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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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 Thursday ...
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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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Why doesn't the Amazon Echo respond to advertisements or reports about Alexa?

I previously asked about what you can do if Alexa is triggered by a television programme, but recently I realised something strange: The Echo does not respond to the voices in adverts for the Echo, ...
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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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Is the Amazon Echo 'always listening' and sending data to the cloud?

Several news sources such as Intellihub and CEPro seem to suggest that Amazon's Echo home assistant constantly listens to conversations and sends them via the Internet to Amazon's servers. CEPro ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to use Amazon Echo as a normal bluetooth microphone for a PC?

Amazon Echo contains multiple good microphones. Is it possible to link them to my PC so that I can use the microphone with software like Skype?
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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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What voice commands for Philips Hue lamps does Amazon Echo offer?

I'm thinking about getting some Philips Hue lighting equipment. I'm thinking of something along the lines of this one as a starter kit. I already have an Echo Dot. The marketing buzz is great and both ...
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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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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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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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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 Amazon Echo Dot be made for families with children (parental control)?

I have been unsuccessfully researching on how to add parental control for the Amazon Echo Dot. I also read in Amazon Echo, Dot and Tap (Alexa) for Families with Children which indicate that there are ...
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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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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 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 ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Can you teach Alexa a new skill by voice?

Can you enable a new skill in Amazon Echo by voice? Ideally, I'd like to ask Alexa which skills they offer related to a specific category (like dictionary), then I'd like to enable one. Is this ...
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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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Privacy with Voice Assistants

I am interested in getting a Smart Home system with a good voice assistant, but my wife refuses to allow a voice assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa because she does not want ANY recordings ...
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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 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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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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How do I stop an Amazon Echo from making a sound after restarting?

When booting, the Amazon Echo plays a sound and says 'hello', which is usually not a problem, but I'm concerned that if I have a power failure in the night, the Echo might reboot and play a loud sound,...
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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 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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