“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 from the menu "Music & Books">”More Music Streaming Services” to choose your default music service.
TIP: Stream other music services via Bluetooth from a smartphone/tablet. To pair a new device, open the Alexa App and go to the Devices icon in the bottom right hand corner, choose “Echo & Alexa” > select your Echo device > “Pair Alexa Gadget” under “Connected Devices”. Going forward, just ask:
“Alexa, connect to Bluetooth.”
Listen to radio stations and podcasts with TuneIn (no subscription required). Go to your Alexa App and select from the menu "Music & Books">”More Music Streaming Services”>”TuneIn” to see what content is available. Just ask:
“Alexa, play Classic FM.“ | “Alexa, play the podcast 'The Archers'.”
Get news updates from a wide range of sources with Flash Briefing. Go to your Alexa App and select from the menu "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 from the menu "Settings">"Sports" to customise your sports update. Then, just ask:
“Alexa, what’s my sports update?”
Listen to your favourite stories from Audible. Go to your Alexa App and select from the menu "Music & Books" and check the “Audible Library” section 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.”
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 from the menu "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.”
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, from the menu, under "Lists". Just ask:
“Alexa, add milk to my shopping list.” | “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?” | “Alexa, create a to-do.”
“Alexa, order kitchen roll.” | “Alexa, where is my order?”
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">"Calendar". Once set up, just ask:
“Alexa, add an event on Saturday at 6 p.m.” | “Alexa, what’s on my calendar?”
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?”
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 the Devices icon in the bottom right hand corner, choose “Echo & Alexa” > select your Echo device > add your address under “Position”.
Alexa tells you how long your commute will take with up-to-date traffic information. Go to your Alexa App and select from the menu "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?”
Alexa provides you with instant answers on a wide range of topics. Just ask:
“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?”
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.
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.”
With Drop In, you can use multiple Echo devices as an intercom to communicate with members of your home. To enable Drop In, go to the Devices icon in the bottom right hand corner, choose “Echo & Alexa” > select your Echo devices > “Communications”. 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 2: Complete the set-up by verifying your mobile number and importing your contacts.
STEP 3: Tell your friends and family.
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.”
TIP: With Skill Blueprints, you can customise Alexa responses and create personalised skills in minutes. No coding required—choose from over 22 easy-to-use templates and fill in the blanks to build your own:
Fun & Games—family jokes, trivia, compliments, burns, and more.
Learning & Knowledge—quizzes, flashcards, and facts.
At Home—information for houseguests, babysitters, pet sitters, and more.
Storyteller—interactive fairy tale, sci-fi, adventure stories, and more.
Blueprints can be specially customised for you and 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. Browse Blueprints.
“Alexa, how can I create my own skills?"
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:
“Alexa, dim the dining room lights to 20%.” | “Alexa, turn on the hallway light.”
“Alexa, turn off the Christmas tree.”
“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]". Open your Alexa App and go to the Devices icon in the bottom right hand corner > tap the + sign in the top right corner > “Add 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 "Routines" from the menu. Then, just ask:
“Alexa, start my day.”
Can’t wait to discover more things to try? Just ask:
“Alexa, what can I say?”