If you have an Amazon echo at home, you already know how useful it can be. Whether you're playing music, turning on the lights, or just checking the weather, Amazon's Alexa-enabled smart speakers can do just about anything.
This includes making calls. That's right, you can use your echo devices to call people in your contacts, even if they do not have their own echo device. This works like this:
Which devices are capable?
- Echo Dot
- Echo Show
- Echo Spot
- Echo Plus
- Fire Tablets (fourth generation and above) with The Alexa App
- Compatible iPhones, iPads and Android Phones and tablets with the Alexa App
How can I make a phone call with Alexa?
First, you need to grant Alexa access to your contacts. From the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone, tap the Call & Messages tab in the bar at the bottom of the screen (the second icon from the left that looks like a speech bubble). If you have not activated it yet, the app will ask for permission to access your contacts and register your phone number. (This is for caller ID. When you log out, your calls will be displayed as "Unknown.")
When you're done, you can instantly call friends and family with Echo devices and send them a message. Then making a call is as easy as asking Alexa to call someone. For example, if you want to call your mother, just say, "Alexa, call mom."
What if the person I want to call has no echo?
If you try to call someone who has an echo, Alexa will automatically call you (assuming he signed in to his Alexa app for calls and messages).
If your receiver does not have an echo device (or is not enabled), Alexa will do either of the following: Call the Alexa app on your phone (if it's set up to receive calls) or dial the number associated with the contact. If more than one number is assigned to a contact, you will be asked which one you want to call. Then say "mobile phone" or "home phone," and Alexa dials the number.
Can I call a number that is not in my contacts?
Yes, you can call a number that is not in your contacts. Talk to Alexa (eg, "Alexa, call 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 -0 ").
Can I make international calls?
You can call echoes Any country where Alexa-to-Alexa Calling & Messaging is supported, but non-echo landline and mobile calls are restricted to the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Can I call any number?
Alexa can dial most numbers but there are some notable exceptions:
- emergency numbers (eg "911")
- premium rates (eg "1-900" or toll numbers)
- 1-1 numbers or abbreviated numbers (eg, "211", "411", etc.)
- International numbers (numbers outside the US, Canada, and Mexico)
- Letter numbers (e.g. "1-800 FLOWERS")
Wha not if I have no echo?
You do not need an echo to call Alexa. When you open the Calls and Messages tab in the mobile app, you can call anyone in your contacts list. Just tap the name of the person you want to call. If you have an echo device, icons for voice and video calls are displayed at the top. If not, you can tap one of the other numbers to call Alexa Calling, a landline or mobile phone number.
How do I end a call?
Just say "Alexa, end the call" or "Alexa, hang up". In Echo Spots and Echo Shows, you can also tap the red phone icon on the screen.
How do I make a video call?
When you initiate a call from an Echo Show or Echo Spot, by default, a video call is made as if you were using Apple's Facetime or Google Duo. If you do not want to be in front of the camera, just say "Alexa, turn off the video" or tap the camera icon on the screen.
How do I answer an incoming call?
When a call comes in, your echo sounds a ringtone and its ringer lights yellow. To answer the call, just say, "Alexa, accept the call."
Can I lock numbers?
You can only lock numbers if they are in your contact list. receive no spam calls on your echo). In the Alexa app, go to the Calls & Messages tab, touch the contact icon in the upper-right corner, and open the three-point menu in the right corner of the next screen. A "Block contacts" option appears. Select it, and then select any contact you want to block.
Can I call another echo in my house?
The Retrieve feature allows household members to connect to echo devices in other rooms immediately. To turn it on, touch the "Set Drop-In" banner at the top of the Call and Messages screen. Then tap on Profile Settings and open the blue box "Allow Filing". (You can also say "Alexa, come in" and finish the setup by voice.) You can now use your echo as an intercom by fetching an echo in another room. But you have to name it by name. So remember what your echoes are called in other rooms.