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Why is Alexa telling me to dial emergency services?

When I tell Alexa to be quiet, it often, but not always, responds with this. https://youtu.be/DZssCjoTg-0 We have our wake word set to "computer" because Star Trek. As you can see from the ...
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How to tell Amazon Alexa not to suggest or announce movies to me

Alexa just flashed that I had a notification. When I asked what my notifications were, the device started telling me about a new Timothee Chalamet movie. I don't want the device to suggest movies to ...
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How to control smart bulbs using both the wall light switch and using voice?

I want to be able to turn my smart lights on by using Alexa and my voice and the wall switch. Example like I turn it off by voice and then be able to turn it on by the switch and vice versa
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Sengled Smart Plug with Echo dot

I bought a Sengled Smart Plug with Echo dot and I tried to connect them. Alexa found the device and there is a set-up option. I click it and follow instructions. It's finding the device, connecting, ...
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Send Alexa a command from another device?

I'm in the process of creating a Raspberry Pi-powered home automation system. I have a complicated node.js script running on the Pi, and I want to be able to send commands from the Pi to my Alexa (e.g....
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Possible reasons why my Alexa turns on the wrong light

We have multiple IoT devices at home. For this explanation, we're concerned about the bedroom lights and kitchen lights. I have two Alexa devices, the main one is in the kitchen (Echo Show) and the ...
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How to include a timer in a nightly routine for lights?

The use case I'm trying to solve is that after dinner our early teenage kids keep coming into the kitchen and leaving the light on. We moved into our current home in January and have a collection of ...
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stop alexa from giving gps and weather when you ask for events

Every time I ask Alexa and Astro what is on my Calendar they give me GPS and Weather before giving me event. How do I stop them from this? All I want is the event and time of event.
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Universal control of ESP32

I need a help that, if exists a code, library, software which can control my ESP32 GPIO pins. ie, 1 code, connect to google home, alexa, home kit, home assistant, samsung smartthings, etc....(MATTER)
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How to setup “my” AC on Alexa?

So I setup Alexa with multiple smart home ACs, one in my room and another in the guest room. I’ve given the name as Guest Room AC for that, and mine is Mohsin’s AC. But when I come home and say “Alexa,...
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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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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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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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Alexa spoke in a 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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