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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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Alexa - Confirm AMAZON.Number slots

I have an intent to request a bank account info by it's number. I tried with only one slot of AMAZON.Number but if the account number is ***012345, Alexa understand this as ***012337 (last two digits ...
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Alexa - call web API in localhost from AWS Lambda Console

I have my Alexa's lambda function on AWS Lambda Console. There I call a web API I created. If I call my web API on Visual Studio Code, it works great. But if I use Alexa Developer Console to call my ...
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Controlling one device using Alexa and Siri at the same time?

Can I have one device set up with HomeKit and Alexa at the same time e.g. a motion sensor, or a smart plug? I must stress I am asking whether it is possible to set up the device with the two services ...
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Steps to turn On/OFF the light using custom skill of alexa

Please guide with the steps and program to turn On/Off the light using custom skill of Alexa as I want to use invocation command if custom skill. Please guide me as I am very new to this topic. I ...
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How does an ESP8266 “advertise” it can handle Alexa “relative volume” commands

As I understand more I WILL edit this question. For now, I am guessing at what I need. To make it easier for people to help, I'll tell you the over all purpose: I have programmed an ESP8266 to ...
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State of the Art for Alexa and Harmony with multiple hubs

There is a lot of information available about this generally, but the field is moving quickly and it's difficult to judge what information is dated. I have 3 harmony hubs: one for my theater room, ...
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Alexa app: How to choose the device to drop in on

I have multiple Alexa Dots on my account and when using the app on my Android phone I do not get the option to choose which device to drop in on. It constantly defaults to one device. When I try a ...
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Alexa App on Iphone 4 / IOS 7.1.2 - Can't find “alexa” button

I have an old iphone 4 that I want to use via wifi in my car to use alexa to play spotify. I installed the alexa app from the app store. Because the last version of IOS for the iphone 4 is version 7....
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How to get Alexa to play music using Pandora without saying “on Pandora”?

Whenever I say "Alexa play Metallica", it says that it is not found on Amazon Prime. It only works the way I want it when I say "Alexa play Metallica on Pandora" My Default music library is set to ...
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How to Use Alexa & Raspberry Pi switch things wirelessly?

I don't know if this has been asked before, and if so, I haven't been able to find it. TL;DR: I wanted to use my Amazon Echo Dot to connect to my Raspberry Pi, and have it turn on switches ...
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How do you clear Alexa music history?

How do you remove an item from Alexa's music history, as shown under the history tab of the music section in the Alexa app?
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Create a toggle between two actions in IFTTT

I have a simple device (Nordic Thingy 52) with a push button which can trigger the Maker Webhooks service in order to pass an event (button_press), which I am currently using to then trigger the Smart ...
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Can I play sound from my computer on an Echo Dot?

My computer speaker is terrible. Can I set up so that if I play something on my computer, the sound comes out on my Echo Dot 3rd Generation?
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IKEA Tradfri bulbs showing up as “other” in the Alexa App, instead of “light.”

I have my IKEA Tradfri bulbs connected through the Tradfri Gateway. They are all showing version 1.2.214, which the app says is the latest version, as well as the gateway which is 1.3.14. Inside the ...
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Do Hue bulbs need to be connected to an Echo Plus directly?

I have a multi-Alexa setup at home. It's a three storey house, so an Echo Plus on the bottom floor and 2nd gen Echos on the other floors. The hue bulb that came with it worked fine when it was ...
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Alexa Speaking Without Being Asked

Last night at midnight Alexa scared me silly. I had the volume up from playing music earlier, and she shouts out "I'm sorry, I don't know how to do that" without being prompted. Why is this? The only ...
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How to use Tradfri Lights with Ikea Tradfri Gateway within Alexa routines?

I am using Echo Dots and the Tradfri Gateway and have seven Ikea Tradfri bulbs in two rooms. These bulbs show up under devices and can be put into groups, which work perfectly with Alexa voice ...
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Can Alexa routines run arbitrary commands?

I have some skills that require quite a long phrase to activate (eg. "Alexa, tell Smart Remote to turn on my TV"), but it seems quite redundant for me to repeat this, when I'll be using the same skill ...
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Possible to assign a default “light” to a given Echo device?

My setup: I have an Echo Dot in my master bedroom which is connected to my SmartThings hub. I have a GE In-Wall Smart Dimmer switch controlling the overhead lights (Z-Wave) and a Sengled Element ...
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How to link device with user?

I'm trying to learn IoT development using an Arduino and Amazon's menu of services—Alexa Skill Kit, AWS Lambda, and AWS IoT. I've been able to get come a long way, but when I think about implementing ...
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Alexa for Business - Using Alexa for conference room

I am trying to configure the newly released Alexa for Business module for my Echo Device. I followed all the steps suggested in the videos released by Alexa. However I keep running into the problem "...
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Alexa app drop in feature and contacts missing after upgrading iPhone

I am missing the drop in feature and my Alexa contacts after upgrading my iPhone (7 plus to 8 plus). Restarting the app does not help. I know I am logged in and connected because I can see the ...
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Lutron switch - turn off lights when nobody is in the room?

I have a room where the lights are controlled by a Lutron Caseta switch connected to a Lutron SmartBridge and Amazon Alexa. UPDATE: I don't require the use of Alexa in the solution, I'm just saying I ...
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Is the Amazon Echo mic mute a hardware switch?

I recently got my hands on an Echo Dot. I'm hesitating to install it, since I'm concerned about my privacy. According to Amazon's privacy notice, they may use all data they capture. I've noticed ...
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How can I match database records (e.g. names) with voice input from an Alexa Skill?

