



360° immersive sound
Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound.
...for all of your music
Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like Spotify and iTunes from your phone or tablet.


Don't lift a finger
Use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger...or even raising your voice.
...to control your home
Echo works with devices such as lights and switches from Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink. Starter kits are available for easy setup.


Echo doesn't stop working when you're away from home. With the free companion app on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more
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Key Features

Easy setup
Connect to your home network with a simple setup, guided by the free companion app on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers.
Just ask
Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just say the wake word, "Alexa," for:
NEW – Audible: Play audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Plus, Echo supports Whispersync for Voice to continue right where you left off.

NEW – Calendars: Check your upcoming schedule by asking what’s on your Google calendar.

NEW – Shopping: Restock on previously purchased items by re-ordering Prime-eligible products in your Amazon shopping history.

NEW – Connected home: Control compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink devices with your voice.

NEW – Traffic: Hear commute time and the fastest route to your destination.

NEW – Sports: Ask for sports scores and schedules from the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, NHL, NCAA, WNBA, and more.
NEW – Pandora: Listen to and discover music from Pandora's library of over 1 million tracks.

Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.

News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn.

Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more.

Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping lists, and to-do lists.

More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features


Size 9.25" x 3.27" x 3.27" (235 mm x 83.5 mm x 83.5 mm)
Weight 26.9 oz. (1045 grams)
Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Connectivity Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Amazon Echo and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices.
Audio 2.5 inch woofer and 2.0 inch tweeter
System Requirements Amazon Echo comes ready to connect to your home Wi-Fi. The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices and also accessible via your web browser.
Warranty and Service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately.
Included in the Box: Amazon Echo, power adapter/cable, and quick start guide
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Set a sleep timer

Want to fall asleep to your favorite music, podcast, or audiobook? With the launch of sleep timers for Echo, your nighttime routine can now be even more simple and peaceful. For example, you can say, "Alexa, set a sleep timer for 30 minutes."

More top artists in Prime Music

You can now listen to hundreds of new artists on Prime Music including Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Drake, Lady Gaga, and more. With Prime, you have access to the entire Prime Music catalog and can stream unlimited songs, albums, playlists, and stations—ad free. Just ask:

"Alexa, play Katy Perry."
"Alexa, play the Maroon 5 Prime Station."
"Alexa, play the Best of Prime Music playlist."
Control new connected home devices with Insteon

Alexa now works with the Insteon Hub to control additional connected home devices. The Insteon service is compatible with several connected home devices and makes it easy to manage and sync those devices with your compatible Alexa device. To learn how, go to Connect a Hub Service to Alexa.

To learn more about the devices you can connect to Alexa, go to Supported Connected Home Devices for Alexa.

Important: When you connect devices and services to your Alexa device, anyone who speaks to your device can operate those products. Before you connect or use a connected home device, please read Safety Information for Using Connected Home Devices with Alexa.
Manage your Shopping list on Amazon

You can now view, edit, and search for items to purchase on your Shopping list when using your computer or tablet on Amazon.com. When you visit Amazon.com, you will see a link to your Alexa Shopping List on the homepage and also in the Wish List menu. To get started, go to the Alexa Shopping List.

Get NCAA Football Scores and Schedules

Now you can get scores and schedules for NCAA FBS (or Division 1-A) football games, in addition to WNBA, MLB, MLS, NHL, NFL, NCAA men’s basketball, and NBA games. You can ask for live scores or scores for completed games, or find out when your favorite team plays their next game. For example, you can say, "Alexa, when is the next Oregon Ducks game?"

Control new connected home devices with SmartThings

Alexa now works with the SmartThings Hub to control additional connected home devices. The SmartThings service is compatible with several connected home devices and makes it easy to manage and sync those devices with your compatible Alexa device. To learn how, go to Connect a Hub Service to Alexa.

To learn more about the devices you can connect to Alexa, go to Supported Connected Home Devices for Alexa.

