Does Alexa Need WI-FI: How to Use Echo Without Internet?Joseph Lee
When Amazon released the first Echo, we were all blown away. Here’s a voice assistant that can control smart lights, give us updates, book a cab, and help us shop! Wow. We really seemed to have entered the future. Soon enough, it released a whole range of Echo products and we were all fascinated.
Thanks to its brand value, reliability, and affordability, Echo (Popularly known as Alexa) made it to millions of homes within months. Today, most of us rely on dearest Alexa to wake us up and to play music. In fact, some have even purchased multiple Echo devices to automate their homes from the start to the end. Having said that, we are still warming up to such advanced technology, and we sometimes don’t really take advantage of it. Also, most devices are completely dependent on Wi-Fi. So, is Alexa useless when there’s no Wi-Fi? Not really.
Does Alexa Need Wi-Fi?
The short answer is yes. Alexa indeed needs Wi-Fi to be fully functional and to help you live in the future. It is through a fast, steady internet connection that it communicates with smart devices (on the same network) to give you a seamless, automated experience.
In the absence of Wi-Fi, its powers will be stripped down to the bare minimum, but to operate even at its lowest, it needs some kind of connection. This is what we shall speak about today.
How to use Alexa without Wi-Fi?
There are two ways in which Alexa or Echo can come handy despite the lack of Wi-Fi.
Use data! Granted, it won’t give you the speed you are looking for, but you can make do with data when your Wi-Fi fails you. This is a secondary method that lets you keep using Alexa despite disruptions in the Wi-Fi. The only thing to remember here is that you may run out of data sooner than expected. So, unless you have unlimited data, this will work only for a limited period of time.
This method is for times when there’s absolutely no Internet, Wi-Fi, or data. Like we specified above, Alexa will go down to its bare minimum in this case, and you will only be able to use it to play music. For this, you need to use Bluetooth. This method has two flaws or stipulations:
- To enable Bluetooth, you need to pair Alexa with your phone or any other audio device. For this pairing process, you need a Wi-Fi connection or regular data.
- iOS users will not be able to connect to Alexa using Bluetooth.
If your Android device is already paired with your phone, you will be able to use Bluetooth even in the absence of Wi-Fi. Otherwise, the method mentioned above is moot.
Why is Wi-Fi so important for Alexa to work?
Many users have asked us this question, and the answer is simple. More than half the Internet in the world is Wi-Fi. This means that we are all connected through Wi-Fi. That’s the same with devices. Alexa needs Wi-Fi to connect to Google (because this is on the Internet) and other applications. It also needs a stable connection to pair with various smart devices. Without Wi-Fi, the whole concept of automation will crumble.
Can you use Echo Dot without Wi-Fi? Technically, yes. Practically, no.
If you want a straight, unsweetened answer, it is NO.
To use even Bluetooth, you need an Internet network first.
So, the bottom line is that the Echo is almost useless without Wi-Fi or the Internet unless you want to use it as a paperweight.