I'm building an Alexa skill, and I have a slot called 'Name' where I want to capture a name. I want to find in the database the matching name. But let's say that I have in the database a name "Alex ...
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FitBit integration with Alexa; Play music when waking up

I m trying to integrate my Fitbit with my Amazon Echo. My goal is to make my Echo play music when I wake up in the morning. Is it possible to send a notification (or alert) via Bluetooth to my phone ...
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Alexa nodejs accessing url from Amazon Lamdba

I've created a simple skill for Alexa based on this example: https://github.com/alexa/skill-sample-nodejs-fact/blob/en-US/lambda/custom/index.js Now, I'd like the script to log something on a ...
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How do I get Amazon Alexa (Echo) to run automations in Nexia?

I have an Amazon Alexa and have a Nexia bridge which manages devices throughout my home. I have the two connected via the Nexia skill in the Alexa app. I can do things like "Alexa, turn the downstairs ...
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What is the difference between Echo and Echo Plus?

I wonder what the difference between the Amazon Echo and the Echo Plus is. Of course I know that the Echo Plus has a Smart Home Hub integrated but for what exactly is it? I can not find any ...
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Alexa Drop In on AmazonTap

Is Drop In on the Alexa App not available on the Amazon Tap? I can't seem to enable it. There's no option for Drop In at all on my Tap.
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Make Amazon Echo talk by sending a request to it [duplicate]

I know this was, apparently, not possible before. It has been over half a year since this was answered with a vaguely "no". Is it possible to trigger Alexa to say something? I basically want her to ...
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How can I find echo dot's MAC address without turning it off?

My home network has a MAC filter, so I need to know the MAC address of this particular echo dot. I have nearly 30 smart devices connected to my router and I do not have the luxury of turning off one ...
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What are the limitations of our own build Echo using Raspberry Pi?

I'm trying to build my own Echo device. I found the GitHub repository here and some YouTube tutorials. I would like to know what are the limitation of this. Will this allow me similar functions that ...
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How do we get Alexa to speak instead of making the light green when receiving a message?

I sent a message via my Alexa app to my friends Alexa app. But when he received the message his echo device gives a small sound and turns it's round light to green. Instead of this can we get Alexa ...
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Can we send commands to Alexa through Alexa app?

Let's say I'm not at home but I need to check whether my smart bulb at home is on or off? I know I can do it with the app that support my smart bulb but then I need to check each every app that I ...
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How do I stop Alexa from including the application owner's name

Yesterday I installed the Alexa app on my wife's phone so that she can control the Echo from it. Her Amazon account is linked to mine so I logged into the app with her account. However, ever since, ...
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How to get Alexa to play music like <insert artist> using Amazon Music

I have Amazon Prime music. Is it possible to ask Alexa to play music similar to or like a particular artist? When I ask her to play music by [artist name], they are only songs by that artist (...
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How does Alexa discover devices (Eco Plugs)?

I recently acquired an Eco Plug. Which is basically a Wi-Fi controlled power socket. I managed to connect to it via the EcoPlugs Android App and I can control it by turning the power on/off. I then ...
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Alexa to Alexa calling [duplicate]

I have the amazon Echo and have just purchased the Dot for my husband. I want to enable the above to use the intercom facility but I do not have the drop in option in my settings on either device. ...
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Alexa cannot identify Fauxmo and ESP8266

I'm trying to control an ESP8266 using fauxmo. The programme compiles correctly, but when I run the Alexa app to find devices the ESP doesn't show up. The ESP is definitely connected to my home ...
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How long does it take to create an Alexa Skill? [closed]

Generally speaking, how long does it take to create an Alexa skill? Clearly "it depends", so let's assume someone has programming experience, and the thing to control has an easy to call API. On ...
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Routing Echo Dot through my computer to my speakers

I am thinking about purchasing an Amazon Echo Dot. I currently have a computer which is hooked up to external speakers via auxiliary. I would like to hook up the Dot to my computer via a second ...
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How to create a home card in Alexa

I'm trying to develop my first skill and I do not find proper information on how to create a home card https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/alexa/alexa-skills-kit/docs/providing-home-cards-...
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Can Alexa be trained to use preferred volume levels?

Is there a way to train Alexa to use preferred volume levels, such that Alexa plays music at volume X replies at volume Y sets volume to 0 every night at 9 PM, and back to last set volume at 6 AM
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Ceiling fans - Can I use a smart switch to control a dumb fan?

There are a handful of "smart ceiling fans" available that are really expensive (up to $500). Is there an easy way to just add a smart wall switch with a cheap dumb ceiling fan to get the same ...
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A practical guide to Amazon Echo, families with children?

I have an Amazon account, as does my wife. We share Amazon Prime through household setup, and have added our daughter to our kids list. We purchased an Echo Dot for our daughter, and are likely going ...
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Can I call my Echo Dot from the Alexa app on my iPhone?

Can you call the Echo Dot from the iPhone Alexa app? They are both registered to me. When I try it rings, but will not allow me to pick up. I have the latest iOS on an iPhone 7 Plus and the latest ...
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Getting status from WeMo device using Alexa

I am using an ESP8266 to emulate a WeMo device with wemos and fauxmoESP arduino code found on the internet. Now that I understand the basic interaction of on and off commands, I'd like to add a status ...
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Alexa checklist / reminder of things to take before going

How can I add and customize "checklists" about things I need to remember taking before leaving my flat ? For instance if I say "Alexa, I'm going to work", I'd like to be reminded to not forget my ...
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Can I call other Echo devices in my house?

Recently, Amazon introduced calling between devices with Alexa Calling. With this, you can ask Alexa to call other people who have Echo devices (and have enabled the feature). Is it possible to tell ...