How to Easily Set Up Your Smart Home Devices With Amazon Alexa

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Setting up a smart home device you’ll control with an Amazon Echo can be a challenge. Normally, you have to enable the device, connect it to your home network, and get your Echo to recognize it. However, Amazon offers a program called Certified for Humans that allows you to do this all with the Alexa app. Here’s how to set everything up.

Simplified Setup

Products labeled as Certified for Humans can be enabled by having Alexa detect them on your wireless network. Amazon’s Certified for Humans page lists a few compatible devices, but there currently isn’t a full list of certified devices for you to browse. 

Certified for Humans Amazon pageConfigure Wi-Fi Settings

Before you can connect your Certified for Humans device with your Echo, a few criteria must be met. The Echo must be connected to the same Amazon account used to purchase the Certified for Humans device. Both devices should be on the same Wi-Fi network. You should also be running the latest version of the Alexa app for iOS/iPadOS or Android.

The Certified for Humans process relies on a feature known as Amazon Wi-Fi Locker. This feature stores your Wi-Fi credentials in the cloud when you set up an Amazon Echo and shares them with compatible smart home devices. These credentials are sent over a secured connection and stored in an encrypted file on an Amazon server.

Saved Wi-Fi Passwords Amazon pageManage Your Content and Devices web page and sign in with your Amazon account. Click the heading for Preferences and select Saved Wi-Fi Passwords. The setting for Wi-Fi simple setup should be enabled as it means that any new Alexa-compatible smart device you plug in will automatically use your existing credentials for a quick and easy setup.

If you’re not comfortable with your credentials being stored by Amazon this way, click the Delete button next to Your Saved Wi-Fi Passwords and the Disabled button next to Wi-Fi simple setup is enabled. However, the Wi-Fi simple setup is enabled box needs to remain checked if you want to use the easy setup for your Certified for Humans product.

Connect With Echo Device

Plug your device into a power outlet—you can either plug it directly into an AC outlet or plug it into a power strip or UPS. Wait a minute for two for Alexa to pick up the device on your network. You should then receive a notification on any mobile device with the Alexa app that a new device was found.

Alexa app notificationSet Device Settings

You can view and modify certain settings for the device. Open the Alexa app and tap the Devices icon on the bottom toolbar. Then tap the Plugs or All Devices icon at the Devices screen.

Alexa app device settingsManually Connect Device

If Alexa fails to detect your new smart device, or you deleted your saved Wi-Fi passwords in the interest of privacy and security, you can still set up your smart device manually through the Alexa app. Plug in your device and make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone or tablet. In the Alexa app, tap the icon for Devices, then tap the symbol in the upper-right corner and select Add Device.

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