What is Alexa

What is Alexa and What Amazon Virtual Assistant can do for you?

Alexa is a virtual assistance which assists you with a suitable answer for your question, such as “What’s the weather today?” Alexa has been added to Amazon Echo Devices, in which some of them are Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Look, Echo Plus, Echo Show etc.  Amazon Alexa can be integrated with third-party smart devices easily such as Philips Hue, Sonos Speakers, Nest Thermostats, Ecobee Thermostats and many others. Alexa make things easier like playing music, set an alarm, control home lights, book cabs, and more things that Alexa can do.  There’s also an Alexa App for Android and iOS Smartphone, Tablets devices.

Just with your voice, you can ask over Alexa to get latest news, weather update, set alarms, control music, control lights, access home locks, track calendars, order products from Amazon, make a skype calls, stream Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos and other things too. Here is the list of all Amazon Echo devices which comes with Alexa in-built:

  • Amazon Echo
  • Amazon Echo Dot
  • Amazon Echo Show
  • Amazon Echo Spot
  • Amazon Echo Plus
  • Amazon Echo Look
  • Amazon Echo Sub

There is a list of commands for Alexa which are growing rapidly on daily basis. Commands which are used to talk with Alexa are based on skills called “Alexa Skills”.  Here are some of the best and useful Alexa skills on Amazon Echo devices:

  • My Chef – Kitchen Assistant by Chefling
  • Track by Nutritionix
  • Find My Phone
  • Uber
  • The Bartender

Alexa has also enabled a Routines feature which lets you setup a routine for with single commands like “Alexa, Good Morning” and light of your smart home gets ON and open your front door. You can also setup your coffee pot with an alarm, like when your alarms ring your coffee pot start making morning coffee for you. And also another amazing feature is a whisper mode, used when you want to talk to Alexa without waking up your partner. You can just say commands in a whisper mode and she will also reply back in the same.

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List of Alexa Commands:

Commands for Media Control

  • “Alexa, play some music.”
  • “Alexa, play music by [artist name]”
  • “Alexa, play the song of the day.”
  • “Alexa, play rock music for working”
  • “Alexa, play [radio station] on TuneIn”
  • “Alexa, play next song”
  • “Alexa, stop music in the kitchen” 
  • “Alexa, create a new playlist”

Commands for Time and Date

  • “Alexa, set an alarm for 6 a:m”
  • “Alexa, set an alarm to Band of Horses”
  • “Alexa, set a timer for 20 minutes.”
  • “Alexa, what time is it?”
  • “Alexa, when’s my next alarm?”
  • “Alexa, snooze”
  • “Alexa, when is next [holiday] this month?”

Commands for Calling and Messaging

  • “Alexa, call [contact person name]”
  • “Alexa, answer the call”
  • “Alexa, hang up” 
  • “Alexa, send [person name] a message”

Commands for News and Weather Updates

  • “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the latest news?”
  • Alexa, what’s the weather today?”
  • “Alexa, will it rain tomorrow?”

Commands for Shopping

  • “Alexa, buy more [Amazon product].”
  • “Alexa, order [Amazon product]”
  • “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”
  • “Alexa, add [product] to my shopping list”
  • “Alexa, where’s my stuff?”

Alexa Commands for Fire TV

  • “Alexa, watch [movie name]”
  • “Alexa, open Netflix”
  • “Alexa, turn volume down on Fire TV”
  • “Alexa, show me movies of [actor’s name]”