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How to use Alexa Cast



This week launched Amazon Alexa Cast for its Echo Series of Smart Speakers. Alexa Cast lets you cast audio from the Amazon Music app on your phone to echo and Alexa-connected speakers, like Sonos One, without having to use your voice.

It's not a very new feature in the world of smart assistant home speakers. For example, Google Cast is essentially the same feature, but for Google services – but despite its late arrival, Amazon commits itself to increasing Alexa Cast functionality in the future.

To link Amazon Music to Alexa Cast

  1. First, log in and open the Amazon Music app. Select a song you want to play.
  2. Swipe up to see your music controls. Touch the Alexa Cast icon (located right to the central shuffle button). Press and choose Alexa-connected speaker or Echo that you are already logged in to.
  3. Now you use Amazon Cast. You can also ask for Alexa to change the volume of your voice and skip or play / pause songs.
  4. To play music via the phone again, just click the Alexa Cast icon at the bottom. A menu will pop up where you can tap "Disconnect" on the current Alexa-connected speaker.

Stefan Etienne / The Verge


Stefan Etienne / The Verge

The echo can also be used as a standard Bluetooth speaker to play audio source from your phone or tablet without having to use your voice.

If you also want to use the echo with a Bluetooth music speaker

  1. Touch the Settings icon in the lower right. Press and select Echo, right above "This device."
  2. Now you're on the Alexa Devices screen. Touch and select "Bluetooth Devices" under the wireless header.
  3. Touch the blue "Pair a New Device" button and make sure the Bluetooth speaker is in pairing mode.
  4. Note that previous Bluetooth speakers connected are displayed on


Stefan Etienne / The Verge


Stefan Etienne / The Verge

Amazon states that it is committed to expanding Alexa Cast's capabilities to include more functions like video and hopefully support other services. If you are a Spotify Premium user, you can use Echo's already available Spotify Connect support to cast music from your phone to the speaker without your voice in the same way as Alexa Cast work.


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