Entertainment: music, AMU, Apple, Spotify and audiobooks

Whether you want to listen to music, books, radio stations or podcasts, all you have to do is ask.

Amazon Music, Spotify

MUSIC

Listen to your favourite music on demand with Alexa by linking your music service to your Alexa account. Supported services include Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify (Premium). Then just sit back and control your audio experience with requests like these:

Start listening:
“Alexa, play music.”

Playback controls:
“Alexa, pause." | “Alexa, resume.” | “Alexa, skip.” | “Alexa, next.” | “Alexa, stop.”

Volume:
“Alexa, volume up.” | “Alexa, volume 6.”

Sound quality:
“Alexa, turn up the bass.” | “Alexa, set the treble to 3.” | “Alexa, reset the equaliser.”

AMAZON MUSIC

Amazon Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can make a variety of unique music requests from the simple to the very specific. Learn more about Prime Music and how to join Amazon Music Unlimited.

Get started:
“Alexa, play music by [artist name].” | “Alexa, play music that I haven’t listened to recently.”

Latest song or album:
“Alexa, play “I Don’t Care”.” | “Alexa, play the new [artist name] album.”

Search by lyrics:
“Alexa, play the song that goes ‘love is all you need'.”

Music alarms:
“Alexa, set an alarm to Pearl Jam every day at 10am.” | “Alexa, wake me up to morning music.”

Genre, era or mood:
“Alexa, play a fast pop song from the '90s.” | “Alexa, play today’s hits in London.”

Music for activities:
“Alexa, play pop music for a party.” | “Alexa, play relaxing music.”

Customised:
"Alexa, play me songs I listened to last Friday.” | “Alexa, add this song to my playlist.” | “Alexa, play more like this.”

SUPPORTED MUSIC SERVICES

Alexa can also play music from other streaming services which can be set as the default preference for your device. Connect the supported music service of your choice by following these easy steps:

  1. In the Alexa app, tap the menu icon, select ‘Settings’ at the bottom and select ‘Music’.
  2. Select ‘Link New Service’, to link to your preferred music service provider.
  3. After you choose a preferred music library and service, select ‘Done’.

Apple Music:
“Alexa, play Today’s Hits on Apple Music.” | “Alexa, play Beats 1 Radio on Apple Music.”

Spotify Premium:
"Alexa, play Spotify." | “Alexa, play my Discover Weekly.”


RADIO AND PODCAST

Listen to radio stations and podcasts.

Just ask:
“Alexa, play ask myTuner Radio to play talkSport.” | “Alexa, play 'The Archers' podcast.”

AUDIOBOOKS

Listen to your favourite stories from Audible. Each month Audible offers a free selection of brilliant audiobooks to listen on Alexa-enabled devices. Just ask:

“Alexa, what's free from Audible.”

Customers can also listen to their Audible library on Alexa supported devices. Go to the Alexa app, select the menu, select ‘Play’ located at the bottom and check the ‘Audible Library’ section to see the available audiobooks.

“Alexa, read [book title].” | “Alexa, stop reading in 30 minutes.”

Audible
Get Help Around the House

From Monday mornings to Sunday nights, life’s moments are that much easier when you have help to play music, cook, stay up to date with current events and more — completely hands-free with Alexa.

MORNING

Few of us enjoy getting up in the morning, but Alexa can make it more enjoyable by making your morning routine easier. Just ask:
"Alexa, good morning." | "Alexa, what's the quote of the day?" | "Alexa, open BBC 1?" | "Alexa, what’s the weather in Manchester?"

IN THE KITCHEN

Whether you're a seasoned cook or learning the basics, Alexa is always ready to lend a helping hand in the kitchen. She can help you cook delicious recipes, learn more about ingredients and of course help you find the perfect wine. Just ask:
"Alexa, give me a chicken recipe." | “Alexa, add kitchen roll to my shopping list.” | "Alexa, how many calories does olive oil have?" | "Alexa, what wine goes well with salmon?"

BEDTIME

Nighttime is time to relax and wind down from the day. Alexa can help prepare you for a relaxing night sleep. Just ask:
"Alexa, set a brushing teeth timer for 1-minute." | "Alexa, open Thunderstorm Sounds." | "Alexa, tell me a bedtime story."

