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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

How to Use the Alexa App

This wikiHow teaches you how to use the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone. You may have already used the Alexa App to set up your Echo or customize its settings, but the Alexa app can be used to make Alexa calls and messages, control music playback, as well as see more detail for the questions you ask Alexa.


  1. Open the Alexa app. It's the app that resembles a blue speech bubble with a white outline.
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    • If you haven't done so already, you can download the Alexa app on your Android phone from the Google Play Store or on your iPhone from the App Store, then log in with the email address and password for your Amazon account.
  2. Review recent questions. When you open the app, you are taken to the home screen where you can see a "card" for the most recent questions you have asked Alexa. If there is more info on your question, you can see it here or click a link on the card to see more. The extra information displayed on cards will vary depending on the question:
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    • "Alexa, what's the weather?" This card will have more detailed weather info, including a five-day forecast.
    • "Alexa, Wikipedia otters." This card will give you link to the Wikipedia page on otters.
    • "Alexa, how did the Rockets do?" This card displays a breakdown of the points by quarter and details of when the next game is scheduled.
  3. Tap to browse additional settings. It's the three-lined icon in the top-left corner of the screen. This will open the main menu for the Alexa app on the left-side of the screen. This offers a few options to view additional settings:
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    • Tap "Lists" to check-off tasks from your To-do list or take a look at your grocery list when you go to the store.
    • Tap "Reminders & Alarms" to add in new reminders, look at active alarms and manage their volume and sounds, and see a countdown from your active timers which you can pause from this screen if you wish.
    • Tap "Routines" to combine different Alexa functions into a single voice command. (For instance, turn on your Alexa-enabled lights and hear a traffic report when you say, "Alexa, good morning.")
    • Tap "Skills" to browse or search through the Skill Store or manage your Skills by tapping "Your Skills" in the upper right corner.
  4. Tap the Messaging icon to send and receive Alexa messages. It looks like a speech bubble on the bottom of the screen. After importing contacts, you can send text or voice messages and make calls to other Alexa users that they will receive either on their phone or directly from their Alexa device.
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    • To start a new conversation or call, tap the Contacts icon. It looks like a person in the upper right corner.
  5. Tap the music icon to control audio playback. This icon looks like 3 vertical bars (like an equalizer) at the bottom of the screen.
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    • When music is playing, you can view album art, the title of the song, album, and artist, as well as controls to play/pause, skip, shuffle, and repeat. Tap "Queue" to scroll through and select a different song from the current album.
    • For podcasts, you can view info on the podcast and play/pause. Tap "Queue" at the top of the screen to scroll through and select an earlier episode of the podcast.
    • For an Audible book, you can view info on the book, play/pause, go back or forward 30 seconds and seek through the current chapter.
    • When Alexa is reading a Kindle book, you have the same controls as with an Audible book except you cannot seek to a different point in the chapter.
    • Tap "History" in the top-right corner to view a list of all the music, podcasts, and audiobooks you have played. This comes in handy if you were listening to shuffled songs and want to find the name of a song that was played or play it again.
  6. Tap the Alexa icon to ask Alexa a question. Currently, this only works on the latest version of the Android app but iPhone support is being added soon. The Alexa icon looks like a speech bubble with a blue icon and is in the middle of the bottom of the screen. While timers, alarms, and volume cannot be set when using Alexa from the Alexa app, most other questions work fine. Just tap the Alexa icon instead of saying the "Alexa" trigger word.
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