Amazon Alexa Smart Home Group Setup – Lights & Music features

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This video is about how to Setup and use the Amazon Alexa Smart Home Group. By adding an Echo into a Smart Device Group you can easily call up music or bring up lights without having to specify smart devices.

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44 comments

  1. Craig's Tech Talk 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    UPDATE: I did not cover this in the video. For smart plugs, you may need to change the settings in order for it to be identified as a “Light”. To do this, you have to go into the smart plug settings in the Alexa App. Select your plug under smart devices, click the gear icon and change type from plug to light. Once you do this, it will work as a light.

  2. Delwar Ullah 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    I’ve got four echoes darts for Easter and are watching all different things on YouTube
    And found this one helpful thank you it’s great that people like you make these videos
    Stay safe

  3. Tim Corridan 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Hi,Hope you can help me,When my Alexa is playing music my light on top is not working when playing music…

  4. Shanmukha Bollapragada 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    how did you add the lights onto the home wifi network, especially, if i have a smart home, i don't see the "lights" as something i could add, but i have other devices on n/w i can control. does light need any additonal customizations

  5. Joe A 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Craig, no where on YouTube can one find how to setup multiple users that can access the same devices in the household. Including what they need to do on their phones to access those devices or to access Alexa. How do we setup a shared group in the household? Please help Craig!

  6. Lard Man 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    How do i change my Echo Dot's group? I only have Plus and a Dot. The dot was in the living room group, but now that I bought a Plus I want to make that into the living room group. (Which I did) but now I want to make the Dot into the Bathroom group. When I try making a new Bathroom group, the Dot is all grayed out and I can't choose it. Please help!

  7. Dave Cole 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Hey Craig, I’ve created a group and it switches lights and TV on, but how do I get Alexa to turn all off? The off command switches only the lights off but not the TV! I have the Echo show in the room. Do I need a Dot in addition (to switch all off)? Thanks for the vids! Dave C.

  8. dougconley 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Is it possible to put speaker group into an Alexa routine?? I can't seem to figure that one out.

  9. Debtanu Ghosh 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Pls help me with a problem . Suppose I have 5 lights in dinning room and I group them as "dinning room" and named those lights 1,2,3,4,5. If I command alexa – " alexa, turn on dinning room 1,3,5" will it work? Or all dinning room lights will turn on then I have to turn off 2 and 4 seperately??
    Kindly help me with that

  10. Bryant Bergenstock 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Appreciate the video. I'm new to the Alexa devices and running everything with a link on Smart Things. I have Echo dots in each room but the kitchen, where the Echo plus 2 is. I'm having trouble individualizing routines for each room, such as when the kids wake up they can say, "good morning and Alexa will turn on lights, tell time, date weather, etc."? Any suggestions? Every time I try to set routines for the specific Echo dot it doesn't do what I had set up. Am I just missing something simple. Thanks in advance.

  11. It's Cyberqueen13 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Great review. My family was getting very frustrated with all the lights going on and off all over the house. LOL This helped me a lot but I also went and grouped my lights with the manufactures app as well (Magic Home).

  12. ctm49 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Is it possible to turn lights on in all groups with one command? I tried "all groups, lights on" and all the lights went on. However, when I tried to turn them off the same way, Alexa said it didn't recognize the command. Odd.

  13. Anthony Schmitt 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Craig, help! I've been trying to get this to work with no avail. I've set up two groups, one downstairs and one in an office upstairs. Each group has the rooms dot and a the rooms lights. The problem is when I say lights off to either one of these dots, it turns all the lights off in both groups!

  14. Terry Sutherland 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    OK! I found your video about combining things in a group. Now, how does Alexa know something plugged into a smart switch is a light?

  15. Tim Sortet 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Can’t figure out how to add my Sonos Beam into one of my speaker groups. When I go into the app to add it to one of the groups I have setup I don’t get an option to add the Sonos. Can you help?

  16. Dave Cole 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Hey Craig! thanks for this, I'm still fiddling (and building) home automation. One question that I'm not following: I had an Echo dot in the basement and moved it to the kitchen, I renamed it "Kitchen Dot" but how do I remove it from the basement group and have it shown as in the kitchen.?

