It is possible for Alexa to play music on two or more speakers at the same time. To achieve this, you need to use the Alexa app that allows multiple speakers to be in the same audio group for simultaneous use. However, it is impossible to play non–music content on multiple speakers at once using Alexa.
In addition, the multiple speaker connectivity features are limited for usage in some countries and on some speakers.
Playing music on two or more speakers using Alexa will come with none of these challenges if you are using Amazon Echo speakers, and you are in the U.S.
In other words, the speaker device you intend to connect simultaneously to your Alexa also matters in terms of compatibility.
If you use Amazon Echo speakers, you can connect them and play the same music at once, as well as make announcements and reminders from the speakers.
Read on to learn all you should know about connecting and placing music with Alexa using two or more speakers at once.
How do you play Alexa on multiple speakers at the same time?
The easiest and most viable way to pay Alexa on multiple speakers at the same time is to first set up Echo multi-room by creating an Alexa multi-room audio speaker group on the app.
Step 1: Launch the Alexa app and click on “Devices”
Step 2: Navigate to the top-right corner of the screen and Tap the plus sign, then select Combine speakers.
Step 3: Click on the Multi-room music tile.
Step 4: Switch on the Speaker devices and Select the speakers you want to be included once it comes up on the app, and tap Next.
Step 5: Give the group a name and then Save.
Step 6: To use all the speakers added for playback, at once, say “Alexa, play [music selection] on [group name].”
The common challenge associated with this process that most new users would likely experience is the issue of connectivity revolving around WiFi connection. So, while linking the speakers, make sure they are all compatible (more on these, shortly)
What speakers support Echo multi-room?
At the initial stage of launching, not too many speakers were compatible to be added to the Amazon Echo multi-room on the Alexa app.
Today, almost every Amazon Echo range can be added to the Echo multi-room of the Alexa app for simultaneous usage.
These compatible models include:
- Amazon Echo Show, Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8, Echo Show 10, Echo Show 15
- Amazon Echo Link Amp and Echo Link
- Amazon Echo Plus (first and second generations)
- Amazon Echo Spot
- Amazon Echo (all generations)
- Amazon Echo Dot (all generations)
- Amazon Echo Sub
- Amazon Echo Studio
There are also a handful of third-party speakers that fully embrace Amazon’s multi-room innovation.
Examples are Sony SRS-RA3000 and RA5000, JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam Soundbar, Denon Home Sound Bar 550, and the Polk React.
What is the maximum number of Alexa speakers I can pair?
You can pair two or more Alexa speakers for playing music audios. They will have to be first added in the same audio group on the Alexa app.
The number of speakers is not limited and can be interconnected irrespective of the room they are placed in. However, it is not possible to play non-music content simultaneously on multiple speakers using Alexa.
You can listen to music or other types of audio seamlessly in multiple rooms at home by connecting more than one Bluetooth speaker to an Echo Dot or other Echo device.
The recent developments have enabled Echo devices to play music seamlessly.
If you plan to connect two speakers to Alexa at once for playing music, you need to have in mind some challenges that may occur.
For example, when using the multi-room audio setup, expect to have more difficulty when you are not using the Amazon Echo set of speakers.
Some of these issues include:
- Both speakers need to be on the same, exact, network.
- You want to avoid the problem where your devices jump from one of the networks to the next if they have the sense of a better signal.
- Both speakers must be on the same band and BSSID.
Suppose you have Bluetooth and WiFi speakers, not necessarily the Amazon Echo, speakers. In that case, you may want to play music on multiple speakers in different rooms in your home.
The good news is that it is entirely possible. However, you have to take note of the challenges that come with using other speaker types.
In the end, you’d be able to enjoy your music from more than one speaker simultaneously provided the speakers are compatible, and on the same network, and band.