Down to the wire on your holiday shopping? Before you panic, askfor help.
Amazon's voice assistant has plenty of ways to ease your gift-giving anxiety. Alexa can manage shopping lists, hunt downand even purchase your gifts with one voice command. And if you're worried about your arriving on time, well, Alexa can care take of tracking that, too. Here's all the ways your Echo device can help with shopping this holiday season.
Research gift ideas with Alexa
There's no doubt that Amazon's database of products and vendors is vast. Let Alexa sift through the online retailer's massive inventory for you. It could save you time you'd otherwise waste scrolling through countless retailer webpages. Plus, Alexa's search returns may spark new ideas for gift as well.
Start by asking Alexa something simple like, "Alexa, shop for women's scarves" for mom. Perhaps Dad would appreciate a pair of waterproof boots. What about stocking stuffers for the kids?
Regardless of what you're shopping for, Alexa will compile a list of items to match your request. This process is particularly handy if you use one of Amazon's.
On theor , Alexa pulls up a product list in seconds. The voice assistant then describes the first few products. You can buy items immediately or view them later within the Alexa mobile app.
Build a shopping list with Alexa
When browsing Amazon products with your Echo, you can keep track of promising gift items with a shopping list. Say, "Alexa, add this to my shopping list," which will put the product you're viewing into the list associated with your Amazon account.
If you haven't yet started searching for gifts, but want to keep track of ideas you have, create a custom list with Alexa. To get started, say, "Alexa, create a gift list," and then something like, "Alexa, add golf clubs for dad to my gift list."
Purchase items with Alexa
After finishing off your shopping lists, it's purchase time. And Alexa makes as easy as can be. In fact, it's as easy as saying, "Alexa, check out [name of product]."
But first you must enable voice purchasing on your Echo device. Here's how.
Start by opening the Alexa app. Tap the More icon and select Settings > Account Settings > Voice Purchasing. Then toggle on the button to on.
Voice purchasing also requires you to enable 1-Click ordering. To do this, open the one-click settings page on Amazon. It will take you to an Amazon page displaying your 1-Click payment setting. Look for the box that says if 1-Click is enabled or disabled and turn it to on. Here, you can enter or edit the credit card information you wish to use.
For extra protection, you can enable Alexa to require a four-digit passcode every time you use voice purchasing. To do this, go to the Voice Purchasing page and toggle the voice code button to on. Type in your desired four-digit code in the Require confirmation code field. Alexa will then ask for that code each time you purchase by voice.
Track your packages with Alexa
Since this is Amazon we're talking about, Alexa can keep track of the purchases you've made with the massive online retailer.
Say, "Alexa, where's my package?" "Alexa, track my package" or simply, "Alexa, where's my stuff?" It'll supply your order's current shipping status. Additionally, you can choose to receive shipping notifications for all your orders. In the Alexa app, go to Settings > Notifications > Shipping notifications.
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