Amazon’s Alexa powered speakers come packed with helpful features. You can get the latest news, play audiobooks, and turn on lights just by asking the smart virtual assistant Alexa. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Frankly speaking, a new Amazon Echo can feel a little overwhelming at first. Once you buy a pristine Alexa-powered speaker, ample of questions will probably strike in your mind like where should you begin, what features actually matter, what should you try first, etc. Well, in this post, all your top queries answered. Here’re 5 most important Amazon Echo tips that will help you make the most of your smart speaker. Read on.
Amazon Echo Tips
Set up Your Flash Briefing
Want the Flash Briefing as your own private updates with only the information you care about? Well, once you ask the Alexa speaker for your Flash Briefing, it will tell you the weather for the location you set in settings, followed by all the news and sources you subscribe to.
In order to change what sources play in your Flash Briefing and which order they play, you need to navigate to the alexa.amazon.com or open the Alexa app on Android or iOS. Afterward, go to the Settings > Flash Briefing section. Here you’re able to toggle sources on or off, find new sources, and remove older ones. In case you want to play your Flash Briefing, simply say, ‘Alexa, play my Flash Briefing’ or ‘Alexa, what’s in the news’.
Get Personalized Responses
If you desire to get personalized responses from Alexa then this tip among our Amazon Echo tips will be very helpful for you. Earlier this year, Amazon offered voice recognition to its multi-user support. Dubbed as voice profile, it enables Alexa to learn your voice, differentiates it from other users who may use your speaker, and provides you with the personalized results. You can also add items to your shopping or to-do list and events to your own calendar.
In order to set up a voice profile, launch the Alexa app on your device and navigate to the Settings > Accounts > Your Voice section. Tap on the Begin button and choose the nearest Alexa speaker. All you need to do is merely follow the on-screen prompts and read around 10 phrases aloud. Once done, wait for a few minutes and let Alexa learn your voice. Now, you can ask, ‘Alexa, who am I?’ and she will tell you who is speaking.
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‘Can You Say That Again?’
One of the most useful Amazon Echo tips is to make Alexa repeat something. All you need to say is, ‘Alexa, what did you say?’
Change the Default Music Services
Alexa speakers have the ability to play music from various different sources such as Amazon Music Unlimited, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, TuneIn, and Spotify.
To change the default music service, open the Alexa app and navigate to Settings > Music & Media > Choose default music service. Now, you will no longer need to detail where you want music to play from.
But what if your favorite music service is not supported by Alexa? Well, you can still play your preferred tunes with your smart speaker. Simply pair your device with tablet or computer using Bluetooth. To do so, say, ‘Alexa, pair’. Next, open Bluetooth settings on your phone or tablet, locate the Alexa speaker and select it to pair.
Once paired, you can connect your device to Alexa at any time by saying, ‘Alexa, connect’. Now, you can play any tunes via your new Amazon Echo.
Explore the Wide World of Skills
Occasionally, Alexa tells you that she ‘doesn’t know that one’ or she is ‘not sure’. In this case, you need to check out the Skills section in the Alexa app. Amazon’s smart virtual assistant has a ton of first-rate features, but the real magic happens when you dig into the world of third-party skills. With more than 20,000 skills available, Alexa will let you play games, find your phone, control your smart home, call for a ride, plan a vacation, dictate hands-free text messages, etc.
So, these were our Amazon Echo tips to make the most out of your smart speaker. Which tips did you find the most useful? Share your thoughts with us via the comments section below.
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