Whether you want to listen to music, books, radio stations or podcasts, all you have to do is ask.
RADIO AND PODCAST
Listen to radio stations and podcasts completely free. Just say: "Alexa, play Smooth Radio." | "Alexa, play BBC Radio 2." | "Alexa, play the Woman's Hour podcast."
Volume: "Alexa, volume up." | "Alexa, volume 6." | "Alexa, lower volume."
To control these settings from your Alexa app, click the Devices icon in the bottom right corner of the app > select your Echo > Sounds > Equaliser.
Start listening: “Alexa, play music.”
Playback controls: “Alexa, pause." | “Alexa, resume.” | “Alexa, skip.” | “Alexa, next.” | “Alexa, stop.”
Sound quality: “Alexa, turn up the bass.” | “Alexa, set the treble to 3.” | “Alexa, reset the equaliser.”
Amazon Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can make a variety of unique music requests from the simple to the very specific. If you're an Amazon Prime Member, you can enjoy Prime Music straight away. Learn more about Prime Music and how to join Amazon Music Unlimited.
Get started: "Alexa, play music by [artist name]." | "Alexa, play pop music." | "Alexa, play happy music."
Block songs with explicit lyrics: "Alexa, block explicit lyrics."
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 '90s rock music." | "Alexa, play today’s hits in London."
Music for activities: "Alexa, play pop music for a party." | "Alexa, play music for cooking."
Customised: "Alexa, play songs I haven't listened to in a while." | "Alexa, add this song to my playlist." | "Alexa, play more like this."
SUPPORTED MUSIC SERVICES: APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY PREMIUM AND MORE
Alexa supports additional on-demand music services such as Spotify Premium, Apple Music, TuneIn and Vevo. Link them to your Alexa account to set them as the default preference for your device by following these easy steps:
- In the Alexa app, tap the menu icon, select 'Settings' at the bottom and select 'Music'.
- Select 'Link New Service', to link to your preferred music service provider.
- 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 Discover Weekly on Spotify."
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.
Audible commands: "Alexa, read [book title]. | "Alexa, stop reading in 30 minutes." | "Alexa, read faster." | "Alexa, next chapter."
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.
Few of us are morning people, but Alexa can make your morning routine more enjoyable. Just ask:
"Alexa, good morning." | "Alexa, what's the quote of the day?" | "Alexa, play Capital." | "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?" | "Alexa, set a 15-minute pasta timer."
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."
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 say: "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.”
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?”
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 holiday list.” | “Alexa, add milk to my shopping list.” | “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”
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 a joke, the weather forecast for the day and the daily news.
To set up your desired Routine, use the Alexa App and follow these 6 simple steps:
- In the Alexa app, select the menu icon and select ‘Routines’.
- To create a new Routine, tap the + icon.
- Select ‘When this happens’, and then choose how to trigger the Routine.
- After, choose which action you want to add.
- Under ‘From’, select which device controls the Routine.
- Tap ‘Save’.
Just ask: "Alexa, how can I set up a routine?" | “Alexa, start my day.” | “Alexa, welcome me home.”
No matter what time of day it is, Alexa is here to keep you informed.
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 Flash Briefing sources, tap the + icon next to ‘Add Content’. Select the news source(s) you prefer and tap “Enable”. Just ask: “Alexa, what’s the news?” | “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”
Alexa can help you get the local weather forecast 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 at 3 p.m.?” | "Alexa, do I need sunscreen today?"
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?”
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?”
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?” | "Alexa, teach me Spanish."
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?” | "Alexa, how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon?"
Time and Dates: “Alexa, when is sunset?” | “Alexa, how many days until Christmas?” | “Alexa, what time is it in New York?”
Alexa Skills are like apps, which add new capabilities that create a more personalised experience with your Echo device.
You can use skills to play games, listen to soothing sounds, workout and much more. You can get started with skills either by voice, visiting the Skills Store 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.
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.” | "Alexa, let' play a game."
Stay informed: “Alexa, what's on TV tonight?” | “Alexa, open The Guardian.”
De-stress: “Alexa, help me meditate.” | “Alexa, help me relax.”
Looking for experiences designed just for kids? Alexa offers a range of educational and entertaining skills. Kid Skills are off by default. To turn them on, go into your Alexa app > Settings > Alexa Account > Kid Skills. To get started or learn more about Kid Skills, just ask: "Alexa, what are your kid skills?" | "Alexa, tell me a bedtime story." | "Alexa, open Freeze Dance."
CREATE YOUR OWN
Want to create your own Alexa experience? Create personalised skills in minutes with [Skill Blueprints] (https://blueprints.amazon.co.uk/). Choose from over 22 easy-to-use templates and fill in the blanks to build your own for custom games, bedtime stories, personalised compliments and more. Just ask: "Alexa, how can I create my own skill?" Blueprints will only appear on the devices registered to your Amazon account. You can choose to share your skill with other Echo and Alexa-enabled device owners outside of your household. Get started at [blueprints.amazon.co.uk] (https://blueprints.amazon.co.uk/).
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 Alexa & smart home page to learn more about compatible devices, such as: lights, plugs, cameras and more. You can create a smart home device group by adding your Echo device and smart home devices to a group via the Alexa app. Then you can control them with simple commands, like "Turn on [group name]."
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
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.
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:
- Download or update to the latest version of the Alexa App (iOS 9.0 (https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/amazon-alexa/id944011620) or higher, Android 5.0 (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app) or higher).
- Click on the Communicate icon at the bottom left of the home screen.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to enter and verify your mobile phone information and import your contacts.
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."
Link your Vodafone UK (https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/OneNumber/Amazon) 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:
- Update to the latest version of the Alexa app for iOS (https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/amazon-alexa/id944011620) and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app). Once updated, open the Alexa app and select the Menu, and go to Settings.
- Select Communication, and then select your network operator.
- Follow the steps on the screen to link your mobile phone account to Alexa.
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 (https://secure.skype.com/my/rates/international-calls?setlang=en). Emergency calling is not supported.
To get started:
- Open the Alexa app and select the Menu, and go to Settings.
- Select Communication tab and select Skype.
- Follow the on screen instructions to link your Skype account to Alexa.
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:
- In the Alexa app select the Communication icon.
- Select the Drop In icon.
- 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.“
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.”
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.
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?”
Alexa can notify you when your Amazon packages are out for delivery, if someone has left you a message and more. When you see the yellow light ring or light bar pulsing on your Echo device just ask: "Alexa, what are my notifications?"