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How to Play Music on All Alexa Devices: Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

Wondering how to make the most of your Amazon smart home setup? One excellent way is to simultaneously learn how to play music on all Alexa devices. Whether you have Echo Dots in multiple rooms or an Echo Show in your kitchen, this guide will show you how to synchronize music across your entire home seamlessly. From initial setup to selecting your streaming service, you’re covered.

Setting Up Your Alexa Devices

Before we get into the exciting realm of playing music across your entire home with Alexa, we first need to ensure that all your devices are properly set up. Proper setup is the cornerstone for any seamless experience with Alexa, especially when you want to simultaneously play music on all Alexa devices.

Initial Setup

  1. Plug In The Device: Start by plugging your Alexa device into a power source.
  2. Download the Alexa App: If you haven’t already, download the Amazon Alexa app from your device’s respective app store.
  3. Connect to Wi-Fi: Open the Alexa app and follow the setup prompts. You’ll be asked to connect to your Wi-Fi network. Make sure your Alexa device is within range of your Wi-Fi router.
  4. Register The Device: Log in with your Amazon account or create one if you don’t have an existing account.
  5. Location Settings (Optional): Enable location services. This will help Alexa provide more personalized experiences like local weather forecasts. It’s not required for a Multi-room setup, though.

Software Updates

The second step is ensuring your devices are running the latest software. Updated software isn’t just about new features; it’s also about ensuring maximum compatibility and security. You can check for software updates through your Alexa app by going to Device Settings > Your Device > Check for Software Updates. If an update is available, your device will download and install it within minutes.

Following these steps lays the groundwork for a home filled with your favorite melodies, accessible through a simple voice command or tap on your app. Whether you’re a first-time Alexa user or looking to expand your existing setup, these foundational steps are key to a trouble-free experience.

Managing Multi-Room Audio

When you have multiple Alexa devices in your home, the allure of synchronizing your music across every room becomes irresistible. This is where understanding how to manage multi-room audio is key. Amazon Alexa has a built-in feature known as ‘Multi-Room Music’ that allows you to do just that: play music on all Alexa devices in your home at the same time. This function is a game-changer for anyone looking to elevate their home audio experience.

Creating a Multi-Room Music Group

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  1. Open the Alexa App: Make sure you’re logged in.
  2. Navigate to Devices: You’ll find this at the bottom-right corner of the app.
  3. Tap ‘+’ Icon: You’ll see a plus icon at the top-right corner; tap on it.
  4. Select ‘Combine rooms or groups’: Follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll want this selection, as most of your Alexa devices will already be in a default group like ‘bedroom’.
  5. Choose Devices: Select the Alexa devices you want to include in the group.
  6. Name the Group: Give your group a memorable name like ‘Whole House’ or ‘Downstairs.’
  7. Save: Once you’re satisfied, save your settings.

Deleting or Modifying a Multi-Room Music Group

It’s natural to want to tweak your settings as you add new devices or change the layout of your home. Here’s how you can delete or modify your Multi-Room Music group.

  1. Go to Devices: Once again, open the Alexa App and navigate to the ‘Devices’ section.
  2. Find Your Group: Look for the name of your Multi-Room Music group.
  3. Select Options: Tap on it and select the settings or options button.
  4. Edit or Delete: From here, you can add or remove devices or even delete the group entirely.
Group Details Example

Once you’ve set up and managed your Multi-Room Music group, playing your favorite tracks around your home will be as simple as saying, “Alexa, play [song name] on [group name].” With these steps in your arsenal, you are well on your way to mastering the art of multi-room audio with Alexa.

Streaming Music on Alexa: Choosing Your Service

Streaming music on Alexa devices is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Amazon’s smart speakers offer various options, making it easy to choose a music streaming service that aligns with your preferences. Whether you’re an Apple Music loyalist or a die-hard Spotify fan, Alexa’s compatibility with multiple music services allows you to play your favorite tunes effortlessly.

Native Services vs. Third-Party Services

Native Services:

  • Amazon Music: Fully integrated, offers the smoothest experience.
  • Amazon Prime Music: Comes free with a Prime subscription but has a limited library.
  • Amazon Music Unlimited: Fully integrated with the most extensive library possible.

