A Complete List of Alexa Commands for the Amazon Echo (2023)

A Complete List of Alexa Commands for the Amazon Echo (1)

As you know Amazon introduced the mighty voice assistant popularly known as Alexa. With the release of Alexa, the voice assistant is almost everywhere now. From your house to work, from car rides to restaurants. Alexa is basically a voice assistant that works in Echo, Echo studio, Dash Wand, Echo Snow, and even Amazon Fire TV.

By the end of the day, you’ll forget that is a virtual assistant and end up finding that you talk to her often. And why Alexa has become so popular recently is because it has to learn from Alexa Commands and generate a more perky response.

Alexa: How to Summon Her?

So how do you exactly summon Alexa? Well, summoning Alexa is no hard task. The minute you connect to Alexa, you’d have to wake her up just by calling out her name, Alexa. But if you wish to change the wake-up word, then you can only change it to Echo, Computer or Amazon.

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If you have Amazon Fire Stick then you’d have to wake Alexa using a button provided in the remote. However, Amazon has recently introduced a function called “The Follow-Up Mode”. Because of this, you would not need to keep repeating the wake-up word to Alexa.

Alexa will keep listening to whatever you say after the first command. Additionally, she won’t stop listening to you until and unless you end the conversation by saying the word “Stop”.

Where to Get Alexa From?

Since Alexa is a voice assistant, you can get to use it by enabling Amazon Echo. It can also work on any third-party device speaker but for that, you’d have to enable the Alexa application. The application is available on Play store for android devices, and on Apple Store for iOS devices. You can also get access to Alex from the Amazon shopping application.

But make sure you note down one thing. If you decide to use Alexa through a mobile device, then Alexa won’t be able to recognize the word just like that. But, instead, you’d have to press on the icon for Alexa.

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Then it will sincerely listen to your command. Also, the follow-up function is not available in the Alexa application so you’d have to wait until the first command has been responded to. Only then you can place the second command to Alexa.

That being said, there are some other things that may just not work in the mobile version. For example, important reminders or some particular features may not work. But it can work perfectly in Amazon Echo.

How does Alexa Work?

Alexa, at the end of the day, is a voice assistant. Alexa would respond to alexa commands that are already in their database. So what she does is record the command. Then, she sends the recording to the server for a better analysis.

Now Amazon, upon receiving the recording, breaks down the command into separate sounds or rather an individual sound. It then gets in touch with the database which is already filled with sounds of alphabets and words. Then, it produces a combination of words and Alexa responds with a reply which closely makes sense to the command you’ve generated.

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For example, if your command consists of the word “Temperature”, then Alexa, would launch the “Weather” application for you. Or give you the current stats of the weather in your locality.

List of Alexa Commands that Responds to!

Now that you know how Alexa works, it is needless to say the following Alexa commands keep expanding. However, there is no such necessity to pronounce the Alexa commands as per the information below. This is because Alexa understands keyphrases and based on what makes sense with the word, she looks for the most probable answer for you. Here’s what you can tell Alexa to do for you:

1. Basic Alexa Commands

  1. If you want Alexa to help you, simply say, “Alexa, help”.
  2. To make a conversation, say “Alexa, let’s chat”.
  3. If you want to mute or unmute Alexa, say “Alexa, mute’. Or say, “Alexa, unmute”.
  4. To stop Alexa from the functioning of pausing, try saying, “Alexa, Stop”. Or say, “Alexa, shut up”
  5. To make alternations in volume settings, say “Alexa, decrease/increase the volume to 5”. Or say, “Alexa, turn up the music volume to 9”.

2. Echo Show

The echo show, on the other hand, is a device that is capable of showing you visuals when you place a query. Here’s a list of things you can ask Alexa to show you;

  1. You can ask the Echo show to give you a quick tour of what it has to show you. Simply say, “Alexa, is there anything that you’d like to show me?”
  2. To know what day of which month it is, ask Alexa to show the calendar. Say, “Alexa, show me today’s date and month in Calendar”.
  3. If you want to see pictures of yourself from the Gallery, say, “Alexa, show me my pictures. If it is something specific that you want to see, then say, “Alexa, show me pictures of my dog”.
  4. To open the camera, say “Alexa, open the camera for me”.
  5. If you’d like to see trailer of a movie you like, say, “Alexa, show me the trailer for Birds Of Prey”
  6. Or in addition to that, if you want to see showtime for it, say “Alexa, show me showtime for Birds Of Prey”.
  7. To get information on what the weather would be like at the weekend, say, “Alexa, show me the weather forecast for the weekend”.
  8. If you want to watch any particular youtube video, then say, “Alexa show me Anime videos on Youtube”.
  9. To get a recipe, ask “Alexa, show me the recipe for quick food”.
  10. If you want to launch Uber, say, “Alexa, open Uber for me”

