How Do I Turn on Video Camera on Echo?

If you have an Amazon Echo device with a built-in camera, you might be wondering how to turn on the video camera. The good news is that it’s a quick and easy process that can be done in just a few steps. In this tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how to do it.

Step 1: Check Your Device

Before you get started, make sure your Echo device has a built-in video camera. Not all Echo devices have this feature. You can check by looking for a small circular lens on the top of the device.

Step 2: Enable Camera Access

To turn on the video camera on your Echo device, you’ll need to enable camera access in the Alexa app. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Select Devices from the bottom navigation.
  3. Select your Echo device from the list of available devices.
  4. Select Camera under General.
  5. Toggle on Allow Access to Camera.

Once you’ve enabled camera access, you’ll be able to use your Echo device’s video camera for various features like video calls and Drop In.

Step 3: Use Your Camera

Now that you’ve enabled camera access, it’s time to start using your Echo device’s video camera. Here are some common ways to use it:

  • Video Calls: You can make video calls with other Alexa users who have a compatible device with a screen and built-in camera.
  • Drop In: You can use Drop In to instantly connect with other Alexa users who have given you permission to do so. This feature is great for checking in on family members or quickly communicating with someone in another part of the house.
  • Baby Monitor: If you have an Echo Show device, you can use it as a baby monitor. Simply say “Alexa, show me the nursery” to check on your little one.


Enabling camera access on your Echo device is a simple process that can open up a world of possibilities. Whether you want to make video calls, use Drop In, or keep an eye on your baby, the video camera on your Echo device can help make your life easier. So go ahead and give it a try!