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Plug in your Echo. Plug the included power adapter into Echo and then into a power outlet. A blue light ring will begin to spin around the top. In about a minute . Echo Dot (1st Generation). Echo Dot (1st Generation) Quick Start Guide (PDF) Echo Dot Kids Edition. Echo Dot Kids Edition Quick Start Guide (PDF). Alexa is the brain behind the Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Show and the voice-controlled assistant inside the Fire TV. Using your voice, you can ask Alexa to control your music, get the news and weather, set alarms, and control smart home devices such as lights, smart.
Here are a few of the useful things you can ask Alexa:. Plus and More. You can opt for these to be stored and used by future speakers at set up. Check out our guide for a full explainer. How-To Geek is where you turn when you want experts to explain technology. Most people use their Amazon Echo smart speaker to listen to radio stations, stream music from services such as Spotify or Amazon Music, set timers and alarms and control smart home devices including smart lights , connected thermostats and appliances.
There are two types of Alexa device — ones that simply work with Alexa, and ones with Alexa built in, which usually means they can be controlled using your voice. From the single speaker launched back in , Amazon Echo has quickly split into a range of devices with markedly different features. The new Amazon Echo houses a 2. Check out our full Amazon Echo review. Amazon Echo Kids Edition Amazon. Amazon Echo Plus Amazon. Amazon Echo Show Amazon.
Amazon Echo Spot Amazon. That means that, like the Echo Show, it is able to do video calling and display information — but as a bedside companion. Read our full Echo Spot review. Amazon Echo Input Amazon. There's no speaker power here, but the Why would you want to buy an unofficial product?
Well, third-party companies are bringing functionality to the table that Amazon isn't providing. A nifty little speaker with a magnetic mount, Triby blends smart home systems to unique effect. Alexa is on board with both wake word and tap-to-wake functionality, and the physical buttons on the front hook up scenes for HomeKit and other manual actions. Amazon Alexa voice controls are built right into this light switch, which points to a future where voice assistants live inside everything in the house.
A neat in-car system, the Garmin Speak Plus is a dash-cam with Alexa built in. It's a bridge between your smartphone and car that provides the data connection and uses your in-car audio system for the feedback. Think directions, smart home control and getting information, hands free, on the move.
Alexa in a stylish table lamp — the C by GE shows that you don't have to fill your home with speakers to get Alexa everywhere. Alexa Hunches is a feature that better understands your routines and suggests things to you. So, for example, if you tell Alexa you're about to go to bed, it'll let you know if your front door is unlocked, or your basement light is still on. Amazon says you can link your Gmail, Outlook.
You'll can read, reply, delete or archive messages, and check for messages from specific people. Amazon's Alexa-for-kids service now offers routines on FreeTime-enabled Echo speakers, so you can turn out the lights and play sleep sounds. You can now stagger Alexa routines, so if your alarm goes off at 7am you can have the headlines read at 7. Alexa is getting b etter at tracking down nearb y b usinesses and restaurants. Ask "Alexa, where is the nearest Trader Joe's? If your network is down, Local Voice Control will take the Zigbee element of the Echo Plus or new Echo Show and use it so you can still exert some smart home control.
If you want the smart assistant to play music from Spotify and do it at a certain volume, it will also be able to do so. Most of the Alexa-enabled PCs will be ready for purchase by the end of the year, though Acer is ready now.
Click on the Windows search bar. Type Amazon Alexa. Sign in to your Amazon account. Getting your Amazon Alexa speaker set up and ready to go is pretty hassle free. Just follow these steps. Download the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet. You'll need to log in with your Amazon ID we're assuming you have one, or you'll need to create one , and this will now be your account for Alexa.
Naturally, if you have an Amazon account with Prime, make sure you use that for the set-up. When that's done, choose the type of Amazon Echo you're going to be adding. Now just plug in your Alexa device and sit back and wait.
It will go through its cycle, displaying a spinning blue light before changing back to orange. This means it's in pairing mode, so in the Alexa app feed it your Wi-Fi settings.
You can opt for these to be stored and used by future speakers at set up. If you need to put your speaker back into pairing mode then just press the button on the top. You're now good to go — just say "Alexa" and look below for some cool things to ask.
While these are some simple ideas to get started, check out our full guide to Amazon Alexa commands to become a power user. Alexa uses skills to add extra features and connect with smart home products — and these are the secret to making your Echo be more than just what happens out of the box.
Just ask "Alexa, ask Amazon Storytime to read me a story" to get a narrated story — aimed at kids between — from the Amazon Rapids app library and Audible. Just say "Alexa, what's my flash briefing? The ultimate weather app, it's not only for forecasts but you can ask "Alexa, tell Big Sky to give me a weather fact". If you want something to drift off to sleep to, say "Alexa play Ambient sounds"; you'll get a list of the entire range of ambient sounds.
Otherwise, just say "Alexa play ocean sounds" to go straight to the water's edge. The daddy of music skills for Amazon Alexa devices, Spotify can be can be selected as a default music destination and play all your tunes.