3. Fire TV Stick/Fire TV

All echo devices work well with Fire TV. Here are the following Alexa commands you can speak to control what you want to see:

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  1. At any time, if you want to control the TV, you can say, “Alexa, play, pause, stop, resume, rewind, fast forward’ using the Fire Stick.
  2. If there is a particular movie that you’d like to search, then say, “Alexa, show me [Title of the movie]”. Or you can also say, “Alexa, find [Title of the movie]”.
  3. To search for a movie when you only know the name of the actor, say, “Alexa, find movies with [actor’s name]”.
  4. If there is a certain application in Fire Tv that you’d like to open, then say, “Alexa, open [Name of the App]”
  5. To get back to the main home page, say, “Alexa, return to Home”
  6. If you watch to switch off the TV, say, “Alexa, switch off the Fire TV”.
  7. In the middle fo a movie, if you wish to switch to another channel, say, “Alexa, switch to [name of the channel] on Fire TV”.
  8. Or maybe now you want to play games instead of watching a movie. Then say, “Alexa, switch to PlayStation on Fire TV”.

4. Controlling Media

  1. To make changes in the audio settings, say, “Alexa, set the pitch too high” or, “Set the bass to 8”.
  2. If you want to listen to music, say, “Alexa, play music”.
  3. Or if you’d like music to play on other devices for Alexa, then say, “Alexa, play in the drawing-room”.
  4. If you want to play the music of a certain artist, say, “Alexa, play music by [Artist’s name]”.
  5. It could be that you only know a few lyrics of a song and not the name of it. Then say, “Alexa, play the music that goes like [the lyrics you know]”.
  6. To play an album of an artist, say” Alexa plays the [Album name] by [Artist’s name]”.
  7. If you are not sure about any particular song but you know the theme then say, “Alexa, play progressive rock music”.
  8. You can make Alexa play a song of the day by saying, “Alexa, can you play the song of the day for me?”.
  9. Or, there is a Spotify playlist that you want to listen to, say “Alexa, play [name of the playlist] in Spotify].
  10. To play music from Pandora, say, “Alexa, play [name of the artist] on Pandora”.
  11. If you are in the mood to listen to a radio station, simply say, “Alexa, play [name fo the radio station] on TuneIn ”.
  12. Maybe you’re in the mood to listen to a bedtime story. Then say, “Alexa, can you read me a bedtime story”
  13. Or maybe you’d like to hear a story from a Kindle book. Then say, “Alexa, read me [name of the book] in Kindle”
  14. If you want to know the information about the song that is currently playing, ask “Alexa, what is playing?”.
  15. To control the music options, say “Alexa, play”. Or you can say “Alexa, next”.
  16. Maybe you want to make changes to the playback option on another device, then say, “Alexa, stop in the hall room”.
  17. If you liked a song and want to listen to it again, then say, “Alexa, restart music” or “Alexa, restart”.
  18. Want to create a playlist in your amazon music account? Say, “Alexa, create [name of the playlist]”.
  19. To set an alarm for every day with music, say, “Alexa wake up every day with music”.

5. Time & Date Alexa Commands

  1. To set a normal alarm, say, “Alexa, set an alarm at 6 am”. Or you can say, “Alexa, wake up in the morning”.
  2. Or if you’d like to wake up to a music alarm then say, “Alexa, wake me up to [name of the song] at 6 am”. Or say, “Alexa, wake me up to Linkin Park at 6 am”.
  3. To create a repeating alarm, “Alexa, make an alarm at 7 am for weekdays”.
  4. If you want to make a timer, say “Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes”.
  5. To make more than one timer, say, “Alexa, set a second timer for 10 minutes”.
  6. If you’d like to cancel the timer that you’ve already set, say, “Alexa, Cancel the timer”.
  7. To know about what time it is, say, “Alexa, what time is it?”
  8. If you’d like to cancel an alarm, say, “Alexa, cancel the alarm for 6 am”.
  9. To know about a holiday date for the current year, say, “Alexa, when is [name of the holiday] this year?”.
  10. If you’d like to snooze an alarm, then say, “Alexa, snooze”.

