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5 essential Amazon Echo tips you'll use every day

Commit these go-to Alexa commands to memory now.

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Your Amazon Echo ($100 at Amazon) is fantastic at playing music and giving you the weather, but there's a vast world of skills that can make Amazon's Alexa assistant your new best friend. For example, you probably knew that you could ask Alexa to set an alarm, but did you know you can remotely set an alarm for your Amazon Echo, too?

Read on for five essential tips you'll use on the daily, and check out even more Alexa tips at the end.

Set an alarm from home or while on the go

Option 1: If you're around your Echo, you can say "Alexa, set an alarm for 6:30 a.m."

Option 2: If you're out of the house and want to set an alarm, go to your Amazon Alexa app menu. Tap Reminders & Alarms > Alarms > Add Alarm. You can also have Alexa wake you up with music.

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Set an alarm on your Echo.

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Listen to music, audiobooks and podcasts

Once you have your Amazon account linked to your Echo, you can immediately begin listening to music. However, unless you have Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited, you may run into some songs and artists that aren't available, so it's a good idea to have your other music services linked to your account.

Connect Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn: In the Alexa app menu, tap Settings > Music and select the music service.

Connect to Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, SiriusXM, Tidal, Gimme or Vivo: If you're connecting to one of these, tap Link New Service, select the service and enter your login info.

Connect to Google Play Music or iTunes: If you have one of these two music streaming services, you can only use your Echo as a speaker. You will have to manually select the songs you want to listen to on your phone. Go to your phone's settings and turn on Bluetooth. Then say "Alexa, pair." Select your Echo when it appears on your Bluetooth screen.

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Play games with your friends or kids

This one can be fun if you've got no board games and you're trying to entertain friends or kiddos. Alexa has a ton of games you can play, like Jeopardy, Harry Potter trivia, music games, kids games and many more. You can also play multiplayer games with Amazon Echo buttons.

Just say "Alexa, play a game," or if you know exactly what you want to play, say "Alexa, play [name of game]."

Alexa will explain how to play each game.

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Play multiplayer games with Amazon Echo buttons.

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Ask for measurement conversions

When you're cooking and need to know how many ounces are in 3 cups, just ask Alexa. You can say "Alexa, how many ounces are in a cup?" and your Echo will immediately give you a conversion.

Find movies playing in theaters near you

Once you have your location set up, Alexa can help you find theaters and showtimes near you.

1. Say "Alexa, which theaters are near me?" to get started.

2. Ask Alexa which movies are playing in the theater you're going to.

3. Ask Alexa what time the movie is playing. For example, "Alexa, what time is Avengers: Endgame playing at Regal Theater today?"

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