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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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 ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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