Alexa Tips and Tricks – 10 Must-Have Amazon Echo Hacks for Your New Speaker
IF YOU just got an Amazon Echo this holiday season, then you must try these 10 hacks.
It didn’t take long for the Amazon Echo to become a household item after its 2014 release.
Since then, the functionality has only gotten better on the multifunctional device, which can not only order your pizza but also do your online shopping for you.
Here are 10 more awesome tips you absolutely must know.
1. You can change Alexa’s name
Right out of the box, your virtual assistant is called Alexa, but unlike other smart home assistants, Amazon gives you the option to change the activation name.
Most people don’t know this name feature and just call their echo âAlexaâ, however, you can choose to say âEchoâ, âAmazonâ or higher depending on which version you have.
2. You can play music in every room
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If you have multiple Echo devices in your house, you can easily sync them to play the same song / playlist.
You also have the option of simply synchronizing specific echoes in certain rooms, according to your preferences.
You can control all of these features on the Alexa app by clicking Settings> Multi-Room Music.
You can create as many groups as you want, but keep in mind that each device can only appear in one group.
3. You can create separate profiles
You probably didn’t know that you can create separate profiles for the people in your household.
In doing so, you can switch between user profiles on Alexa so that the device can access the appropriate music playlists, calendars, and shopping accounts.
It is important to note that only the registered owner of the device can create new profiles.
If that’s you, you can do that by going to Settings in the Alexa app, clicking Household Profile, and entering your account password.
Once you’ve done that, other members can log in using the same device to link the accounts.
4. You can protect your voice purchases
You can assign a PIN code for online purchases to ensure that not everyone has access to your card information.
This feature will be especially useful if you have kids, so they don’t just say “Alexa is buying ten cases of Cheetos”, or something like that.
To do this, simply open the Alexa app, then tap Settings> Account settings> Voice purchases.
Once you click on Voice Purcashing, you add a pin to the Require Voice Code field.
5. You can change Alexa’s voice
You might have heard of this development which launched in late 2019, but in case you haven’t, now you can change Alexa’s voice to sound like a famous celebrity.
Some of the celebrity voices include Melissa McCarthy, Shaquille O’Neal, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gordan Ramsay.
To do this, go to Settings> Alexa preferences> Voice responses.
Then tap on Celebrity Personalities and take your pick.
6. You can connect to external devices
A lot of people don’t realize that they can connect Alexa to other smart devices in their home.
For example, if you use smart lights in your home that use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, you can pair them with your Echo.
You can then use Echo’s voice command to control those items (i.e. turn off your lights or turn up the volume on your TV).
To connect devices to your Echo, simply use the settings in the app to discover new items and associate them.
7. You can find your iPhone
If you’re just a normal person, you’ve probably misplaced your phone at home.
Whether it got lost between the sofa cushions or ended up in the fridge (it does happen), Alexa can help you locate your missing device.
Assuming you’ve confirmed your phone number in the Alexa app before it’s lost, all you have to do is say âAlexa, find my phoneâ and she’ll call your phone so you can follow along. the ringtone to its destination.
8. You can create a routine
If you frequently tell Alexa the same set of commands (that is, every morning you tell Alexa to “turn on the lights”, “turn on the TV” and “read the news”) , you can create a “morning” routine. so that it can execute the commands automatically.
To do this, go to the app, then tap Settings> Routines> then the plus sign (“+”).
Click âWhen this happensâ, then click âWhen you say somethingâ, and type the trigger line.
You can say “Alexa, start my day” to set up your morning routine, for example.
9. Ask Alexa how to spell a word or whatever.
You might not realize it, but your Alexa is smart, after all, it’s tied to the internet.
You can not only ask him how to spell things, make things or cook things, but you can also ask him for dates and important facts.
Just say “Alexa” and then follow up with your query (ie Alexa, when did the American Revolution happen?).
10. Ask Alexa to flip a coin
With credit cards and crypto being the “modern” way to pay for things, you probably don’t have much change waiting for you.
You can avoid arguments with your friends or family by simply asking Alexa to flip a virtual coin and decide for you.
Just say “Alexa toss” and you’ll get an impartial judge.
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