Voice assistants are being quickly adopted by American and European households thanks to the amount of info they can give you without much effort from your end. The two devices currently dominating the market are Google’s Home and Amazon’s Echo. In this article, we have gathered a bunch of practical – yet cool – commands for Echo that can help you make the most out of your voice assistant. Before saying any of the below, don’t forget to first utter the word ‘Alexa’ in order to wake it up.

Commands to get everyday info

  • “Alexa, what’s the weather like?”
  • “Alexa, will it snow today?”
  • “Alexa, what will the weather be like tomorrow?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the traffic like?”
  • “Alexa, what time is it in LA?”
  • “Alexa, what movies are playing?”
  • “Alexa, when is the next Lakers game?”
  • “Alexa, what’s in the news?”

Commands to set timers and alarms

  • “Alexa, set alarm for 8.00am”
  • Alexa, wake me up every day at 8.00 am”
  • “Alexa, wake me up at 8.00am to Clocks by Coldplay”
  • “Alexa, snooze” [The snooze lasts nine minutes]
  • “Alexa, time 5 minutes”
  • “Alexa, how long is left on the timer”
  • “Alexa, stop the timer”

Commands to make and receive calls

  • “Alexa, call Hubert”
  • “Alexa, answer the call”
  • “Alexa, hang up”
  • “Alexa, play messages”

Commands for shopping on Amazon

  • “Alexa, add apples to my shopping list”
  • “Alexa, order Fight Club
  • “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” [if you want to track your Amazon orders]
  • “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”
  • “Alexa, buy more juice.”

Commands to control your music

  • “Alexa, play Adele” [artist]
  • “Alexa, play Jazz” [genre]
  • “Alexa, play BBC 6Music” [radio station]
  • “Alexa, play Drake on Spotify”
  • “Alexa, play the latest Grizzly Bear album” [album]
  • “Alexa, play relaxing music”
  • “Alexa, who sings this song?” [to identify the artist]
  • “Alexa, play that song that goes ‘lights go out and I can’t be saved’ ” [lyrics]
  • “Alexa, louder”
  • “Alexa, set the volume to 5”

If you encounter any problems while trying out any of the above or have a recommendation to make, feel free to shoot a comment down below. For additional command ideas, watch this video:

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