How to Setup and Configure Your Amazon Alexa Devices

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Introduction

Congratulations on your purchase of an Alexa-enabled device! Alexa is the virtual assistant built into popular devices such as the Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Auto, Echo Input, Amazon Fire TV, etc. The list of Alexa-enabled devices continues grow along with an ever-expanding library of functionality that you can take advantage of in your smart home and on the go. 

In the following guide, we cover everything you need to know to get yourself up and running with Amazon Alexa. Whether you are looking to setup your first Alexa device, dive into advanced controls, or start controlling smart home devices via Alexa, we hope this guide makes the process as easy as possible for you. In addition to this guide, we also have a few other Alexa-related posts that you may find helpful:

How to Setup Alexa Echo Devices

Now that you have your Amazon Echo in hand, it is time to get yourself setup and ready to go. The following are the steps needed to get your setup completed. In order to complete these steps, you will need the following on hand: Amazon Echo device, smartphone or tablet, and Wi-Fi router connection. Ok, let’s get started!

  1. Download and install the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet (IOS or Android)
  2. Connect your Echo to it’s power supply, plug it in, and give it a few moments to power up. Once the blue light ring has turned to orange, your device is in setup mode
  3. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet
  4. Click the ‘Devices’ icon in the lower right corner of the Amazon Alexa app
  5. Click ‘Echo & Alexa’ and select your device
  6. Follow the instructions on your screen in order to connect your Echo to your Wi-Fi network (you will need your Wi-Fi password)
  7. If applicable, select the external speaker that your Echo will be connecting to
  8. Select the room where you Echo will be located
  9. Start using your new Echo!

Additional functionality that you should consider setting up with your new Amazon Echo, include: setting your location, linking your calendar, setting up a flash briefing, changing your default music service, getting personalized responses, enabling follow-up mode, deciding whether or not to enable voice purchasing, and adding household members. If you run into any issues during your setup, don’t hesitate to visit the official Amazon Echo support pages.

Now that you’re setup and ready to with your Echo device, let’s explore all the additional functionality and capabilities that Alexa offers.

Why Is Alexa Flashing Green?

If your Alexa is flashing green or the circle color disc is green solidly, this has a lot to do with the communication, calls and ”drop in” features that you can use within the device. If it is pulsing green this, means that you have an incoming call or intercom connection. A spinning green light will then indicate that you are currently on a call. The blinking green light can also mean you have a message, and so you can simply say “Alexa, play my messages” and then the green light will disappear.

Why Is Alexa Flashing Yellow?

If your Amazon Alexa device is flashing yellow, then that means that you have incoming mail and notifications. If the echo is pulsing yellow, that means you have got a message in your inbox and you might want to check it out. To do this, simply ask Alexa to play your notifications. If your Alexa has a spinning yellow light then that can mean that your device is trying to connect to the WiFi.

Why Is Alexa Red?

To put it simply, if you have a solid red light on your Amazon Alexa device, then this means that the microphone has been turned off and that Alexa will not actively be listening to your commands. If this happens then you can just switch the volume back up so that you can use your device as normal. 

Simple commands or even asking Alexa what the color means can help you to decipher what it is you need to do when it comes to using your Alexa device.

How To Put Alexa In Pairing Mode

Alexa can pair with a wide range of devices, including supported Smart TVs, and any device that is able to use Bluetooth for wireless connections, including Bluetooth speakers and laptops. For individual tips on connecting Alexa to your speaker or TV, look for the tips further up in this article.

Here, we’re going to generally cover how to put Alexa in pairing mode so that it’s able to connect with a wide range of wireless devices. You can pair it with your phone, for instance, by setting the mobile device to Bluetooth pairing mode, choosing the Alexa-enabled device and then saying “pair” outloud when the device is ready.

From there, you can use the Alexa app. Under settings, you can select “Bluetooth”, after which it should show you a list of devices that can pair with Alexa. Make sure that the Bluetooth mode is turn on for the device you want to pair to connect it to your Alexa-enabled device.

How To Delete Alexa History

Amazon stores all of the voice commands you have saved to your Alexa account and your supported devices such as the Echo. You cannot fully delete your Alexa history, but you can erase most of the transcripts.

One of the ways to do this is to go into the Alexa app, choose settings, Alexa Privacy, and then select Review Voice History. There, you can choose individual recordings to delete, including Delete All Records For Today, or Delete All History.