Productivity: reminders, timers, alarms, calendar management and lists

From alarms and timers to daily reminders, let Alexa help take care of the details so you can focus on the big picture.

REMINDERS, TIMERS & ALARMS

Just ask:
"Alexa, set a 10-minute timer." | “Alexa, remind me to water the plants.” | “Alexa, set a weekday alarm for 7 a.m.” | “Alexa, wake me up to happy pop music.”

CALENDARS

Link your calendar and ask Alexa to add new events or check upcoming appointments. To get started, go to your Alexa App and select from the menu 'Settings' and then 'Calendar'. Once set up, just ask:

“Alexa, add an event on Saturday at 6 p.m.” | “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”

LISTS

Every Alexa account comes with shopping and to-do lists but customers can also create their own lists. Add items hands-free, then access those lists by voice or in your Alexa app, from the menu, under ‘Lists’. Just ask:
“Alexa, create a to-do.” | “Alexa, add milk to my shopping list.” | “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”

Routines: Alexa can perform a series of actions with a single command

Alexa can perform a series of actions with a single command. For example, you could set up a routine for the command, “Alexa, start my day” so that Alexa will respond by telling you an inspirational quote, the weather forecast for the day and delivering the daily news.

To set up your desired routine, use the Alexa App and follow these 6 simple steps:

  1. In the Alexa app, select the menu icon and select ‘Routines’.
  2. To create a new routine, tap the + icon.
  3. Select ‘When this happens’, and then choose how to trigger the routine.
  4. After, choose which action you want to add.
  5. Under ‘From’, select which device controls the routine.
  6. Tap ‘Save’.

Just ask:
"Alexa, how can I set up a routine?" | “Alexa, start my day.” | “Alexa, welcome me home.”

News + Info: daily news, weather, local search, traffic, languages, Q&A

No matter what time of day it is, Alexa is here to keep you informed.

From daily news updates and weather reports to local search, translations, sports reports and more, just ask Alexa to stay in the know.

DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Flash Briefing gets you the latest daily news updates from your favourite sources like BBC, The Guardian and more. In the Alexa app, select the menu icon, select ‘Settings’ and select ‘Flash Briefing’.
To add additional news sources, tap the + icon next to ‘Add Content’.
Select the news source that you want to add to your Flash Briefing and tap “Enable”. Just ask:
“Alexa, what’s the news?” | “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?”

WEATHER

Alexa can help you get the local weather to better plan your day. In the Alexa app, select the menu icon, select ‘Settings’. Next, click on ‘Device Settings’ and choose your device. Scroll down to ‘Device Location’, input your address and click ‘Save’. Just ask:
“Alexa, do I need an umbrella today?” | “Alexa, what’s the weather in Brighton this weekend?”

LOCAL SEARCH

Ask Alexa to find films playing in nearby cinemas or provide you with information on local businesses – including addresses, phone numbers and business hours. After you set up your device location you can receive locally relevant results. Then, just Ask:
“Alexa, what films are playing on Saturday?” | “Alexa, what Italian restaurants are nearby?”

TRAFFIC

Alexa tells you how long your commute will take with up-to-date traffic information. In the Alexa app, select the menu icon, select ‘Settings’ and select ‘Traffic’. Click ‘To’, and add the address of a location you frequently travel to such as work or school and hit ‘Save’. Then, just ask:
“Alexa, what’s my commute like?” | “Alexa, how’s traffic to London Gatwick?”

LANGUAGES

Translate words and phrases into more than 50 languages including Spanish, French, Japanese and more. Just ask:
“Alexa, what languages can you translate?” | “Alexa, how do you say ‘I love you’ in French?”

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Get fast facts on a wide variety of topics.

General questions:
“Alexa, how do you spell 'handkerchief'?” | “Alexa, how many people live in Scotland?” | “Alexa, what’s the capital of Australia?”

Calculations:
“Alexa, what’s 62 times 12?”

Conversions:
“Alexa, how many kilometres are in a mile?”

Time and Dates:
“Alexa, when is sunset?” | “Alexa, how many days until Christmas?” | “Alexa, what time is it in New York?”

