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How to set up Multi-room Music on Alexa

If you know how a traditional speaker works, you have to connect it to a DVD/ VCD/USB device and use the speaker to play any music you want.

What if, you have a speaker in diffrent rooms and you want to hear the same music in those rooms at the same time, how are you going to achieve that?

Normally, you have to set them up separately in each rooms and begin to connect them one by one to the device that will play out the audio, or maybe you have long wires to connect each of them to a source which might not be ideal.

 That alone might be a pain in the neck, however with Alexa speakers, you     can resolve that. And to do that, you need to set up multi-room Music on   Alexa.

The steps needed to carry it out is fairly easy.

But, before we begin to set up multi-room Music on Alexa, you have to ensure that you possess everything required to set it up.

And, in this article, I will be talking about that, before I proceed to how you can set up multi-room Music on Alexa.

What you need to Setup Multi-room Music 

Before you can set up multi-room music using Alexa, here are the basic requirements:

How to Set Up Multi-Room Music on Alexa

  1. You need to have either of these speakers,  Echo, Echo Show, and Echo Dot.
  2. Also, you need to have subscribed to either Amazon Music Unlimited or Amazon Prime Music
  3. All your speakers have to be on the same Wi-Fi network
  4. Your Alexa Devices should be well charged or connected to a power outlet
  5. Also, your Alexa devices must be registered to your Amazon account.
  6. Lastly, make sure you are using the latest version of the Alexa App on your phone

Now, if you’ve done all these let us go ahead to how you can set up Multi-room Music on Alexa

How to Set up Multi-room Music on Alexa

To Set Up Multi-room Music on Alexa, follow these steps below:

  • Get your smartphone and launch the Alexa app – You can get the app here (apple play store – Google play store) if you don’t have it installed
  • On the bar at the bottom, tap on “devices”
  • How to Set Up Multi-Room Music on Alexa
  • At the top right corner, you will see a “plus icon” tap on it
  • Now, select “combine speakers” from the pop-up menu
  • How to Set Up Multi-Room Music on Alexa
  • On the next screen, simply locate “Multi-room music” and tap it
  • Next, tick all  the echo devices you want to use for the multiroom action – and tap on “next”How to Set Up Multi-Room Music on Alexa

Now, choose a group name out of the available ones, or move to the bottom of the list to create one, kindly ensure that to use a customized group name that Alexa can easily pronounce.

In addition to that, if you want to remove a Device from a multi-room group, after doing all these, or you want to add an extra speaker to the group, you can do any of that by going to

Alexa app > Devices > [Select speakers group] > Edit, to add or remove a speaker and select “save changes”

Note: while removing devices from the group, you have to leave a minimum of two devices on the group

Moving forward, while setting up multi-room on Alexa you want to make sure there is enough space between each Alexa speaker. You don’t want them soo close as it could affect the communication with each of them.

However, if your rooms setting is small or there is no way out to that, you can resolve that by changing the wake word here.

Now, that you’ve been able to set up multi-room Music on Alexa, you should be aware of the limitation in case something doesn’t work out.

Sometimes, you might do the basic things correctly and still not get your multi-room working correctly. Maybe you felt some other devices or connections can also go with it.

To prevent any possible cases that could come up due to un awareness of the limitations, here are the limitations to multi-room music you need to be aware of.

Multi-room Music limitations

First and foremost, you might feel that your multi-room music should be able to work with your Bluetooth, paired to your echo dot, however, it won’t.

Secondly, you have to connect your Bluetooth speaker with an Echo device using a 3.5mm jack Aux cable.

In addition to that, you can play music streams from Amazon music, and other major music streaming services like Spotify, Apple, Pandora, iHearRadio while using the multi-room feuture, but, you can’t stream audiobooks or audio from Alexa skills.
Lastly, during music playback, you can’t fast-forward or rewind the music

Now, that you know the limitations.

Some issues can come up while setting up multi-room on your Alexa app.

Maybe while setting it up, Alexa brought up a “Device Unreachable” error here is how you can resolve it

How to Resolve a “Device Unreachable” Error During Multi-room Music set-up

Make sure that your Echo devices are:
  • Powered on.
  • Registered to the same Amazon account.
  • Connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • On the latest software build.

After checking all these and the issues persist, simply unplug the power cord to your echo device and plug it back to restart the device

After restarting the device simply follow the instructions above to set up multi-room Music on Alexa.

Now, that your device is working perfectly, another thing you might want to figure out is, if multi-room Music supports playing music from another music service apart from amazon

Which Music Services Support the Multi-room Music

The multi-room supports major streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Sirius XM, iHeartRadio, etc.

If your most preferred music is in your iTunes playlist or Spotify playlist, you can play it on your Echo speaker by integrating the music streaming service with your Alexa app,

To do that you have to link the Music Streaming service to Alexa and then change your default music playlist to the one you linked.

