Playing Music on the Amazon Echo / Dot

Both the Echo and Dot can play music, the Echo just has a larger speaker. For smaller rooms, or when you are closer to the device, the Dot is fine for most people (and can be expanded with external speakers if you wish).

To play music just ask Alexa to play one of your predefined playlists, a genre of music of a specific artist, e.g. “Alexa, play country music”, “Alexa, play jazz” or “Alexa, play Queen”.

Sleep Timer

If you want to listen to music whilst you go to sleep, you can set a sleep timer by asking Alexa: “Alexa, set a sleep timer for 30 minutes”

This will turn the music off after 30 minutes (or whatever you set).

If you want to cancel the sleep timer just say: “Alexa, cancel sleep timer”

Pause and Resume

If you want to pause the music whilst you do something, just say: “Alexa, pause” and then “Alexa, resume” when you want to continue.

To stop playback completely, just say: “Alexa, stop”.


Volume settings are as simple as saying: “Alexa, volume 1” (very quiet) or “Alexa, volume 9” (loud), but more normally something in between like: “Alexa, volume 5”.


Alexa does have some voice recognition limitations, e.g. ask for Slade (famous for the song “Merry Xmas Everybody”) and I guarantee (as of December 2016) that Alexa will play something completely different. It seems that the word Slade is too close to other bands and songs 🙁

Related Posts