The Amazon Echo smart speakers are, with the exception of a few models, mono devices. This means that when you listen to music you miss out on the amazing sound and effects of stereo mode.
But that’s an easy thing to fix when a second echo comes in and you use the Alexa app to create a stereo link. In most cases, you need the same model, as having different speakers for the left and right channels wouldn’t sound good.
You can consult the list of speakers compatible with the stereo connection on the Amazon page.
The main exception is the 2nd Gen Echo Plus, which can be paired with the 3rd Gen Echo as both models use the same speaker inside. This is also the case for the 3rd and 4th generation Echo Dot and Clock Dot (but you cannot pair two speakers of different generations).
How to create a stereo link with the Alexa app
First of all, you need to open the Alexa app on your mobile. Tap on the “ Devices ” option which you will see at the bottom, then tap on the white “ + ” symbol which you will find in the upper right corner.
Press “Configure audio system”, then, on the next screen, choose “Stereo link”.
Remember, you’ll need to turn on your Echo speakers and connect them to Wi-Fi for this to work. They should appear in the speaker list (next to any other Echo or Alexa devices you own).
Tap the first speaker you want to pair, then tap the second. By selecting the first one, all unsupported devices will be grayed out.
Once you have selected the two compatible speakers, hit “Next” at the top and you will see that you are asked to test the channels. Press the “LEFT” and “RIGHT” circles and make sure the audio is coming from the correct speaker.
If not, you’ll have to tap the option that lets you change channels (so that the sound comes from the right place in the room), or you can just continue with the setup and physically change the placement of your Echo speakers.
Now press “Next” and, on the new screen, choose where you want to place your speakers. It doesn’t matter if there are other Echoes in that room, because the stereo link will work just as well.
Press “Save” and you’re done! Now you should be able to ask Alexa to play a song, and your speakers should play in sync with the left speaker playing the left channel of the song in stereo and the right speaker playing the right channel.
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