If you don’t change the default music to the linked one you have to use commands like Alexa, play the Bee Gees on Apple Music in [group name] instead of these Alexa, play the Bee Gees in [group name]

For a full breakdown on how to link your iTunes playlist to Alexa check here

Now, that you’ve been able to set up multi-room Music on Alexa and you’ve figured out how to adjust the default music setting to your preferred playlist, here’s how to play music on your All your Alexa device.

How to Play Music on All Your Alexa Devices

To play music on all the devices set up on your Multi-Room Music on Alexa, simply utter these voice commands. To play Music say – “Alexa, play music in [group name].

Since you’ve set a group name where you’ve connected chosen Alexa speakers together, utter these voice commands so that your music will begin to play out on all the Alexa speakers.

However, if ulti-Room music isn’t playing with Alexa here’s how you can deal with that.

How to Resolve multi-room Music not Playing on Alexa

If you are faced with a scenario where you can’t get Alexa to play Multi-room music there are a few things, you need to check in case something is wrong or if there are connectivity issues.

  • Firstly, ensure the name you personalized your group with can easily be pronounced by Alexa maybe you’ve used some special character while naming your group. Adjust it to names Alexa can easily pick up, for example, Kitchen, Bathroom, e.t.c
  • Secondly, check if you’ve chosen the speakers to play music on the selected group”
  • Set a preferred speaker for your device group.
  • In addition to all that, ensure that your Alexa devices are powered on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

After performing all these checks, restart your device and network hardware.

By now, your multi-room music should be working perfectly, if so, here are some cool commands you will want to try out after you’ve set up Multi-Room Music on Alexa.

Alexa Multi-room Commands

There are a handful of voice commands you can use after you’ve set up multi-room Music on Alexa.

Since you might not be able to add more than one Default Music streaming service on Alexa. If by chance you want to play music from another music service aside from the default one simply say

  • Alexa, play [music] from [music service] in the [group name]”.

Now, if the music service is Spotify – which is already linked to Alexa but isn’t set as the default music playlist you will say

  • Alexa, play [music] from [Spotify] in the lounge”.

However, if you are using your default music service you can utter these voice commands

  • Alexa, play [music] downstairs”.
Other similar commands:
  • “Alexa, play Moving Pictures by Rush downstairs.”
  • “Alexa, play The White Stripes upstairs.”
  • “Alexa, play blues everywhere.”
  • “Alexa, pause the music everywhere.”

Once you can play music while using the multi-room features, you might also want to learn how to can improve the audio quality

And, here’s how to do that.

How to Improve your Alexa’s Audio Quality

  • To do this, you have to stereo pair two Echo speakers having the same model together.
  • It is not limited to that, since Alexa has an audio equalizer.
  • Now, if you have two of the same echo speaker, you can easily pair them by separating them into left and right audio channel

To do that follow the steps below.

How to set up a Stereo Pair on Alexa

Multi-room is quite similar to Stereo Pair.

The Clear difference is to create a Multi-Room  group you can add more than two speakers together to play music  but for stereo pair, you can only use two speakers

To set up stereo pairing follow these steps closely:

  • Launch the Alexa app
  • Next, go to Devices and tap the plus icon
  • Now, select “Combine Speakers”.
  • Finally, scroll down and select “Stereo pair/subwoofer”.

In addition to that, you can select whichever Echo devices you wish to pair while specifying the one which will be the left speaker and right speaker

However, it’s necessary to take note that not all amazon speakers work with stereo pairing below are the speakers that are supported for stereo pairing

Compatible Echo Devices for Stereo Pairs 

  • Echo (2nd Generation)
  • Echo (3rd Generation)
  • Echo (4th Generation)
  • Echo Dot (4th Generation)
  • Echo Dot (4th Generation) with clock
  • Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
  • Echo Dot with clock
  • Echo Sub
  • Echo Plus (1st Generation)
  • Echo Plus (2nd Generation)
  • Echo Show 5 (1st Generation)
  • Echo Show 5 (1st Generation)
  • Echo Show 5 (2nd Generation)
  • Echo Show 8 (1st Generation)
  • Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation)
  • Echo Show 10
  • Echo Show 15
  • Echo Studio

After setting up stereo pairing, if by chance, your music isn’t playing here are some things you need to do

How to resolve Music Not Playing From Speaker Pairs

Most pairing related issues can be resolved by restarting the device, if however that doesn’t work do these:

  • Restart your Echo devices by unplugging and then plugging them back in.
  • Ensure that you are playing supported music content
  • Ensure that the paired Echo devices are online.
  • Ensure that you have requested music playback on the correct, paired Echo devices.
  • Using Alexa voice commands, ask your Echo device to play a song with heavy bass to check the connection.

Conclusion

Setting up your multi-room Music to Alexa could be quite challenging. especially if you aren’t very sure of the speaker required to do this,

If you want to set up Multi-Room Music on Alexa, and you still have maybe one or two speakers, reading this article should guide you on which one to get and which to avoid.

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