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Updates can be a bit annoying, but they’re essential to keep your device running to its best ability. With new updates, bugs are removed, speed can improve and newer features are added. 

If you’re wondering how to update your Alexa app or Alexa device, all you need to do is follow the steps outlined in this article!

Check if your current version is up to date

Before you get to updating your Alexa app, you need to see if the app even needs an update. Maybe the current version you’re using is up to date. You can check if you have the latest version of the app directly in the Alexa app on your phone. Here is how:

  1. Open your Alexa app.
  2. Click on the “Menu” symbol.
  3. There, select “Settings”.
  4. Under “Alexa Devices”, select your device.
  5. Scroll down to the “About” section. You will see your “Device software version”.
  6. You can check the latest version on the app from the Amazon website. Compare it to the version you found in the app and you’ll know whether or not you need to update your Alexa app.

Update Alexa App

If you have found that the software on your Alexa device needs an update, you should perform one as soon as possible. It will only take around 30 minutes and there is not much you need to do. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. First, make sure your Alexa device is on and connected to Wi-Fi.
  2. Tell your Alexa device to “Go to settings” or swipe down on the top of the screen to get the drop menu. Here select “Settings”.
  3. Now select “Device Options”.
  4. Press “Check for Software Updates”. The device will automatically look for updates and if there is a newer version available, it will be installed.

How to Force Update Echo

Normally, your Alexa device will update automatically. Usually it does so at night when there are no interruptions. However, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to force update your Amazon Echo. Here is how you can do that:

  1. Press the mute button on your Alexa device. The button looks like a microphone with a line through it. You’ll know you’ve pressed the button when the LED light turns red and illuminates the microphone icon, as well as the device.

    When you press the mute button, you’re telling Alexa to stop listening to you and looking for commands. When you’re on mute, the device can focus on itself and figure out if it needs an update.
  2. A few minutes later the device will announce that it needs a software update, if it does indeed need one. This announcement usually takes a few minutes, but may take up to 30 minutes.
  3. Let the device be. The update will happen on its own. After the new version of the software is installed, the device will restart and unmute automatically.

    You don’t need to press anything. You’ll know the update is over when the red LED light is no longer on. Usually, updates take 30-60 minutes.
  4. Go to the Alexa app on your phone to make sure the device has successfully updated. Your device should be displayed in the list of Echo devices and it will say “online” under it.

Why Update Alexa?

Though most people don’t want to check for updates on your devices regularly, Amazon highly recommends it. There are many benefits. 

  1. For starters, if your devices are always up to date, they won’t lag or bug. Developers remove bugs with every update, so by following updates, you are allowing them to “clean” your device. 
  2. Devices that haven’t been updated in a while can be slow and refuse to connect to apps, for example.
  1. Another benefit of updating your Alexa device whenever a new update comes out is that you get better features. New features are added with every update, so you wouldn’t want to miss that! That includes better compatibility with other devices and apps, for example. 

Your overall experience of using your Alexa device should improve dramatically with every update!

The Verdict

Hopefully, this article gave you some clarity regarding updating your Alexa device. Here is a piece of advice: update your devices regularly! If you keep up with all the software updates, your devices will work more efficiently. Updating them is easy. Just follow the steps outlined above!

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