So you made an Echo, Echo Dot, or other Echo device during Amazon & # 39; s Prime Day extravaganza (or during one of Amazon & # 39; s periodic Echo sales), and it's in your kitchen , waiting in silence for your next order. What now?
Before you can ask your Alexa-powered Echo to play your favorite Spotify playlist or turn on your living room lighting, you need to adjust a few important settings. Get the scoop to train Alexa to recognize your voice, prevent anyone from just buying things on Amazon, tell her where you live and work, and more.
Create a voice profile
Once your new Echo is active, Alexa can start answering your questions and bidding. That said, it's a good idea to get Alexa to get used to your voice as quickly as possible. By creating a speech profile, you can train Alexa to both understand and recognize your voice, which is useful when it comes to asking Alexa to do the shopping or send messages to others.
Your Echo device should have asked you to create a voice profile during the first installation process, but if you skipped it (like I did the first time), there is an easy way to go back.
In the Amazon Alexa app for iOS or Android, tap the menu button, tap Settings> Alexa account> Recognized votes> Your vote and then tap the big blue button & # 39; Start & # 39 ;. Alexa will ask you to say four short sentences in your Echo. Once that has happened, she has a much better understanding of how you sound.
Adjust your voice-shopping settings
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Fortunately, there is a simple way to add some protections to Alexa's voice purchase feature, so your rugrats don't turn up toys, candy, or whatever pops up in their adorably greedy little heads. You can also completely disable voice purchases if you wish.
First open the Amazon Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone, tap the menu button and then tap Settings> Alexa account> Voice purchases .
If you want to keep the voice buying feature but prevent your children from using it, you can add a four-digit voice code that you must say before Alexa agrees to buy something for you. Simply turn on the voice code setting, and then enter a four-digit code. The next time you or someone else asks Alexa to buy something, she will ask for your voice code before completing the purchase.
The thing with children is of course that they are not only smart, but also remember everything that you, for example, including voice codes. That's why you should probably set Alexa to skip the voice code if she recognizes your voice. (The speech profile that you have created comes in handy.)
Just go back to the Voice Purchase screen and enable the Speakers Recognition setting. Now you don't have to say a voice code when you ask Alexa to buy things on Amazon – and even better – nobody else will listen to your code.
Last but not least, you can completely disable voice purchases by disabling the "Purchase by voice" setting.
Set a "Do Not Disturb" schedule
Once you are more familiar with your new Echo, you can choose to have upcoming calendar items, news headlines, incoming messages announce messages and dozens of other possible events.
There is a good chance that you don't want Alexa to wake you up at 3 o'clock just because you have some spam in your inbox.
To keep Alexa still after you go to bed, tap the menu button in the Alexa app and then tap Settings> Device Settings . Tap the name of your new Echo and then tap Do not disturb . Then tap the switch Scheduled and then set the hours at which you want Alexa to be silent.
Please note that Alexa ignores your Do Not Disturb settings when it comes to alarms and timers, so plan accordingly.
Choose a music service
One of the most tempting things to try with your new Echo first is to ask him to play a few songs. However, by default Alexa plays music from Amazon Music. If you subscribe to another music service, such as Apple Music, Pandora, or Spotify, you can link your music account to your Alexa account and then set it as your default music service.
Tap the menu button on the Alexa app, tap Settings> Music and then tap Link new service . Once you've found your favorite music service, tap it to enable an Alexa – & # 39; skill & # 39; and sign up. Finally, tap Standard services on the music screen and select a new default setting for your music library and for music channels.
Once that has happened, you can say "Alexa, play some Bruce Springsteen", and you will soon hear The Boss crooning from your favorite music service.
Set your home and work locations
If you want to know how long it takes to drive to work on a certain morning, just ask Alexa – that is, as soon as she knows your work address.
Tap the menu button in the Alexa app, tap Your Locations and then tap Add Locatio n to teach Alexa where you live where you work and others locations y you want them to know.
Add your smart devices
Do you have devices that Alexa wants to operate, such as a smart lamp, a thermostat or a security system? You can start them with a few taps.
First tap the menu button in the Alexa app and then tap Add device . You will see a list with a wide range of smart devices, from lamps and plugs to cameras & microwaves. Choose a category, tap a brand and follow the steps to create a new skill for the device or smart service.
Once the skill is set, you can say things like “Alexa, set the base temperature to 78 degrees, & # 39; Or & # 39; Alexa, turn off the lights in the living room. & # 39;