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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alexa can't find my own library on spotify

I just bought an Echo Dot from Amazon, and added my spotify premium account to it but when I asked "Alexa, to play my library," it replied with "I can't find any music in your library." Is there ...
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Why does Alexa answer questions I didn't ask or prompt?

I just got a new Echo Dot and it works normally when prompted. However, three times today she said without prompting, "I'm sorry, I can't find the answer to that question." I checked on the app and ...
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How do I enable drop-in calling on Alexa?

I've configured my Echo and the associated Alexa app for calling and can call registered users. However, though I've read about the drop-in calling feature, I don't see any way to enable it. How do I ...
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Alexa on AV receiver with HDMI

I'm using an Echo Dot to listen to radio, Spotify or Amazon Music. Thus I plugged it to the cinch-input of my AV receiver. But I don't want to switch the AV to the cinch input every time I want to ...
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Keep Alexa from responding when I'm talking in my sleep

If I'm in a private meeting at my home, I don't really want Alexa piping up with her idle chatter if I or someone else accidentally says the wake word. Equally, if I'm talking in my sleep (which I do ...
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Alexa or Google Assistant "Find My Phone" integration with Android Device Manager?

Is there a solution for supporting "find my phone" from either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, using the native Android Device Manager? Or does Google even provide a web services API that could be ...
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How to get Alexa to work with Wemo Switch?

I am trying to get a Wemo Smart Switch/Plug to work with Amazon Echo Dot. I have Amazon Echo Dot installed configured and working normally. I have installed the Wemo App on an iPhone. Using the iPhone ...
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How to read custom documents by Alexa?

According to Amazon, Alexa can read certain Kindle books. Alexa reads Kindle books eligible for Text-to-Speech (an experimental reading technology that allows supported Amazon devices to read ...
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Can I ask Alexa to turn off its microphone by voice command?

Is it possible to build a custom skill that would be equivalent to pressing the microphone on/off button on the top of the Amazon Echo? I know from this article on How-To Geek that such voice command ...