If you are one of the millions of new Amazon Echo that are setting up their devices this week, then you are probably itching to test out all of the devices’ popular functions. According to Amazon, The Amazon Echo and the Echo dot (starting at $49 at Amazon) were the hts of Prime Day 2017, and they were the best-selling products globally. That also means that this week, many customers will discover Alexa for the first time, and will want to checkout the new skills.
We’ve put together a few of the best tips and tricks to help Echo owners get to know their new Alexa device.
Music: You can ask Alexa to stream music directly from services such as Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, SiriusXM, TuneIn, Pandora and more. Not only are Alexa devices great for playing music alone, Echo Dot pairs with tons of different Bluetooth speakers so you can customize your sound.
Try asking “Alexa, play Rihanna’s latest single”; “Alexa, play the song of the day.”; or “Alexa, play Classic Vinyl on SiriusXM”.
News: Stay up to date on the current news while you get ready in the morning, just say “Alexa, what’s the news?” To customize your news, visit settings in the Alexa app and select flash briefing then get more flash briefing content. From there you can choose to receive updates from popular broadcasters such as The Skimm, Refinery29, Buzzfeed, The Tonight Show, NPR and many more.
Calling and Messaging: You can ask Alexa to place a call from your Echo device to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa app. Video calling is available on Echo Show. In addition to voice calling, you can use Echo devices to easily send and receive voice messages. Just say “Alexa, send a message to mom.”
Google, iCloud Calendar, Outlook and Office 365 Calendar Integration: Alexa makes it easy to stay on top of all your appointments and add meetings to your calendar. Visit settings in your Alexa app, select calendar, and link your Google or Microsoft account.
You can try asking “Alexa, add dinner with Mom to my calendar tomorrow night.”; “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”
Timers/Alarms/Lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping, and to-do lists.
Try saying “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for 7am.”; “Alexa, set a spaghetti timer for 15 minutes.”; “Alexa, add pick up dry cleaning to my to-do list.” For a little brevity, try saying “Alexa, tell me a joke.”; “Alexa, rap to me.”; “Alexa, good morning.”; “Alexa, what is the meaning of life.”
You can also ask Alexa to order dinner from skills like GrubHub, Amazon Restaurants, Domino’s, or Pizza Hut. Or even ask Alexa to reorder your favorite Starbucks drink by enabling the Starbucks Reorder skill.
For the advanced techie, you can connect Alexa to smart home devices like Philips Hue light bulbs, Wemo Smart Plugs, or smart door locks from Kiwkset, Schlage, and August. You can also get help with everyday tasks from skills by American Express, Capital One, AllState, or Tide – Stain Remover. Users can also stay engaged with your favorite summer movies with skills from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Spiderman: Homecoming. All-in-all, customers can find 15,000+ skills in the Alexa Skills Store today.
If you don’t have an Amazon Echo, you can find more information on the device at amazon.com/alexa.