Important: When you connect devices and services to your Alexa device, anyone who speaks to your device can operate those products. Before you connect or use a connected home device, please read Safety Information for Using Connected Home Devices with Alexa.
Review events from shared Google calendars

You can now hear about upcoming events in Google calendars shared with you, either through your calendar or another Amazon Household member's calendar. You can manage which calendars you hear in the Alexa app. To learn more, go to Review Calendar Events.

Use Alexa skills

Want Alexa to tell you about upcoming concerts in your city or play math games? You can now turn on skills, which are voice-driven capabilities created by developers that expand Alexa’s capabilities. To use an Alexa skill, you simply need to enable it in the Alexa app, and then you’re ready to try it out.

To get started, open the Alexa app, and then select Skills. Find the skill you're interested in, and then select Enable. After you turn on the skill, say the example phrases in the app to Alexa to use the skill. You can also see more details about the skill in the app. To learn more, go to Turn On Alexa Skills.

Listen to new programs in your Flash Briefing

You can now listen to the programs “ABC Headline News,” “ABC Business News,” “Good Morning America,” “Fox Sports,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live The Morning After” in your Flash Briefing. To listen to these programs, link your iHeartRadio account to your device in the app.

Set multiple timers and alarms

Use Alexa to set up to multiple alarms and timers. Making multiple dishes that take different amounts of time to cook? Set multiple timers. Are two people waking up at different times? Set multiple alarms.

Use your voice to set multiple alarms and timers, but use the Alexa app to manage them. For more information, go to Manage Timers & Alarms or Set up alarms & timers.

Control new connected home devices with Wink

Alexa now works with the SmartThings Hub to control additional connected home devices. The SmartThings service is compatible with several connected home devices and makes it easy to manage and sync those devices with your compatible Alexa device. To learn how, go to Connect a Hub Service to Alexa.

To learn more about the devices you can connect to Alexa, go to Supported Connected Home Devices for Alexa.

Important: When you connect devices and services to your Alexa device, anyone who speaks to your device can operate those products. Before you connect or use a connected home device, please read Safety Information for Using Connected Home Devices with Alexa.
Use IFTTT with timers and alarms

We’ve added new IFTTT triggers that work with timers and alarms. For example, you can create an IFTTT recipe that turns on your lights when your alarm goes off. For more information about using Alexa with IFTTT, go to IFTTT.

Listen to audiobooks from Audible

You can now listen to audiobooks and other premium audio programming from Audible using Alexa. You can use your Alexa device or the Alexa app to play, pause, or go forward / back in the audiobook. Alexa also supports Whispersync for Voice, which keeps track of the current playback position in the audiobook. You can start listening to an audiobook on your Alexa device and pick up where you left off by reading (or listening to) the same title on a compatible Fire or Kindle device, Kindle reading app, or Audible app, without losing your place.

To get started, ask Alexa to play an audiobook in your library (for example: "Alexa, play the audiobook 'Yes, Please'"). If you're new to Audible, you can shop for audiobooks with your Amazon account on Amazon.com.

To learn more about audiobooks on Alexa, go to Listen to Your Audiobooks.
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Check your Google Calendar

Alexa can now read events on your Google Calendar, so you can quickly find out what’s on your schedule. Just link your Google calendar from Settings in the Alexa app, and then ask about your upcoming events. To learn more, go to Review Calendar Events.

Reorder select Prime-eligible items from Amazon

If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can order most Prime-eligible items with your Alexa device.

Currently, you can order items you previously purchased from Amazon. To place an order, say the wake word followed by a request to order the item. For example, if you previously placed an order for laundry detergent, say, "Alexa, reorder laundry detergent.” If the item is eligible for purchase, Alexa tells you the item name and cost, and then shows additional details about the item in the Alexa app. When you want to place the order, say, "Yes."

If Alexa doesn't find the requested item in your order history, or if the item is out of stock, it may suggest an item from Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated, well-priced products with Prime shipping. For example, if you ask your Alexa to order laundry detergent from a specific brand, but the item is out of stock, your Alexa device says, "I didn’t find that in your order history, but Amazon’s Choice for laundry detergent is [item]. The order total is $[price]. Should I order it?”