6. Calls & Messages Alexa Commands

  1. To make a call to another user of Echo, say, “Alexa, call [name of the user]”.
  2. If you’d like to receive a call then say, “Alexa, answer the call”.
  3. To hang up call, say, “Alexa, hang up the call”.
  4. If you’re too lazy to read messages, simply let Alexa do it for you. Say, “Alexa, play messages”.
  5. You can also make Alexa send any kind of message to a different user of the Echo. Just say, “Alexa, send John a message”.
  6. If you want to make a broadcast announcement, say, “Alexa, announce its lunchtime”. Or you can say, “Alexa, tell everyone good morning”.

7. Purchasing Items Amazon Alexa Commands

  1. If you want to order some of what you’ve recently purchased, then say, “Alexa, buy more Shampoos” Or you can say, “Alexa, reorder shampoos”.
  2. To track the orders you’ve bought from Amazon, say, “Alexa, track my order”.
  3. If you’d like to purchase an Alexa device, say, “Alexa, order an Echo/Tap/Echo Dot”.
  4. To make an addition to the shopping cart, say, “Add two perfumes to my cart”.
  5. To book yourself a cab, say, “Alexa, book me an Uber Ride”.
  6. Suppose to like an album while discovering it and you want to buy it, then say, “Alexa, but this album”.
  7. If you want to discover new music then say, “Alexa, find me a piece of new music by [name of the artist]”.
  8. Maybe you cannot decide which phone to buy. Then ask Alexa to recommend a good smartphone. Just say, “Alexa, can you recommend a great mobile device?”.

8. Notifications Commands

To let Alexa remind you of notifications, simply launch the Alexa application and then go to the option called “Settings”. Then go to the option called “Notifications”. From there you can go for the option called “Shopping Notifications”.

Now Alexa will light up in yellow if you receive notifications.

  1. There is always a possibility to lose track or miss notifications. So, if you’d like to read the messages that you may have skipped then, say, “Alexa, have I missed anything?”.
  2. If you are bored with one notification, you can try navigating through notifications. Simply say, “Alexa, Next”.
  3. Or, if you did not hear the previous notification clearly, then you can try to say, “Alexa, the previous notification”.
  4. If you want to get rid of notifications, then say, “Alexa, remove all my notifications”.

The commands do not need to be too specific as Alexa understands the keyphrases. However, speaking the commands with clarity would ensure a correct response from Alexa.

9. To-do Notes & Shopping List

  1. You can assign Alexa to enter things in your to-do list, “Alexa, remind me to book a cab this evening”.
  2. To make a new item, say, “Alexa, make a to-do”.
  3. If you want to know what events are upcoming in the calendar then say, “Alexa, what’s in the calendar for tomorrow?”
  4. To add a specific event in the calendar, simply say, “Alexa, add [name of thevent] to my calendar for [date of the event].
  5. If you’d like to shift the date of an event to a different date, then say, “Alexa, shift my meeting from 12:00 to 2 pm”.
  6. To make a list of shopping items, say, “Alexa, add bread to my shopping list”.
  7. It could be that you lost track of items that you added to the shopping lits. Simply ask “Alexa, can you tell me the list of things I’ve added to the shopping list”
  8. To donate an amount of money to any charity, then say, “Alexa, donate, [amount of money] to the XYZ Organization”.

10. News & Weather Commands

  1. If you want to check updates on Flash Briefing, then, say, “Alexa, check Flash Briefing”.
  2. To make the addition of music to Flash Briefing, then say, “Alexa, enable to Music”.
  3. If you want to know what’s the latest trending news of headlines for the say, then say, “Alexa, tell me the news headlines for today”
  1. To geta report on current weather information, say, “Alexa, tell me the weather report status for today”.
  2. And, to get information on what’s the scene with traffic, then say, “Alexa, what’s the traffic like?”. Or you can also say, “Alexa, what’s my commute like?”.

11. Entertainment Command

  1. To know more about what movies are currently showing in the nearby theatres, say, “Alexa, what movies are playing in the nearby theatre?”.
  2. If you want to know some details about any movie, then say, “Alexa, tell me more about [title of the movie]”.
  3. To get some cool quotes from a specific movie, say, “Alexa, tell me a quote from [title of the movie]”.
  4. If you want to know the details of a movie’s IMDb rating, then say,” Alexa, what’s the IMDb rating for [title of the movie]?”.
  5. Maybe you liked an actor and want to know the name of the actor. Then say, “Alexa, can you tell me who the lead actor is in [title of the movie]?”.
  6. Or, maybe you want to know more about the actor, for instance, his work. Then say, “Alexa, what are the movies played by [name of the actor]?”.
  7. If you liked a particular song from the movie then say, “Alexa, who is the singer of [name of the song]?”.
  8. You can also get to know the names of the band members. Say, “Alexa, who are the members of [name of the band]”?.
  9. To retrieve information about any particular album, then say, “Alexa, give me information on [name of the album]”.
  10. If you want to listen to some popular songs from a particular artist, then say, “Alexa, play some popular songs by [name of the artist]”.
  11. To find a particular song, say “Alexa, find [name of the song”.

