For many of us, Alexa has become a constant presence in the household for the past few years now.
Like many other smart home devices, its purpose is to make our lives that little bit easier. While you’re cooking you can ask for a recipe.
Have a question pop to mind at a random moment that you absolutely need the answer for straight away? Alexa’s got your back.
When you think about it, it is the stuff of the future – the sort of tech we could barely even imagine when we were younger.
For us, the best bit of Alexa is that it always seems to work. It’s reliable for the most part, and zero fuss.
However, there is one strange glitch that people have been pointing out recently that is a little, erm, disturbing.
As strange as it is to call a technological glitch unnerving, this one definitely deserves the description.
You’re in your bed, its 4 am, then, all of a sudden, Alexa decides to stick on some classical music. That’s enough to spook even the hardiest of us, I’m sure.
So, to figure out if you are haunted by poltergeists or whether there is just a little bug causing the problem, we decided to have a closer look at what’s causing this paranormal activity.
How to Fix Alexa Randomly Plays Music?
First up, we have some good news. Unless there are also some chairs levitating around your kitchen, you are probably not the target of a poltergeist infestation.
In fact, the cause for this issue is far more boring and down to earth than all of that. It is just the cause of some bugs wreaking havoc on the system.
We do realize that this may come as a huge disappointment for some of you. So, to at least make this a worthwhile read for you, we will at least give you the tips and tricks you need to fix it.
Before we begin, it is important to note that you won’t need any level of expertise to diagnose this problem at home. We will do our best to guide you through the process as clearly as possible.
We also won’t be taking anything apart or doing anything that could risk the integrity of your equipment. With that, it’s time to sort this problem out!
1. Get Rid of All Your Routines
Some of you may have already tried this. If you have, move onto the next step. To make sure that there is no human error involved here before we move on to more complex fixes, the first thing we need to do is check the routines you have set up.
Though it may not have been your fault, someone else may have accidentally set a routine somewhere along the line that makes Alexa play music at some pretty strange times.
Whether this is the case or not, it is best to remove all of the routines that you have set up. Once you’re done, just add the ones that you think are going to be useful to you.
Then simply let that sit for a while. If you don’t have any weird noises in the night anymore, great. If you do, it is time to move onto the next fix.
2. Try a Factory Reset
If all of your routines seem to be in order and you’re still being haunted by your Alexa, we can only assume that there is a bug causing the problem.
Either that, or someone is playing a pretty elaborate prank on you. Unfortunately, we can only get to the bottom of the former.
The quickest and easiest way to get rid of bugs and glitches with immediate effect is to simply factory reset the device. But, before you do so, be warned that all of the settings you have altered in Alexa will also be gone.
Effectively, it will be the same as when it was brand new and had to set everything up. The factory settings will replace yours, hopefully wiping out any oddities that may have crept in there over time.
3. Make Sure You Are the Only Person Using Your Account
On occasion, it can just happen to be that your personal account isn’t quite as personal as you may have thought.
At this point, we need to try our best to rule out the possibility that someone has access to it without your permission. Perhaps it’s a family member, or maybe the account has been hacked at some point.
In either case, we’ll need to do something about it.
The first thing you should do is to visit your Spotify account, or whatever streaming service you generally use to play your music through.
Then, in the settings on your device, there should be an option that will allow you to log out of absolutely everything in one fell swoop.
Before you do, make sure you know all of the passwords associated with your various accounts. Then, make sure to change the passwords on everything that could possibly be used to play music via Alexa.
The Last Word
Does your Alexa play music at the strangest of hours? It seems you are not alone. By following the tips above, you should be able to get to the bottom of it in a relatively short time.