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Here are the six best new Amazon Echo features and how to use them as soon as they become available.
Echo Guard Plus can help make your home safer
Amazon’s Echo Guard was released as a free home security feature that allows you to detect and alert you to broken glass and smoke alarm noises. Now Amazon wants to update you onfor $ 5 a month for even more security.
Your echo is waiting for additional sounds, e.g. B. Opening doors when you are not there and can play sounds like dogs barking to deter intruders. If further attention is required, Alexa can connect you to a 24/7 emergency number, which can then request medical, fire or police assistance.
Once the Echo Guard Plus is available, it can be accessed by opening the Alexa app on your phone and selecting More > the settings > Guard.
Alexa is getting smarter about your routines
You always had to use wake up words like “Alexa”, “Echo”, “Computer” or “Amazon” to activate your smart speaker. Now you can create routines that are activated by snoring, a baby crying, or a dog barking. For example, a routine can turn off your TV when the device senses snoring. Or, you can set up a routine that turns on the lights when your baby starts crying.
When the new Routine feature is available, tap it to access it More > Routines in the Alexa app to set up all the details.
Group calls come to echo
You will soon be able to call up to eight friends or relatives at the same time with Amazon’s new group calling feature. It works with audio through echo speakers and video calls through echo shows. To start with, you can say something like, “Alexa, call my family.” You can create and name groups in the Alexa app.
Share music with friends
If you’re listening to music through your Echo speaker and a song comes up that reminds you of a friend, you will soon be able to share the song with that person. All you have to say is, “Alexa, share this song with Jill.” After you’ve shared the song, the person can listen to it on their own Echo device or the Alexa app.
A real Netflix app for Echo Show
You can no longer just watch Amazon Prime movies on your Echo Show. If you have a Netflix account, you’ll be able to watch Netflix videos on your Echo Show shortly too. To use it, say something like, “Alexa, find comedy movies on Netflix.”
A new way to support loved ones
The Care Hub feature is designed to help you stay in touch with your aging loved ones remotely. Once it’s available, the two households will need to agree to connect your two Alexa accounts to get started. When loved ones need help, they can say, “Alexa, call for help” to get in touch with you.
You can also view their activity feed so you know if they’re active and moving, and set up an alert if the device doesn’t detect any activity before a certain time of day.
We’ll update this story as soon as these features become available.
For more Amazon Echo tips, see Three Best Uses for an Amazon Echo in Your Bedroom