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Amazon Echo (Alexa) How Tos and Tips. Get them here.

There are a lot of great CNET How To articles around the Amazon Echo & Alexa so I figured I'd post them here for you as a quick and easy way to access them. If you have a tip on the Echo or new discoveries with Alexa that are not listed below, please share them with us below. Let's try to keep this thread tidy & keep it strictly to a tip & how-to thread. If you have a questions on these, please start a new discussion.

Enjoy & I hope you find these helpful.

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Which Amazon Echo device should you buy?
If you're looking for a speaker you can control with your voice, you now have lots of options. Which Alexa-enabled smart speaker is right for you?

Take Amazon's Alexa assistant for a test drive in your browser
If you're unsure how an Amazon Alexa speaker might fit into your life, you can now try it out for free using Amazon's new site

Amazon Alexa: Device compatibility, how-tos and much more
The online mega-retailer's voice-powered virtual assistant keeps on getting smarter and more capable. Here's how you can put her to work.

Amazon Echo Alexa compatible products
Get an idea of all the compatible products that work with the Amazon Echo

Here's what Amazon Echo can do:
Curious about what the Echo can do? Check out the possibilities

8 things Alexa can't yet do
Alexa devices come with a laundry list of features, functions and integrations. However, there is a long list of things Alexa isn't capable of yet. Some of the missing features might surprise you.

The complete list of Alexa commands so far
Here are all the things you can ask Alexa to do. (Dad jokes included.)

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How to bring Alexa into every room of your home
Finding the right combination of Amazon Echo devices can be a tricky balancing act, we'll walk you through it.

How to make a to-do list with Alexa
Alexa's to-do list capabilities just got a lot smarter. You can now sync and add tasks to or Todoist using Alexa. Here's how.

15 Amazon Echo tips and tricks
Amazon's Alexa devices are loaded with features. Here we help you become more proficient with your Echo, Echo Dot or Tap.

CNET's 10 favorite Alexa tips of 2016
This year has been amazing for Amazon's digital assistant. She's grown, matured and learned a bunch of new tricks. Here are 10 of the best she learned in 2016.

10 of the best things you can do with the Amazon Echo
There's a lot Alexa can do -- here are 10 reasons why we love her.

20 most useful Alexa skills
Alexa has a ton of functionality out of the box, but the real magic happens when you dig into the world of third-party skills.

10 ways to use Alexa in the kitchen
Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is helpful in many places around the house. Here are nine ways Alexa can help make your time cooking easier and more hands-free.

How to set a recurring alarm with the Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo's alarm capabilities have been lacking since the feature was added last year. But now you can wake up to the soothing voice of Alec Baldwin every morning.

5 fun games you can play with the Amazon Echo
If you thought the Amazon Echo was all work and no play, you're sorely mistaken. Not only does Alexa have a sense of humor, she's full of wit and jokes. Alexa is also capable of playing games and saving your dinner party single-handed.

How to change Alexa's name
If calling your Alexa device by name causes confusion or problems in your household, here's how you can change the wake word to something different.

Get package tracking updates with Alexa
Alexa doesn't come with package-tracking abilities out of the box, but this third-party workaround is better than expected.

Order Amazon Dash Buttons with Alexa
Amazon has made it even easier to purchase Dash Buttons, which exist solely to make it easier to buy more items.

3 ways to find your lost phone using Alexa
Misplacing your phone is never fun. Track it down in seconds with these Alexa tricks.

Send short text messages with Alexa
Alexa isn't privy to all your mobile doings quite like other virtual assistants Google Now or Siri, but with this skill, you can use the connected speaker to send your friends short text messages when your hands are full.

Use Alexa to turn on your PC
If you've been looking for a way to power on your PC using just your voice, the search is over. The answer is a marriage between Alexa, Android and IFTTT.

Alexa can control your TV with a Logitech Harmony. Here's how
With a Logitech Harmony Hub and an Amazon Echo, a few words can control your home entertainment system.

Use Amazon Echo to never run out of pizza again
Forget texting or tweeting Domino's for your next pizza order. Enable the Domino's skill with Amazon Echo and you won't even have to lift a finger to get pizza delivered to your door next time.

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7 essential IFTTT recipes for the Amazon Echo
If you have an Amazon Echo and you aren't using it with IFTTT, you're missing out on a world of possibilities. Here are seven of the best recipes at your disposal.

How to create named timers with Alexa
Alexa now supports multiple, named timers after a recent update. Here's how to create and manage multiple timers with your Alexa speakers.

How to pair your Amazon Echo with a Bluetooth Speaker
Thanks to a recent update, you can now pair the original Echo with a Bluetooth speaker for better sound.

How to use an Amazon Echo to call someone
Want Alexa to call your contacts, or perhaps leave a message for Mom on her Amazon Echo? Here's how.

How to get started with an Alexa smart home
Amazon's virtual assistant makes it easy to assemble a voice-activated smart home. Here's how to put her to work.

How to set up multiroom playback across all of your Alexa devices
Want to sync up your Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show smart speakers to play music together in perfect harmony? Here's how.