12. Food & Business Commands

  1. Try getting yourself a recipe from Alexa. Just say, “Alexa, get me a recipe for baking a chocolate cake”.
  2. Maybe you’d like to try some food in a nearby restaurant. Say, “Alexa, is there any coffee shop nearby me?”. Or you can also say, “What is the nearest restaurant for having coffee?”.
  3. Or maybe you don’t know what time they close. So, to get information on working hours, say, “Alexa, what time does [name of the restaurant] close?”.
  4. To get the phone number of a business firm, say, “Alexa, get me the number for [name of the business]”.

13. Math Commands

  1. To make any Mathematical conversion, say “Alexa, convert [unit] into [unit 2]”.
  2. Similarly, to make another kind of conversion, say, “Alexa, how many units are in 4[units]?”.
  3. For simple addition, ask, “Alexa, what is the addition of 18+67?”.
  4. Similarly, for division, ask, “Alexa, what’s 7 divided by 3?”.
  5. Now, to solve complex mathematics, say, “Alexa, what is the factorial of 9?”.

14. To Settle Scores

  1. To make Alexa, flip a coin, say, “Alexa, flip a coin for me”.
  2. Make Alexa pick a number. Just say, “Alexa, pick any number ranging between 10 and 20”.

15. Commands For Spellings & Definitions

  1. To know a particular definition of a word, ask, “Alexa, what’ the definition of [name of the word]”.
  2. To make Alexa spell a word, say, “Alexa, spell [name of the word]”.

16. Sports Commands

  1. If you missed a game then you can ask Alexa to check the results. Say, “Alexa, can you tell me the score of [name of the team] game?”.
  2. To know which team won, ask, “Alexa, which team won the game?”
  3. And, if you want to know the timing of the next game, ask, “Alexa, when is the next game scheduled?”
  4. And to get updates of a live game, ask, “Alexa give me live updates on [team] game”.
  5. If you want information on league standings, then say, “Alexa, what are the MLB standings?”.

17. Voice cast Commands

  1. If you are listening to a current song and you’d like to send it to the Fire Tablet, then say, “Alexa, send the current song to my Fire Tablet”.
  2. Or if you want to send it to a different profile, then say, “Alexa, show this on [name of the different tablet]”.

18. Smart Home Commands

  1. For smart home appliances, you can make Alexa switch the lights on and off. Just say, “Alexa, can you turn the lights on”.
  2. You can also ask Alexa to dim the lights. Say, “Alexa, lower the light intensity”.
  3. To change the color of the lights in a particular room, say, “Alexa, change the color of the light in the bedroom”.
  4. Let Alexa shut the doors. Say, “Alexa, shut the garage doors”.
  5. To use IFFF recipes, say, “Alexa, trigger, IFFF recipes].
  6. If you want to activate a scene, say, “Alexa, turn on bedtime”.
  7. To control the TV using the Harmony Hub, say, “Turn the TV on”.
  8. You can also let Alexa be alert and guard the house when you leave. Just say, “Alexa, I’m leaving”.

19. Bluetooth Commands

  1. To make a pair with a Bluetooth device, “Alexa, pair”. Or you can say, “Alexa, Bluetooth”.
  2. If you want to connect to a Bluetooth device, say, “Alexa, connect to my phone”.
  3. To disconnect from a Bluetooth device, simply say, “Alexa, disconnect my phone”.

20. User Profile Commands

  1. To make a switch in profiles, say, “Alexa, switch accounts”.
  2. If you’d like to know which account is active, Alexa, check which profile is active?”.

21. Skills Commands

Skills are known to be third-party applications that work with Alexa. Additionally, you can make Alexa play any game or do something.

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  1. If you want to find some kid skills, you can ask, “Alexa, what kids skills do you have?”
  2. If you’d like to turn off a skill, say, “Alexa, disable Domino’s”.

