Thursday, July 4, 2019

How to Use Alexa: Tips,Tricks and Guide

You have brought home Alexa voice assistant to make life easier for you. Alexa is the female voice living in the cloud. She is the brain behind Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Amazon Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Echo Show, as well as Fire TV.

She becomes your personal assistant and learns to follow your voice and even understand your preferences as you use her. You can even use Alexa app on your Android or iOS devices to control her. So, how to use Alexa?

Let us help you with some tips, tricks and guides that help you manage and control Alexa for the better.

What Can Alexa Do?

Alexa as mentioned is a virtual voice assistant. Just ask her a question and Alexa will respond accordingly. As she lives in the cloud, she keeps getting smarter and updating herself.Alexa can help you with:
  • Hands-free voice control for music and entertainment.
  • Best way to use just your voice to call and message from your phone or tablet.
  • She can deliver the latest news and information when asked for.
  • Alexa can control almost all the smart-home devices such as thermostats, lights, switches, etc.
  • Help you order and shop online.
  • She will understand your preferences and personalize your device experience.

How to Set Up Amazon Echo with Alexa App or Web Browser

The Amazon Echo guide tells you to download the Alexa app from Google Play or iTunes. You should try to use the web interface for setting up your Amazon Echo initially.

Setting Up Alexa on Android

  • Go to Google Play store and search for Alexa. 
  • Select Amazon Alexa and install it on your device.

Activating Alexa

  • Once Alexa is installed on the phone, open Amazon App.
  • Login into your Amazon account and then select Get Started.
  • Select your name from list of Help Alexa Get to Know You. If your name is not shown on the list, then select I’m Someone Else. 
  • Once you select your name from the list, you can add a nickname, full name or whatever you wish for Alexa to use when messaging and calling on your behalf.
  • Tap Continue and then tapAllow to give permission to Alexa to send and receive calls and messages. You will receive a conformation SMS on your number. Tap on Skip if you do not wish to continue with this feature as of now.
  • Enter your six-digit verification code and tap on Continue to complete the setup.

That’s it. Now get ready to customize Alexa using your phone.

How to Customize Alexa App As Per Your Preferences?

  • Open Amazon Alexa app on your phone and tap on Customize Alexa.
  • Choose the device for which you wish to customize Alexa from the list of devices. You can even setup a new device.
  • Choose the settings that apply to you such as region, time zone, and measurement units.

Using Voice Commands on Alexa

Once you are done setting up the device you can start using Alexa’s skills right away.
  • Open your Amazon Alexa app and tap at the Alexa icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Allow Alexa to access your microphone, and tap Done.
  • You can activate Alexa by giving her a command or asking a question, such as: Alexa, what is the time right now? Or ‘Alexa can you find me the nearest coffee shop?

Alex has many skills that will delight you to the fullest. You can ask her about the current weather or even the traffic status in a particular area. Alexa can play the latest songs for you or even check for delays in the railway. If you wish, she can play an audiobook for you or even switch on or off smart light bulbs, thermostats, etc.She can help set up reminders for you or set up timers when you are planning to cook pasta or garlic bread.

This is how to use Alexa and make things around the house easy. There are many things Alexa can do and becomes your virtual personal assistant without much fuss.

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