Echo Dot

With Amazon's Echo speakers, you can set up multi-room intercoms and even Drop In on different rooms in the house. If you're away from home or don't have an Echo in the room you're in; you can use the Alexa app to call into another room.

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The Guide

To enable Drop In on your Echo device, you'll need to follow a few quick setup steps.

Step 1: Rename your Echo devices

Though you could keep the default name of your various Echo devices, it's much easier to rename them based on the room they are in. For example, if you have an Echo in the living room, rename it "Living Room." Do this with all of your Echo devices.

Note: If you only have one Echo device in the house, and plan on using the Alexa app to call it, there is no need to rename your Echo since you will be manually Dropping In, not verbally asking Alexa for help.

  1. Launch the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Tap the menu icon in the upper-left corner of the app. It looks like three lines stacked up on top of each other.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Open the Alexa app, then open the Menu bar, then tap Settings

  4. Tap Device Settings.
  5. Tap your Echo device.

    Tap Device Settings, then select your device

  6. Tap Edit Name below the device name.
  7. Rename the Echo device.
  8. Tap Done on your keyboard to save the new name.

    Tap Edit Name, then rename the device, then tap Done

Repeat this with all the Echo devices in your house.

Step 2: Enable Drop In for your household

Just like Dropping In on friends and family, you have to give permission for yourself and others listed as members of your household (this might include people not physically in your house if you share your Amazon Prime benefits with someone else) to Drop In on you. You'll have to enable it in under your profile and make sure you haven't disabled Drop In on your devices.

Enable Drop In under your profile

  1. Launch the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Tap the Communicate tab. It looks like a chat bubble.
  3. Tap the Contacts icon at the top right of the screen. It looks like the silhouette of a person.

    Open the Alexa app, then tap the Communications tab, then tap the Contacts icon

  4. Tap your profile at the top of the list of contacts.
  5. Turn on the Allow Drop In switch.
  6. Tap OK to confirm that you want to enable Drop In.

    Tap your profile, turn on Allow Drop In, confirm with OK

Enable household Drop In on each device

You may have disabled one or more of your Echo devices from receiving Drop Ins. Double-check and re-enable them if you need to.

  1. Launch the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Tap the menu icon in the upper left corner of the app. It looks like three lines stacked up on top of each other.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Open the Alexa app, then open the Menu bar, then tap Settings

  4. Tap Device Settings.
  5. Tap your Echo device.

    Tap Device Settings, then select your device

  6. Tap Communications.
  7. Turn on the Communications switch.

    Tap Communications, then turn on Communications

Step 3: Initiate a Drop In

This last part is relatively easy. If you're using one of the Echo devices, simply say "Alexa, Drop In on the living room" or "Alexa, drop in on the office" or wherever you've got the other Echo devices set up. It will happen automatically, and the person in that room will hear three chimes before the call is connected.

You can also use the intercom feature in the Alexa app.

  1. Launch the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Tap the Communicate tab. It looks like a chat bubble.

    Open the Alexa app, then tap Communications

  3. Tap Drop In.
  4. Tap the Echo device you want to Drop In on.

    Tap Drop In, then select your Echo device

Our favorite Amazon Echo speakers

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Best all-around

Echo

It's got just about everything you need, including a decent sounding speaker.

The Echo proper is Amazon's base model, but it's anything but basic.

Though not the most powerful speaker in the Echo lineup, this model is good enough for most rooms. It has all the same features as the Plus model, but doesn't have as big of a sound and costs less.

Premium audio

Echo Plus

For bigger, fuller sound, upgrade to the Plus.

The Echo Plus is Amazon's flagship smart speaker with Dolby Play 360˚ sound and dynamic bass response.

If quality sound is more important to you than smarts, you're going to want to spend the extra money on the Echo Plus. All the features are the same as the base model, but this one sounds a lot better. And it comes with a Philips Hue smart bulb so you can kickstart your smart home upgrade.

Budget option

Echo Dot

It's small but has all the same smarts as the Echo proper.

If you're not interested in the sound quality, or you have your own set of speakers you prefer, the Dot is the perfect gateway smart speaker.

The Dot can be connected to just about any other speaker thanks to its 3.5mm audio out jack. If you're just looking for something cheap that has all the same Alexa features as the rest of the Echo lineup, you'll save a few bucks and get connected.

Video chat

Echo Show 5

Video chat with the grandkids anytime you want.

The Echo Show 5 is a compact Echo with a 5.5-inch screen that plays TV shows, movies, podcasts, audiobooks and more. It's perfect for dropping in on mom and dad if they're not as mobile as they used to be.

This model Echo offers more interaction with a touch screen that lets you watch how-to recipe guides, YouTube videos, and a whole lot more. With Drop In enabled, you can also keep an eye on the household, grandparents, and even pets while you're away.

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