22. Search Commands

  1. If you are in the middle of something important and would like to refer to Wikipedia, say, “Alexa, Wikipedia : [Subject]”.
  2. Along with that, if you’d like to know about the subject on Wikipedia, say, “Alexa, tell me more”.
  3. You can also ask Alexa to read your general information. Ask, “Alexa, tell me what’s the height of Eiffel Tower?”.
  4. If you like to ask Alexa to answer a question from Quora, say, “Alexa, ask Quora, what is the boiling point for metals?”.
  5. Get a quote from Game of thrones from Alexa. Say, “Alexa, give me a cool quote from game Of Thrones.”.

23. Holiday Commands

  1. If you want to know which holiday is upcoming, say, “Alexa, which holiday is coming up?”.
  2. It could be that you don’t know about a certain holiday. In that case, ask, “Why do we celebrate[name of the holiday]?”.
  3. Get to know general information. Ask, ‘Alexa, what’s the height of Mount Fuji?”.

24. Easter Eggs

Alexa’s database has full of easter egg jokes. So, if you’re in the mood, you can have the following interactions with Alexa:

  1. For a mild joke say, “Alexa, can you give me an Easter Egg?”.
  2. If you’d like to wish Alexa good morning then say “Alexa, Good Morning”.
  3. To hear some jokes from Alexa, say, Alexa, can you tell me a joke?”.
  4. Another great joke by Alexa is ”Alexa, Tea. Earl Grey. Hot”.
  5. To know what Alexa’s purpose is, say, “Alexa, what is your quest?”.
  6. If you want to know what the first rule of fight club is, say, “Alexa, what is the first rule of Fight Club?”.
  7. Also, with a touch of humor, “Alexa, this is a dead parrot”.
  8. To know about some plans, say, “Alexa, what’s your cunning plan?”.


Now that you are aware of Alexa’s capabilities, get started with her!


What are some of the commands for Alexa? ›

Basic Alexa commands

Ask for help: "Alexa, help." Mute or unmute: "Alexa, mute" or, "Alexa, unmute." Stop or pause: "Alexa, stop" or, "Alexa, shut up." Change volume: "Alexa, set the volume to 5," "Alexa, louder" or, "Alexa, turn up/down the volume."

What is the Alexa secret code? ›

So a couple of months back, a fun Easter egg that would be identified and enjoyed by retro gamers was discovered. This was the Super Alexa mode. If you would like to activate the Super Alexa Mode, say the subsequent voice command: “Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start.”

What is the Super Alexa mode code 2022? ›

The super Alexa mode code is “UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START”. The code doesn't actually serve a purpose or activate anything. It's just a fun, hidden joke that pays homage to video game developer, Konami who put secret menus (“easter-eggs”) in their video games.

What's everything Alexa can do? ›

With a simple voice command, Alexa can set alarms, reminders, play music, answer questions, search the internet, and control smart home devices. She can also tell you jokes, provide interesting facts, and even play games with you.

What is the Super Alexa mode? ›

Super Alexa mode is activated with the famous Konami Code, also known as the Contra Code. It invokes a silly response that sometimes includes an obscure League of Legends reference. It's an Easter egg rather than a practical feature.

What happens if you tell Alexa to shut up? ›

If loud music is playing or Alexa is in the middle of a lengthy explanation you don't want to hear, just say "Alexa, Shut Up!" and you'll get some silence in return. Or, if you just want some background noise, say "Alexa, volume one" and get back to work.

Can you rename Alexa to anything? ›

Select Devices . Select Echo & Alexa. Select your device. Select Edit Name.

Can you reprogram Alexa's name? ›

You can't change Alexa's name on your Amazon speaker, but you can change your speaker's "wake word" to one of several other available terms. Amazon speakers are set to listen for the name "Alexa" as its default "wake word," though you can switch its "wake word" to "Amazon," "Echo," or "Computer."

Can Alexa sound like Jarvis? ›

Jarvis' voice on Alexa will sound similar to his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Alexa is available on multiple platforms, we'll have steps for Amazon Echo and the Alexa app. We'll start with the Echo and Echo Show: Say, “Alexa, introduce me to Jarvis.”

How do I get Alexa to call me Daddy? ›

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What is Alexa's new name? ›

We chose 'Ziggy' not only because it performed well in testing, but because it's fun and reflects Alexa's wealth of knowledge on everything from A to Z. As an aside, I am a self-confessed David Bowie fan, so I am enjoying saying 'Ziggy, play Ziggy' and 'Ziggy, play guitar' to my Echo device.”

