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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podcast on TuneIn talk radio isn't available right now — well, why not?

Trying to listen to a perhaps controversial podcast: However, Alexa tells me: here's no agenda from tunein resuming 1243 obamable no agenda on tunein talk radio isn't available right now How do I ...
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Separate shopping list on Alexa

I share a Amazon prime account with another and we each have an Echo. Each Echo is setup with our respective accounts. When we ask Alexa to add something to our shopping list, both Echo's write to the ...
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How to set Stitcher as the default podcast client for Alexa?

Using the web interface for Alexa, I'm only seeing an option to set the default music player. How do I set the default podcast player to stitcher? The default podcast client is TuneIn, which, at ...
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Open source framework for ESP8266 to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

I'm working on a multi channel sonoff device with ESP8266. I want it to be able to support popular iot home control platforms such as Amazon Alexa, Google home... It must have a button and share ...
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Alexa can turn my TV on and off, but can't access any other functions

I've got a Samsung smart TV connected to my Echo through SmartThings. I can turn it on off with my Echo, along with my web connected home theatre amp, but none of the other TV voice commands work. ...
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How to find a specific BBC debate or podcast using Alexa and TuneIn?

Kinda silly, but looking at: This show will be available later. Please come back then. https://tunein.com/radio/Intelligence-Squared-Debate-p510948/ Is there a podcast for the BBC debates ...
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Is there a way to have Alexa keep the microphone on in my skill?

Is there a way to write a skill (similar to "Alexa, Guard") to have Alexa keep the microphone on when the user opens the skill. I would like to make an app that listens for a baby's babble and has ...
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How do I stop Alexa from reminding me of upcoming events on my calendar

I accidentally turned on a feature that has Alexa announcing upcoming calendar events two hours before . . And waking me up in the morning! How do I turn this off?
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Multiple Directives (Dialog.UpdateDynamicEntities and Dialog.ElicitSlot)

It seems that currently it is not possible to add two directives within the Responsebuilder. The Scenario: My Skill has an optional Slot "UserSelection" of the Type Picklist. The Intent itself ...
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How to use calendar without showing notification on display

I'm using Google calendar with Echo show by voice. But by default Echo show also displays upcoming events, and my friends coming to home can see it. It's a bit annoying. I can disable all ...
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Make Alexa, Sonos, or some other speaker to speak, when an email is received

I would like to have some kind of audible warning when an email arrives to my Gmail inbox (besides the sound of my phone). Is there any way to make Alexa (or maybe some other speaker) to speak when ...
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Controlling electric heater by thermostat (IFTTT, Alexa, Google Home)

i want to control electric heater (connected to electricity socket) by using WiFi smart plug. What kind of thermostat (which device) i need to connect to my 'smart network' so i can create a rule to ...
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How can I play play custom MP3 file in echo show 5/ Alexa device?

I have ECHO show 5 device at my home. I have a mp3 file on my smartphone which I want to play on my voice command by amazon ECHO. I am ok to upload this file if echo can support it. How can I do this ...
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How can I make Alexa read my United Kingdom Audible books from an Echo device in India?

I have many audio books purchased in United Kingdoms Audible account. I can still hear them on my smartphone. I have recently moved to India and purchased amazon echo device. I do not have any books ...
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2-Way Switching with Alexa - how to get Alexa to toggle the switch regardless of it's state

I have Alexa controlling a smart relay, which is part of a two way circuit with a regular light switch. It works well bar one thing: if the relay is "off" and the manual switch is on, telling Alexa to ...
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How to make Alexa change how she reads custom text?

