Ever wondered what can alexa do without internet?

Amazon’s Alexa is a powerful smart home device that can make your life easier in many ways. But did you know that Alexa is still capable of performing a number of useful tasks even without an internet connection

alexa work Without the Internet
alexa work Without the Internet

In this article, we will explore what Alexa can do without an internet connection and provide step-by-step guides on how to do them. So, read on to learn more about the fantastic capabilities of this smart home device, Alexa!

Note: Not only you, a number of users have asked what Alexa can do without internet on forums and social mediaa.


Can Alexa work without the internet?

The short answer is YES. But that doesn’t mean Alexa can do everything without the internet the same it does when connected to the internet.

Keep in mind that Alexa is still capable of performing a number of useful tasks even when not connected to the internet. However, the range of tasks that Alexa can do without an internet connection is very limited.

very limited task alexa
very limited task alexa

Now you might ask, why are the functions limited? Why Alexa cannot perform fully without an internet connection?

Alexa is a cloud-based voice assistant, which means that it heavily relies on the internet to access the vast amount of information and services that it provides. Without an internet connection, Alexa is unable to access this information and provide many of the services that it is known for (weather, news, shopping, streaming music, etc.) This is why it is only able to perform a limited set of tasks without an internet connection.

With that said, let’s see what are the tasks Alexa can do without the internet, shall we?

What Can Alexa Do Without Internet?

While its tasks are very limited, Alexa can still be a helpful device in many situations. From playing music and setting alarms to providing basic information and controlling smart home devices, Alexa can continue to be useful even when you’re not connected to WiFi.

Let’s take each of these tasks and learn more about them.

01 – Local Voice Control

This is the feature that opens the doorway to command your Alexa without connecting to the internet.

By enabling Local voice control, you are able to control devices that are already connected to the offline-supported Amazon Echo devices. The supported echo devices are;

  1. Echo Plus
  2. 4th gen Echo
  3. Echo show 10 and
  4. Echo Studio

If you ask what devices Alexa and these echo devices can control without connecting to the internet, here is a few devices

  1. Light bulbs
  2. Smart switches
  3. Smart door locks
  4. Echo speaker

However, if a smart device is connected to Alexa but requires an internet connection to function will not work while offline.

Now let’s see how you can enable the local voice control. Follow these simple steps.

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Tap on Devices at the bottom
  3. Tap on All devices at the top
  4. Select the echo device from the list
  5. Scroll down to Local voice control and tap on it
  6. Turn on the local voice control

Once you have turned on the local voice control, simply ask Alexa “how to user local voice control” or “what devices I can control using local voice control” and Alexa will give you instructions on what devices you can control and how to control them.

02 – Play Local music

Play Local music
Play Local music

Yes, you can still play music and songs stored on your smartphone or tablet on which the Alexa app is installed. The music will play through any echo device that has a speaker.

Also, If you use a music streaming app like Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, and Google music to play music through Alexa. However, the music should be downloaded to your device to play.

There is no special procedure to play music when you are offline. Simply ask Alexa to enable Bluetooth, connect the echo device, and then start playing the music you want.

03 – Control volume

volume Control
Control volume

You can give voice commands to control the volume on Alexa. Keep in mind that you can only command to control devices that are already connected to Alexa and support offline volume control.

If you control the volume of echo devices, then you will be able to do that without any problem.

04 – Keep Alarms Active

Alarms Active
Alarms Active

Alarms that have been when connected to WiFi will still work even if the Alexa is disconnected from the WiFi network.

That means you don’t have to be worried about whether the alarm will not work if a sudden connection interruption happens. It will still work and wake you up.

The downside is you cannot set up new alarms without connecting Alexa to the internet.

05 – Set up Reminders

Unlike alarms, you can set up new reminders while you are offline. Also, all the reminders you have set up when connected to WiFi will work, and the Alexa will remember them to remind you.

If you wonder if it is possible to voice command Alexa to set reminders, the answer is yes. You can say, “Remind me to buy milk at 7,” and Alexa will set the reminder for you. You should also be able to edit the reminders you have set up previously on Alexa using voice commands.

Another way you can set up or edit reminders is by using the Alexa app. If you do not know how, here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Open the Alexa app
open alexa app
  1. Tap on the menu icon at the top left corner
menu bar
Devices on the bottom menu bar
  1. Select Reminders
Select Reminders
Select Reminders
  1. Tap on Add reminder
Add reminder
Add reminder
  1. Enter the details of the reminder and tap on Add to save the reminder
save the reminder
save the reminder

06 – Drop in an Echo device

As you may know, we can use Alexa to call another Echo device. This feature is called “Drop in,” and the two echo devices need to be registered to use this feature and call each other.

So if you have set up two echo devices to use the Drop-in function, you can call the other echo device even if you are offline.

However, although you can use the Drop-in feature even if the other echo device is outside the house, you won’t be able to reach it when you are offline.

alexa offline
alexa offline

Therefore, if you want to call another echo device without connecting Alexa to the internet, It should be inside the home and connected through Bluetooth to use the feature.


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