You can also ask Alexa to delete your voice transcripts by simply saying “Alexa, delete everything I said today.” If you really want to make sure Amazon doesn’t keep hold of your Alexa history, however, you have to call Amazon customer service at (888) 280-4331 and make a formal request.

How To Reset Alexa

Sometimes we might get to the stage where your Amazon Alexa device will need to be reset. They may be a very powerful virtual assistant in your home that you just can’t live without, but things can go awry every now and again and you may need to consider a reset to get it back on track. 

Giving Alexa a factory reset is something that you shouldn’t do too often, but if you feel the need to do it then you can easily action it by heading to the Alexa app. Go to your devices once more and tap the device that you want to factory reset. You can then scroll down to factory reset the device and confirm that you want to reset it. 

If you want to do it directly from your device then all you need to do is to press and hold the microphone off and volume down buttons at the same time. Wait until the color ring turns orange. This should take about 20 seconds. It will then go into setup mode and you can start again.

How To Change The Alexa Location

When it comes to making some of the more general demands such as “What is the weather like today?” or “What is the time?” Alexa uses your address and location that is saved as part of your Amazon account. However, you can change the location for your Alexa devices in your Alexa app. Start off by opening the app and select the devices option once more. Select the device, and then device location. Enter your complete address and then select save. To change the country select change next to the country name. Please remember that if you have more than one Amazon Alexa device connected to your account then make sure you update the location for each device to get the correct information.

How To Change Alexa Name Or Your “Wake” Word

When you want to communicate with any of your Amazon Alexa devices then all you simply say is the “wake word” and in this case, the original one that all devices start out with is “Alexa”. However, not everyone wants to use Alexa as their wake word, so you can change the name to be something more suitable to you and your family. 

If you want to change the wake word then head to the Alexa application on your phone or PC and select the devices icon. Select the device and then select the option “wake word”. You can then select a wake word from the list of options. This includes the words “Amazon” “Echo” or “Computer”. When you change the wake word the light indicator on your device flashes orange briefly. 

For some compatible devices, you can also change the name directly on the device. You can simply say “Go to settings” and then select the options as you would do on the application.

How To Sync Contacts To Alexa

If you want to be able to call people through your Alexa, you first need to sync contacts from your smartphone to your Echo, or other Alexa- supported device. You can sync contacts to Alexa using the Alexa app on your phone. When it’s installed, it will ask for permission to access your contacts. Alexa will ask you to add a number, so provide it and follow the steps to verify it.

Tap the Conversation icon, which looks like a speech bubble, and then the Contacts icon, which looks like a person. If the sync is successful, you should be able to see all the contacts from your phone, but now in the Alexa app. You can now call them from the app or by asking Alexa to call them. 

You can also use the Alexa app to add, remove, or edit any contacts, or to decide which of your contacts are allowed to use “Drop in” to start talking to you immediately through your Echo.

How To Add Contacts To Alexa

If you want to add contacts to Amazon Alexa, the first thing you have to do is download the Alexa app on your phone. This can be used on both Android or iOS, just search “Alexa” on the Google Play Store or iTunes and it shouldn’t be too hard to spot.

When the app is downloaded, open it up. It might take a while to install or update, but once that’s done, you will be taken to the Terms of Use page. Tap continue if you’re happy with the information on how Alexa uses your data, and verify your identity on the next screen.

Alexa will then ask for permission to request access to your contacts, which you need to allow if you want to add contacts to Alexa. Follow the rest of the steps, adding a number and verifying your account.

Tap the Conversation icon at the bottom of the app, then the Contacts icon at the top (which looks like a person’s silhouette). This should show contacts from your phone. If your contacts have an Alexa account, you can click the setting “allow drop in” to let them contact you directly from your Alexa powered devices.

You can then go on to edit contacts, remove, or add new ones either on your phone (which is now synced with your Alexa contacts) or through the app.

How To Use Alexa Drop In

Another cool feature Alexa users ought to know is the “Drop In.” With Drop In, you can immediately connect to your Alexa-enabled device from afar, or to a contact’s device, if they permit it. If you want to have a quick conversation with someone at home while you’re out, for instance, Drop In lets you do that. There’s no need for them to physically answer, they can just speak back to the device.

