Simply put, no, The Alexa devices will not work without a WiFi connection and cannot be localised as they need a constant connection to the Amazon servers.
This is because of the way the devices work when you send commands to them. Believe it or not, the commands aren’t stored on the devices themselves, they will record your voice clips and keep them as temporary files which then use a tool to translate and convert the voice into text which the server then uses as a command to compare and send data back.
Think of it as a messenger in war, a soldier tells the messenger what to say in French and the messenger tells the recipient what it was in English, who will then send a reply back.
Yes and No, you can, however, it needs setting up prior with a WiFi connection. Once you have set this up, the device can be used in the future without a WiFi connection to play the latest Gorillaz album 😉
Here are the steps to using the device as a Bluetooth speaker:
Yes, whilst a massive amount of Alexa’s functionality is gone when your internet isn’t working (Thanks PlusNet!), Alexa alarms do still work without a WiFi connection, which seems great. But you can’t then tell Alexa to turn off the alarm as it cannot relay to the Amazon server.
This is because the Alarm system itself is set in the Alexa device itself, hopefully, we will see more features like this in the future!
Just to help with this, if the night before your partner is asleep and you want to avoid waking your partner with the alarm, you can walk up to your Alexa unit and whisper to it, “Alexa, set volume to one.”
This will result in a small flash but no voice response. Now ask Alexa to set the Alarm at the time you need by whispering to it and you’ll get a VERY quiet whispering response.
So, the Amazon Alexa devices are great value for the money you send, they’re one of my favourite Smart Home Assistant devices. Regardless of the inability to work properly without WiFi, I do think it’s worth getting the full Echo devices even if you just use them as a budget Bluetooth Speaker.
However, it is 2019, you should be able to hotspot on your phone or borrow the neighbours unsecure connection (Not that I advise this due to security reasons).
What do you think of the Alexa Devices as speakers?