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You received youror on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or maybe for a really good price and it is now it's time to set it up. Quite simply, unless you don't know what you can do with your smart speaker.
Did you know, for example, that Alexa can recognize your voice with other people in your house as long as you have set up speech recognition? And that Alexa can let you know what day is on your plate when you set up your calendar?
Alexa doesn't tell you everything you need to do to make your new Echo device work properly. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to set up your smart speaker and how to get the most out of it.
Download the Alexa app on your phone.
Before you even connect your new Echo device to the wall, make sure that you download the Alexa app to your Android phone or iPhone useless. After downloading, you can connect your speaker to the wall using the included charger.
Adding your new Echo device to the Alexa app
You need to add the device to the Alexa app to use it. Open the app on your phone, select Devices and tap the plus sign in the upper right corner. Select Add Device > Amazon Echo > and choose the name of the device you are using.
Connect your Echo to Wi-Fi
Next, connect your new Echo to Wi-Fi. Choose your home or office network. Once connected to Wi-Fi, your echo says "Your echo is ready". Tap Next in the Alexa app to continue with the next step.
Set the location of your device – don't skip this.
You need to decide in which room you want to keep your echo. A great place to be is in the kitchen or living room as these are common places in the house to be around (and where other smart home devices may be located).
You then need to add the location where the Amazon Echo will run (for example, your home address or zip code). This is helpful when asking Alexa about the weather so that you can get a detailed description. You can always go back and change your settings later by going to Devices > Name of Speaker> Device Location .
Link your email and calendar.
Amazon's Alexa Assistant can remind you of upcoming events and help you manage your schedule. However, you need to connect your email account through the Alexa app. Navigate to Settings > Calendar and Email > and choose between Google, Microsoft, Apple and Microsoft Exchange.
If you only want to connect your calendar, you can deactivate the email setting on the next page and then tap on Next . Enter your email address and follow the on-screen instructions.
Set up your flash briefing
Just like your news preference on TV, your Amazon Echo can only play messages from the sources you choose. Go to Settings > Flash Briefing > and choose where you want to hear the news from. Your options include NPR, CNN, Fox News and more.
If you want to hear what's going on in the world, just say "Alexa, play my flash briefing" or "Alexa, what's on the news?"
Setting Up Your Favorite Music Streaming Service
Once your Amazon Echo is set up, you can start listening to music from Amazon Music. However, if you prefer Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, iHeartRadio or any other streaming service, you need to link the service.
Go to Settings > Music & Podcasts > and a link to a service. To change the default settings, select Standard Services and switch to your preferred music provider. If you say "Alexa, play music" now, the echo will play from the music streaming service you selected.
If your favorite music service is not supported by Alexa (like YouTube music), you can still play your favorite music on your speaker. All you have to do is pair with your phone, tablet or computer via Bluetooth. Say "Alexa, couple". Then open the Bluetooth settings on your phone or tablet, find the Alexa speaker on the device and select it to pair.
If you want to connect your device to Alexa after pairing, just say "Alexa, connect". Then you can play audio through your Alexa speaker.
Let Alexa learn your voice.
Once Alexa knows you a little better, you get more personalized answers. You need to set up a voice profile so Alexa can distinguish you from other users in the house. To allow Alexa to learn your voice, open the Alexa app on your phone and go to Settings > Account Settings > Detected Voices > . Create a voice profile and follow the on-screen instructions and read four sentences.
Then you can say "Alexa, who am I?" and it will tell you who speaks. You can add any members in your household so that they also have a personalized experience.
Activate follow-up mode
If you give Alexa several commands at the same time, only "Hmm, I don't know" is displayed. However, if you activate the follow-up mode, you can ask questions one after the other without saying "Alexa" every time. To activate, simply say "Alexa, activate follow-up mode".
Enable voice shopping
If your hands are too busy to open your phone and search for something you want to buy on Amazon, you can simply ask Alexa to do so. For example, if you notice that you are running out of paper towels or hand soap, you can ask Alexa to order it for you. However, you have to activate the voice order and the 1-click order.
To do this, open the Alexa app> Settings > Account Settings > Spracheinkauf and switch the setting Purchase by voice to. On the same screen, you can create a language code so that only you can make purchases on Amazon with your Echo.
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