You have to download the Alexa App and enable Alexa Calling and Messaging. Once you have done that, go to the Conversation menu by clicking the chat bubble at the bottom of the screen. Follow the steps to enable that app to access your contact data and verify your phone number. 

Once you’ve done that, you can enable Drop In calls from contacts on your menu, or you can Drop in on your own Echo device from the app or by saying “Alexa, Drop in on [device name].”

How To Enable Alexa Calling

Alexa can be used to make calls directly to others through their own Amazon Echo devices, mobile devices, or landline. To be able to enable Alexa calling, you have to make sure you’re all set up in the app and have your contacts added through the Alexa app. Look to that section “How to add contacts to Alexa” to do that.

Once you have the contacts list on your Alexa account, you should be able to make a call simply by commanding Alexa to make a call. For instance, you can say “call Michael on his home phone” or “call Michael on his mobile.” If they have an Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, or another Alexa powered device, you simply need to say “call Michael’s Echo.”

The only numbers you can’t call are those outside the US, UK, Canada and Mexico, emergency services numbers, or premium-rate numbers.

How To Make Phone Calls With Alexa

If you want to make phone calls with Alexa, the first thing you have to do is ensure Alexa has your contact list. The easiest way to do this is to connect Alexa to your primary smartphone using the Alexa app. During the setup, it should automatically copy your contacts list over to Alexa.

If any of your contacts have an Alexa-enabled device, such as an Amazon Echo, you can call them directly through that device. On your Alexa app, select Communicate, then the Contacts icon. You can see which contacts are available for “Alexa-to-Alexa” calls.

When your contacts are set up, you simply have to ask Alexa to call them, or you can select the contact through the app and press the Call button. To do it vocally, simply say “call [name] on their home line,” “call [name] on mobile”, or “call [name] on Echo”, for instance, depending on how you want to get in touch.

How To Turn Off Alexa

As convenient as Alexa can make life, sometimes you don’t need her responding to everything you say. Sometimes you might want to stop her from listening in, as well, if you’re a little worried about who might have access to your conversations.

However, the Echo is built to be “on” 24/4 as long as it is plugged in. The only way to turn Alexa off completely is to unplug the device she’s on. You can also mute it with the mute button on top (which looks like a microphone) which will stop it from responding and stop it from listening for the wake word.

If you’re concerned about what Amazon hears through Alexa, you can go into the Privacy Settings on the Alexa app on your smartphone, choose “Manage how your data improves Alexa” and turn off the two buttons beside “Help develop new features” and “Use messages to improve transcriptions.”

How To Connect Alexa To A Bluetooth Speaker

Many people use Alexa devices as a speaker since it can easily connect to music listening apps. However, if you have a higher quality device, you can also connect Alexa to your Bluetooth speaker to control it via your Echo devices. So if you want to connect the two then you can do it very simply. Before you begin, make sure your Alexa device and the Bluetooth speaker or device are at least 3ft apart from one another. Turn on your Bluetooth speak and switch the volume up. If you already have devices connected to your Alexa device then please switch them off before attempting to pair a new device as an Alexa device can only connect to one Bluetooth device at a time. 

Once you are ready to turn on pairing mode on your Bluetooth speaker. In the Alexa app, select the devices icon. Choose your device that you want to connect to, and then select Bluetooth devices and then pair a new device. When a list of devices appears, select your Bluetooth device and follow the instructions on the screen. 

How To Link Pandora To Alexa

Pandora is one of the most common music streaming and automated music recommendation internet radio service and is very popular for users to use daily. The good news is that you can link up your Pandora account with your Amazon Alexa device so that you can listen directly through it. First of all, you will need to open up your Pandora app and tap the profile option and click on settings. There will then be an option to link with Alexa. When prompted to “listen with Alexa” click connect now. You will then be directed to the Amazon Alexa app to select the link and enable the Pandora skill. Finish off by selecting “Gotit”! Once you have done that return to the music setting to set Pandora as your default music library and default station.

How To Connect Spotify To Alexa

Spotify is another popular way to download, stream music, and listen to podcasts and music recommendations via an app on your phone and you can also connect your Spotify account to Amazon Alexa should you wish to. It is very simple to use, you simply open up the Amazon Alexa application on your phone and go to setting and then to music & Media. You will then get the option to link your Spotify account. Add in your username and password and then the accounts are linked. You will then need to tap “choose default music services” and select the Spotify option.