Is there a camera in Alexa? ›

Echo devices make life easier by helping you stay connected, informed, and entertained. With the inclusion of a built-in camera and a screen on Echo Show and Echo Spot devices, you can make video calls, take photos and videos, and more, while still maintaining your privacy.

What can Alexa do for seniors? ›

With Alexa's voice commands, seniors can simply call out and have Alexa control the lights or adjust smart appliance settings. Seniors with smart technology can control the thermostat, turn on the TV, adjust the oven temperature, monitor security systems, and more.

Do you have to say Alexa every time? ›

Whether you want your voice assistant to slow down or speed up, all you need to do is ask. You don't have to say "Alexa" to wake Amazon's voice assistant. Here's how to change Alexa's name. You don't need to keep saying "Alexa..." every time you want her to do something.

Can Alexa turn on my TV? ›

Connecting Alexa to a generic smart TV

Step 1: Open the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device. Step 2: Tap the Devices tab at the bottom of your screen. Step 3: Choose the + button in the upper-right corner, then select Add Device. Step 4: Scroll down and select TV.

Can Alexa call 911? ›

You can't ask Alexa to dial 911 or other emergency services directly, unless you have an Echo Connect hooked up to a landline phone. You can, however, set up a personal emergency contact, and turn on Alexa Guard for home security.

How do you make Alexa rap? ›

It also has a rap ready — just say, "Alexa, rap for me." But when you ask it to beatbox, you'll get, "Boots and cats, boots and cats.

Can you stop Alexa saying OK? ›

You can make Alexa stop saying OK by enabling Brief Mode. Once enabled, Alexa will stop saying OK and use a brief tone instead! To do this open the Amazon Alexa app and click on More and then Settings. Scroll down to Voice Responses and click on enable Brief Mode.

What weird things can you ask Alexa? ›

  • Alexa, can you tell me a "yo mama" joke?
  • Alexa, what happens if you step on a Lego?
  • Alexa, do aliens exist?
  • Alexa, I've got 99 problems.
  • Alexa, how was your day?
  • Alexa, how high can you count?
  • Alexa, what is the value of pi?
  • Alexa, what do you think about Cortana?
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Why does Alexa light up when no one is talking? ›

It's Alexa's way of telling you the smart speaker is in Setup Mode or attempting to connect to your Wi-Fi network. So, if your network connection lapses from time to time, you're bound to encounter this color on what appear to be random occasions.

Is Amazon shutting down Alexa? ›

“After two decades of helping you find, reach, and convert your digital audience, we've made the difficult decision to retire Alexa.com on May 1, 2022,” Alexa said in a statement on its website.

What are the 4 Wake words for Alexa? ›

You can change the wake word of any Echo speaker or smart display from “Alexa” to “Ziggy,” “Echo,” “Amazon,” or “Computer” for free. (Note: If you are using a third-party device with Alexa built in, you may not have the option to change the wake word.)

Why can you call Alexa Ziggy? ›

Our devices detect wake words by identifying acoustic patterns that match the wake word, so a lot of consideration goes into the selection. “We chose 'Ziggy' not only because it performed well in testing, but because it's fun and reflects Alexa's wealth of knowledge on everything from A to Z.

What is the difference between Alexa and Echo? ›

The main difference is that Alexa is the software and Echo is the hardware. Alexa is Amazon's AI virtual assistant technology that lives in the cloud. Echo is a product line of Amazon smart speakers that come with Alexa AI technology built in.

How do you change Alexa's voice to a celebrity? ›

How to purchase a celebrity voice:
  1. Say “Alexa introduce me to [name of celebrity].”
  2. Alexa will switch over to the celeb voice you've selected and explain the things you can do with it. ...
  3. Once enabled, you can say “hey [celeb name]” to wake the Echo device.
  4. The voice will only be on the Echo you purchased it on.
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What is Alexa celebrity wake word? ›

The "Hey, CELEBRITY NAME" wake word works for most voice-activated Echo devices in your home, excluding first-generation Echo and Echo Dot devices and wearables.

How do I make a custom Alexa wake word? ›

In the Alexa app (30 seconds)
  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Select the Devices icon on right side of the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the Echo & Alexa icon on the top left.
  4. Tap the device for which you want to change the wake word.
  5. Scroll down and tap Wake Word under the General section.
  6. Tap the wake word of your choice.

How do you get Alexa to talk like Yoda? ›

Those who have access to Alexa via the Amazon Echo devices can ask several questions, including: “Alexa, can you talk like Yoda?”, “Alexa, tell me a Star Wars Joke” or even “Alexa, use the force”. Users can ask her for advice about which order to watch the films in, as well as asking her to recite Star Wars quotes.

