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Questions tagged [amazon-echo]

For questions about the Amazon Echo family, including the Echo and the Echo Dot in all versions. Use this tag when your question pertains to the device itself. Consider adding the [alexa] tag when your question is more about the cloud voice service that powers the Echo.

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Proper way to add an Echo Dot 2 to my existing system

I have an Echo 2 paired with an Amazon Bluetooth receiver which in turn feeds an 70v Amp that plays throughout the home. This works. However, my wife has to constantly go from the Kitchen to the ...
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Force Echo 2 to Mono Output

My Echo (2nd Gen) is paired with a Bluetooth receiver which, in turn, feeds that signal to a 70 volt Mono amp that services the entire house, one speaker per room. Listening to the music, it sounds ...
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Ring doorbell and echo dot interaction

I have a Ring Video Doorbell 2 and an Amazon Echo Dot. I cannot hear the chime of the doorbell throughout my home. There is an Alexa Ring Skill that seems to focus on the video. It technically does ...
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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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Is there a Linux distro (à la Open/DD WRT) for smart speakers?

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home are starting to become common. Is there a community effort to create an open source Linux firmware that can be run on them? I am thinking to something ...
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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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I'd like Alexa to announce a monthly reminder

I'd like Alexa to announce a monthly reminder on the same day each month, but it seems she only knows "weekly", "daily", etc. Is there another way?
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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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Amazon Alexa and Multi-Room Music Groups

I have a Show and a Dot set up across an apartment from one another and I have them connected for the Multi-Room Music Group feature. Now, however, while I (of course) want to maintain the group they ...
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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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What will the Apple HomePod be able to do?

A friend told me that Apple is finally releasing a competitor for the Google Home and the Amazon Echo, called the Apple Homepod. A lively discussion ensued, in which several people were quite certain ...
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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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Ring Floodlight - Simple alternative by combining camera and floodlight?

The Ring Floodlight looked pretty nice, until FakeSpot warned that most of the positive reviews seem to be bogus, so I've decided to not pursue the commercial product and try to figure out how to get ...
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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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Protocols used to control Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers

Smart assistant products Google Home as well as Amazon Echo have companion apps to control the respective devices from smartphones. What are the application level protocols that are used to control ...
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Does Amazon Echo work in countries where Amazon is yet to launch Echo officially?

I am considering to get an Echo Dot in UK but will use in it a country where Amazon is yet to launch officially. Will Echo even work? If anyone from community has tried something similar can you ...
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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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Can the Amazon Echo and Google Home interact and be used together?

Can an Amazon Echo and Google Home coexist and interact? We have an Amazon Echo which we use for simple on-off control at home. We want to also get a Google Home for another room to test out. Can ...
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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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IFTTT recipe on single Echo Dot

I own two Echo Dots and would like to create a IFTTT recipe that is only active on one device. Is this possible?
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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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What personal information is stored on my Amazon Echo?

As far as I can tell, most data from the Amazon Echo (e.g. recordings of my commands) are stored in the cloud, according to the Alexa FAQ. However, I couldn't find any authoritative information about ...
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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 ...
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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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How do I force my Amazon Echo to update to the latest version?

Version 4812 of the Echo software apparently includes the new 'Computer' wake word, which seems really exciting. However, my device is still running version 4540 and hence doesn't have the wake word ...