Alexa uses your default payment and shipping settings from your Amazon account to place orders. Orders you place for non-physical products with Alexa are also eligible for free returns within our return policy. You can require a speakable confirmation code, turn purchasing off, and see product and order details in the Alexa app. Learn more.

Use IFTTT

Alexa now supports IFTTT.

IFTTT (short for "if this then that") is a third-party service that allows you to create rules (or “recipes”) that automate how your devices, apps, and websites work with each other. After you activate the Amazon Alexa Channel on IFTTT's website, Alexa can then trigger recipes for apps and websites (such as Facebook, Twitter, or Gmail) when you interact with it. When Alexa triggers the recipe, it takes up to 15 minutes for the recipe to complete.

To learn more, go to IFTTT.

Listen to Prime Stations

Alexa now supports Prime Stations, which are ad-free personalized streaming music stations you can use to discover songs from the Prime Music catalog. Eligible Prime members can listen to Prime Stations as part of the Prime Music service.

To get started, ask Alexa to play a Prime Station by its name. For example, say, "Alexa, play the 'Top Pop' Prime Station." When you play songs from a Prime Station, you can skip forward or go back as many times as you like and ask Alexa to thumbs-up or thumbs-down songs to personalize the station. To add a song to your music library, say, “Alexa, add this song to my library."

Control supported connected home devices

Do you have a supported connected home device? You can now use your Alexa device to turn your Insteon, SmartThings, Wink, WeMo®, or Hue product on or off, and dim / brighten compatible lights.

Want to control multiple devices? You can create a connected home device group in the Alexa app to control all of them at one time.

For a list of supported commands, go to Control connected home devices.

Listen to music from Pandora

After you link a Pandora account to Alexa, you can listen to custom Pandora radio stations based on your favorite artist, track, comedian, or genre. You can personalize the stations by asking Alexa to thumbs-up and thumbs-down songs. New stations created on your Alexa device will be available everywhere you listen to Pandora.

If you're not a Pandora listener yet, you can sign up for a free account here. To link an existing Pandora account to Alexa, start here.

Get traffic information

Alexa can now tell you about the traffic conditions on your daily commute. First, enter your starting point and destination in the Alexa app. Then, ask Alexa about the traffic on your route. For example, you can say, "Alexa, how is traffic?"

To learn more, go to Check Traffic. For a complete list of supported commands, go to Find traffic information.

Bluetooth voice requests

You can use your voice to control the audio from your smartphone or tablet when it's connected to your compatible Alexa device via Bluetooth. After you connect your mobile device to your Alexa device, open one of your favorite music or audio apps, press play, and then speak to your Alexa device. For example, you can say "Alexa, pause" to pause audio from your device during playback. For a complete list of supported commands, go to Control media playback on Bluetooth devices.

Hear Shopping and To-do Lists

Find out what is on your shopping or to-do list by asking Alexa. For example, you can say, "Alexa, what's on my shopping list" or "Alexa, what are my to-dos."
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Alexa FAQs

1. How do I use Alexa?

Alexa is a cloud service. Activate Alexa by pressing the microphone button on your Alexa-enabled product, or for far-field Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, by saying the wake word. Then ask Alexa a question, such as "what is the weather today in New York?", or tell Alexa to do something, like "add batteries to my shopping list" or "play jazz." Your question or request and related information, like music playlists, calendar entries, connected home devices, and items on your shopping list, will be processed in the Cloud.

2. Will the voice services improve over time?

Yes, Alexa is developed to get better over time. Alexa uses your voice recordings and other information, including from third-party services you link with Alexa, to answer your questions, fulfill your requests, and improve your experience and our services. When you set up your Alexa-enabled product or link third-party services with Alexa, Alexa begins processing some information, such as your music playlists. You can also help us improve the voice services by providing feedback within History or by using Voice Training in the Alexa App.