Can Alexa mimic voices? ›

Now, Amazon is gone a notch up with the voice technology and says, it can now enable Alexa to mimic the voices of normal users with less than a minute of voice record sample.

How do you make Alexa sound like Samuel L Jackson? ›

Tap the hamburger menu at the top left of the app to open the primary Alexa menu. Then tap Settings. Under Alexa Preferences, tap Voice Responses. Under Celebrity Voices, tap Samuel L.

Can Alexa say my name? ›

By enabling, this skill can be accessed on all your available Alexa devices. say my name is very simple. it repeats your name. it will ask your name then repeat it.

Does Alexa know my name? ›

Via the Alexa app, your Echo can even remember your name and your voice.

Is Alexa calling free? ›

Alexa-to-Phone lets users make free phone calls to landlines and mobile numbers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Mexico simply by asking Alexa. You can use the feature to make outgoing calls, but Alexa won't field incoming calls or dial 911 unless you link Alexa with a mobile carrier.

Why is Ziggy a wake word? ›

Amazon devices detect wake words by identifying acoustic patterns that match the wake word, so much consideration goes into the selection. Stansbury added that they chose Ziggy because it performed well in testing, and it is "fun and reflects Alexa's wealth of knowledge on everything."

What is the male name for Alexa? ›

At the same time, Amazon has introduced a new wake word - Ziggy - to trigger Alexa. You can hear your preferred voice option whenever you use Ziggy or any of Alexa's wake words - because Amazon isn't associating Ziggy with the new masculine-sounding voice or Alexa with the original feminine-sounding voice.

What is Alexa's favorite color? ›

Alexas favorite color is ultraviolet, it glows with everything. She loves Hawaiian music. It makes her think of sunshine, and drinks with tiny umbrellas! But her favorite song is “Thriller”.

How do I use my Echo as a security camera? ›

To use your Amazon Echo Show as a home security camera, you'll need to enable the Home Monitoring feature on your Echo Show. Swipe down from the top of the screen and select Settings, followed by Camera. Now use the slider next to Home Monitoring to turn the function on.

Can I use Alexa to listen remotely? ›

Can you use Alexa to listen remotely? Yes, Alexa lives in the cloud. The echo is the conduit between you and the cloud. You can control any Alexa supported devices remotely when you are away from home.

Does Alexa have a night light? ›

Tap the Night Light skill. Tap Enable. Say, “Alexa, open Night Light” to turn on the night light. If you want the light to turn off automatically, say, “Alexa, open Night Light for three hours,” and it will shut off after the specified amount of time.

What free music do you get with Alexa? ›

Fortunately, things have changed and you can now listen to Spotify and Amazon's own free, ad-supported music service. (Apple has said there will never be a free tier, so unfortunately Apple Music will always remain off-limits on Alexa unless you pay for it.)

Can Alexa help in an emergency? ›

If anyone from your household asks Alexa to call for help (including from devices in Amazon Kids mode), Alexa attempts to call and message your emergency contact. If your Echo device isn't connected to Wi-Fi or the phone number is incorrect, Alexa is unable to call or text your emergency contact.

What's best Alexa or Google? ›

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Both voice assistants are neck and neck, though we give Google Assistant a slight edge thanks to its better natural language recognition. It doesn't have the number of third-party skills Alexa does, but it's still robust, and easier to talk to.

How do you know if someone is listening on Alexa? ›

Turn on a notification sound to alert you when Alexa is listening to your conversation (using “Sounds” under “settings”). Turn off “personal results” from the Google Home app (under “settings” and “more”).

Does Alexa work without WiFi? ›

Amazon's Alexa is a device that strictly revolves around Wi-Fi to access everything from Google to various music-streaming services. Without Wi-Fi it is simply impossible to connect to these applications and features.

Can Alexa hear conversations? ›

You need to know that Alexa is technically always listening, even without explicitly triggering an Alexa device. Alexa does not actively record and store all your conversations, but it's always listening for "Alexa," the wake word. Once you say it, anything you say that follows is recorded and stored in the cloud.

Can Alexa turn on my lights? ›

You can connect an Alexa device to smart lights in your house and set up context-aware lighting using the Alexa app. When you set up context-aware lighting, you can turn on all the lights in whatever room you're in with a simple command. You can find and connect to smart lights in the Devices tab of the Alexa app.

