With Alexa anddevices, -- including and -- Amazon has built a robust service that can deliver seemingly endless information and control your home. But, are you actually taking full advantage of all it can do?
If you haven't yet unlocked the full potential of Alexa, the following seven voice commands will get you closer. These are the amazing things Alexa can do that you should start using now.
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Welcome you home
What makes Alexa so useful is that it can plug into many other. Connect your or to your Echo and you can .
Take it up a few notches and create a routine for when you arrive home so that when you say the magic words, such as "Alexa, I'm home" it can turn on your lights, play music and turn on the heat (or many other sets of actions).
Give your brain a break from remembering important info
Always forgetting your sister-in-law's birthday or to pick up your dry cleaning?. Just say "Alexa remember [exactly what you want to remember]" and it will take care of the rest.
Act as a host
When you have friends or relatives staying at your house, inevitably they're going to ask what's the WiFi password or where to find an extra set of towels. Let Alexa handle it with a. With a Skills Blueprint, you can create a Custom Q&A for your home so that visitors can get answers without you.
Head to Amazon's Skills Blueprint page and pick the "Houseguest" option to create a guide with FAQs your guests might have while staying with you. When they arrive, they can ask "Alexa, where is the toilet paper?" or "Alexa, how do I turn on the shower?" and it will give them the answers.
The modern intercom
If you have multiple Echo speakers in your home, you can easily create an intercom system to tell the entire house that dinner is ready, or tell your roommates to keep the music down. To use this feature, you'll need to.
Make free phone calls
Hands-free andare really easy with Alexa (maybe too easy, ). Just say the command "Alexa, call [phone number]" or "Alexa, call Mom" and your Echo will dial the call.
It works for mobile numbers and landlines too. With anand a home phone service (either a landline or VoIP) your Echo can also receive calls and allow you to dial 911.
And what if you lose your phone?.
Manage your schedule
Like any good personal assistant, Alexa can help youand let you make changes quickly. Just sync your calendar account from Google, Apple or Microsoft in the Alexa mobile app to get started ( ). Then ask "Alexa, what's on my calendar for tomorrow?"
If, just say "Alexa, move my 1 p.m. meeting tomorrow to 3 p.m." or "Alexa, cancel my 9 a.m. event."
Use Alexa with other smart devices
Being able to ask Alexa to "turn on the lights in the kitchen" is really satisfying, especially when you're arriving home late at night with your hands full. Likewise, it feels powerful towith just your voice.
Within the Alexa app on your phone, you can connect the compatibleso you can control them. The possibilities are (almost) endless.
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What are your favorite Alexa commands? Share them in the comments.
First published on June 9, 2018 at 8 a.m. ET.