With the launch of the Echo Show, Amazon has introduced a new Alexa-powered calling and messaging feature. It’s a new way to stay in contact with friends who have supported Echo devices or the Alexa app installed on their iOS or Android device. Not only can you make a call using the service, but you can also leave a text message or voice message. Do you know what the best part is? The feature is completely free to use as it works over WiFi and cellular data, so there is no need to pay for the mobile data plan. Today, we’ll tell you about how to use Amazon Echo to call and message friends. Let’s have a look.
Use Amazon Echo to Call and Message Friends
Under this section, we’ll show you how to setup Alexa to call and message friends from Amazon Echo.
Step No.1: First of all, make sure that you’ve updated the latest version of the Alexa app, which features a new design and most importantly, support for the voice chat feature. If you haven’t updated it yet, you can head over to the App Store or Google Play Store on your device and update the app.
Step No.2: Next, launch the Alexa app and the app will welcome you with an introduction to the new calling and messaging feature. Just tap on the Get Started button at the bottom of your device’s screen to proceed.
Step No.3: On the following screen, you need to choose your name.
Step No.4: You need to confirm your first and last name, and then press the Continue button at the bottom of your device’s screen.
Step No.5: Now, you’ll need to grant Alexa permission so that the app can access your contacts on phone. Once done, you can tap on the Allow button to proceed further.
Step No.6: Next, you need to enter your phone number to link with Echo and then tap on the Continue button. If any person from your device’s contacts sets up this feature on his/her Echo then the person will automatically appear in the contacts list in Alexa app.
Step No.7: Once you’ve entered your phone number, a verification code will be sent to you. You need to enter that code in the following screen and press the Continue button.
Step No.8: After that, you’ll be landed on the Conversations screen in the Alexa app. All your messages will display here; this page is analogous to the conversations screen in your phone’s default message app
Step No.9: You can access the contacts list to call and message friends by tapping on the profile icon.
Step No.10: On the following screen, you can see all the contacts who have set up Amazon Echo calling and messaging settings.
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How to Make a Call with Alexa from Amazon Echo
There are two ways to call someone. The first way is using your Echo or Alexa app to call someone else’s Echo and the second way is to use your Echo to call someone else’s phone.
In order to call someone via the Alexa app, you can navigate to the contacts screen, select a contact, and then tap on the phone button. For a hands-free experience, you can go to the Echo and enable a voice command: Alexa, call ‘name of contact’. On this stage, your friend’s Echo will glow and make a chiming noise; the device will also announce who is calling. At the same time, the recipient’s phone will also be ringing; your contacts can either use Echo or the phone to answer your call. On the Echo device, the contact can take the phone by speaking ‘Alexa, answer the call’. And on the phone, the recipient can receive the call as a normal call. And you can also disconnect the call by saying, ‘Alexa, Ignore’, and to discontinue the call, simply say, ‘Alexa, hang up’.
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How to Send a Message Using Amazon Echo
Like calling your friends from Echo, you can also send a message to someone using Amazon Echo. You can either use Alexa app or Echo device for this function.
In order to message someone using the Alexa app, you can navigate to the contacts list and select a contact. Once done, you can tap on the message button. This will start a new conversation page with that contact. From here, you can either tap on the Microphone button to record a voice message or simply press the Keyboard button and then type a message.
If you’d like to send a voice message, you can speak to Alexa using Echo device by saying ‘Alexa, message ‘name of contact’. If you want to send a text message from Alexa, you can select the text field rather than pressing or holding Microphone icon. Once you’ve selected the text field, just open the keyboard and type your message. And finally, choose the Send button.
When the recipient receives the message, Echo device will glow and make a chiming sound. Here, Alexa won’t announce that there is a message from somebody. But the recipients will always get a notification on their phones and they can view or listen to the message in the Alexa app. If they want to send a reply, they can do this from the app itself.
In the Alexa app, the recipient has to speak, ‘Alexa, play the message’ and Alexa will play that voice message sent by you. If you sent a text message, Alexa will transcribe the text and speak it aloud. So this way you can use Amazon Echo to call and message friends.
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