For example, Alexa can learn who it’s talking to, order supplies for the home, and even. Not to mention, you can call and – or (with their permission of course).
Alexa won’t tell you how to do these things right out of the box, but we’ve got you covered. Read on for essential tips for your Amazon Echo ($ 60 at Amazon) you should know.
Find a good place for your ultrasound at home
The first thing you do after taking your new Amazon Echo out of the box is plug it in. And if you only have one Echo speaker, you don’t want to just put it anywhere in the house – in fact, there are. You need to make sure that it is in a centralized place where your voice can be transmitted from most rooms, such as in the or . (Here are the .)
Get the basics sorted out first
Now that you’ve plugged in and set up your Echo, it’s. This includes downloading the Alexa app and setting your location so that you have an accurate weather forecast.
We also recommend that you take your time from the start. While you can set this at any time, having Alexa recognize different users’ voices gives each user a personalized experience. For example, when Alexa recognizes your voice, it plays the music and news you love to listen to and calls or sends people in your address book.
You can also set up voice purchases so you can quickly order something that you buy often, such as paper towels. To do this, you also need to enable one-click ordering in the settings app. Don’t forget to set a password so that only you can make purchases this way. You can find this in Settings > Account settings > Voice Purchase.
Using voice commands to get things done
Any action you want Alexa to do will. For example, turn on music, adjust the volume of the smart speaker and create lists or reminders. You just say something like, “Alexa, turn down the volume” or “Alexa, put coffee on my grocery list.”
You can also, instead of speaking. Just open the Alexa app and tap it Keyboard button in the top left corner.
Don’t want your wake word to be Alexa? You can change it to Echo, Computer or Amazon. Just say “Alexa, change the wake word” and take your pick.
Control your smart home devices from your Echo speaker
Do you wish you could come home at night with the lights already on? If you have smart bulbs, smart plugs ($ 25 at Amazon) or switches, you can control them with the Alexa app so you never have to stumble again when you walk up the porch stairs.
Other devices you can control include smart locks (in case you forget to lock your door before leaving), Lake
Call, text and visit your friends with Alexa
again? Don’t worry – you don’t need it . Just say something like, “Alexa, call Mom,” or “Alexa, text Katie.” The contacts must be in your address book for this to work.
You can alsoon friends and family who have added you as an accepted contact. To do this, just say something like, “Alexa, see Dad.”
Oh, and about that lost phone –in your house.
Now that we’ve got the essentials out of the way, this is the case, and .