Alexa is one of the best voice assistants on the market, and it’s absolutely packed with features and “skills” that can make your life easier (don’t forget to watch the video below). That’s why devices like the Echo Plus have become so popular in modern houses: they’re convenient, fun, and save users a lot of time on everyday tasks. If you’re wondering if the Echo Plus is right for you or if you just want some great Alexa tips, here’s what you need to know.
How Can Alexa Make My Life Easier?
Set Alarms and Reminders: Always be on time, and never miss another appointment. Next time you need to jot something down, just ask Alexa to remind you about it later. You can even use the Echo Plus as an alarm clock, just say “Alexa, set the alarm for 7 am on weekdays.”
Fill Your Home with Music or Podcasts: The Echo Plus’ Dolby speakers and voice-control features make finding and playing music a breeze. You can ask for music from any artist or genre using your favorite music application such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and SiriusXM. It’s a great way to spice up a dinner party or unwind after work. The same goes for podcasts and audiobooks!
Fill Up Your Fridge: When you notice that you’re running low on food, drinks, or other products, you can ask Alexa to add the items to your shopping list and have them shipped right to your home! (You can also use Alexa to walk you through recipes to keep your phone food-free.)
Control Your Home: If you want to build a smart home, you can buy third-party or Amazon devices that connect to your Echo Plus. Once you’re all set up, you can ask Alexa to lock the door, turn off the lights, pick a movie on your TV, set your thermostat, talk to whoever is at the door, and so much more!
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Great Alexa Tips and Tricks
Customize your Flash Briefing: Upgrade your mornings with a cup of coffee and a personalized “flash briefing.” This Alexa tip will fill you in on the latest news developments from the outlets you care about. From political headlines to daily jokes or motivational audio snippets, it’s a great addition to your routine. Just say “Alexa, what’s in the news today?” or “Alexa, play my flash briefing.”
Make Phone Calls: If someone you’re calling has the Alexa app or uses an Echo at home, you can set up your Echo Plus to send and receive phone calls! You can even use Alexa devices as an intercom system in your home. Just assign a location to your devices and say, “Alexa, drop in on the living room.”
Use Alexa as a Night Light: Here’s a great Alexa tip that will make your late-night snack trips a bit smoother, just say, “Alexa, turn on the night light for ten minutes.” Her volume bar will light up, subtly illuminating the surroundings. It’s not too bright, but it’s a great way to get your bearings in a dark room.
The Future of Alexa
Being able to control your pantry, lights, and TV with your voice is one thing, but Alexa devices can also use Alexa Guard to alert you if smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or broken windows have been detected. This is just the start of a movement toward full-fledged smart homes that cover not only convenience but security. Get on board now to get the most out of what the future has in store for smart homes!
What does your dream smart home look like? Would you connect Alexa to everything or just the things that matter to you?
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