Entertainment

MUSIC

With Amazon Music, you can ask Alexa for your favourite songs by mood, genre, era and more. Learn how or just ask:

“Alexa, play music for cooking.” | “Alexa, play pop songs from the '90s.” | “Alexa, what song is this?”

You can also listen to music from Spotify Premium – see steps to link your account. Go to your Alexa App and select "Settings">"Music & Media" to choose your default music service.

Amazon Music, Spotify

TIP: Stream other music services via Bluetooth from a smartphone/tablet. To pair a new device, go to "Settings" in your Alexa App, select your Echo device and choose "Bluetooth">"Pair a new Device". Going forward, just ask:

“Alexa, connect to Bluetooth.”

RADIO

Listen to radio stations and podcasts with TuneIn (no subscription required). Go to your Alexa App and select "Music & Books">"TuneIn" to see what content is available. Just ask:

“Alexa, play Classic FM.“ | “Alexa, play the podcast 'The Archers'.”

TuneIn

NEWS

Get news updates from a wide range of sources with Flash Briefing. Go to your Alexa App and select "Settings">"Flash Briefing" to customise your news line-up. Then, just ask:

“Alexa, what’s in the news?”

TIP: Hear scores and schedule updates from your favourite sports teams. Go to your Alexa App and select "Settings">"Sports Update" to customise your sports update. Then, just ask:

“Alexa, what’s my sports update?”

AUDIOBOOKS

Listen to your favourite stories from Audible. Go to your Alexa App and select "Music & Books">"Audible" (under "Books") to see your available audiobooks. New to Audible? Enjoy a free audiobook with your 30-day trial.

“Alexa, join Audible.” | “Alexa, read Harry Potter.” | “Alexa, stop reading in 30 minutes.”

You can also stream The Jungle Book completely free on your device. Whether you’re relaxing at home or just looking for some family-friendly entertainment, just ask:

“Alexa, read The Jungle Book.”

Audible
Get Help Around the House

TIMERS, REMINDERS & ALARMS

Alexa helps you track multiple tasks and stay on schedule. Just ask:

“Alexa, set a 10-minute timer.” | “Alexa, remind me to water the plants.” | “Alexa, set a weekday alarm for 7 a.m.”

Go to your Alexa App and select "Reminders & Alarms" to manage your entries.

TIP: Wake up to your favourite sounds on Amazon Music, Spotify or TuneIn. Just ask:

“Alexa, wake me up to happy pop music.”

LISTS

Every Alexa account comes with shopping and to-do lists. Add items hands-free, then access those lists by voice or in your Alexa App under "Lists". Just ask:

“Alexa, add milk to my shopping list.” | “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?” | “Alexa, create a to-do.”

TIP: Prime members can ask Alexa to order products from Amazon. You can also ask when your next Amazon package is due to arrive – even if you didn’t order the item(s) with Alexa. Just ask:

“Alexa, order kitchen roll.” | “Alexa, where is my order?”

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 "Settings">"Calendar". Once set up, just ask:

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

Ask questions

WEATHER

As you’re getting ready for your day or planning ahead, Alexa can tell you the local, national and international weather forecasts. 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. Just ask:

“Alexa, what films are playing on Saturday?” | “Alexa, what Italian restaurants are nearby?”

TIP: Set a location for your Echo device to receive locally relevant results. Go to "Settings" in your Alexa App, select your Echo device and provide your address in "Device location".

TRAFFIC

Alexa tells you how long your commute will take with up-to-date traffic information. Go to your Alexa App and select "Settings">"Traffic" to add your starting point and destination. Then, just ask:

“Alexa, what’s my commute like?” | “Alexa, how’s traffic to the airport?”

Q&A

Alexa provides you with instant answers on a wide range of topics. Just ask:

General Knowledge

“Alexa, how do you spell 'handkerchief'?” | “Alexa, what's 10 pounds in US dollars?” | “Alexa, Wikipedia 'artificial intelligence'.”

