Many of you who are reading this will have been using Amazon’s Echo for quite some time now. In recent years, they have become pretty much THE household name when it comes to accessible and easily set up home automation.
As a huge bonus for its users, the setup is much easier than you would generally expect with devices as advanced as these. And, in general, they are also quite reliable, with few issues of any seriousness ever seeming to tarnish their reputation.
Though some of you may only be using Alexa for more basic needs, such as recipes and music choices, it does also have another level of complexity to it. If you really want to, you can also hook it up in such a way that you can control all of your smart home appliances. Naturally, this also means that you can use your Alexa as a smart hub.
But, to effectively manage all of this, there is the matter of a little extra financial outlay. See, to really get the most out of your Alexa, you also need to get your hands on the Amazon Echo device.
All that this is is a smart speaker, albeit with the capability to work hand in hand with your Alexa. Then, you will be able to freely search for and stream all of the music that you could possibly want, without having to manually search for it on your phone or computer.
You will also be able to search for and access whatever you want on the net via this setup. But, every device has its limitations. And, having trawled the boards and forums to see what Alexa users are most irked by, it seems that many of you are annoyed by the fact that you can’t seem to access SoundCloud through Alexa.
To clear up this issue a bit, we thought we would put together a guide that will better explain what and what you can’t do with your Alexa. There seems to be a lot of information out there, so bear with us while we dispel a few of those myths that have gained traction over time.
Can Alexa Play Soundcloud
Firstly, it has to be noted that Alexa is compatible with pretty much every streaming site that you can think of. However, there are a few oversights on their side that we find a bit baffling. We say this because the simple answer to the above question is:
No! Alexa will not play SoundCloud.
Or, I suppose we should say that it won’t do it directly, but there is a way around this.
In general, its high level of connectivity is what we find the best bit of using an Alexa. So, though there can be a few pitfalls here and there, there is almost always a workaround to negate them.
In this case, the ‘hack’ is incredibly simple. In fact, it is so simple in nature that we feel like it might be a bit of a stretch calling it a hack. Here it comes:
The fact of the matter is that anything running on Bluetooth can be played through your Alexa.
So, no matter what content site that you are using, if it can’t be played via Alexa, use the Bluetooth bypass. This includes SoundCloud too.
Unfortunately, though, there is a small bit of a catch. You can’t just ask Alexa to “play music from SoundCloud.” It just won’t work like that.
The reason for this is that there is no integration of SoundCloud on Alexa. Sure, at some point in the near future, there might be. But for now, we will need to go through the steps below to get it done.
How to get SoundCloud on Alexa
Right, so let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to do this. The first time you do it may take a little time, but stick with it, and you’ll have muscle memory on how to do it every time after that.
- The trick is to connect your phone to Alexa via Bluetooth rather than asking it/her to play the music.
- Once you are connected, all you need to do is to play whatever you want on SoundCloud.
- Then, because your phone and Alexa are connected, the music will be sent to Alexa and play through there instead of through your phone.
A second but perhaps more complicated way of doing this also exists for those who want to try out something different. There is an Alexa skill out there that sorts out the compatibility between Alexa and SoundCloud.
By using this skill, you should also be able to play whatever you want via SoundCloud and Alexa without too much hassle.
In fact, for those of you who are sticklers for the voice command control bit, this will even enable you to keep that element.
Admittedly, there is a certain charm to using the Alexa voice command over simply bypassing it, so we can see how many of you will want to do this.
So, all you need to do is install that skill on your Alexa. For a more detailed rundown and FAQ on how it works, search for Alexa SoundCloud skills.
The Last Word
Is it possible to use Alexa to play tunes from SoundCloud? Well, technically, it isn’t. At least, not in its natural state.
But, with a little bit of tinkering, you should find yourself running SoundCloud tunes throughout your house in a matter of minutes.
As a point of interest, we are aware that everyone out there has different ways of fixing things, some of which we may have missed entirely.
So, if you are reading this and happen to have come up with another workaround, we would love to hear about it in the comments section below. Thanks!