Questions tagged [alexa]

For questions about Amazon's Alexa voice recognition service. This includes questions about interfacing Alexa with other services, Alexa skills and how to create custom Alexa skills. Consider adding the [amazon-echo] tag when your question is more closely focused on the device at home.

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How to make a POST to Alexa to make her speak/announce?

I'm a web developer. I use HTTP POST request all the time. I'm wondering if there is a way for me to make a POST to alexa. Example, I want to sent this payload to my Alexa {"text":"I ...
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How to create Alexa behavior on Echo Dot that is an alarm sound (or text-to-speech) that continues until dismissed

I bought a YoLink water sensor (leak detector). By following these steps, I was able to link it to my Alexa app and Echo Dot. Now, when water touches the sensor, Alexa sends a notification to my phone ...
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alexa background skill

I'm looking to design a skill that runs indefinitely and checks alexa's dialog state. If its anything other than idle it turns on a smart device, after 30 seconds of being idle it turns it off and ...
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Controlling Google Assitant compatible devices via HTTP/MQTT

I would like to control an IoT device that is compatible with Google Assistant/Alexa/Smart Life locally within my network using some open API over HTTP/MQTT. Is this even possible or is the only way ...
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If device is on, turn it off (and vice versa) | Multi-Step Routines | Alexa

How to run an Alexa routine that checks the current status of a device, and changes it? Example: If LivingRoomLamp is on Then turn off LivingRoomLamp If LivingRoomLamp is off Then turn on ...
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Alexa routine to run at 3am but only if I trigger it during the day

I want a routine to be triggered at 3am. I already created the routine, but I don't want it to run regularly at 3am, only if I trigger it during the day. So I want to effectively say "Alexa, ...
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How to make Amazon Echo device to control devices in the same room with the same name?

I have two Amazon Echo devices installed in two rooms. I have created groups and added devices of the rooms to their respective groups. But I have some devices with the same name. For example, I have ...
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Simplest way to get Alexa to randomly read one option from a list

I'd like Alexa to randomly read one line of text every time my skill runs. I want to choose the list items. What's the easiest way to accomplish this? Amazon offers somewhat customizable "...
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How do I open the blinds in this room?

I have the following rooms in my house Room A Room B Room C In those rooms, I have the following Ikea smart blinds. Room A: "Room A Blind" Room B: "Room B Blind" Room C: "...
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IFTTT filter code to skip action if switchbot activated within last hour

So what I am trying to do is implement some filter code in an IFTTT applet that will skip the action if it was already performed within the last hour. It's for triggering my heating which is a dumb ...
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Alexa won't turn on/off my lamp anymore

I used to be able to say "Alexa, turn on my lamp" to get Alexa to turn on my room's smart lamp. However, sometime last week, this command stopped working. Now, when I try it, Alexa says &...
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Where does Alexa store its music history? Can it be cleared?

My Alexa is screwing up: when I play one of Amazon Music's curated music lists, it always stops after a set number of songs, prior to the whole list completing. It's as if Alexa only thinks the list ...
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Controlling Alexa Group with Smart Switch

I recently installed a Gosund smart switch for my living room lights. The smart switch works great for turning on and off the outlet that's connected to the switch, and I can tell Alexa to turn it on ...
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Using Alexa as speaker over LAN

I would like to use my Alexa as a speaker for my (windows)PC. My PC doesn't have Bluetooth and Alexa is not directly connected to my PC. Since the Alexa is connected to the same router (via WiFi) as ...
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Trying to read thermostat value controlled by Alexa with ESP8266

this is my situation: I have a thermostat in my bathroom which is controlled by Alexa. Now I want to automate my ventilation. For this I want to use a ESP8266 NodeMCU with a humidity sensor and a ...
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Alexas spoken in foreign language without prompt

Today totally freaked me out. I was in a back bedroom and started walking down the hallway to our kitchen where Alexa sits. I heard a voice from the kitchen (i was alone at home and had been for 2 ...
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Can our own Alexa apps use multi-room music?

Amazon's own music players let you specify which smartspeaker, or speaker group, audio should play on. ("Echo, play WNYC everywhere" or "downstairs" or whatever). Is there a ...
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Developing a product for commercial use compatible with Google Home/Alexa

I would like to know whether there are any restrictions/rules when developing a product which is compatible with Google/Alexa or maybe even other hubs. Do I need to get some license or follow some ...
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Automating motorized shades

I have some non-smart motorized shades that can be raised/lowered with a remote that came with them. I’d like to automate them via Alexa. Off the top of my head this would require sniffing the ...
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Can Alexa turn on and off individual outlets and switches?

I'm looking to buy an Alexa just had a few questions. If I have multiple smart plugs and light switches can I ask Alexa to turn one on particular such as an example Alexa turn on vanity light and only ...
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Pushing messages to be spoken to Alexa

How do I force Alexa to speak messages? For example everytime someone mentions Elon Musk on Twitter I want my Alexa to automatically speak the tweet.
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Incorrect answer from Alexa

I asked "Alexa, what's the distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles?". Alexa replied "11,711.8 kilometers away", which is absolutely incorrect. Why does this happen? Am I ...
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Playing No Agenda HD on Apple iTunes through Amazon Alexa

Periodically, I'll try to listen to a podcast with Alexa yet always get the same poor result. Until today. Now, it plays something called "no agenda ep.5" from Apple iTunes. Which is ...
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Separate shopping list on Alexa

I share a Amazon prime account with another and we each have an Echo. Each Echo is setup with our respective accounts. When we ask Alexa to add something to our shopping list, both Echo's write to the ...
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Open source framework for ESP8266 to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

I'm working on a multi channel sonoff device with ESP8266. I want it to be able to support popular iot home control platforms such as Amazon Alexa, Google home... It must have a button and share ...
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Alexa can turn my TV on and off, but can't access any other functions

I've got a Samsung smart TV connected to my Echo through SmartThings. I can turn it on off with my Echo, along with my web connected home theatre amp, but none of the other TV voice commands work. ...
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How to find a specific BBC debate or podcast using Alexa and TuneIn?

