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Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your property, your seashore journeys and even your ride to work. Now that there are various methods to work together with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo, Echo DotEcho Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand and the Amazon Fire TV -- you may end up speaking to her extra typically.

The listing of instructions is increasing quickly, as is the variety of third-party providers and units that Alexa formally (and unofficially) helps.

Right here is the (virtually) full record of Amazon Alexa instructions.

Summoning Alexa

By default, Amazon's related audio system have the identical wake phrase. All you must do to queue up a request is say, "Alexa." Within the Amazon Alexa cellular software or at, you'll be able to change the wake phrase to both Amazon, Echo or Pc.

If in case you have an Amazon Tap ($129.99 at, Dash Wand or the Amazon Hearth TV voice distant, you will have to press a button to wake Alexa.

Amazon up to date the Faucet with a hands-free mode that you should allow within the settings. The one wake phrase out there to the Amazon Faucet is Alexa.

Editors' observe: Initially revealed on April 13, 2016, this text is commonly up to date to incorporate new Alexa instructions, options and knowledge.

The entire listing of Alexa instructions

The record of Alexa instructions is expansive and grows with each new service or system it helps. Alexa is not good, however it's fairly nice at understanding pure language, so you do not all the time have to talk the instructions precisely as you see them under. Many instructions work when worded a number of alternative ways and even with phrases omitted.

When you think about the potential third-party instructions by means of Expertise, primarily the apps of Amazon's Alexa, the record goes on even additional. To study what particular person expertise are able to, go to the talent's web page from the Amazon Alexa app or

Listed here are all of the native Alexa instructions.

Primary instructions

  • Ask for assist: "Alexa, assist."
  • Mute or unmute: "Alexa, mute" or, "Alexa, unmute."
  • Cease or pause: "Alexa, cease" or, "Alexa, shut up."
  • Change quantity: "Alexa, set quantity to five," "Alexa, louder" or, "Alexa, flip up/down the quantity."


The most recent addition to Amazon's Alexa lineup is the Echo Present, the one one with a touchscreen show. This implies you possibly can inform it to point out you issues.

  • Ask for what the Echo Present can show: "Alexa, what are you able to present me?"
  • Present your calendar: "Alexa, present my calendar."
  • Present footage: "Alexa, present my photographs" or, "Alexa, present me footage of cats."
  • View your cameras or different rooms: "Alexa, present the lounge digital camera."
  • View film trailers: "Alexa, present me the trailer for It."
  • Film showtimes: "Alexa, present me film showtimes."
  • View the forecast: "Alexa, present me the weekend forecast."
  • Play YouTube movies: "Alexa, present me journey movies on YouTube."
  • Show recipes: "Alexa, present me a sluggish cooker recipe from Allrecipies."
  • View your Flash Briefing: "Alexa, play my video Flash Briefing."
  • See your timers: "Alexa, present me my timers."
  • Open a visible talent: "Alexa, open Uber."

Hearth TV

Now you can use suitable Echo units (Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Present and Amazon Faucet) to regulate your Hearth TV and Hearth TV Sticks.

  • Activate or off Hearth TV: "Alexa, activate Hearth TV" or, "Alexa, flip off Hearth TV."
  • Watch Hearth TV: "Alexa, watch Hearth TV."
  • Management Hearth TV: "Alexa, [pause, play, resume, stop, fast-forward, rewind] on Hearth TV."
  • Change the quantity of Hearth TV: "Alexa, set the quantity to [level] on Hearth TV" or, "Alexa, flip [up/down] the quantity on Hearth TV."
  • Mute Hearth TV: "Alexa, [mute/unmute] Hearth TV."
  • Search films or TV: "Alexa, seek for [movie to TV show title] on Hearth TV" or, "Alexa, discover [movie or TV show title] on Hearth TV."
  • Discover work by a sure actor: "Alexa, present me titles with [actor] on Hearth TV."
  • Open apps: "Alexa, open [app name] on Hearth TV" or, "Alexa, launch [app name] on Hearth TV."
  • Change the channel: "Alexa, go to [channel or network name] on Hearth TV."
  • Open TV information: "Alexa, open the TV information on Hearth TV."
  • Return house: "Alexa, return residence."

