You picked up an echo, echo dot, or other echo device during Amazon Prime Day extravaganza (or during Amazon's regular echo sales) and it sits in your kitchen waiting quietly for your next one Order. What now?
Before you can ask your Alexa-powered echo to play your favorite Spotify playlist or turn on the lights in your living room, you'll need to make some important adjustments. Learn how to train Alexa to recognize her voice, to not allow anyone to buy anything at Amazon, tell her where to live and work, and much more.
Create a Language Profile
Once you have a new Echo running, Alexa can answer your questions and submit your bids. Still, getting Alexa's voice used to your voice as soon as possible is a good idea. By creating a voice profile, you can train Alexa to understand and recognize your voice. This is useful if you want to ask Alexa to buy or send messages to others.
Your echoing device should have asked you to create a voice profile during the initial setup process, but if you skipped it (like the first time), there's an easy way to return.
Tap in the Amazon Alexa app for iOS or Android Tap Settings> Alexa Account> Detected Voices> Your Voice and then tap the Menu button big blue start button. Alexa will ask you to write four short sentences in your echo. Once this is done, she has a much better understanding of what you sound like.
Customizing Your Voice Purchasing Settings
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Luckily, you can easily add some security measures to Alexa's language purchase feature so your Rugrats will not come across with toys, sweets, or whatever in their delightfully greedy little heads. You can also deactivate language shopping completely if you wish.
First, open the Amazon Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone, tap the menu button, and then tap Settings> Alexa Account> Language Purchase .
If you want to keep the language shopping function but you want to prevent your children from using it, you can add a four-digit language code that you have to say before Alexa is ready to buy something for you. Simply switch the language code setting and then enter a four-digit code. The next time you or someone else asks Alexa to buy something, she asks for your language code before completing the purchase.
The special thing about children is of course that they are not only smart, but also remember everything you've bought, say, including language codes. Therefore, you should probably set Alexa to skip the language code when she recognizes your voice. (The language profile you create may be useful.)
Just return to the Language Purchase screen and enable the Speech Recognition setting. You no longer need to specify a language code if you ask Alexa to shop on Amazon – and better yet, no one else listens to your code.
Last but not least, you can disable the language purchase altogether by deselecting the "Purchase by Language" setting.
Setting a Do Not Disturb Schedule
Once you're comfortable with your new echo, you can schedule it to announce upcoming calendar items, headlines, and inbound messages, and dozens of other possible events.
However, you may not want Alexa to wake you up at 3 am just because you have spam in your inbox.
To keep Alexa calm after you've gone to bed, tap the menu button in the Alexa app and then tap Settings> Device Settings . Touch the name of your new echo and then tap Do Not Disturb . Then tap Scheduled and set the hours that Alexa should not mention.
Note that Alexa ignores your Do Not Disturb settings on alarms and timers. Schedule accordingly.
Select a music service.
One of the most enticing tasks you can do first with your new echo is to ask him to play some music. By default, however, Alexa plays music from Amazon Music. If you subscribe to another music service, such as Apple Music, Pandora, or Spotify, you can link your music account to your Alexa account and then set it as the default music service.
In the Alexa app, tap the Menu button, tap Settings> Music and then tap Link New Service . When you've found your favorite music service, tap it to enable an Alexa ability, then sign in. Finally, on the music screen, tap Default Services and select a new default for your music library and for music channels.
Once this is done, you can say "Alexa, play Bruce Springsteen" and you'll soon hear The Boss buzzing from your favorite music service Living and Working
If you want to know how long the drive to work on a particular morning, just ask Alexa – that is, as soon as she knows your work address.
In the Alexa app, tap the menu button, tap your locations and then tap Add location to teach Alexa where to live, where you live work, and all the other places y you want them to know.
Adding Your Smart Devices
Do you have devices Alexa should control, such as: A smart bulb, a thermostat or a security system? You can set it up in a few steps.
First, tap the menu button in the Alexa app and then tap Add Device . You'll see a list of a variety of smart devices, from lights and plugs to cameras and microwaves. Select a category, tap a brand, and follow the steps below to create a new capability for the device or Smart Service.
When the skill is set up you can do things like "Alexa, set the cellar temperature to 78 degrees," or "Alexa, turn off the living room light. "