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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Can you setup Alexa to remind you about calendar events?

Is it possible to configure an Amazon Echo so that Alexa will tell you about upcoming events (e.g. from Google Calendar) an hour before each of them by waking itself up and reminding you about them?
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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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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 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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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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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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How to write custom Alexa Skills without 'Ask xxxx'

I am currently using fauxmo to send custom commands to various devices to turn them on/off (For instance I have a WiFi to IR converter to control my Tuner & TV) and I can turn the tv on/off with ...
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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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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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Can Alexa ever speak without being prompted?

I was recently asked if Alexa can ever speak without prompting, so I thought it'd be helpful to ask here to make sure I'm right; as far as I know, Alexa will never, ever speak without the wake word, ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to use English Alexa Skills on my German Echo Dot

I want to use English Alexa skills on a German Echo Dot. But when I switch to US English to access English skills I get this problem: Die ausgewählte Spracheinstellung stimmt nicht mit den ...
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How to Use Alexa & Raspberry Pi switch things wirelessly?

I wanted to use my Amazon Echo Dot to connect to my Raspberry Pi, and have it turn on switches wirelessly. What I have done: I have been able to use Makermusings's Fauxmo and a relay board to "trick"...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I detect Alexa's current state or change its current state with an external device?

I want to have custom wake-word for Alexa so I want to interface this Amazon Echo with an external device. I am wondering if it is possible to create a proxy device that would wake up Alexa if I give ...
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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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Can I trigger Alexa to respond based on an API / Job call?

I have a requirement where I would like the Echo to trigger a conversation using an API that I have. The API is running on the web server and based on a condition it should trigger the Echo device (...
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Germany Alexa skills with a UK amazon.co.uk account

I have a UK amazon.co.uk and Audible account with all my Audiobooks and I like speaking to Alexa on my Echo in English. Now I have moved to Germany and I cannot seem to get German Alexa skills (from ...
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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 - 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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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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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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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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How can I use Alexa to turn on/off multiple lights at the same time with SmartThings hub?

I have various lights/switches/dimmers on a SmartThings hub. I can control them individually, but would like to say something like "Alexa turn on everything" to turn on all lights, or maybe "turn on ...
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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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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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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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Will alarms set on one Amazon Echo be shared with all other devices in the same home?

With the Amazon Echo, it's easy to set an alarm that will be triggered on the same device that the alarm was created, however it isn't always useful if you're not going to remain in the same room when ...
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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 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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Using Login with Amazon (LWA) to Connect Custom Alexa Skill Fails

I created an Alexa Smart Home Skill to go enhance my home automation setup. The goal is to look into voice controlling my Raspberry Pi via Alexa. To do so I followed this Amazon developer blog to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...