You can pump up the sound on your Echo Dot with an external speaker.

You’ve got a nice, small, compact Amazon Echo Dot that can fit practically anywhere and offers all the features of its big brother, the regular Amazon Echo. There’s only one drawback. The Echo Dot lacks the booming speaker offered by the full Echo.

That’s fine if you just want to hear the latest news, purchase products, and play games and quizzes. But if you want to listen to music, the Echo Dot’s anemic speaker may not do the trick. Fear not, though, since you can connect your Dot to an external speaker to beef up the sound.

You can set up an external speaker with virtually any of Amazon’s Alexa-driven devices. The original Echo, Echo Show, and Amazon Tap all have hefty speakers, so there’s little need for a separate external one. The Amazon Dash Wand also has a weak speaker, but this device is designed to be portable. The Echo Dot is the one that really need helps from an external speaker.

Here, you have a couple of choices. You can plug in an external speaker or connect one via Bluetooth. Let’s go over the steps for both options.