Kinda silly, but looking at: This show will be available later. Please come back then. https://tunein.com/radio/Intelligence-Squared-Debate-p510948/ Is there a podcast for the BBC debates ...
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Is there a way to have Alexa keep the microphone on in my skill?

Is there a way to write a skill (similar to "Alexa, Guard") to have Alexa keep the microphone on when the user opens the skill. I would like to make an app that listens for a baby's babble and has ...
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How do I stop Alexa from reminding me of upcoming events on my calendar

I accidentally turned on a feature that has Alexa announcing upcoming calendar events two hours before . . And waking me up in the morning! How do I turn this off?
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Multiple Directives (Dialog.UpdateDynamicEntities and Dialog.ElicitSlot)

It seems that currently it is not possible to add two directives within the Responsebuilder. The Scenario: My Skill has an optional Slot "UserSelection" of the Type Picklist. The Intent itself ...
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How to use calendar without showing notification on display

I'm using Google calendar with Echo show by voice. But by default Echo show also displays upcoming events, and my friends coming to home can see it. It's a bit annoying. I can disable all ...
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Make Alexa, Sonos, or some other speaker to speak, when an email is received

I would like to have some kind of audible warning when an email arrives to my Gmail inbox (besides the sound of my phone). Is there any way to make Alexa (or maybe some other speaker) to speak when ...
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Controlling electric heater by thermostat (IFTTT, Alexa, Google Home)

i want to control electric heater (connected to electricity socket) by using WiFi smart plug. What kind of thermostat (which device) i need to connect to my 'smart network' so i can create a rule to ...
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How can I play play custom MP3 file in echo show 5/ Alexa device?

I have ECHO show 5 device at my home. I have a mp3 file on my smartphone which I want to play on my voice command by amazon ECHO. I am ok to upload this file if echo can support it. How can I do this ...
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How can I make Alexa read my United Kingdom Audible books from an Echo device in India?

I have many audio books purchased in United Kingdoms Audible account. I can still hear them on my smartphone. I have recently moved to India and purchased amazon echo device. I do not have any books ...
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2-Way Switching with Alexa - how to get Alexa to toggle the switch regardless of it's state

I have Alexa controlling a smart relay, which is part of a two way circuit with a regular light switch. It works well bar one thing: if the relay is "off" and the manual switch is on, telling Alexa to ...
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How to make Alexa change how she reads custom text?

In my routine I have Alexa speak a paragraph of text, just 2 sentences. One of them is question, but regardless whether I add a question mark or a period, she reads the the text with the same exact ...
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How to get Pandora to be a music service on Alexa app

How do I get Pandora as a choice of music services on my Alexa app?
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Lighting groups in Alexa

I have paired several lights with Alexa (using an echo dot and the android app). All the lights work individually, and as groups "turn off the lounge lights". On the app, I see the (sonoff) kitchen ...
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Send Google Assistant/Alexa commands to my private server

We are in the process of building an IoT smart switch that can be controlled via WiFi and Google Assistant/Alexa similar to Sonoff. We are stuck in a few spots, where I thought you guys could help. ...
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Alexa unprompted [duplicate]

My Alexa said something when I got home and no one prompted her, I was the only one here and was in the bathroom, it sounded like she said " what device?" This is the second time I have heard her talk ...
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Home automation dialogues

Is there an available dataset from home automation conversational agent vendors such as Amazon-Alexa or Google Home. I want a dataset where there are dialogues and knowledge bases of IoT devices ...
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Traditional looking toggle switch that works with Hue (possibly through Alexa/google)?

New to this Hue madness, got a 4 pack with Hub. Enjoying the lights, not ready to start asking Google/Alexa to turn on my lights. I know Philips has a couple switches, but Im looking for something ...
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Custom sensor readings with Amazon Alexa

TLDR: I want to query Alexa for the current humidity sensor reading by asking: "What is the current humidity, Alexa?" The answer should be similar to: "The current humidity level is 56.7%" ...
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Echo Dot - Can you ask Alexa to remind you of your favorite TV shows?

I’m able to find TV skills for Alexa, but none of them (that I can see) will check the schedule and remind you of your favorite TV shows. I know I can set a reminder for them, but if the show time ...
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Amazon Echo in France but I want everything to be english speaking

I live in france. I have changed the language to English and the location to UK. I now have Alexa speaking English. However, I am having trouble getting echo to play BBC radio channels. Alexa cannot ...
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Can Alexa determine a switch state?

I have a virtual switch set up through Hubitat that actually opens and closes my garage door. I can say "Alexa open Pete" and she will turn the virtual switch on which opens the garage door. Also I ...
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How do you turn on Amazon Music history?

Recently my Amazon Music account stopped recording music played history. I would like to be able to keep an eye on the music my daughters are playing. I have looked all over and cannot find the ...
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Alexa - require password for routines?

I am just getting into the SmartThings / Alexa world and know that it can be convenient to do things like: "Alexa open the garage door" "Alexa unlock front door" but what concerns me a bit is ...
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ESP8266 - Device doesn't support that

I'm using and trying the new Echo Dot generation (3rd Gen) to control a ESP8266 following some tutorials. For now I just want to change the state of a relay using the SetBinaryState action. But after ...
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