You’ve got an Amazon Echo device with Alexa fully set up and working at home. Now you’re going on a trip and want to take your device with you to use in a hotel room or other locale. Can your Echo work just as well outside of your home base? Sure, if you know the tricks.
You need to set up your Echo for the new Wi-Fi network, and there’s an additional step needed to coax Alexa to help you in the new locations.
Before you lug your Echo device with you, though, check with your hotel. Some hotels, such as Wynn Las Vegas, have been equipping rooms with Echo speakers. Other chains planning to outfit rooms with Echos include Marriott Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Aloft Hotels, and Autograph Collection Hotels. Amazon even offers a special Alexa for Hospitality voice assistant designed to help guests order towels, control the room temperature, find local restaurants, and check out of the hotel.
If your hotel or vacation spot doesn’t provide you with an Echo, no problem. You can take any Echo device with you on the road. A svelte Echo Dot is a good traveling companion as it can easily fit in your suitcase or backpack. If you want some visuals, an Echo Show will work fine, but the smaller Echo Spot is easier to carry with you. Otherwise, you can just pack up your regular Amazon Echo. Whichever device you choose, the process is the same for setting it up in a new location.
Oh, and if you simply want to chat with Alexa to listen to music or audiobooks, play games, communicate with other people, and get information, there’s no need to lug your device with you. You can accomplish all of that and more through the Alexa app. Just open the app, tap on the blue circle at the bottom, and ask away.