Can you control Netflix with Alexa? ›

Virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung Bixby can also be used with Netflix.

What does Alexa connect to? ›

With Alexa integration, you can control just about any SmartThings-compatible device that has an on/off state. Other compatible products include smart lightbulbs, air vents, switches and outlets, locks, and thermostats.

How do you make Alexa rap? ›

It also has a rap ready — just say, "Alexa, rap for me." But when you ask it to beatbox, you'll get, "Boots and cats, boots and cats.

Can Alexa's voice be changed? ›

In the Alexa app for iOS or Android:

Tap on the device you want to change Alexa's voice on. Tap the Settings cog wheel button in the upper right. Scroll down to the option for Alexa's Voice and tap on it. Choose either Original (the feminine voice) or New (the masculine voice).

What wake words can I use for Alexa? ›

You can change the wake word of any Echo speaker or smart display from “Alexa” to “Ziggy,” “Echo,” “Amazon,” or “Computer” for free. (Note: If you are using a third-party device with Alexa built in, you may not have the option to change the wake word.)

Do I have to say Alexa every time? ›

Whether you want your voice assistant to slow down or speed up, all you need to do is ask. You don't have to say "Alexa" to wake Amazon's voice assistant. Here's how to change Alexa's name. You don't need to keep saying "Alexa..." every time you want her to do something.

Does Alexa respond to Harry Potter spells? ›

Harry Potter Spells: Alexa Skills

Harry Potter Spells is a wonderful Alexa Skill that allows users to navigate information about various Hogwarts magic spells, charms, enchantments, etc. All you have to do is just invoke the skill by saying “Start Harry Potter Spells”, then say any spell name!

Can Alexa respond with my name? ›

You can construct your skill response using SSML and the alexa:name tag, and Alexa then inserts the recognized speaker's name into the response. Alexa does not share the speaker's name with you without the speaker's consent.

How do you make Alexa say whatever you want? ›

Say "Alexa, Simon says," followed by what you want it to say. It will repeat back your command. Download the Text to Voice skill in the Alexa app, go to Test to Voice in a browser, and follow the instructions to pair your Alexa device.

Can I make Alexa sound like Jarvis? ›

Go to the “More” section. Select “Skills & Games” from the list. Search for Jarvis using the text box. Tap on “Enable To Use” once you purchase the voice pack.

How do you get Alexa to talk like Yoda? ›

Those who have access to Alexa via the Amazon Echo devices can ask several questions, including: “Alexa, can you talk like Yoda?”, “Alexa, tell me a Star Wars Joke” or even “Alexa, use the force”. Users can ask her for advice about which order to watch the films in, as well as asking her to recite Star Wars quotes.

Can I rename Alexa to something else? ›

Select Devices . Select Echo & Alexa. Select your device. Select Edit Name.

Why does Alexa Go Ziggy? ›

“We chose 'Ziggy' not only because it performed well in testing, but because it's fun and reflects Alexa's wealth of knowledge on everything from A to Z. As an aside, I am a self-confessed David Bowie fan, so I am enjoying saying 'Ziggy, play Ziggy' and 'Ziggy, play guitar' to my Echo device.”

Why is Ziggy a wake word? ›

Amazon devices detect wake words by identifying acoustic patterns that match the wake word, so much consideration goes into the selection. Stansbury added that they chose Ziggy because it performed well in testing, and it is "fun and reflects Alexa's wealth of knowledge on everything."

How do I give my Alexa a custom name? ›

If you want to change the name, just say "Alexa, change the wake word" and choose another option. Or if you're not near your Echo speaker, you can open the Alexa app and navigate to Settings. Then, select Device Settings and choose your device (for example, Katie's Echo Dot).

Can you get Alexa to ignore someone? ›

The other way to stop others from using Alexa is to put it on mute. To do so, tap the Mute button- the Echo device will start showing a red ring around, indicating that the mic has been disabled. However, this also means that it won't be available for you.

Can Alexa turn on TV? ›

Once you have connected your TV to your Alexa devices, you can use voice commands to turn the TV on and off, change the volume, play or pause a movie, and more. All you have to do is say “Alexa,” followed by the command, and, finally, say the name of your TV or service provider.

Does Alexa respond to thank you? ›

Say “please” and “thank you”

Also, if you say “Thank you” after she's performed an action for you,” she'll say “No problem,” “You bet,” or another acknowledgement of your gratitude. Alexa won't hear you say “Thank you,” however, unless you have Follow-up Mode enabled.


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