3. Can I review what I have asked Alexa?

Yes, you can review voice interactions with Alexa by visiting History in Settings in the Alexa App. Your interactions are grouped by question or request. Tap an entry to see more detail, provide feedback, or listen to audio sent to the Cloud for that entry by tapping the play icon. Sometimes Alexa may not understand you perfectly, and the translations you see in History may not always reflect exactly what you said (for example, they may be inaccurate or incomplete). You can help us improve your experience by providing feedback on inaccurate translations in History.

4. How do I delete Alexa voice recordings?

You can delete specific voice interactions associated with your account by going to History in Settings in the Alexa App, drilling down for a specific entry, and then tapping the delete button. Or, you can delete all voice recordings associated with your account for each of your Alexa-enabled products, by selecting the applicable product at the Manage Your Content and Devices page at www.amazon.com/mycd or contacting customer service.

Deleting voice interactions may degrade your Alexa experience. If you delete voice recordings, we will also remove Home Screen Cards related to those voice recordings. However, removing a Home Screen Card from your Alexa App does not delete voice recordings.

5. How do Alexa skills work?

Skills are voice-driven Alexa capabilities. You can view available skills and enable or disable certain skills from your Alexa App, and start using enabled skills by saying specific phrase(s), called invocation names, after you activate Alexa. When you use a skill, we may exchange related information with the developer of that skill, such as your answers when you play a trivia skill, your zip code when you ask for the weather, or the content of your requests. The Skills portion of your Alexa App may contain more information about a skill, such as applicable policies or terms of use provided by the skill developer.

6. How does shopping work?

You can ask Alexa to order eligible products you've ordered before, top Prime products, or digital music tracks and albums. We'll use your default payment and shipping settings to place your order. You can require a speakable confirmation code, turn purchasing off, and see product and order details in your Alexa App. Just like orders placed through Amazon.com, orders placed through Alexa are subject to Amazon's Conditions of Use and Privacy Notice.

7. Can I turn off purchasing?

Yes, Alexa has voice purchasing settings. Visit Settings/Voice Purchasing in your Alexa App to turn off purchasing by voice from Amazon. You can also require an optional confirmation code that Alexa will ask you to say out loud when you want to place an order from Amazon.

8. What are the return policies for products I order using Alexa?

For information on returns, see the Return Policies for Products Purchased Using Amazon Devices.

Amazon Echo FAQs

Amazon Echo is a far-field Alexa-enabled device.

1. How does Amazon Echo recognize the wake word?

Amazon Echo uses on-device keyword spotting to detect the wake word. When Amazon Echo detects the wake word, Amazon Echo streams audio to the Cloud, including a fraction of a second of audio before the wake word.

2. How do I know when Amazon Echo is streaming my voice to the Cloud?

When Amazon Echo detects the wake word, when you press the action button on top of Amazon Echo, or when you press and hold your Amazon Echo remote's microphone button, the light ring around the top of your Amazon Echo turns blue, to indicate that Amazon Echo is streaming audio to the Cloud. When you use the wake word, the audio stream includes a fraction of a second of audio before the wake word, and closes once your question or request has been processed. Within Sounds settings in the Alexa App (Settings > Your Echo > Sounds), you can enable a 'wake up sound,' a short audible tone that plays after the wake word is recognized to indicate that Amazon Echo is streaming audio. You can also enable an 'end of request sound' that will play a short audible tone at the end of your request, to indicate that the connection has closed and Amazon Echo is no longer streaming audio.

3. Can I turn off the Amazon Echo microphone?

Yes, you can turn Amazon Echo's microphone off by pushing the microphone on/off button on the top of your Amazon Echo. When the light ring around the top of Amazon Echo turns red, the microphone is off. Amazon Echo will not respond to the wake word, nor will it respond to the action button, until you reactivate the microphone by pushing the microphone on/off button again. Even when the Amazon Echo microphone is off, Amazon Echo will still respond to requests you make through your Amazon Echo remote.
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