Amazon has added the ability to send text messages to its Echo device. Earlier, you could only send SMS messages to other Alexa users, but now, you’re able to send messages to anyone just by using your voice. At the moment, the feature only works with Android phones running 5.0 version or later. Here’s how to send text messages with Alexa.
Send Text Messages with Alexa
Setting up the Alexa App
First of all, you need to give Alexa access to send and view messages by following the steps below:
- Make sure that you’re using the latest version of the Alexa app on your Android device
- Open the Alexa app and tap on the Conversations tab on the bottom side of the screen
- A pop-up will arise, explaining the new SMS feature. Simply tap on the Go to My Profile option to proceed further
Note: If you’re using the older version of the Alexa app, the pop-up will not appear. In this case, you can go to your profile by tapping on the Contacts icon on the upper-right side and selecting My Profile option on the top side of your contacts list.
- Under the Permission section, toggle the switch that reads Send SMS to On
- A confirmation window will appear. Just tap on the Ok button to send text messages with Alexa
- Now, you’ll be presented with a pop-up, asking Alexa for permission to send messages. All you need to do is merely tap on the Allow button
You may also get another pop-up, asking Alexa for permission to access your device’s contacts if you’ve never received this prompt earlier. As soon as you grant the necessary permission, you’re all set to send text messages with Alexa.
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Send a Text Message with Your Amazon Echo
To do so, you need to merely say, ‘Alexa, send a message to Andrew’. In case you want to send a message to someone who’s not in your contacts list, you need to say, ‘Alexa, send a message to 123-456-7890’. You’ll need to speak out the whole ten-digit number.
Next, Alexa will ask you what you want to say and then it will send your message. The message you sent will also incorporate a link to an audio version of your spoken message and there’s currently no way to disable this feature. Also, remember that group messages, text-to-911, and MMS messages are not supported.
Unfortunately, Alexa will neither notify you when you get a reply nor she read back the reply to you. Therefore, you’ll still have to depend on your smartphone when it comes to getting text message alerts and reading replies.
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