How Do I Get Alexa To Play My ITunes Music?

There are a variety of ways to listen to music on Alexa, through your own collection on connected devices, through Spotify, and in connection with a Bluetooth speaker. However, if your music library and favorite playlists are on iTunes, you will naturally want to get Alexa to connect to it. 

To get Alexa to play your iTunes music, you need to connect the device that has iTunes installed to Alexa via a Bluetooth connection. Ensure Bluetooth is switched on in the device, then tell Alexa to connect a new Bluetooth device. The option to connect to your Alexa-supported device should pop up on the screen for the other device. Click Echo and they should establish a connection.

From there, you can start playing content on the device that has iTunes, and it will stream directly to Alexa. 

How To Get Free Music On Alexa Echo

As mentioned, your Alexa-supported devices can access music in a variety of ways, including by connecting to other devices that can play music. But you can also directly get free music on Alexa Echo devices.

Amazon Music is the default music player, but if you don’t have a Prime membership, you can’t listen to music for free. However, you can go into the Alexa app and choose from a range of custom skills. TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora are already enabled on Alexa, so you can try them out and use your app to look at the free libraries they have.

You can also connect to the free tier of Spotify or iTunes. To do this, select Settings, then Music on the Alexa app. Select Link New Service and follow the on-screen instructions to add your login and access your favorite popular music service. They’re not all available yet, however, so you have to select from what’s currently supported.

How To Play Podcasts On Alexa

Alexa’s widely used to play audio content of all kinds. This includes not just your music playlights, however, but also your favorite podcasts. If you want to play podcasts on Alexa, you don’t need to install anything new, as it has a native skill called TuneIn that lets you do it.

Use the Amazon Alexa smartphone app, then choose the Music & Books option on the menu, which displays a range of skills that are readily available. TuneIn is the skill you want to select. It’s predominantly a radio app, so you may need to browse for a while or search directly for podcasts, but it has a decent selection.

Otherwise, you may want to use the AnyPod skill, which has a much larger selection. Simply say “Alexa, enable AnyPod skill” or download it from the Alexa Skills Store, then use the app to find the podcast you want to listen to.

How To Play Youtube On Alexa

Alexa primarily uses sound. Most currently available Alexa-enabled devices do not have a screen, so it’s most used to hear audio content and commanded by voice. As such, you cannot play Youtube on Alexa directly. However, you can use Alexa-enabled devices as a smart speaker for a device that is able to play YouTube

To do this, you must have a device that can play YouTube and ensure that it has Bluetooth turned on. Tell Alexa to connect to a new device via Bluetooth. The other device should come up with the option to connect to your Echo or other Alexa-powered device. Click on it and the two should sync up.

From there, you can play YouTube videos on the other device, and your Alexa-enabled device will act as a Bluetooth speaker for the video.

How To Change Alexa Voice

While you may like the name and wake word, you may not be completely happy with the chosen computer-generated voice, so you do have the option to change the Alexa voice, should you wish to. Unfortunately, you can’t just ask for Oprah or Donald Trump, but you can change the accents and also the language as well. The one thing to remember is that the voice will always be female. 

You can, however, download a skill to your Amazon Alexa app that will change the voice. Amazon has recorded the likes of Samuel L Jackson which means that you can get some variation with your virtual assistant. But do bear in mind there may be a charge for that service. If you are happy to stick with a change of language or accent, then the next paragraph will explain how to do that. 

How To Change The Alexa Accent Or Language

If you are happy to stick with the variations that Amazon Alexa can give you in terms of the voice then here is how to do it. The voice will always be female, but if you want her to have an Australian, Indian or Southern U.S. accent, or some other accent to match your family’s speech patterns then you can do that. You can also change the language to suit your family and personal needs. 

First of all, open the Alexa app and click on the option for settings. Select the device that you want to change and click on the option “Language”. Click on the drop-down menu and select the language or accent of your choice, then make sure to click save changes to action the request, and confirm that you are happy with the change. It is as simple as that. 

Who Is The Voice Of Alexa?

Sadly, there is no real voice connected to Alexa, and Amazon has used a computer-generated voice device to record and come back with a genuine like for like sounding response to your questions and commands. It is generated from rules of converting text into human speech. The computer has a generated system that can read the text spoken to it, and then create a response based on that. This is why Amazon Alexa can be seen as one of the most popular household virtual assistants out there, and the one that is very advanced in terms of content and response.