In my routine I have Alexa speak a paragraph of text, just 2 sentences. One of them is question, but regardless whether I add a question mark or a period, she reads the the text with the same exact ...
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How to get Pandora to be a music service on Alexa app

How do I get Pandora as a choice of music services on my Alexa app?
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Lighting groups in Alexa

I have paired several lights with Alexa (using an echo dot and the android app). All the lights work individually, and as groups "turn off the lounge lights". On the app, I see the (sonoff) kitchen ...
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Send Google Assistant/Alexa commands to my private server

We are in the process of building an IoT smart switch that can be controlled via WiFi and Google Assistant/Alexa similar to Sonoff. We are stuck in a few spots, where I thought you guys could help. ...
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Alexa unprompted [duplicate]

My Alexa said something when I got home and no one prompted her, I was the only one here and was in the bathroom, it sounded like she said " what device?" This is the second time I have heard her talk ...
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Home automation dialogues

Is there an available dataset from home automation conversational agent vendors such as Amazon-Alexa or Google Home. I want a dataset where there are dialogues and knowledge bases of IoT devices ...
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Traditional looking toggle switch that works with Hue (possibly through Alexa/google)?

New to this Hue madness, got a 4 pack with Hub. Enjoying the lights, not ready to start asking Google/Alexa to turn on my lights. I know Philips has a couple switches, but Im looking for something ...
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Custom sensor readings with Amazon Alexa

TLDR: I want to query Alexa for the current humidity sensor reading by asking: "What is the current humidity, Alexa?" The answer should be similar to: "The current humidity level is 56.7%" ...
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Echo Dot - Can you ask Alexa to remind you of your favorite TV shows?

I’m able to find TV skills for Alexa, but none of them (that I can see) will check the schedule and remind you of your favorite TV shows. I know I can set a reminder for them, but if the show time ...
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Amazon Echo in France but I want everything to be english speaking

I live in france. I have changed the language to English and the location to UK. I now have Alexa speaking English. However, I am having trouble getting echo to play BBC radio channels. Alexa cannot ...
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Can Alexa determine a switch state?

I have a virtual switch set up through Hubitat that actually opens and closes my garage door. I can say "Alexa open Pete" and she will turn the virtual switch on which opens the garage door. Also I ...
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How do you turn on Amazon Music history?

Recently my Amazon Music account stopped recording music played history. I would like to be able to keep an eye on the music my daughters are playing. I have looked all over and cannot find the ...
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Alexa - require password for routines?

I am just getting into the SmartThings / Alexa world and know that it can be convenient to do things like: "Alexa open the garage door" "Alexa unlock front door" but what concerns me a bit is ...
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ESP8266 - Device doesn't support that

I'm using and trying the new Echo Dot generation (3rd Gen) to control a ESP8266 following some tutorials. For now I just want to change the state of a relay using the SetBinaryState action. But after ...
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Can I trigger Alexa to respond based on an API / Job call?

I have a requirement where I would like the Echo to trigger a conversation using an API that I have. The API is running on the web server and based on a condition it should trigger the Echo device (...
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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 ...
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Alexa - Confirm AMAZON.Number slots

I have an intent to request a bank account info by it's number. I tried with only one slot of AMAZON.Number but if the account number is ***012345, Alexa understand this as ***012337 (last two digits ...
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Alexa - call web API in localhost from AWS Lambda Console

I have my Alexa's lambda function on AWS Lambda Console. There I call a web API I created. If I call my web API on Visual Studio Code, it works great. But if I use Alexa Developer Console to call my ...
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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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Steps to turn On/OFF the light using custom skill of alexa

Please guide with the steps and program to turn On/Off the light using custom skill of Alexa as I want to use invocation command if custom skill. Please guide me as I am very new to this topic. I ...
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How does an ESP8266 “advertise” it can handle Alexa “relative volume” commands

As I understand more I WILL edit this question. For now, I am guessing at what I need. To make it easier for people to help, I'll tell you the over all purpose: I have programmed an ESP8266 to ...
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State of the Art for Alexa and Harmony with multiple hubs

There is a lot of information available about this generally, but the field is moving quickly and it's difficult to judge what information is dated. I have 3 harmony hubs: one for my theater room, ...
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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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Alexa App on Iphone 4 / IOS 7.1.2 - Can't find “alexa” button

I have an old iphone 4 that I want to use via wifi in my car to use alexa to play spotify. I installed the alexa app from the app store. Because the last version of IOS for the iphone 4 is version 7....
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...