Media controls

  • Play music: "Alexa, play some music."
  • Play music on different (or a number of) Alexa units: "Alexa, play [artist] in the lounge" or, "Alexa, play [artist] all over the place."
  • Queue particular music or artist: "Alexa, play music by [artist]."
  • Play a music based mostly on context: "Alexa, play the newest Avett Brothers album" or, "Alexa, play that music that goes 'Gotta gotta be down, as a result of I would like all of it.'"
  • Play music based on a theme: "Alexa, play baby-making music" or, "Alexa, play rock music for working."
  • Play the music of the day: "Alexa, play the track of the day."
  • Play Spotify music: "Alexa, play [playlist] on Spotify."
  • Play Pandora station: "Alexa, play [artist] station on Pandora."
  • Play a radio station: "Alexa, play [radio station] on TuneIn."
  • Play an audiobook: "Alexa, play [title] on Audible," "Alexa, learn [title]" or, "Alexa, play the guide, [title]."
  • Resume the final performed audiobook: "Alexa, resume my ebook."
  • Skip audiobook chapters: "Alexa, subsequent chapter" or, "Alexa, earlier chapter."
  • Take heed to Alexa learn you a Kindle guide: "Alexa, learn me my Kindle guide."
  • Set a sleep timer: "Alexa set a sleep timer for 45 minutes" or, "Alexa, cease enjoying in 45 minutes."
  • Track info: "Alexa, what's enjoying?"
  • Music controls: "Alexa, play" or, "Alexa, subsequent."
  • Management music playback on one other Alexa speaker: "Alexa, cease within the kitchen" or, "Alexa, subsequent within the workplace."
  • Restart track: "Alexa, restart."
  • Add a track to your Prime Music library: "Alexa, add this music."
  • Like or dislike a music on Pandora and iHeartRadio: "Alexa, I like this track" or, "Alexa, thumbs down."
  • Begin Amazon Music Limitless trial: "Alexa, begin my free trial of Amazon Music Limitless."

Time and date

  • Set an alarm: "Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m." or, "Alexa, wake me up at 7 within the morning."
  • Set a repeating alarm: "Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 7 a.m."
  • Set a timer: "Alexa, timer" or, "Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes."
  • Create a named timer: "Alexa, set a pizza timer for 20 minutes."
  • Set a number of timers: "Alexa, set a second timer for 5 minutes."
  • Verify timer standing: "Alexa, how a lot time is left on the pizza timer?" or, "Alexa, what are my timers?"
  • Cancel a timer: "Alexa, cancel the pizza timer" or, "Alexa, cancel the 15 minute timer."
  • Ask the time: "Alexa, what time is it?"
  • Ask the date: "Alexa, what is the date?"
  • Ask when the subsequent alarm is: "Alexa, when's my subsequent alarm?"
  • Cancel an alarm: "Alexa, cancel my alarm for two p.m."
  • Snooze alarm: "Alexa, snooze."
  • Examine dates: "Alexa, when is [holiday] this yr?"

Calls and messaging

In Might, Amazon launched calling and messaging between customers of its Echo audio system. Extra just lately, it enabled one other function, referred to as Drop In, that lets customers name totally different Echo units all through their house, intercom fashion. These options and instructions solely work with the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot (each generations) and Echo Present. (You may also name and message from the Alexa app, however no instructions are wanted.)

  • Name one other Echo consumer: "Alexa, name [name]."
  • Reply an incoming name: "Alexa, reply the decision" or, "Alexa, reply."
  • Cling up: "Alexa, grasp up" or, "Alexa, finish the decision."
  • Message one other Echo consumer: "Alexa, message [name]" or, "Alexa, ship [name] a message."
  • Play messages: "Alexa, play messages."
  • Use Drop In on certainly one of your personal units: "Alexa, drop in on the lounge."
  • Drop In on one other consumer (requires the opposite consumer to help you Drop In anytime): "Alexa, drop in on [name]."
  • Flip off the video throughout an ongoing name (solely works with Echo Present): "Flip video off."


  • Reorder necessities from Amazon: "Alexa, purchase extra deodorant" or, "Alexa, reorder deodorant."
  • Monitor packages from Amazon: "Alexa, the place's my stuff?" or, "Alexa, monitor my order."
  • Order an Amazon Alexa gadget: "Alexa, order an Echo," "Alexa, order an Echo Dot ($42.39 at," or, "Alexa, order an Amazon Faucet."
  • Add an merchandise to your cart: "Alexa, add rubbish luggage to my cart."
  • Order an Uber or Lyft with their expertise: "Alexa, ask Uber to request a journey" or, "Alexa, ask Lyft for a journey."
  • Whereas listening to music in Amazon Music: "Alexa, purchase this track" or, "Alexa, purchase this album."
  • Discover new music to buy: "Alexa, store for brand spanking new music by [artist]."
  • Buy a track or album from an artist: "Alexa, purchase [song or album] by [artist]."
  • Ask about offers: "Alexa, what are your offers?"