What To Ask Alexa?

Now comes the fun part, what should you ask your Amazon Alexa device? What could you command it to do for you? Let’s start with some of the basic things people may want to find out when it comes to their Amazon Alexa device. The first being general things such as the weather, traffic on the road when it comes to your commute, and perhaps asking Alexa about things such as the latest news headlines. You can also set up something called “routines” that can actually do all of this for you automatically. An alarm that is set that will go off and then proceed with your routine which could include any of the above and more. 

There are also some very funny things that you can ask Alexa, and this can be very enjoyable for the whole family to get involved with, especially for children. You can include things such as asking Alexa “Do you have any pets?” “Can you give me some money?” “Do you like Pizza?” “How high can you count?”. Also, there are some commands you can try such as “Alexa, Simon says,” and then you say something and Alexa will repeat it. You can ask her the meaning of life, as the speaker to meow, and even rap for you. The options are endless and as you get more in tune with your device, and in turn, the devices get more in tune with you, you will start to explore a little more. 

You can also download skills to use with your Device such as Meditation, for example, and this can be another great way to incorporate different lifestyle habits to your Alexa device. Skills can also work with other compatible Alexa devices that you may incorporate into your home such as lights, plugs, etc. Enabling you to truly make the connected home a possibility. 

How To Make Alexa Cuss

As prim and proper as she is, naturally, many people are wondering how they can get their Alexa to start swearing like a sailor. Using the command “Simon Says”, you can get Alexa to repeat just about anything you say back to you. However, when you ask her to repeat profanity, she will bleep it out.

People have been doing all kinds to make Alexa cuss. Many have found profanity that she didn’t yet know how to bleep out, and there was also a trick that involved making up a song name that includes swear words and asking Alexa to play it. When done, Alexa would say “cannot find” and repeat the full phrase, unbleeped swear words included.

However, Amazon has continuously clamped down on attempts to make Alexa cuss, so there are no real ways to make her do it without it being bleeped out, for now.

What Games Can Alexa Play?

Whether you’re a self-described gamer, very bored, or simply want to find out the full extent of your Echo’s capabilities, you might ask what games can Alexa play? The ability to add third-party skills to Alexa makes the options almost limitless. There are tons of developers adding sound-based games to Alexa every day, which you can easily install by finding them then saying “Alexa, enable [skill].”

However, Alexa has plenty of games already installed. Simply say “Alexa, open” followed by any of these words.

  • Bingo
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock
  • Akinator
  • Blackjack (opened by saying “Alexa, open The Dealer”)
  • Earplay (a spy adventure game)
  • The Wayne Investigation (a choose-your-own adventure)
  • The Magic Door (another chose-your-own adventure)
  • Geography Trivia
  • Memory Match
  • Yeti Hunt Game
  • Escape The Room
  • Song Quiz
  • Millionaire Quiz Game
  • Deal or No Deal Game
  • True Or False
  • Jeopardy

There are even more games available on Alexa that would take some time to explain, so stay posted for more details on all of the different fun time wasters.

How To Update Alexa

The great thing about Amazon Alexa is that many devices that are connected wirelessly will receive and conduct automatic downloads. However, you may still want to determine that your device is using the latest software version and you can so that through the Alexa app. From the menu inside the application, select the devices icon. Once you select the device you are wishing to check click on the about section. This will then give you the information as to whether this device is using the latest software. You can also simply as Alexa to “Check for software updates”.

If you are unsure whether your Alexa device is installing updates automatically there are a few things you can do to action that or check it. Make sure your device is on and has an active internet connection. While trying to perform an update avoid asking Alexa any questions or making demands. When there is an update ready to install the light indicator on your device pulses blue, and the device will then install the update. Depending on your internet connection, it can take some time for the install to complete. If you are having trouble updating your device then you cold unplug the power adaptor and restart the device.

How To Make An Alexa Skill

Alexa skills are specialized capabilities that can be added to your Alexas without having to update the hardware at all. There are plenty of skills you can easily download right now. If you want to learn how to make an Alexa skill, however, follow the steps below.

