If you have an Amazon Echo at home, you already know how useful it can be. Whether you want to play music, turn on your lights or just watch the weather, Amazon & # 39; s smart powered loudspeakers can do almost anything.
And that also means calling. That's right, you can use your Echo devices to call people in your contacts, even if they don't have their own Echo device. This is how it all works:
Which devices are suitable?
- Echo Dot
- Echo Show
- Echo Spot
- Echo Plus
- Fire tablets (fourth generation and higher) with the Alexa app
- Compatible iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets with the Alexa app
How do I call Alexa?
The first thing to do is give Alexa access to your contacts. Go over the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone and tap the Call and Messages tab on the bar at the bottom of the screen (the icon from the left that looks like a chat balloon). If you have not yet enabled this, the app will request permission to access your contacts and register your phone number. (That is for number recognition. If you log out, your calls will be displayed as & # 39; Unknown & # 39 ;.)
Once you're done, you can instantly call your friends and family with Echo devices and send messages. Then calling is as easy as asking Alexa to call someone. For example, if you want to call your mother, just say, "Alexa, call mother."
What if the person I am trying to call does not have an echo?
If you try to call someone who has an Echo, Alexa will call them automatically (assuming they have also signed up for calls and messages in their Alexa app).
If your receiver does not have an Echo device (or is not switched on), Alexa does one of two things: call the Alexa app on their phone (if it is set to receive calls) or dial the number that is assigned to the contact is linked. If multiple numbers are linked to a contact, you will be asked which one you want to call. Then say & # 39; mobile & # 39; or & # 39; home phone & # 39; and Alexa is calling the right number.
Can I call a number that is not in my contacts?
Yes, you can call a number that is not in your contacts by saying the number to Alexa (eg "Alexa, call 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0") .
Can I make international calls?
You can call Echos in any country that supports calls and messages from Alexa to Alexa, but non-echo landline and mobile calls are limited to the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Can I call a number?
Alexa can call most numbers, but there are a few notable exceptions:
- Emergency service numbers (e.g., "911")
- Premium rate numbers (e.g., "1-900" numbers or toll numbers) )
- All local X-1-1 numbers or abbreviated dialing codes (e.g. "211", "411", etc.)
- International numbers (numbers outside the US, Canada and Mexico)
- Dialing numbers per letter (eg "1-800-FLOWERS")
What if I don't have an Echo?
You don't actually need an Echo to call Alexa. If you use the Calling and Messaging tab on the mobile app When you open an echo device, you can call anyone in your contact list, tap the name of the person you want to call, and you will see voice and video call icons at the top. you tap one of their other numbers to use Alexa Calling to call a landline or mobile number.
How do I end a conversation?
Simply say: "Alexa, end the conversation" or "Alexa, hang up". You can also tap the red telephone icon on Echo Spots and Echo Shows
How do I make a video call?
If you make a call from an Echo Show or Echo Spot, a video call is set by default as if you were using Apple & # 39; s FaceTime or Google Duo. If you don't want to sit in the camera, just say, "Alexa, turn off the video" or tap the camera icon on the screen.
How do I answer an incoming call?
When a call comes in, your Echo sounds a ring tone and the ring lights up yellow. Just say & # 39; Alexa, answer the call & # 39 ;.
Can I block numbers?
You can only block numbers if they are in your contact list (but don't worry, you've won & # 39; don't get spam calls on your Echo). Go to the Calling and Messaging tab in the Alexa app, tap the contact icon in the top right corner, and then open the three-dot menu in the right corner of the next screen. You see an option for & # 39; Block contacts & # 39 ;. Select this and then choose a contact that you want to block.
Can I call another Echo in my house?
A feature called Drop In allows household members to connect directly to Echo devices in other rooms. To enable this, tap the "Set Drop-in" banner at the top of the Calling and Messaging screen. Then tap Profile Settings and set the "Drop Drop In" switch to blue. (You can also say "Alexa, come in" and complete the installation by voice.) You can now use your Echo as an intercom by asking to come by on an Echo in another room. However, you must name it exactly by name, so make sure you remember what your Echo & # 39; s are called in other rooms.