Time and Dates

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

People and Places

“Alexa, how old is Kate Moss?” | “Alexa, how many people live in Scotland?” | “Alexa, what’s the capital of Australia?”

Stay in touch

CALLING

Making calls with Alexa is easy. Once your contacts are synched in the Alexa App, just ask Alexa to call any of your contacts by name. If someone is calling, Alexa will notify you and you can either answer or ignore the call. Just ask:

“Alexa, call Mum.” | “Alexa, answer the call.”

If your contacts don’t own an Echo device, they can download the free Alexa App to send and receive Alexa messages.

MESSAGING

You can also use Alexa to send voice messages. Just ask, "Alexa, send a message" and a voice recording will be delivered to your contact’s Echo device and Alexa App. When you receive a new message, Alexa will notify you. Just ask:

“Alexa, play my messages.” | “Alexa, message Dad.”

DROP IN

With Drop In, you can use multiple Echo devices as an intercom to communicate with members of your home. Go to "Settings" in your Alexa App, choose the Echo devices you’d like to enable and select "Drop In". Then, just ask:

“Alexa, Drop In on [Device Name].”

You can rename your Echo devices in the Alexa App to drop in more easily around the house.

SET UP INSTRUCTIONS

You can ask Alexa to call or message anyone who has an Echo device, a Fire Tablet or the Alexa App on supported smartphones.

STEP 1: Download the latest version of the Alexa App (iOS 9.0 or higher, Android 5.0 or higher).

STEP 2: Complete the set-up by verifying your mobile number and importing your contacts.

STEP 3: Tell your friends and family.

CONTROL YOUR SMART HOME

SMART HOME WITH ALEXA SKILLS

Ask Alexa to dim your living room lights, or set the bedroom temperature. All you need to do is enable the manufacturer’s skill and connect your compatible smart home device in the Alexa App.

STEP 1: Visit the Alexa Smart Home Store to choose from thousands of Alexa-compatible smart home devices, including lights, plugs, thermostats and more.

STEP 2: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to set up your smart home device.

STEP 3: Enable related smart home skills – in the Alexa App or via the Alexa Skills Store – and connect your device in the Smart Home section of your Alexa App.

SMART HOME WITH ZIGBEE DEVICES

Echo Plus (1st and 2nd generation) and Echo Show (2nd generation) customers can directly connect Zigbee-compatible smart home devices without the need for separate hubs or skills. Simply turn on your device and say, "Alexa, discover my devices". Your Echo device will discover and set up compatible lights, plugs and more.

CONTROL YOUR SMART HOME DEVICES

Once set up, you can manage your devices in the Smart Home section of your Alexa App or just ask:

Lights

“Alexa, dim the dining room lights to 20%.” | “Alexa, turn on the hallway light.”

Plugs

“Alexa, turn off the Christmas tree.”

Thermostats

“Alexa, set the bedroom to 20 degrees.” | “Alexa, what’s the temperature in the living room?”

TIP: With Smart Home Groups, you can control multiple smart home devices at once via simple commands like "Alexa, turn on [group name] ". Go to your Alexa App and select "Smart Home">"Groups" to set up a new group. Then, just ask:

“Alexa, turn on the living room.”

CREATE A ROUTINE

With Routines, you can automate a series of actions (e.g. turn on the lights, play the news and turn on the coffee maker) using a single command. To create a Routine, go to your Alexa App and select "Settings">"Routines". Then, just ask:

“Alexa, start my day.”

Alexa Skills

SKILLS

Alexa Skills add even more capabilities to your Echo device. Go to "Skills" in your Alexa App or visit the Alexa Skills Store to check out thousands of ways to personalise your experience. Get started and just ask:

“Alexa, let’s play a game.” | “Alexa, help me sleep.” | “Alexa, teach me something.” | “Alexa, give me a chicken recipe.” | “Alexa, what sound does a cat make?” | “Alexa, tell me a bedtime story.”

Can’t wait to discover more things to try? Just ask:

“Alexa, what can I say?”