So, you snagged a newsmart speaker. Now what?
Amazon's line of smart speakers are more popular than ever, and for good reason. They are a great start to making your home smart, and they can do so many things for you. Alexa -- the artificially-intelligent assistant built into every Echo -- can give you the news, turn on the lights and play audiobooks just by asking. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.
We totally get that using an Echo speaker can feel a little overwhelming at first. Where should you begin? What should you try first? What features truly matter?
Here we'll give you the must-know tips that will help you get started with your new Echo speaker.
Give it a home
There's not really a "wrong" place to put your Echo speaker. However, how you want to use it will help determine the best place for it in your home.
Not sure where to start? Our guide will help you decide, based on your needs.
Are you worried your new Echo will clash with your home's aesthetic? There are a few ways toso it fits in.
Learn the basics
Once you've, what's next? There are a few essential settings you should set first to get the best experience:
- from Alexa to "Computer," "Amazon" or "Echo"
- Have multiple people at home who want to use Alexa? Learn
- Also make sure to
- If you have kids at home, you might want to set up
The most common ways you'll use your Echo speaker is to ask it to do something for you. "Turn down the volume," "Remind me to get milk," "Set a timer for 30 minutes," "What's the first rule of Fight Club?" -- you get the idea.
While theis ever-growing, there are several you'll actually use regularly:
- Make a shopping list or
- "Alexa, where is my passport?"
You can alsothat do exactly what you want.
Also, Alexa can handle multiple voice commands said together, like "Play Madonna on Spotify" and then "lower the volume." Here's.
If you plan to play music on your Echo regularly, there are a few tricks you should know. Of course you can always say "Alexa, play '80s pop," but there's more you can do to enhance your listening experience:
- Wake up to your favorite music by
- Here's how to
- Want music for studying, or for your next party? Try one of these
- If you have multiple Echo speakers and want music to play from all of them, set up
- If you have an , but want to play music on a more robust speaker, you can
Plug into your smart home
One of the best ways to use an Echo is to control your other smart home products, including smart lights, switches and locks.
According to Amazon, there are more than 10,000 smart home devices that are compatible with Alexa. With just a bit of set up, you can use your voice to turn on lights, lock the front door, lower the blinds, turn on the TV and more.
Echo speakers are reliable devices, but they still have issues sometimes. To save you hassle in the future, learn about theseand how to fix them.
Most Alexa devices have a ring of lights that illuminate when you talk to the speaker. But sometimes you'll notice those lights are a different color. Here's how to decode what thosemean.
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