Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa can play music, answer questions, read you the weather forecast and much more.
Perhaps you’d like to use this assistant, but you don’t have a smartphone capable of running the Alexa mobile app. Read on to find out if there’s a work-around that would allow you to use other equipment.
Fortunately, it’s possible to set up an Alexa-enabled device like the Echo Dot using a notebook or desktop computer. Windows PCs let you talk to Alexa as well. There are also some other non-phone devices that can run the app, including certain tablets.
- It’s possible to set up an Alexa-enabled device without a smartphone.
- Alexa works on devices that run iOS, Fire, or Android operating systems.
- You can install the Alexa app on Windows or use Alexa.Amazon.com to configure devices.
- MacOS or Linux devices are not supported by the Alexa app.
- Alexa-enabled devices must have internet access with a minimum speed of 512 kbps.
Do you have to have a phone to use Alexa?
The Alexa application works on any device that runs an acceptably recent version of the iOS, Fire or Android operating system, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a smartphone.
Some netbooks, tablets and basic computers use these operating systems. For example, you could run the app on an iPad or Amazon Fire.
Can you set up Alexa with a computer?
Yes, it’s possible to set it up using a browser or install a Windows version of the app. You may download the application for Windows 10 or 11 by visiting the Microsoft Store (unless your PC comes with it).
After you install the software, Alexa can be found in the “Start” menu. The Windows app also works on Microsoft’s Xbox.
While this application will let you ask questions and control various equipment, it can’t be used to set up Echo smart devices. You’ll have to use a different OS or configure the device by logging into Alexa.Amazon.com.
Read more: How to put an Alexa device in pairing mode?
Can I use the Alexa app on my Mac?
No, Amazon doesn’t offer a version of the app for MacOS (or Linux). Although you won’t be able to use Alexa on your computer, the good news is that you can still set up Echo devices. Log into Alexa.Amazon.com with your usual Amazon password and follow these steps:
1. Connect the Echo’s power cord to an electrical outlet.
2. After the color of its ring light changes to orange, press “Action” for a minimum of five seconds.
3. Navigate to the new device setup section under “Settings” on your Mac’s web browser.
4. Choose the appropriate Echo model.
5. Adjust any settings that you wish to change.
These steps will also work if you need to set up Echo using a Windows or Linux computer.
What is needed for Alexa to work?
Alexa-enabled devices like smart speakers must have access to a wireless internet connection (wi-fi). You’ll also need a free Amazon.com account. Certain features require additional subscriptions or purchases (such as a smart thermostat).
Minimum internet speed for Alexa
Amazon urges customers to use connections with a minimum speed of 512 kbps (about 0.5 mbps). You may need faster access if you plan to use other devices at the same time.
Today, internet connection speeds normally exceed 512 kbps (except for ISDN, dial-up and the most basic DSL services).