How To Connect a Smart Plug To Alexa (Plus: Create Routines and Rename Plugs)

In today’s smart home era, integrating devices with voice assistants like Alexa has become a common practice. 

A smart plug, a simple yet powerful device, can transform ordinary appliances into smart ones, allowing you to control them with just your voice. Whether you’re looking to turn on a lamp, start your coffee maker, or ensure your iron is off, connecting a smart plug to Alexa can make these tasks seamless. 

This guide provides a step-by-step walkthrough on how to connect and set up a smart plug with Alexa, ensuring you can enjoy voice-controlled convenience right at your fingertips. From initial setup to creating routines and renaming your devices, we’ve got you covered. 

Let’s Go!

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How To Connect And Set Up a Smart Plug To Alexa

Here’s a detailed guide on how to connect a smart plug to Alexa:

Install the Smart Plug’s App

Before you can connect your smart plug to Alexa, you need to set it up through its own app first. Download the app associated with your smart plug from the App Store or Google Play Store. This will typically be mentioned in the smart plug’s user manual.

Set Up the Smart Plug

Open the smart plug’s app and follow the instructions to set up the smart plug. This usually involves plugging the smart plug into an outlet, connecting it to your Wi-Fi network, and giving it a name. Make sure the name is something you’ll remember and is easy for Alexa to recognize.

Update Your Alexa App

Make sure your Alexa app is updated to the latest version. You can do this through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Add the Smart Plug to Alexa

  • Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Tap on the “Devices” tab at the bottom of the screen.
Amazon Alexa Devices Page
  • Tap on the “+” icon at the top right of the screen.
  • Tap on “Add Device.”
Amazon Alexa Add Device
  • You’ll be asked to select the type of device you’re setting up. Choose “Plug.”
Amazon Alexa Add Device Select Brand
  • You’ll then be asked to select the brand of your plug. Find and select your smart plug’s brand from the list.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. The last couple of steps will vary depending on the smart plug brand. This usually involves logging into the smart plug’s app through the Alexa app.

Enable the Appropriate Alexa Skill

Some smart plugs may require you to enable a specific Alexa skill for that plug’s brand. This is usually done by following the instructions to complete the setup, but if not, here is how to do that.

You can enable a specific Alexa skill through the Alexa app by: 

Tapping on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the bottom right corner, 

Amazon Alexa Home Unresponsive Light

Selecting “Skills & Games”, 

Amazon Alexa More Menu

and then search for the skill associated with your smart plug.

Control Your Smart Plug with Alexa

Once your smart plug is set up with Alexa, you can control it with voice commands. For example, if you named your smart plug “Lamp”, you can say, “Alexa, turn on the Lamp” or “Alexa, turn off the Lamp”.

The smart plug and the Alexa app do not need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for this to work as long as Alexa is using a skill to communicate.

How To Create a Routine For Alexa Smart Plug

Creating a routine for an Alexa smart plug allows you to automate actions based on specific triggers. Here’s how you can do it:

Open the Alexa App

Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.

Amazon Alexa Home Unresponsive Light

Go to More

Tap on the “More” tab at the bottom right of the screen.

Amazon Alexa More Menu

Select Routines

From the menu that appears, select “Routines”.

Create a New Routine

Tap on the “+” icon at the top right of the screen to create a new routine.

Enter Routine Name

Give your routine a name. This can be anything you like.

Set When This Happens

Tap on “When this happens” to set the trigger for your routine. This could be a specific time of day, an Alexa voice command, a device status change, or a variety of other triggers.

Set Action

Tap on “Add action” to set what happens when the trigger occurs. To control your smart plug, choose “Smart Home,” then “All Devices,” and then select your smart plug from the list. You can then choose whether the smart plug should turn on or off.

Save the Routine

Tap on “Save” at the top right of the screen to save your routine. Alexa will now perform the action you set whenever the trigger occurs, or you can press the play button next to the routine name to manually trigger the routine.

How To Rename a Smart Plug On Alexa

Renaming a smart plug on Alexa is pretty clear, except for the last step, which I had to look around on the screen for until I found it. Here’s how you can do it:

Open the Alexa App

Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.

Go to Devices

Tap on the “Devices” tab at the bottom of the screen.

Select Plugs

You’ll see a list of categories at the top of the screen, like Echo & Alexa, Lights, Plugs, and more. Tap on “Plugs.”

Amazon Alexa Plugs Page

Select the Smart Plug

You’ll see a list of all the smart plugs you have set up with Alexa. Tap on the smart plug that you want to rename.

Amazon Alexa Plug Page

Select Settings

Tap on the gear icon in the top right corner to access the settings menu for the smart plug.

Amazon Alexa Plug Settings

Edit Name

Tap on the “Edit Name” option, which is located right below the name of the smart plug. This will bring up a text box with the current name of the smart plug.

This is the step that I found to be slightly obfuscated. Not to mention how many steps it took to get here.

Enter the New Name

Delete the current name and type in the new name for your smart plug. Try to choose a name that’s easy to remember and easy for Alexa to recognize.

Amazon Alexa Plug Renamed

Save Changes

Tap on “Done”,”Save”, or the checkmark on your keyboard to save the changes.

Now, you can control your smart plug with Alexa using the new name. If you renamed your smart plug from “Lamp” to “Bedroom Lamp,” you can say, “Alexa, turn on the Bedroom Lamp” or “Alexa, turn off the Bedroom Lamp.”

How To Remove a Smart Plug From Alexa

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to remove a smart plug from Alexa.

If you decide to use the smart plug with Alexa again in the future, you’ll need to go through the setup process once more. If the smart plug was part of any routines or groups, you might need to adjust those settings after removing the plug.

Open the Alexa App

Start by launching the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.

Access Devices

Tap on the “Devices” tab located at the bottom of the screen.

Select Plugs

At the top of the screen, you’ll see various categories such as Echo & Alexa, Lights, Plugs, and more. Tap on “Plugs.”

Choose the Smart Plug

You’ll be presented with a list of all the smart plugs you’ve set up with Alexa. Find and tap on the smart plug you wish to remove.

Go to Settings

Tap on the gear icon, usually located in the top right corner, to access the settings menu for the selected smart plug.

Remove Device

Scroll down until you find the “Remove Device” option. Tap on it.

Confirm Removal

A prompt will appear asking you to confirm the removal of the device. Tap “Confirm” or “Yes” to proceed. This action will unlink the smart plug from your Alexa app.

Check for Success

Once you’ve confirmed the removal, the smart plug should no longer appear in your list of devices within the Alexa app.

Conclusion

Harnessing the power of voice-controlled devices is no longer a futuristic concept but a present-day reality. 

By connecting your smart plug to Alexa, you’ve taken a significant step towards a more convenient and efficient home. I’ve walked you through every step of the process, ensuring that even those new to smart home technology can confidently integrate their devices. 

With your smart plug now connected to Alexa, enjoy the ease of controlling your appliances with just a voice command.

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