Third-Party Services:

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Linking a Music Service to Alexa

Add Music Services
  1. Open the Alexa App: Make sure you’re logged in.
  2. Go to Settings: Tap on the gear icon in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Tap ‘Music & Podcasts’: This is under the ‘Preferences’ section.
  4. Select ‘Link New Service’: You’ll see a list of available services.
  5. Follow On-Screen Instructions: This usually involves logging in to your music account.
  6. Set as Default (Optional): If you want this to be your go-to service, set it as the default. Then, when sending Alexa commands, you don’t have to name the music service every time.

How to Know if You Need to Pay for Music on Alexa

Alexa offers a mix of free and paid options for streaming music. Amazon Prime Music is free if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, but it has a limited selection. Services like Spotify can be free but come with ads. You’ll need to opt for a paid subscription to access premium features and eliminate ads. Learn more about Alexa and paid music services.

How to Play Music on All Alexa Devices Simultaneously

You’ve set up your Alexa devices, created your Multi-Room Music group, and linked your favorite streaming service. Now comes the thrilling part: simultaneously learning how to play music on all Alexa devices in your home. Whether setting the mood for a dinner party or simply looking to unwind with music enveloping you from every corner of your home, this feature enhances music’s joy.

Voice Commands to Start Playing Music

Once your Multi-Room Music group is ready, controlling your music becomes a breeze with various voice commands. You can say things like:

  • “Alexa, play jazz music on [Group Name].”
  • “Alexa, play the latest hits everywhere.”
  • “Alexa, turn up the volume on [Group Name].”

For a more extensive list of music commands you can use to control playback, check out these seven essential Alexa music commands.

Using the Alexa App to Control Multi-Room Music

The Alexa app offers another convenient way to manage your multi-room audio if you cannot use voice commands. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Alexa App: Make sure you’re logged in.
  2. Navigate to ‘Devices’: Found typically at the bottom-right corner of the app.
  3. Select Your Group: Choose the Multi-Room Music group you’ve created.
  4. Control Playback: Use the in-app controls to play, pause, skip, or change the volume.

Knowing how to play music on all Alexa devices simultaneously opens up a world of auditory delight. It allows you to experience music as a cohesive part of your living space rather than confined to a single room. With voice commands and the Alexa app, you have multiple avenues to orchestrate the soundtrack of your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the world of Alexa and multi-room audio can sometimes lead to questions. Here, we address some of people’s most common queries when learning to play music on all Alexa devices.

Can I Use Different Music Services for Different Rooms?

Unfortunately, Alexa’s Multi-Room Music feature does not allow you to simultaneously play music from different streaming services in other rooms. However, you can set up multiple Multi-Room Music groups and switch between them, each with its dedicated streaming service.

How Do I Add New Devices to an Existing Multi-Room Music Group?

Adding new devices to an existing Multi-Room Music group is straightforward. Open the Alexa app, go to ‘Devices,’ find your existing group, and tap on it. You’ll find an option to add or remove devices. Check the boxes next to the devices you want to add and save your changes.

What Should I Do If the Music Playback Is Not in Sync Across Devices?

If you notice that the music playback is not in sync, try restarting all the Alexa devices in the group. Ensure they are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If the problem persists, you may need to delete and recreate the Multi-Room Music group.

Is Multi-Room Music Available on All Alexa Devices?

Multi-Room Music is available on most Alexa devices, including the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. However, it’s unavailable on the Alexa app for mobile devices or Fire TV.

Do I Need a Subscription to Play Music on All Alexa Devices?

Whether or not you need a subscription depends on your music service. Some services like Amazon Prime Music come free with an Amazon Prime subscription but have a limited selection. Other services like Spotify require a premium account for full functionality.

Can I Control Multi-Room Music Using the Alexa App?

Yes, you can control multi-room music using the Alexa app. Navigate to the ‘Devices’ section, select your Multi-Room Music group, and you’ll find options to play, pause, skip tracks, or adjust the volume.

Can I Include Third-Party Speakers in My Multi-Room Music Setup?

Yes, many third-party speakers that are Alexa-enabled can be included in your Multi-Room Music group. However, compatibility may vary, so checking the manufacturer’s instructions for specific details is a good idea.


Congratulations, you’ve mastered playing music on all Alexa devices for a harmonious home experience! We’ve walked you through setting up your Alexa devices, organizing Multi-Room Music groups, selecting your preferred streaming service, and managing playback across different rooms. With this newfound knowledge, you can orchestrate the ideal soundscape for any occasion. Ready to explore more ways to optimize your smart home? Don’t hesitate—check out our Alexa Archives for additional tips, tricks, and advanced guides.

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