Skills: useful skills and how to create your own

Alexa Skills are like apps, which add new capabilities that create a more personalised experience with your Echo device.

You can get started with skills either by using your voice or in the Alexa app. Just ask, “Alexa, what are your top skills?” or go to the ‘Skills and Games’ section in the Alexa app to discover new and popular skills. Once you’ve found the skill you want to use, just tell Alexa what to do.

USEFUL SKILLS

Staff picks:
“Alexa, open Tenable.” | “Alexa, start the Body Coach.” | “Alexa, open Daily Affirmation.” | “Alexa, meow meow.” | “Alexa, open Ocado.”

Fun & games:
“Alexa, open Deal or No Deal.”" | “Alexa, what's the question of the day?” | “Alexa, play Harry Potter Quiz.”

Stay informed:
“Alexa, open my TV guide.” | “Alexa, open The Guardian.”

De-stress:
“Alexa, open five minute workout.” | “Alexa, open Meditation Timer.”

Family time:
“Alexa, open Hide and Seek.” | “Alexa, open Kids Court.”

CREATE YOUR OWN

Blueprints are skills that you can customise just for you and that will only appear on the devices registered to your Amazon account. You can choose from over 23 easy-to-use templates ranging from creating a Gameshow skill for family night to creating a Houseguest skill to welcome guests to your home. You can choose to share your skill with other Echo and Alexa-enabled device owners outside of your household. Just ask:
“Alexa, how can I create my own skills?"

Get Help Around the House

Turn your home into a voice controlled smart home, where you can control the lights and temperature, control your Appliances, see who’s at your front door and more, all hands-free.

New to smart home? Check out our smart home setup page for help connecting your compatible smart home devices.

PLUGS

Smart plugs help you turn compatible everyday appliances into part of your smart home. Connect a smart plug with compatible lamps, floor fans, coffee machines etc. and control them all easily. Just ask:
“Alexa, turn on my coffee machine.” | “Alexa, turn on the lamp.”

LIGHTS

Smart lighting lets you control your connected lights remotely or by voice when paired with Alexa. Compatible smart bulbs can come with the ability to turn on, dim and change colour so you can adjust the mood of any room. Smart switches can be a cost effective way to control multiple lights with your normal bulbs but typically require installation. Just ask:
“Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights.” | “Alexa, dim the bedroom lights.”

THERMOSTATS

Heating and cooling systems can be one of the largest contributors to electricity bills. Compatible smart thermostats can help you save energy (and the environment) by adjusting your home’s temperature when you‘re away. Control your thermostat from any room when you add hands-free voice control with Alexa. Just ask:
“Alexa, set the bedroom to 20 degrees.” | “Alexa, what’s the temperature in here?” | “Alexa, turn the temperature down.”

CAMERAS

Compatible smart cameras allow you to instantly monitor the inside or perimeter of your home with just your voice when you connect them to Alexa and an Echo Show, Echo Spot, or Fire TV. Check in on your sleeping baby or confirm that the knock at the door is just a package delivery, all without going to another room. You can also use your phone to remotely check in on your home. Relax and be confident that you can keep an eye on what’s happening in and around your house no matter where you are. Just ask:
“Alexa, show me the nursery.” | “Alexa, show me the front door."

ZIGBEE DEVICES

With Echo Plus (1st and 2nd generation) and Echo Show (2nd generation), customers can directly connect Zigbee-compatible smart home devices with a hands-free set up. Simply turn on your device and say, "Alexa, discover my devices". Your Echo device will discover and set up compatible lights, plugs and more.

Communication: calling, mobile calling, Skype calling and Drop In

Staying in touch with friends and family is easy with Alexa. You can call almost anyone hands-free, including all UK mobile and residential phone numbers (at no additional cost), other Echo devices and the Alexa app - simply by asking Alexa.

You can also link your Vodafone UK and/or Skype account with the Alexa app to make and receive your mobile and Skype calls. Use the Drop In feature for room-to-room calling and to quickly connect with other Echo devices. Use Announcements to let your family know when dinner is ready, ask someone for help with a chore or remind the kids to go to sleep—without having to raise your voice.

To get started:

  1. Download or update to the latest version of the Alexa App (iOS 9.0 or higher, Android 5.0 or higher).
  2. Click on the Communicate icon at the bottom left of the home screen.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter and verify your mobile phone information and import your contacts.

