Amazon Alexa: Tips and tricks to get the most out of your Echo

  • For anyone who received an Amazon Echo this holiday season, or who got one in a previous year and is still looking for ways to optimize their device usage, this article is for you. We have compiled a list of the essential tips every user should know, as well as the best hacks for your Alexa device for 2021.

    Getting started with Echo, Dot, or Alexa App

    Downloading the Alexa app from the Google Play or iOS App store is an easy way to begin customizing your voice assistant. Your device can pair via WiFi or Bluetooth and will guide you through a simple set up process through the app itself.

    Additionally, you can sync your Echo with your preferred music player, online calendar, and other services.

    Get the most out of Alexa

    Asking Alexa to play music or start a countdown timer is truly just the beginning. You have the ability to completely unlock your Echo by creating triggers that are unique to you and your household.

    Using IFTTT, you can quickly add custom Alexa triggers that prompt notifications with results from a query or control smart devices in your home. Simply connect your Alexa account to get started.

    If you have found yourself wondering, WTF is IFTTT? Click here to find out more.

    Creating a custom phrase is as easy as selecting Amazon Alexa as a trigger.


    What hidden features does Alexa have?

    While different brands and services may not always be compatible, you may use different tools across your personal and professional lives. Use Alexa to keep your different calendars in sync, add items to your to do list, or even send your shopping list right to your phone. Using IFTTT, Alexa can help you stay organized across multiple devices and sync your information across services.

    What cool things can Alexa do?

    Alexa can be pretty instrumental in times of crisis, like when you lose your phone. Ask her to call to help you locate it, and Android users can even have her turn up the volume first.

    Want Alexa to turn off your lights, turn on your security system, and text your friend to say goodnight? Yeah, she can do that, too.

    Using multiple actions per Applet, you can upgrade what one trigger phrase can do and do everything in a single step.

  • What else can IFTTT and Amazon Alexa do?

    Amazon Alexa has over twenty triggers and actions on IFTTT, meaning there are millions of ways that your Echo can interact with the 700+ devices, apps, and services available.

    Top Amazon Alexa Applets

    Check out our most popular Alexa Applets and enable them for yourself. Or, create your own with our easy DIY creator.

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    Want to do even more with IFTTT? Explore the possibilities and create powerful experiences by making your own Applets.


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