At present, solely shopping notifications work for when your Amazon orders exit for supply, however third-party help for notifications from expertise will probably be enabled sooner or later. To activate notifications, open the Alexa app or go to and go to Settings > Notifications > Buying Notifications and transfer the toggle to the on place.

  • Verify missed notifications: "Alexa, what did I miss?" or, "Alexa, what are my notifications?"
  • Navigate by way of notifications: "Alexa, subsequent" or, "Alexa, earlier."
  • Delete notifications: "Alexa, delete all of my notifications."

To-do and buying lists

  • Add activity to to-do record: "Alexa, add 'go to the grocery retailer' to my to-do record" or, "Alexa, I have to make an appointment with the physician."
  • Create a brand new to-do merchandise: "Alexa, create a to-do."
  • Verify calendar occasions: "Alexa, what's on my calendar for tomorrow?"
  • Add an occasion to a calendar: "Alexa, add [event] to my calendar for [day] at [time]" or, "Alexa, add an occasion to my calendar."
  • Create a buying record: "Alexa, add eggs to my purchasing record" or, "Alexa, I want to purchase laundry detergent."
  • Examine your purchasing record: "Alexa, what's on my buying record?"
  • Create a reminder: "Alexa, reminder" or, "Alexa, remind me to examine the oven in 5 minutes."
  • Verify on present reminders: "Alexa, what are my reminders this weekend?" or, "Alexa, what reminders do I've tomorrow?"

Information and climate

  • Ask in your Flash Briefing: "Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing?"
  • Verify headlines: "Alexa, what's within the information?"
  • Examine climate: "Alexa, what is the climate like?" or, "Alexa, will it rain in the present day?" and even, "Alexa, will I want an umbrella at the moment?"
  • Get a climate forecast: "Alexa, what is the climate going to be like this weekend?
  • Get visitors info: "Alexa, what's my commute appear to be?" or, "Alexa, what's visitors like?"

Leisure and meals

  • Discover films in close by theaters: "Alexa, what films are enjoying?" or, "Alexa, what motion films are enjoying tonight?"
  • Get info on films enjoying: "Alexa, inform me concerning the film [title]."
  • Uncover close by eating places: "Alexa, discover me a close-by pizza restaurant."
  • Get working hours or a telephone quantity for native companies: "Alexa, discover the handle for Financial institution of America" or, "Alexa, discover enterprise hours for Harris Teeter."
  • Get IMDb score: "Alexa, what's the IMDb score for [movie or TV show]?"
  • Get casting for a film or present: "Alexa, who performs in [movie or TV show]?"
  • Discover out who an actor is: "Alexa, who performs [character] in [movie or TV show]?"
  • Discover an actor's newest work: "Alexa, what's [actor]'s newest film?"
  • Discover out who sings a specific music: "Who sings the music [title]?"
  • Get the names of band members: "Who's within the band [name]?"
  • Get album info: "What yr did [band] launch [song or album]?"
  • Discover widespread music from an artist: "Alexa, what's fashionable from [artist]?"
  • Pattern music from an artist: "Alexa, pattern songs by [artist]."
  • Discover a specific album or music: "Alexa, discover [song or album] by [artist]."


  • Convert models: "Alexa, what number of [units] are in [units]?"
  • Convert models: "Alexa, what number of [units] are in 2 [units]?"
  • Primary math: "Alexa, what's 5 plus 7?" or, "Alexa, what's 56 occasions 33?"
  • Superior math: "Alexa, 70 factorial." (Warning: Alexa will listing numbers you did not know existed for a few minute.)

Definitions and spelling

  • Get the definition of a phrase: "Alexa, what is the definition of [word]?"
  • Get the spelling of a phrase: "Alexa, how do you spell [word]?"

Sports activities

  • Examine the outcomes of a completed recreation: "Alexa, what was the rating of the [team] recreation?"
  • Ask if a group gained: "Alexa, did the [team] win?"
  • Ask when the subsequent recreation is scheduled: "Alexa, when do the [team] play subsequent?"
  • Discover out the outcomes of your favourite groups: "Alexa, give me my Sports activities Replace."
  • Get Fantasy Soccer replace with the Yahoo Fantasy Soccer talent: "Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Soccer for a rating replace" or, "Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Soccer if Colin Kaepernick is enjoying this week."
  • Get league standings: "Alexa, what are the MLB standings?"


  • Ship present listening to a Hearth pill: "Alexa, ship that to my Hearth pill."
  • Ship to a unique profile's Hearth pill: "Alexa, present this on [name]'s Hearth pill."