Download Alexa Blueprints, which is the software for creating skills. Click on the template that you want to follow, with dozens of different options available. Blueprint will describe the skill, how it works, that steps you need to follow to finalize it. You can even test the skill in Blueprint before installing it to your Alexa.

The step-by-step process of populating the Blueprint fields with your own customizations are all explained in Alexa Blueprints, so it’s best to follow the instructions there and experiment with a range of Alexa skills.

How Do I Download The Alexa App To My Computer?

To use the Alexa app for PC, you need a compatible Windows 10 device and also an amazon account. You can find the Alexa app for PC offered as part of your Windows 10 device’s initial set up or you can simply download it directly. Downloads take place from the Microsoft store. From the start menu, open up the Microsoft Store application and search for “Alexa”. Once you have confirmed that your PC is compatible click the option to get and allow the download to take place. If you have a Windows 10 device that is compatible with hands-free access, then you can say your wake word (for example, Alexa) followed by a question or command. You can also select the Alexa icon and say your command or question from there.

How To Connect Alexa To WiFi And Change WiFi Settings

To change the WiFi settings on your Alexa device you need to head to the app once more. Open the left navigation panel and then select the word settings. Select your device and then select the option to update WiFi. On your device press the action button until the light ring changes to orange. Your mobile will then connect to the device and list all available WiFi connections. Select the WiFi network and enter the password (if required). If you don’t see the one you want, simply rescan again or click on the option to enter the code and password manually. The Amazon help pages have more information if needed.

How To Connect Alexa To New Wifi

As mentioned, Alexa is designed to work online at all times. Your Alexa-enabled devices can’t do too much without internet access. However, beyond initially setting up your device, you may also need to connect Alexa to new wifi when you’re taking it somewhere else, or changing your internet provider.

Connecting Alexa to new wifi is as easy as setting it up the first time. Using the Alexa app to connect to select Settings, choose the device you want to connect to new wifi, and select “Update Wi-Fi.”

Press and hold the activate button on your Alexa-enabled device until the light changes color, then select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to from the app. Input the password if required, confirm the selection, and just wait a moment. The app should soon let you know that your Alexa has connected to a new Wi-Fi network.

How To Find Alexa Mac Address

In short, the MAC address is short for media access control address, and a MAC address is a unique combination of six pairs of hexadecimal numbers separated by dashes or colons with the purpose of identifying your device over a new world such as the internet. You may be needing to find your MAC address associated with your Amazon Alexa device. To do this you simply need to head to the Amazon Alexa application once more and ensure that you are signed in to your Amazon account. Then you need to connect the wireless network that is transmitted by your Amazon Alexa device. The wireless MAC address for your device can be found at the bottom of the setup screen in your Alexa app. If you are having trouble, then contacting Amazon directly may be able to help you.

How Do I Connect Alexa To The Internet?

Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and other variants, are designed to work online. Getting them connected to your Wi-Fi is a crucial set of getting them set up. If you’re having trouble, however, here’s how you connect Alexa to the internet.

Download the Alexa App and run through the installation and registration steps, or sign in if you already have an account. Then tap the Get Started button. Tap the menu button (which looks like horizontal lines) and choose “Settings” from the options that drop down.

There, you should click the “Add New Device” button, and select the relevant Alexa-enabled device. Plug the device into the nearest power outlet and wait for it to turn on. Then press “Continue” in the app. 

Follow the instructions to connect it to your phone’s wireless internet option, or choose to press on until it presents a list of all the available Wi-Fi networks. Here, you should be able to select your Wi-Fi connection, enter the password, and watch as Alexa connects to the internet. The app should let you know by saying “Your [device] is now connected” and you’ll be ready to use Alexa online.

How Much Data Does Alexa Use?

The amount of data that is used when it comes to your Amazon Alexa device will vary depending on how long they stay in Idle mode, whether you just ask Alexa the odd question or make small demands, to whether you are streaming music and video content on some of the other devices available. It is very much similar to the use of a cell phone and will vary. Even using the Alexa device to its maximum capacity, you are likely to not notice any huge data usage when it comes to the device, which can be excellent for you as a user as it means you can send messages and voice notes easier than it might cost in data to send them via your cell phone.

How To Connect Nest To Alexa

Google Nest is a technology supporting a wide range of Smart Home devices, and they also support Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, which can be used as the hub for all Nest devices. First, you have to connect your Nest account to a Google account.

