Ars Technicos reader reader “Mr. X” asks, “How do I turn my Amazon Echo into a remote controller?”
Amazon’s Echo was originally designed to be used to control your smart home devices.
That meant, for example, that the Echo could be used as a device that was hooked up to your home security system and then controlled remotely by the Echo itself.
But now that Alexa is getting more popular, many people are starting to turn their Alexa devices into remote controls for other devices.
Here’s how to turn an Echo into an Alexa remote control.
The easiest way to turn your Echo into Alexa remote controls is to install the Alexa app onto your Amazon Echo, and then use the Amazon app to connect your Echo to your router.
The Echo app can also be used on any Amazon Echo or Echo Dot device, but it’s a little more complicated to set up on the Echo Dot, since it requires you to install Alexa on that device.
To turn your Alexa device into an Amazon Alexa remote controller, first install the Amazon Alexa app on your Echo.
Once that’s done, you’ll need to add the Echo app to your Alexa account.
In the Alexa settings, you can add the Amazon API key for your Echo device, and select the “Alexa app” tab.
Then, tap “Add Remote Controls.”
Next, tap the “Add Amazon Remote Control” button.
In this dialog box, enter the Alexa API key, and tap the Save button.
Next, select “Amazon Alexa” as the app you want to add remote controls to, and the “Custom Remote Control Type” checkbox.
Finally, tap OK to save the settings.
After that, you need to configure the device to act as an Alexa-controlled remote control, which is done by using the Amazon Dashboard.
The Amazon Dashboards are a set of menus that appear when you open the Amazon Amazon app on an Echo device.
For example, to turn on an Alexa device for controlling a TV, go to Settings > Alexa > TV > Show Settings.
In that screen, tap on the “Show” button to open the Alexa Dashboards menu.
There, you should see a list of “devices” that are connected to your Echo, as well as the “Remote” tab on the Dashboards page.
Click the “Control” tab to turn the Echo into your Alexa remote, and when you do, the Amazon App will open and let you control the device.
Now, if you’re looking for an easier way to control an Echo that doesn’t require an Alexa API, you could try adding the Alexa-powered HomeKit speaker to your system.
This way, you don’t need to install HomeKit, and you can control your Echo from any device that supports HomeKit.