Congrats, you've just received an Amazon Echo ($ 85 at Amazon.com) . What now?
It's time to unpack and set it up. Amazon will guide you through the setup process, but you will not be advised of any settings that you should first look at.
Here we come into play. Here are some key initial settings that you'll need to tweak to get the most out of your Alexa-enabled speakers.
Download the Alexa App
Before you connect the echo, you must first download the Alexa app (available for Android, iOS and Amazon Fire).
You can not set up your echo speaker or continue without these tips. In addition, you need it to tune your echo's settings to the road.
Set your location
It's obvious, but you'll need to set your speaker's location to get relevant weather and traffic news from Alexa. But what is not obvious is how to do that.
In Settings, navigate to Devices and then select the name of your speaker – eg. B. "Sarah's Echo Dot ($ 40 at Amazon.com) ". Scroll to Device Location and tap to set it. You do not have to specify an exact address if you do not want – a postal code is sufficient.
Here's what's difficult; You can set your location in Settings> Devices> [Your name]'s Alexa Apps and under Devices> This Device but that does not mean that your Echo Speaker is correct is location.
Link Your Calendar
If you want Alexa to remind you of upcoming events or to help you set your schedule You must log in to the account that you use for your calendar. You can choose between Google, Microsoft Outlook, Apple and Microsoft Exchange.
Once logged in,and tell you about your upcoming events.
Enable follow-up mode
Currently, you can not ask Alexa several things at once, like "What time is it and how is the weather?" Follow-up mode, however, allows you to ask several questions in a row without having to say the catchword (Alexa, Computer, Echo or Amazon) every time.
As long as the blue ring light is on your speaker, you can still ask questions. To enable this, go to Settings tap the name of your speaker and scroll to Follow-up mode .
Decide if you want to use the language purchase
"Alexa, order paper towels". With a voice command, you can tell Alexa that you want to buy everything on Amazon. However, you must first enable the feature by going to Settings and scrolling to Voice Purchasing .
This feature works like Amazon's 1-Click order and you must have 1-Click set up in your Amazon account to use the language purchase.
For an additional level of security, set up a language code to prevent children or mischievous house guests from ordering things without your consent. A language code is a 4-digit PIN that you speak to Alexa to confirm your voice purchases.
If language purchases are disabled, you can still buy products from Amazon, but they will be added to your cart and you'll need to check out from the app or website.
Add a household member
Do multiple adult home accounts from Amazon? You can add household members to a single echo device so they can all use them. Just go to Settings > Household Profile to get started.
This gives you and the other people a personal experience, with each one having access to your own music, shopping lists, message settings, and shuttle information.
Warning: If you add another adult to your household, that person can use your credit card for purchases. To prevent unauthorized purchases, set up a voice code PIN.
Now Explore what Alexa Can Do
Once the basic setup is complete, you can start exploring everything Alexa can. Open the Alexa app, open the menu and select Skills.
Here you can browse and browse the thousands of available Alexa skills ranging from games and trivia to educational and business applications.
Feeling overwhelmed by the choices? Look at theyou should activate. If you are ready to join, consult our list of  50 Most Useful Alexa Skills or the . You can even create with Alexa Skill Blueprints.