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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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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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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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 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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How do I configure Alexa to access a REST API?

I have several lights connected to relays which are connected to a wiolink I can turn the lights on and off through the REST API, like so: curl https://us.wio.seeed.io/v1/node/GroveRelayD0/onoff/[...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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Why would I need multiple Alexa devices in one home?

As a result of this question I have read some articles about Alexa and its wake-words. One of the articles mentions the following: Finally, for people with multiple Echo units, there’s an argument ...
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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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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 train my Amazon Echo to understand my voice more accurately?

The problem I have with these voice activated devices is that it doesn't always understand my voice correctly. I'm mostly focused on the Amazon Echo; in this post I am asking: How can I train my ...
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Can Alexa read Kindle books in the United Kingdom?

Is there any way to make Alexa read Kindle books in the UK? I couldn't find any options to do that.
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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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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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How can I boot an Xbox One remotely using Amazon Alexa?

I've been researching how to control an Xbox One through Alexa, but I can't find a straightforward way to achieve this. A reddit thread suggests using the Blumoo remote, but I'd rather not pay for ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What conversational UI or voice command frameworks work offline?

Something I'm looking for is a conversational UI or voice command framework or extensible product (like Alexa) that can be used offline or without an internet connection. I haven't been able to figure ...
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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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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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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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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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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 can I change Alexa's pronunciation of a specific word in a skill?

Sometimes, when developing an Alexa skill and programming the responses from my service, Alexa mispronounces one of the words in my reply, confusing the user. For example, if I wanted Alexa to say a ...
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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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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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How to use Alexa to turn a doorbell on/off (and determine state)?

I'm relatively new to home automation, but experienced with electrical wiring and software development. I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to tell Alexa to turn the doorbell on or off, AND ...
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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 ...