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How to set a default Amazon Echo speaker

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Amazon Echos (Image credit: Android Central)

If you are like me and have multiple Amazon Echo smart speakers, sometimes when you call out to one, a different device responds. Or, when you ask Alexa to play music, she sends the stream to a different speaker. Here's how to make sure the output comes from where you expect it.

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How to set an Amazon Echo speaker group

To set a default speaker, you'll need to have multiple Echo speakers arranged into an existing group. If you don't have this setup, here's how.

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap on Devices in the lower right corner.
  3. Tap on the + icon in the top right corner.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Tap on Add Group.
  2. Select or create a group name.
  3. Choose which Echo devices should be in the group, then tap Save.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

How to set a default Amazon Echo speaker

Now that you have a speaker group, you're ready to select your preferred or default speaker.

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap on Devices in the lower right corner.
  3. Under the Groups section, tap on the device group from which you want to select your default speaker (in my case, I'll tap on "Downstairs").
  4. Tap on Setup under the Preferred Speaker tab.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Read the explainer from Amazon, and tap Continue.
  2. Tap on your preferred speaker, and tap Save.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

Now that you've chosen a preferred speaker, you can count on your music coming from that specific Echo every time. The exceptions are if you ask Alexa to play music through the entire group ("Alexa, play music Downstairs"), on a particular device ("Alexa, play music on the Kitchen Echo"), or on all devices ("Alexa, play music everywhere").

Our top equipment picks

If you don't have any Amazon Echo speakers, or if you want to add to your existing group, consider one of these devices.

These are some of the latest and greatest Amazon Echo smart speakers, so if you're looking to diversify or add to your collection, any one of these will make you happy. If you want to make a stereo pair, consider getting two of the same kind of smart speaker (this doesn't work with the Echo Show devices though).

Additional Equipment

Now that you singled out your favorite Echo speaker, ask Alexa to stream some of Amazon's excellent premium content like Amazon Music Unlimited or Audible audiobooks.

Amazon Music official render

Amazon Music official render (Image credit: Amazon)

Amazon Music Unlimited (opens in new tab) (From $8/month at Amazon)

Amazon Music Unlimited offers over 40 million songs, special exclusives, and tailored playlists and stations. If you're a Prime member, you can get a few bucks per month off of your membership!

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Audible logo (Image credit: Audible)

Audible (opens in new tab) (From $15/month at Audible)

Listen to thousands of books in hundreds of categories. Audible also has lots of podcasts and great original content.

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.