You've just unboxed your Alexa does so many things that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to begin., , or , but now what do you do with it? You probably know that it can play music, tell you the weather forecast and set alarms -- but Amazon's
For example, Alexa can learn who it's talking to, order supplies for around the house and. Not to mention, you can make calls and .
Place your Echo in the best spot in the house
The first thing you'll do when you've unboxed your new Amazon Echo is to plug it in. And when you only have one Echo speaker, you don't want to just plop it down anywhere in the house -- in fact, there are. You should make sure it's in a centralized spot where your voice can carry from most rooms, like in the kitchen or living room.
Get the basic stuff out of the way
Now that you've got your Echo plugged in and set up, it's. This includes downloading the Alexa app and setting up your location so you'll have an accurate weather forecast.
We also recommend that you take the time from the beginning to. While you can set this up at any time, being able to let Alexa recognize the different users' voices will give each user a personalized experience. For example, when Alexa recognizes your voice, it'll play the music and news you like to listen to and will call or message people in your address book.
You may also want to set up voice purchasing so you can quickly order an item you often buy, like paper towels. To do this, you'll also need to enable 1-Click ordering in the settings app. Remember to set up a password so that only you can make purchases this way. You can find this in Settings > Account Settings > Voice Purchasing.
Using voice commands
Every action you want Alexa to make will. For example, turning on music, controlling the volume of the smart speaker and creating lists or reminders. You'll just say something like, "Alexa, turn the volume down," or, "Alexa, add coffee to my shopping list."
Don't want your wake word to be Alexa? You can change it to Echo, Computer or Amazon. Just say, "Alexa, change the wake word" and make your choice.
Control your smart home devices
Wishing you could arrive home at night with the lights already lit up? Well, if you've got smart lights, smart plugs ($25 at Amazon) or switches, you can control them using the Alexa app so that you never have to trip going up the front porch stairs again.
Other devices you can control include smart locks (in case you forget to lock your door before leaving), , and more .
Call and text your friends using Alexa
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Now that we've got the essentials out of the way, here are, and .