Only a recent addition to the pack, Apple Music is now a live skill through Alexa — and you can make it your default player, just like Amazon Music Unlimited and Spotify. Check out our round-up of the Amazon Echo Skills you need to download. Unlike many voice assistants, Alexa has a fun side. There are thousands of silly and quirky things you can ask Alexa, and you can see a better run down in our dedicated Amazon Alexa Easter eggs guide.
But try these commands to have a little down time with your virtual assistant:. Check out more brilliant Amazon Echo Easter eggs in our full guide.
When it comes to controlling the smart home, Alexa has become the best platform out there. Its mix of top-drawer voice recognition and the sheer number of supported devices that play nicely within its ecosystem makes it an extremely powerful gateway to the smart home. Before you can enjoy it, though, you're going to need some smart home devices.
You know, bulbs, thermostats, plugs, that kind of stuff. We've listed some below, which links out to our big list of Alexa-compatible devices. We'll take it as a given that you've got that far. Alexa and Amazon Echo really start to make sense as smart home gateways when you plug in compatible smart home devices. But here are the brightest stars in the Alexa ecosystem, including some devices from Amazon itself.
It may not be as sexy as a new speaker, but Amazon is now officially in the smart plug business. The Alexa Smart Plug doesn't have the smart assistant built into the plug itself, but it can be remotely controlled by Alexa.
That means it has the ability to turn any 'dumb' device smart. So, for example, Alexa can now turn your regular coffee maker on, and also include it in a routine.
Also joining the long list of Alexa speakers is the Echo Sub. This pairs with an Echo or Echo Plus to deliver W of bass through a six-inch woofer, which should nicely round out the sound when playing music through Echo speakers.
Pairing with two will create a 2. We've already seen Alexa come built into some cars, but, like the Input, the Echo Auto is a device for those who want to turn their dumb item in this case, a car into a smart one. Just plug the rectangle into your car through the auxiliary jack or using Bluetooth and it will take your smartphone's data to communicate with Alexa's neural network.
It also needs to be powered using your car's 12V outlet or the USB, so keep that in mind if it's already in use. The Auto, oddly, is available by invitation only, but you'll get it for half price if you made the cut. It supports PlayStation Vue streaming, but this is otherwise an over-the-air box that can both record shows or fire them straight at another device.
To use it, you'll need a Fire TV device. Since one of the more popular uses for Alexa is setting timers, Amazon has now decided to give us the Echo Wall Clock. The smart clock gives users a way to visualise the timers they set, with LED lights running around the face.
Alexa isn't built in here, but you are able to sync up an existing device and connect to the Wall Clock through Bluetooth. There you were, thinking you would have to go without Alexa in your microwave for another year. Well, hopscotch, luckily for you, the AmazonBasics Microwave is here to help. This isn't native Alexa, but you can sync up your Alexa devices through Bluetooth and ask it to cook your ready meals. Another example of Amazon using its assistant to make regular devices smart.
The smart doorbell works exclusively with the Amazon Echo Show, the first Alexa-powered device with a screen. When someone rings your doorbell, the video feed will be displayed on your Echo Show, so you can screen important callers from annoying timewasters. Like Nest, the smart thermostat can be controlled using baked in Alexa integrations — but Alexa control permeates the Hive experience. Control of Hive plugs and bulbs is also part and parcel of the experience, making it one of the most complete smart home systems available.
Alexa has been able to control Philips Hue bulbs since the get-go. Not only does that mean turning your lights on and off, but you can quickly change tone and hue, as well as setting pre-loaded scenes. The integration enables you to play music in specific rooms of your house, and play, pause and adjust volume. If you have any kind of Amazon Echo device other than the Echo Plus, you will need to set up those devices as per the manufacturers' instructions, then head to the Skills tab within the Alexa app.
Download the required skill for your device, sign in, and you'll then give Alexa control of that device. Paired devices will then appear within the Smart Home section of the app. Check out our full guide to adding and controlling devices with your smart speaker. Where things get really smart with using Amazon Alexa as a smart home hub is that it can take over control of a host of devices. By creating groups from within the Smart Home element of the Alexa app you can add any device into a single group, which can be controlled by voice.
Choose Smart Home Group and give it a name. Tick the devices you'd like to add, and then you're done. A fine example is lighting, where you can add all your bulbs from the downstairs into one group and control it with "Alexa, turn off downstairs lights", before you go to bed for example.
Of course, you might not want every light turned off or on, so you can also separate them into other groups: Alexa will also detect and import set scenes which have already been set up within specific ecosystems. During a scan of your network, scenes will be added to the Alexa app, as long as they're set up and you've installed the relevant skills.
A new Alexa feature is Routines, which enable you to merge multiple smart home actions into one command. That could mean saying "Alexa, bedtime" and having all your downstairs lights turn off, and your bedroom lights turn on. This differs to Groups because a Routine can control the state of a device e. Check out our guide to Alexa Routines for a guide to setting yours up.
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