How To Play Different Music On Multiple Echo Devices?

How To Play Different Music On Multiple Echo Devices

You might be wondering if this is practically possible. Yes, it is possible to play different music on multiple Echo devices.

The best part about the Amazon Alexa App is that you can register multiple devices on it.

However, we suggest that you name each of your devices, preferably on the rooms they are being used, for ease of understanding.

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Steps To Play Different Music On Multiple Echo Devices

You can follow the simple steps mentioned below to play different music on your Echo devices in different rooms at a time.

  1. To register a new device with the Alexa App already installed, you need to open the App and click on the ‘Devices’ option on the bottom of the screen in settings.
  2. You will see a ‘+’ button on the next screen, clicking on which will show you a pop-up menu.
  3. Click on the ‘Add devices’ option from the pop-up menu to follow.
  4. You will be asked to select the type of Amazon device that you are willing to set up.
  5. Once you select the kind of device to set up, you will need to provide details about the generation of the device.
  6. The on-screen instructions will guide you through the setup process.
  7. Ensure that your Echo device is plugged in and is connected to Wi-Fi.
  8. Now, as we already suggested, you must rename your device.
  9. Once the renaming is done, you can use it to play different music on different devices at a time.
  10. For this, you need to select each device individually and access its device preference.
  11. You need to go to the music playback settings and choose the music you wish to play and enjoy!

How To Rename A Device?

To rename an Echo device on the app, you need to follow the steps as below:

  1. Go to the device’s screen on the Alexa App.
  2. Click on the ‘Echo and Alexa’ icon.
  3. Select the device you want to rename.
  4. The settings screen for the device will open.
  5. Click on the ‘Edit Name’ option.
  6. Rename your selected device and tap on the ‘Done’ button.
  7. The device’s name will be changed immediately.

Having specific names for your Amazon devices, rather than having them as Echo1, Echo2, etc., helps you keep track of the devices in use.

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Can Different Amazon Devices Be Used To Play The Same Music Together?

The Amazon app comes with the feature to allow different devices to play the same music at the same time, or a group of devices to play the same music while others play different music at a time. This can be done by the grouping feature. The following steps will guide you to group amazon devices to perform the same activities together.

  1. Click on the ‘Devices’ option on your screen.
  2. You will be able to see a ‘+’ sign on the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. On clicking on the ‘+’ button, you will have to choose the option ‘multi-room speaker’ and ‘continue’ to proceed.
  4. The next page will show you the list of the Echo devices paired. Select the devices you want to group.
  5. Name the group for easy identification and click on the ‘save’ button.
  6. All the devices chosen by you will be connected by Alexa to play music together.
  7. You can now use it by saying ‘Play song on (group name)’ to play the same song together in the grouped devices.

The setup for grouping Alexa devices is very simple, and it can be done simply by following the on-screen instructions. However, if you need further assistance, the steps mentioned above can be of use.

Things You Can Do On Grouped Devices

Not every feature that is available on your echo device will be available as group functions. Some of the things that you can do on grouped Echo devices include:

  • Playing music.
  • Syncing calendars, to-do, and shopping lists.
  • Using the grouped devices as intercoms.

Things You Cannot Do On Grouped Devices

Some features on echo devices are very device-specific, and such features cannot be used interchangeably or together as one on grouped Echo devices. These features may include:

  • Setting Alarms
  • Setting Timers
  • Bluetooth connections

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User Specific Commands on Amazon Echo

Alexa is built to understand the voice profiles of different users, and thus when an individual gives a command, it can be identified by the device as unique.

This also can distinguish between an adult and a child to provide a better experience for the users.

If you are using a family account, Amazon also allows you to limit certain actions to specific voice commands.

If you are commanding Alexa, it will only recommend the music of your choice, and not someone else’s in the family account.

The music services that support the grouping or individual playing of music on multiple Echo devices are Prime Music, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Pandora. However, these features are not supported on Bluetooth connections while using the speakers.

Some of the devices which have the ‘play different music on multiple devices at a time’ feature are as follows:

  • Echo (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen)
  • Echo Dot (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen)
  • Echo Show (1st, 2nd, 5th, and 8th Gen)
  • Echo Plus (1st and 2nd Gen)
  • Echo Spot
  • Echo Input

So if you are planning to listen to some other music at the same time as someone else in your family is using their Echo device to play music of their choice, go ahead.

Neither of your music preferences will be hampered. Amazon allows you to play different music on multiple devices simultaneously.

Play the music of your choice on Amazon without worrying about what others are going to do about it. Use the Amazon Alexa app and let it direct you to the awesome features.

Levi Alston
I write dozens of helpful informational articles based on topics that I have identified again and again throughout my research and work experience. I am here to help you find the right smart speaker.