Even if you’ve been using your Amazon Echo ($214) for years, you’re probably not getting the most out of it. If you want to know the weather, set a timer for cooking, or listen to music, Alexa can do all of those things and more. From personalized traffic updates to tuning an instrument, here are 13 things your Amazon Echo can do that you may not have known it was capable of doing.
Train Alexa to Recognize Your Voice
Amazon’s Echo has seven built-in microphones, so it’s already pretty good at voice recognition. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution if the speaker is still unable to comprehend what you’re saying: The Alexa app can be opened on a smartphone and the menu can be found at Menu > Settings > Your Voice > Alexa Begin the process, which requires you to say 25 different phrases.
There is a slew of good reasons to rename your Echo device from “Alexa.” It could be that it sounds too similar to your own name, or that you simply dislike the way it sounds.
It doesn’t matter which way you look at it. Open the Alexa app and navigate to Menu > Settings to change Alexa’s name to Amazon, Echo, or Computer. Then, tap on the Echo device you want to change and select Wake Word from the drop-down menu. Other names will appear in an additional drop-down menu. Select the one you want and press the Save button to confirm your choice.
Force an Update.
In order to get the most up-to-date software for the Echo, Amazon provides a way to force an update right now if you’re missing out. Muting the microphone is as simple as pressing the speaker’s physical button. Leave it for 30 minutes, and your Echo will be updated when you turn your microphone back on.
Make Your Echo Repeat the Last Thing It Said.
If you ask Alexa a question and don’t hear the answer, you can go back and listen to what Amazon’s AI had just said. To hear that last response once more, simply ask Alexa, “Alexa, can you repeat that?”
Ask Alexa How To Spell a Word.
There is no need to look it up on the internet or bother anyone else in your house if you can’t remember how to spell a word. Instead, you can simply ask your Echo. “Alexa, how do you spell [BLANK]?” is all you need to do to get an answer from Amazon’s artificial intelligence (AI).
Flip a Virtual Coin.
If you can’t find a coin to flip, how do you resolve simple disagreements (like who does the dishes or which show to watch)? You can use a virtual coin flip on your Amazon Echo to settle a score. You can rely on Alexa to make an unbiased decision by simply saying, “Alexa, heads or tails.”
Set up Your Guitar (or Any Other Instrument).
Most guitarists are familiar with tuning their instruments, but even seasoned players occasionally need a little guidance. As long as you say “Alexa, tune my guitar,” the smart speaker will automatically cycle through the six notes that are commonly used to tune an instrument. “Alexa, ask the violinist for a C,” for example, is a way to tailor this skill to your instrument and the key you’re playing in.
Customize Your News Briefings.
You Can Ask Your Echo for A News Briefing by Saying “Alexa, What’s New?” or “Alexa, Read Me the News,” but Before You Do, You Might Want to Select the Sources It Plays. if You Don’t, Your News Briefing Could Drag on And You Might Hear About Something You Have No Interest In.
Open the Alexa App and Select Menu > Settings > Flash Briefing from The Drop-Down Menu. Open the “get More Flash Briefing Content” Menu Option to See a List of Media Outlets that Cover a Wide Range of Topics. when You Ask Alexa for News, She’ll Give You the Specifics You Want, so Choose the Ones You Want.
Get Personalized Traffic Updates.
Consider Asking Your Amazon Echo for A Traffic Report Before Leaving the House Each Morning, Especially if You Drive to Work. Fortunately, Alexa Is up To the Task, but You’ll Have to Provide the Ai Assistant with Some Personal Information First.
Enter Your Home and Work Addresses in Menu > Settings>traffic. Alexa, How’s the Traffic?’ Is Now a One-Word Command. What Is My Commuting Time?” and Amazon Will Give You an Idea of What to Expect from Your Journey.
Make Spotify Your Default Music Service.
By default, the Echo Uses Amazon’s Streaming Service to Play Music, but You Can Also Use Spotify Instead. Just Go to The Menu > Settings > Music & Media > Customize My Music Preferences > Choose Default Music Services > Spotify, and You’ll Be All Set to Go.
Although This Trick Does Not Work for Apple Music or Other Streaming Services, There Is a Simple Way to Stream Apple’s Streaming Service on Your Echo. to Listen to Music Stored on Your Phone, Simply Pair Your Phone with The Smart Speaker Using Bluetooth.
Order for Pizza
A Pizza Craving, but Don’t Want to Lift a Finger? Voice Command Is an Option. Install the Domino’s Alexa Skill and Use the Pizza-App Makers to Link Your Account. Then, Whenever You’re in The Mood for A Pizza, Just Say “Alexa, Open Domino’s.” from Here, You Can Order a New Pizza or Select an Easy Order Option if You’d Prefer.