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Of all the smart home tools, Alexa is one of the handiest, as it allows you to control devices remotely if there is an internet connection. If you have Alexa set up in a specific room but want to move it to another, you might wonder if that’s possible.
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You can move Alexa to another room, but you can’t simply plug it out and move it elsewhere. First, you must change the device’s group so that it’s recognized as being located in the new room. You can do this through the Amazon Alexa app.
Once you’ve changed the device’s group, you can physically move it to the new room.
It’s good to know how to move Alexa to another room if you’ve recently bought new devices and want to swap them around. Below is an easy-to-follow guide on how to do it.
Firstly, make sure you have an Alexa account. If you don’t, create one before continuing. Otherwise, you won’t be able to change the settings of your Alexa device.
Once your account is ready, log in. Amazon Alexa can be controlled via the Android and IOS apps or a browser, so choose the method that suits you the most. Once logged in, you should be on the home screen.
From the home screen, you should see “Devices” written at the bottom of the mobile application. The devices section is where you can find all your registered Alexa devices, so the one you want to move should be there.
Once you’ve selected the devices button, you’ll see a screen with different groups (i.e., kitchen and living room).
On the groups page, choose the group your Alexa device is currently in. For example, choose the living room group for this step if you want to move the device from the living room to the bedroom.
Once you click into the group, you’ll see different settings and information. You should also see the device name with a check mark beside it. Once you see that, go to the next step.
Uncheck the device to remove it from its current group/room. Unchecking it isn’t enough to make a change–you must also save the changes before exiting from the menu.
Once the changes are saved, your Alexa device will no longer be assigned to a room, so you can assign it to a different room within the home. Once this step is complete, you can move to the next one.
Once the changes have been saved, go back to the groups page and find the group you want to add the device to. If the group you want to add it to doesn’t exist, add a new one by going to the “+” icon.
Again, let’s take the example of moving Alexa from the living room to the bedroom. In that instance, you would now click on the bedroom group to add the device to that room.
Once you’ve gone to the bedroom group (or whichever group you want to move the device to), you should see the device’s name with no check mark beside it.
Next, all you need to do is check the device to add it to the desired group. Like before, you must save the changes before exiting the screen if you want it to work. Once the changes are saved, your Alexa device should be ready to move to its new room.
However, you might need to follow some extra steps to swap devices around.
If you want to move Alexa from the living room to the bedroom and the bedroom already has a device, you’ll need to move that device to a different location (i.e., swap them around).
Once you’ve completed the above steps, you must repeat the process for the other Alexa device.
Therefore, you would need to:
- Navigate to the group page
- Select the group the device is currently in
- Uncheck the device
- Save the changes
- Go to the group you wish to move the device to
- Check the device and save the changes
Once both devices have been swapped via the app, you can move them physically to their new rooms.
Changing the Alexa room allows you to move your Alexa device to a different room within your home. On the other hand, changing the location enables you to add a new home address to the device. While each device will likely be in a different room, all devices can have the same location address.
Here is an easy way to understand the difference:
- The Alexa room/group is the specific room within the home where the device is located.
- The Alexa location is the general address of your home.
You may go to the wrong place in the app when trying to move your device from one room to another. If that happens, you’ll be prompted to add an address to the device.
In that instance, go back to the home page and follow the steps of this article to change the room.
You can move Alexa to any room at any time you want, as long as you have an internet connection. There is no limit on the number of times one can change their device’s group/room, so it’s OK if you need to move it around multiple times.
Before moving an Alexa device to a new room, ensure the Wi-Fi reaches said room and that there is somewhere convenient to place the Alexa device. There should also be a socket or extension cord nearby for power.
You can move Alexa to a new room whenever you wish, and the process is simple. All you need to do is change the settings on the app or through a web browser before physically moving the device.