A comprehensive list of Alexa voice commands you can use with your smart devices

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While it’s not sophisticated enough to be sentient, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is an amazing feat of engineering. It can respond to hundreds of commands, often in almost conversational ways. If you’re new to Alexa or just want a primer on what the digital assistant is capable of, here’s a roundup of the most common and useful commands.

The commands in this list are just a guideline; like any good assistant, Alexa often can respond to variations of these commands, shortened versions, and alternate phrases. 

How to wake Alexa on your devices

Although Amazon originally promised that Alexa’s name would be fully customizable, the reality is that you can configure it to wake to one of four words: Alexa (naturally, the default), Amazon, Echo, or computer. You can specify the wake word in the Alexa app and customize it for each of your devices. Here’s how:

1. Start the Alexa app on your phone.

2. Tap “Devices” at the bottom of the screen and then tap “Echo & Alexa” at the top of the screen.

3. Tap the device for which you want to change the wake word. 

4. Tap “Wake Word” and then choose which of the four words you want Alexa to respond to for the selected device.

Most Alexa devices respond to your voice just by saying the name. A few devices — namely, the Amazon Fire TV remote and the now-discontinued Amazon Tap and Amazon Dash Wand — require you to first press a button to wake Alexa. 

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Every command you give Alexa generally needs to be prefaced with the wake word, which is how the list of commands below is structured. However, if you enable Follow-up Mode, Alexa will briefly listen for additional commands after the first one, without requiring the wake word repeated every time. If you want to enable Follow-up Mode for a particular device, do this:

1. Start the Alexa app on your phone.

2. Tap “Devices” at the bottom of the screen and then tap “Echo & Alexa” at the top of the screen.

3. Tap the device you want to use Follow-up Mode with.

4. Tap “Follow-up Mode” and then turn it on by swiping the button to the right. 

Whether or not you choose to use Follow-up Mode, here are the most common and important commands you can use with Alexa.

Volume and pausing

Alexa, stop: This stops whatever activity Alexa is performing.

Alexa, pause/continue: Some activities, like playing the Flash briefing, can be paused and resumed later. 

Alexa, mute/unmute: This mutes whatever audio Alexa is playing. 

Alexa, louder/set the volume to six, turn down the volume: Alexa can vary the volume in a variety of ways.

Timers and conversions

Alexa, set a one-hour timer: Creates a simple timer.

Alexa, cancel the one-hour time: Cancels the timer before it’s complete.

Alexa, set a 10-minute timer and name it “eggs”: Useful for situations like cooking in the kitchen, when you might need several timers at once — naming them makes it easy to tell them apart.  

Alexa, how much time is left: Alexa will report how much time is left on each …read more

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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