You can then enable the Google Nest skill by finding it in the Alexa app, and there you should find the ability to connect to devices in either the Thermostat or Camera groups. Select whichever device you want to connect and follow the on-screen instructions.

When you’re done, say “Alexa, discover my devices” and it should automatically connect to Nest cameras, video doorbells, and thermostats, depending on which you have enabled. 

How To Connect Ring To Alexa

Just like Nest, Ring products now also support Alexa. They can be used to make Alexa chime when your Ring doorbell is pressed, to answer and talk directly to those on the other end of the Ring doorbell, to view cameras through certain devices like the Echo Spot or your Fire TV, and more. To benefit from these features, you first need to know how to connect Ring to Alexa.

This is done by enabling the Ring Skill for Alexa from the Alexa app on your smartphone or any other connected device. Follow the on-screen instructions to authorize the skill and link your Ring account to your Alexa account.

Once it’s authorized to connect, you can click the “Discover Devices” option in the Alexa app or simply say “Alexa, Discover Devices” and it should pick it up. You can then set up all manner of projects for the Ring and Alexa together through the Devices panel in the Alexa app.

How To Connect Alexa To SmartThings

Samsung is the key behind the technology company SmartThings, and they want to help you organize your smart home. The issue we have when it comes to wanting a connected and smart home is that we can often end up with many different appliances and manufacturers that require different setups and apps on your phone. SmartThings is Samsung’s attempt to bring all of those appliances together by unifying them into one smart home platform. With SmartThings you can group appliances up into rooms, and set up schedules and routines for all of your devices in the one place. However, if you want your Amazon Alexa device to be the main command for it then you can connect your SmartThings home platform to Alexa. 

On the Amazon Alexa app, click on the option of “Skills & Games” and then check out the categories. As you scroll down you will get to the “Smart Home” category. You can then click through the Smart Home skills and enable the skill. From there, you will need to log into your Samsung or SmartThings account. You can then choose the location to authorize the skill to act. Once authorized the app will send you a confirmation message. Once set up your Amazon Alexa app will need to discover the devices, once the confirmation comes through you will be automatically directed to this setup. Once it has discovered the devices you can then command Alexa to use them. Such as “Alexa turn on the Living room”, for example. More help can be found on the SmartThings dedicated page

How To Connect Alexa To TV

Depending on the type of TV you have, there are a few ways that you can connect your Alexa to the TV. For starters, you can invest in an Amazon Fire, which is Amazon’s version of “on demand” TV and will also give you access to Amazon Prime Video. Linking the accounts just as you would any other, such as searching for the Amazon Fire device, means that you can then control the TV through your Alexa with commands. However, if you don’t have that option, you can still switch on or off your TV. If you have a Samsung Smart TV then you can SmartThings and connect that way, which we have just discussed. Other than that buying a plug that can connect to Amazon Alexa is your last resort. Again you may have to download a specific application and then connect it up to Amazon Alexa using an authorizing the relevant skills. But you can then switch on or off your TV through an Alexa command.

How To Connect Alexa To Fire TV

If you want to use your small Fire TV remote, the great news is that you can control it entirely through an Alexa-enabled device like the Amazon Echo. You can command it to switch channels, play videos and TV from streaming services, stop, play, rewind and do much more.

To connect Alexa to Fire TV, you have to ensure that both devices are connected to the same Amazon account.  On the Fire TV, you should go to the settings menu and find the option called Controllers and Bluetooth Devices. Select Other Bluetooth Devices, select your Alexa-enabled device, and follow the instructions on screen to connect them.

You can also connect your Alexa app to the fire TV by opening the Alexa app on your smartphone and tap Settings. In that menu, you need to select TV and video. Fire Tv should be one of the options, and then you can tap Link Your Alexa Device.

How To Control TV With Alexa

As a virtual assistant, used widely in smart home devices, Alexa is able to connect with all kinds of appliances, including your TV. It can be used to change the channel, adjust the volume, and adjust all manners of settings. But to control TV with Alexa, you have to connect the two first.

Make sure your TV is compatible. Most LG, Sony, and Vizio TVs are compatible with Alexa. You will be able to tell if they’re compatible because they should have some sort of option in their menu for it. You may need to set up or log in to an account with the TV to access it.

