Money Matters

30 Amazon Alexa Tips That You Should Know About

(Source: www.forbes.com)

If you own a device like the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, then you likely use the Alexa personal assistant to report the weather or play some music. Aside from answering basic questions, you can have Alexa perform dozens of other tasks and control a number of smart home automation devices. What else can Alexa do? Here are 30 Amazon Alexa tips that you should know about:

1.) Disable / Change Wake Word 

Screenshot: Amit Chowdhry

If you want to disable Alexa from listening to a wake word, then look for the mute button on the device. Then you will have to press it down and a red ring will highlight. After that, Alexa will remain muted until the button is pressed again. 

You can also change the wake word by going to alexa.amazon.com and going to Settings > (Device name) > Wake Word Alexa under General.

2.) Controlling Smart Home Devices With Alexa

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

To control smart light bulbs, thermostats, etc. using Alexa, you can do so in the Smart Home section of the Alexa app.

3.) Add Some Skills To Alexa

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

Within the Alexa app on Android and iOS, you can download “Skills” to Amazon Alexa — which is essentially an app store for the digital assistant. Some of the best Amazon Alexa Skills include Stock Prices by Opening Bell, This Day In History by A&E Television Networks, Word of the Day by Peppercorn Media, Fandango, 7-Minute Workout, 1-Minute Mindfulness and Sleep Sounds: White Noise. To make the process of adding Skills faster, you can also use voice commands like: “Alexa, enable Stock Prices by Opening Bell.”

4.) Use Alexa As A Bluetooth Speaker

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

Alexa has built-in support for several audio streaming services like Amazon Prime Music, Audible, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio. But many people do not know that it can be used as a Bluetooth speaker for playing audio directly from your mobile device.

Let’s say that you want to play some music from your phone, simply say “Alexa, connect to Bluetooth.” Then connect to your Alexa device from the Bluetooth menu of your device. Or you can connect your mobile device to the Alexa by going to the Bluetooth section of alexa.amazon.com. Once your mobile device pairs with your Alexa device, you can play audio from your smartphone to the Alexa device.

5.) Change Default Music Player On Alexa

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

When you buy your Alexa device, the default music player is Amazon Music. But you can change the default music player. To change the default to other music services like Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and TuneIn by going to the Amazon Alexa app and then Settings > Music & Media under Alexa Preferences > Choose default music services.

6.) Get Alexa To Understand How You Speak

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

Sometimes Alexa has difficulty understanding different voices and accents. Fortunately, there is a way to get Alexa to understand you better by creating a voice profile in the Alexa app.

You can set one up by going into Settings of the Alexa app on your mobile device and then select Your Voice. Once you create a voice profile, Alexa can send and play your messages without asking who you are and you can shop confidently knowing Alexa is responding to just your commands.

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

Another useful feature for getting Alexa to understand your voices and accents is by going into your History under Settings in the Alexa app and tapping on the voice command listing that did not work correctly. If Alexa did not understand your command, then you can respond “No” to “Did Alexa do what you wanted?”

7.) Have Alexa Repeat An Answer

If you miss a response from Alexa, then you can have it repeated. You just simply have to say “Alexa, can you repeat that?”

8.) Delete Voice Command History

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

Alexa keeps a log of all of your voice commands, but you can delete it if you want. To delete a specific voice command, open the Alexa app, go into Settings > History > (tap the recent command) > Delete Voice Recordings.

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

You can also delete all the recordings in one go by logging in to the main Amazon website and going to Your Account. Then tap on Content and devices and click on the Your Devices tab. Tap on the “…” button the left of your Alexa device and then click on Manage voice recordings. Tapping on Delete will clear the history in full.

9.) Control Alexa From A Different Account

There may be some circumstances where you would like to switch accounts. For example, your spouse might have a better music collection in Amazon Music or Pandora. You can see which profile you are using by saying “Alexa, which profile am I using?” And then you can switch profiles by saying “Alexa, switch profile.”

10.) Connect Your Family Prime Account To Alexa

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

There is a way to connect your family Prime account to Alexa. This can be done by going to alexa.amazon.com and going to Settings. After you scroll down the page and set up your Amazon Household. The family members that you add will have to download the Alexa app on their device to join the household.

11.) Setting Up Groups For Different Smart Home Devices

Screenshot credit: Amit Chowdhry

You can set up a Group for each of your devices from within the Alexa app or alexa.amazon.com. Some examples of Groups you can set up include “Backyard Lighting” and “Kitchen Devices.” If you have more than one Alexa device, then you should consider making a profile for them and get surround sound going whenever you play music.

12.) Play A Few Games With Alexa

Alexa has a few games built-in that you can play. When you say “Alexa play the animal game,” Alexa will try to guess the animal that you are thinking of by asking a series of questions. Other games include “Akinator,” “Bingo,” “Blackjack,” “Escape the Room,” “Movie Quotes,” “Jazz Trivia,” “Song Quiz,” “Deal or No Deal,” “True or False?” “20 Questions,” “Categories,” “Golden Ticket,” “Millionaire Quiz Game,” “Tic Tac Toe,” “Would You Rather” and “Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.”

13.) Place Pizza Orders With Alexa Through The Domino’s Pizza Or Pizza Hut Skills

Screenshot: Amit Chowdhry

Using your Alexa device, you can place orders for pizza at Domino’s or Pizza Hut. Both Domino’s and Pizza Hut created Skills for the Alexa to place the orders. Just ask Alexa to enable the Domino’s and/or Pizza Hut Skill or activate it from your Alexa app or alexa.amazon.com. After that, you can say commands like “Alexa ask Pizza Hut to reorder” or “Alexa, ask Dominos to track my order.”

14.) Use Alexa As An Intercom

Did you know that you can use your Alexa device as an intercom? This is possible if you have multiple Alexa devices. If you want to make an announcement in your living room, then say “Alexa, drop in on the living room.”

15.) Have Alexa Cheer You Up

In case you are having a bad day, you can have Alexa cheer you up. This can be done by saying “Alexa, cheer me up.”

More Info: www.forbes.com

Advertisements

Categories: Money Matters

Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , ,