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 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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How can I stop Alexa from ordering things if it hears a voice on TV?

According to The Register, lots of Amazon Echo devices were accidentally triggered by a presenter saying 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse'. Telly station CW-6 said the blunder happened during a ...
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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 change the Amazon Echo wake word?

Is it possible to change the Amazon's Echo wake word from "Alexa" to something else? If so, how can I do that?
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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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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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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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Making Amazon Echo / Alexa work outside of US, UK, Germany and Canada

According to Amazon Echo's Wikipedia page, they're only available in the US, UK, Germany and Canada. Echo's Achilles heel is Amazon's unwillingness to look beyond the US. - The Australian However,...
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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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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 does one capture the recognised text from Echo?

I know that some skills can capture spoken text, such as when adding to to-do lists and shopping lists, and third party skills can also do this, eg. SMS with Molly. So, how do they do this? Is there ...
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How to efficiently control my dumb TV via Alexa?

I have a more or less dumb TV (Toshiba 42SL863G) and home cinema system (LG HX806SG) which I want to control via Alexa voice command. At least switch them on and change into either TV or home cinema ...
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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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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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Is it possible to be notified by Amazon Echo when it starts and stops speaking?

I want to change audio source on my home cinema when Alexa is speaking so I need to be notified when it starts and stops.
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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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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 ...