From there, you can use the Alexa App on your smartphone to enable the sync with the TV, linking the accounts. The set up is a little different for each kind of TV so follow the further instructions the TV and app give you closely.

How To Use Alexa As An Intercom?

With Amazon Alexa speakers such as the Echo devices, you can set up multi-room intercoms and even “drop in” on different rooms in the house. If you are away from home, and you don’t have an echo in the room you are in, you can still use the Alexa app to call into another room and speak directly to it. With some of the Echo show models, you can even video and see someone. To enable ‘drop in’ on your echo device you will need to follow a few steps to ensure it is enabled. The first thing to do would be to name your Amazon Alexa devices. This is relevant so that you can use the command for the exact echo you want to connect with. Most devices have the initial model number as their device name, so this can get confusing when you want to use it as an intercom type service. 

Once they are named you need to enable “drop in” for your household. This can be done through your profile on your Alexa app. It will then show you what devices are available when you click on the communicate option on your Alexa app. Once done, you then simply need to ask Alexa to connect, the command is “Alexa, drop in on …” and then use the name of the device that you are wanting to connect with.

How To Control A Ceiling Fan With Alexa

A connected home is the way forward when it comes to your Amazon Alexa device, and so you may want to take time to ensure that you do all that you can to not break the bank by going crazy with new purchases for smart everything. There is a way that you can get some of your older appliances to work as a smart device via your Amazon Alexa device or app, and it might mean just purchasing one device. There are devices that you can buy as a single device that married remote-controlled appliances to your WiFi network, so you can then activate them anywhere in the world. Or by using the voice commands through your Amazon Alexa device. This includes things such as ceiling fans, which can or may have been installed in your home for some time. They may work perfectly, but if you want the function of voice control, then purchasing a separate device that will work with it can help you to do that. Make sure that your ceiling fan is remote-controlled for it to work with such devices. Otherwise, you may have to invest in a new Alexa compatible ceiling fan for you to get the full benefit of this.

What Search Engine Does Alexa Use?

Ever wonder how Alexa answers the questions that you ask? Well, like any web browser or online-connected device, it uses a search engine, sending your query directly to it and responding with the most relevant correct answer.

In the case of the Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices, it uses Bing. If you want to have Alexa use another search engine, such as Google or DuckDuckGo, there are third-party skills you can find, or you can make you own skill for the same purpose. By default, however, Alexa will always go to Bing first.

What Is Alexa Rank?

If you have a website or web business, then Alexa rank is a term that might be becoming more commonly used in your world, with many people seeming to believe it holds some importance for your web marketing. So, what is Alexa rank?

Effectively, your Alexa rank is how popular your website is in terms of Alexa traffic ranking. It shows how many Alexa users are going to each website. It’s based on the total number of unique visitors as well as the total number of page views.

Alexa rank is determined using data collected from the past 3 months, while the subsection “traffic rank” is based on data that is updated daily. As such, a website Alexa rank will change regularly.

How To Make Alexa Smarter

 If you want to see your Alexa get even smarter, here are a few tips to make your virtual assistant even more helpful and impressive:

  • Use the voice recognition settings in the app so that Alexa is able to identify every user by their voice alone. You can even set permissions to that Alexa doesn’t allow anyone except you to, for instance, make purchases.
  • Create Routines, which are series’ of tasks that you can have Alexa perform at a single request, instead of having to request individual steps. Routines can be found on your Alexa app.
  • Browse the Alexa Skill Store to find a huge range of new functions and features you can install.

Is There Anything Else You Can Do With Alexa?

To conclude, there are so many ways that you can get organized and enjoy your Amazon Alexa device. You can pair them to different devices you may use daily such as a Fitbit, for example, or allow it to sync with your calendar or list application that you have on your phone. Amazon Alexa can become an integral part of your lifestyle, and can certainly help you to stay in control of your home. Whether you want to switch lights on before you arrive home, announce to the family that you are on your way, or simply want to listen to one of the books you have downloaded through Audible, Amazon Alexa can become an integral part of your lifestyle in your home. One thing is for sure, with Amazon Alexa being in thousands of homes as part of a smart and connected home, you can’t go wrong if you are considering one yourself. 

Hopefully, I’ve answered some of your Alexa questions with the information above. Don’t worry if you’ve still got queries in mind, however. This site will continue to update, making sure you know everything you need to about the Echo, Alexa, and more.

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