Sensible house

Alexa can combine with a great deal of sensible residence platforms, akin to SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Lutron, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue and lots of extra. Some require you to allow expertise, some do not. Earlier this month, Amazon up to date Alexa to have the ability to change the color of smart bulbs from Philips Hue, LifX and TP-Hyperlink.

Listed here are a number of the kinds of instructions you need to use for controlling your sensible residence, though there are dozens extra.

  • Flip lights on or off: "Alexa, activate the lights" or, "Alexa, flip off the lounge lights."
  • Dim the lights: "Alexa, dim the lights to 50 %."
  • Change the colour of the lights: "Alexa, make the lounge lights purple" or, " Alexa, flip the lights to tender white."
  • Change the colour temperature of the lights: "Alexa, make the kitchen lights slightly hotter."
  • Modify temperature: "Alexa, increase the temperature 1 diploma."
  • Set temperature: "Alexa, set the temperature to 72."
  • Lock your doorways: "Alexa, lock my again door."
  • Shut your storage door: "Alexa, ask Garageio ($199.00 at to shut my storage."
  • Uncover sensible house units: "Alexa, uncover my units."
  • Pair a Bluetooth gadget: "Alexa, pair" or, "Alexa, Bluetooth."
  • Hook up with a Bluetooth gadget: "Alexa, hook up with my telephone."
  • Disconnect from a a Bluetooth gadget: "Alexa, disconnect from my telephone."
  • Use IFTTT recipes: "Alexa, set off [IFTTT recipe]."
  • Activate a scene (restricted to Control4, Insteon, Lutron Caséta Wi-fi, Philips Hue, SmartThings and Wink): "Alexa, activate Film Time" or, "Alexa, activate Bedtime."
  • Management GE appliances with the Geneva talent: "Alexa, inform Geneva to preheat my oven to 400 levels" or, "Alexa, ask Geneva is my laundry is dry."
  • Locate a lost phone with the TrackR Misplaced My Telephone talent: "Alexa, ask TrackR to seek out my telephone."
  • Management the TV by way of Concord hub: "Alexa, activate the TV" or, "Alexa, activate Netflix."

Profiles and consumer accounts

  • Change profiles: "Alexa, change accounts."
  • Examine which profile is lively: "Alexa, which profile is that this?"


Expertise are like third-party purposes for Alexa audio system. They will let you join third-party software program and hardware to your speaker, in addition to play video games and add totally different information sources to your Flash Briefing.

  • Use a talent: "Alexa, open Earplay."
  • Allow expertise: "Alexa, allow Jeopardy!"
  • Disable expertise: "Alexa, disable Domino's."

One other current replace removes the need to enable skills earlier than utilizing them. You'll be able to nonetheless manually allow or disable expertise, however simply saying "Open [skill invocation]" will discover and allow a talent. But when that talent requires you to log in to your account, comparable to with the Starbucks Reorder or Domino's expertise, you'll nonetheless have to open the Alexa app or go to, open the talents menu and log in to your account to authorize the connection.


  • Get Wikipedia info: "Alexa, Wikipedia: [subject]."
  • Inform Alexa to proceed studying a Wikipedia entry: "Alexa, inform me extra."
  • Ask a common query: "Alexa, how tall is [person or object's name]?"
  • Ask a common query: "Alexa, how many individuals stay in America?"
  • Get a "Game of Thrones" quote: "Alexa, give me a 'Game of Thrones' quote."

Easter eggs

Alexa comes chock-full of Easter eggs and jokes -- the listing is lengthy. We cowl the unusual world of Alexa Easter eggs here, noting a number of the extra fashionable or outstanding instructions that immediate a snarky or humorous response.

  • "Alexa, give me an Easter egg."
  • "Alexa, good morning."
  • "Alexa, inform me a joke."
  • "Alexa, beam me up."
  • "Alexa, set phasers to kill."
  • "Alexa. Tea. Earl Gray. Scorching."
  • "Alexa, my identify is Inigo Montoya."
  • "Alexa, I would like the reality."
  • "Alexa, get together on, Wayne."
  • "Alexa, present me the cash."
  • "Alexa, what is the first (or second) rule of Battle Membership?"
  • "Alexa, certainly you possibly can't be critical."
  • "Alexa, are you SkyNet?"
  • "Alexa, social gathering time!"
  • "Alexa, open the pod bay doorways."
  • "Alexa, when am I going to die?"
  • "Alexa, what's your quest?"
  • "Alexa, good to see you, to see you..."
  • "Alexa, do not point out the warfare."
  • "Alexa, this can be a lifeless parrot."
  • "Alexa, what's your crafty plan?"

For much more, take a look at this Reddit thread devoted to Alexa Easter eggs.

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