CALLING

Once you verify your phone number and sync your contacts with the Alexa app you can:
• Make and receive calls between supported Echo devices or the Alexa app.
• Make and receive video calls between any Echo device with a screen, or the Alexa app.
• Make outbound calls to all UK, US, Canada and Mexico mobile and residential numbers (emergency services such as 999 or 112, premium and business rate numbers are not supported) at no additional cost. Currently available from the UK only.
• Make and receive hands-free mobile and Skype calls by linking your Vodafone UK mobile phone account and Skype with Alexa.

Just ask:
“Alexa, call Mum's mobile." | “Alexa, answer." | “Alexa, hang up."

MOBILE CALLING

Link your Vodafone UK OneNumber account with Alexa to make and receive mobile calls, hands-free on your Echo device, using your Vodafone mobile plan. Once you have linked your Vodafone UK OneNumber account with Alexa just ask Alexa to call any of your contacts by name. When someone calls your mobile number, Alexa will announce someone is calling and you can ask Alexa to answer your call on your Echo device. Calls using Alexa are deducted from your pay monthly allowances - just like making a call with your phone.

We want you to know: Check with your network operator to see if your plan is eligible to link your phone number with Alexa (Pre-paid and some older accounts may not be supported). Calls will ring on both your mobile and linked Echo devices, even when you are not near your Echo device.

To get started:

  1. Update to the latest version of the Alexa app for iOS and Android. Once updated, open the Alexa app and select the Menu, and go to Settings.
  2. Select Communication, and then select your network operator.
  3. Follow the steps on the screen to link your mobile phone account to Alexa.

SKYPE CALLING

Make Skype voice or video calls from Alexa-enabled devices to any Skype contact around the world. Just say, “Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype” to call Jimmy anywhere he uses Skype, including his phone, PC, or another Alexa-enabled device. Alexa will announce incoming Skype calls, and to answer, just say “Alexa, answer” to start talking. Using Skype to Phone, Alexa customers can call almost any phone number in over 150 countries using their Skype credit or subscription - Learn more about Skype's rates. Emergency calling is not supported.

To get started:

  1. Open the Alexa app and select the Menu, and go to Settings.
  2. Select Communication tab and select Skype.
  3. Follow the on screen instructions to link your Skype account to Alexa.

DROP IN

Drop In is an optional feature that helps you connect instantly, hands free. Use Drop In on your supported Echo devices at home, like a two-way intercom. You can ask questions or have a quick conversation with the family by granting select contacts Drop In permissions. Don’t forget to rename your devices in the Alexa app to drop in more easily around the house.

How to start using Drop In:

  1. In the Alexa app select the Communication icon.
  2. Select the Drop In icon.
  3. Select the name of the contact you want to drop in on.

Just ask:
“Alexa, drop in.” | “Alexa, drop in on the kitchen.” | “Alexa, drop in on Echo.“

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Now there’s an easier way to quickly get your family on the same page. For example, say “Alexa, announce that dinner’s ready” to your Alexa-enabled device and “Dinner’s ready” will play in your voice on your other supported Echo devices. Just ask:
“Alexa, announce that dinner’s ready.” | “Alexa, broadcast that we’re leaving in five.”

Shopping: making purchases and helpful notifications

Alexa is always ready to help you get your shopping done—from reminders to ordering dog food to tracking your package all the way to your doorstep. Amazon Prime members can ask Alexa to order products from Amazon.

MAKING PURCHASES

When it’s time to reorder, just ask and Alexa will offer an item from your order history, confirm the price, and ask if you would like to buy it. If you're looking for an item that you haven't previously purchased on Amazon, you can search by product name or ask for top-rated items in a category, learn more on how to place orders with Alexa. Just ask:

“Alexa, remind me to order dog food.” | “Alexa, reorder tea.” | “Alexa, add shampoo to my basket” | “Alexa, what are my deals?” | “Alexa, what are the best-selling toys?”

HELPFUL NOTIFICATIONS

Get notifications when packages are out for delivery and when it might be time to restock your home, health, beauty, and pet essentials. Just ask:
“Alexa, where is my order?”