  17. Ignacio Isidor 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    How can I use one Amazon account in two different houses? I need to control two different houses with my echo dots, but when I say "turn off all the ligths" I don't want to turn off the other house.

  18. GoneRidingParts.Com 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    So I'm experimenting with this and I see alot of setup time, which is ok, will get faster as I get better with this. But what if I want to change a WIFI password, does this wreak havoc on all the smart devices ? suggestions ? guidance ? Should I use a guest network ?

  19. David Boland 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Craig, I’ve been watching your videos for a while. You have the best tutorials on these Alexa devices. I just wanted to say Thank You, and you do a Phenomenal job! Keep up the Terrific work!

  20. Derek McCormack 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    For something that sounds potentially difficult to achieve you made this look very simple. Thank you so much for your explanation.

    Greetings from Ireland

  21. userbosco 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Even though I have a room/group that has only ONE light in it, after setting the group up with the Echo app and the smart device (wired Insteon switch named "Office Lights"), Alexa responds with "a few things share the name light, which one did you want?"… WTF?! Does this in every room/group I've set up…aggravating as heck!

  22. Andre Mazi 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    The echo which is NOT in the same group as my TV, is able to control my TV when I tell it to. This should not be happening, right?

  23. Shay F 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    We use this and love it! We didn't discover it until a friend of my son's (hungry Dino lol) came over and didn't know how to control the lights in the room through Alexa. My son went to correct him and realized hey that worked. Our new favorite thing to do with Alexa is routines triggered when our phones arrive home. Guess it's like an intro. It's fun to hear which funny intro the kids have Alexa say and which song plays when they come home…and a little more funny when brother hijacks sisters routine 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♀️

  24. Tom D. Benjamin 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Is there a way to add skills into a routine? Might seem like a dumb question at first but I’ve enabled the Star Trek Red Alert 🚨 skill which of course sounds the iconic alarm. I want to add that into a “red alert” routine so that it will sound that alarm & activate my internet powered lights.

  25. TangleBox 32 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    I'm going to have to watch these videos in the car from now on. My Alexa is set to Echo and this video had it waking up way too much 🙁

  26. Shaun Whiteley 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Thanks for this, Iv now watched it 3 times because I’m a bit confused, sorry. I have a group with 3 echoes, in 3 different rooms that I say, play music downstairs and they all do, 👍😀. But you said each device can only be in one group, so I would have to delete it if I wanted individual room control like you just showed? Cheers

  27. K Stevenson 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    I wasn't sure I understood. Can someone explain? So a smart speaker can belong to only one group. If you are in you bedroom, can you still tell the echo to turn off lights in the living room? Who wants to go down stairs to make sure all the lights are off? Or is that Echo only tied to that particular group and nothing more. That seems a bit ridiculous.

  28. Wandering Aloud With Mark 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    @Craig's Tech Talk I just purchased a 4 pack of Phillips hue light bulbs. Is it necessary to have the hub to be able to control the lights in each room. Keep in mind I have 3 different echo dots in the rooms where these lights will be installed.

  29. Josh Creager 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    What are the advantages of Groups over Apple’s Home Automation and running a routine. When I leave a geofence, lights run a certain routine and same when I get home. I’ve been leaning on Apple more for lights and Echo for music.

  30. Curtis Thompson 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Craig Thanks for the videos. I didn't see a link for the changing color lights, could you provide one as I am looking to get those? Thanks again.

  31. Chris Symon 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    The video is great but failed to show that all the lights must have the light bulb icon. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why your setup wouldn’t work on mine. Then I noticed this once I slowed down the video. I have wifi plug switches and all my icons were smart plugs which caused Alexa to not recognize the lights when added to the group. I switched all my lights from the smart plug icon to the light bulb and added in the echo to the group and then it worked. Great video…now my wife wont need to remember the light names.

  32. Tom Buttimer 3 June, 2020 at 09:05 Reply

    Another great video. Amazon keeps adding features but with little clear instructions on how to best use them. Your videos really help to guide us novices on how to take advantage of these tools. Keep them coming.

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