After taking the time to set up your new Alexa speaker, explore some of its current features, and find other ways to help you all day, it's the next logical step.
But the world of Alexa abilities can be daunting. There are so many to choose from, it can be difficult to find those that are important to you.
So we've done the hard work for you and reduced the thousands of skills to a short list of those you should try first.
Smart Home Device Capabilities
One of the first things you should do with a brand new Alexa speaker is to connect with all the smart home devices you have in your Have at home. However, it does not make much sense to suggest just one of these capabilities, as every smart home is different. So read through the skill catalog for the devices you own and enable those skills.
If you have a smart thermostat, activate Nest or Ecobee. Connect your smart bulbs with the Lifx or Philips Hue capabilities. Alexa also works with June Oven, Wink, SmartThings, iRobot, TP-Link and many more.
Add your favorite outlets to your Flash Briefing
Setting up your Flash Briefing is another great thing to do with a brand new Alexa speaker. Out of the box will tell you things like the prediction and things you should try with your new speaker. But you can customize this to include news from your favorite stores.
For example, CNET News, NPR, BBC, This Day in History and many others can be added to your Flash Briefing.
Alexa is quite adept at telling you the weather. You can inquire about tomorrow's forecast, whether it will rain today or what the current temperature is – pretty normal. If you want to know more about the weather information, Big Sky is a major upgrade over the built-in weather feature.
Big Sky uses the Dark Sky API and gives you hourly updates for your specific address. It will tell you humidity, the highest temperature in the next week and things like dew point, barometric pressure and historical weather. Big Sky can also provide weather alerts in your area.
If you want more, you can upgrade to the Big Sky Premium for $ 2.99 (or $ 2.40 for Prime members) per year.
AnyPod allows you to enhance your podcast listening experience with Alexa. You can subscribe to podcasts with your voice, and unlike Alexa's standard podcast player, you can request earlier episodes of a particular program. To switch to an older episode, just say "Alexa, previous one".
To unlock all features of AnyPod, you'll need to link your Amazon account (which you can do if you visit the companion web site).
Domino's Pizza Hut
If you're a pizza lover, Domino's ability will be one of your favorites. You can order your last order, your simple order, or make a pizza from scratch, all with your voice. Just say "Alexa, open Domino & # 39; s and place an order."
If Domino is not your Jam, there's also a Pizza Hut ability.
After learning about pizza, you might want to activate a training skill. One of the most famous is the 7-minute workout, which leads you step by step through the familiar training.
If you use the Echo Show ($ 230 on Amazon.com) or Spot, the ability will also tell you how to perform each exercise. (This information is available in the Alexa Companion app for those who have a standard Alexa speaker without a display.)
For other training skills, consider the Five-Minute Workout, Yoga Studio, or Tabata Workout.
One of the better applications for a smart speaker is to turn it into a machine with white noise so you can sleep better. You can find white noise on Spotify or Amazon Music, but the family of ambient sounds capabilities of Invoked Apps is one of our favorite ways to hear different relaxing sounds.
Here are some of the available ambient sounds:
- Heavy rain
- Forest night
- Windy leaves
- Rain on a tent  Splashing Creek
Ambient Sounds is just one of many sound skills to choose from. Alternatives from different developers are Sleep Sounds: Box Fan Sounds, Air Conditioning Sounds, Brain Healing Sounds or Delta Waves.
Now that you have tackled some of the first abilities you should activate, here areand function.
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