5 ways Alexa can help new parents stay sane
Alexa makes a new parent's job a little easier with these tips.

How to get Alexa to play baby-making music (and other themed playlists)
Amazon just made it possible for you to cue up music for an activity, like a party, the spa or, er, adult nap time. Here's how it works.

The best Alexa skills to distract your kiddos
Anyone with a voice assistant and children knows how annoying it can be for them to constantly ask it questions. But Alexa might actually help give you some relief if you have the right skills -- and she can even teach your kiddos a thing or two along the way.

Turn the Amazon Echo light ring into a night light
Put the light ring on top of your Amazon Echo to good use by turning it into a night light.

How to disable Alexa calling
Alexa calling is great, but it also gives you no way to block someone on your contact list from calling you. Here's how to turn it off.

How to wall-mount your Amazon Echo
To move your Amazon Echo to a more central location, you might consider mounting it directly to the wall.

5 inexpensive Bluetooth speakers to pair with your Echo Dot
It's easy math: A Dot plus one of these speakers equals better sound than you'll get from the full-size Echo, and for less money.

Here are the best devices to pair with your Amazon Echo
Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa can control a growing number of smart home gadgets. Here's how to find the ones that make the most sense for your home.

Disguise your Amazon Echo with a case or skin
Maybe a matte-black speaker doesn't match your entertainment center or it sticks out like a sore thumb against the stainless-steel appliances in your kitchen. Skins are a great way to make your Amazon Echo blend in a little better around your home.

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Make Alexa wake you up with a Spotify song
Alexa makes a great alarm clock that you can snooze or silence with your voice. By default, however, you cannot play music as an alarm. Using this workaround, you can play any song from Spotify as an alarm on the Amazon Dot, Echo or Tap.

How to customize your Alexa speaker's Flash Briefing
The Flash Briefing is one of the more compelling features of Amazon's Alexa speakers. Use these tips for customizing and getting the most out of your Flash Briefing.

How to listen to podcasts on your Amazon Echo
Alexa can sling podcasts for you, but with some limitations. Here's what you can and can't do, along with some workarounds for the latter.

All the music, podcasts and radio services that work with Alexa
Amazon's Alexa speakers can stream audio from more than just Amazon Music. Below are all the streaming services that work with Alexa.

Make Spotify the default music player on your Echo
If you're tired of saying "on Spotify" every time you ask Alexa to play music, here's how to stop.

How to stream any audio with the Amazon Echo
If the built-in streaming options the Amazon Echo have to offer simply don't do it for you, there is another option. Pair your devices using Bluetooth and stream virtually anything you want.

CNET is now on Amazon Echo! Here's how to get the news
Hey, Alexa. You really know your tech!

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4 common Amazon Echo problems and how to fix them
Amazon's Echo, Tap and Dot speakers are featured-packed and constantly improving, but they're not perfect. Here are some common problems with the connected speakers and how to fix them.

How to fix connectivity issues with the Amazon Echo
Is your Echo cutting out or not communicating with other smart home devices? Use these tips to bring your Echo back up to speed.

How to remove Alexa devices from your Amazon account
If you're selling or returning your Alexa device, you need to first deregister the device from your Amazon account. For some Alexa devices, the process isn't so straightforward.

Keep your kids from shopping through Amazon Echo
Keep your kids from going on a shopping spree with Amazon Echo.

How to keep Alexa talking when she's off Wi-Fi
Amazon Tap cuts the wire for Echo. But without Wi-Fi, Alexa stops working and Tap simply becomes a Bluetooth speaker. Here's how to keep Alexa talking off Wi-Fi, using your phone as a mobile hotspot.

How to connect Lifx bulbs to the Amazon Echo
Among over 1,000 new features added to the Amazon Echo is native support for the LIFX smart bulbs. Learn how to connect and control your Lifx bulbs with the Echo.
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Thanks for the tips. They are amazing for home automation.

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superb tips. very helpful. thank you so much for sharing.

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This tips very useful for using Alexa.Amazon has added various new features to its Alexa devices.Which tips you give really very helpful to set up an Alexa.I use to Alexa for music, call, messaging, and booking uber.

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You can Put the light ring on top of to good use by turning it into a nightlight.

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Google Home / Lenovo Smart Display / Alexa?

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Alexa worked fine for me at first, but I started having issues with it and switched to Google Home mini. Then Lenovo launched their smart display with Google Assistant integrated to it. I mean as a family man, I love the Smart Display the most, especially my screen and the fact that it has a built in screen to it.

Check it out :

How about you guys? Have you tried all 3 and which works best for you?

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Is there an Alexa powered Smart Light/fan switch combo?

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Is there such a thing? I've been looking on Amazon for a few weeks now with no results. They seem to either exclusively control lights, or exclusively control the fan. and it's very frustrating because of that. I'm looking to upgrade my moms room a bit for the holidays because she has a form of Arthritis that makes it very difficult to move about freely and quickly. So iI was looking to make her life just a bit easier by giving her room a smart light switch to control her lights and her ceiling fan. Any tips people? I need help!

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