Chapter 3

Learning Alexa Basics


Bullet Checking out some basic features of Echo devices

Bullet Getting started with Alexa

Bullet Finding a long list of useful Alexa commands

At this point in your relationship with Alexa, you should have the Alexa app installed on your smartphone or tablet, and the app should be connected to your Amazon account. If you’re using an Alexa device, such as one of Amazon’s Echo gadgets, that device should be powered up and connected to your Wi-Fi network. If you’ve checked all those items off your to-do list, then congratulations are in order: You’re all set to start using Alexa!

In this chapter, you take the next step by learning some crucial basics not only for Alexa, but also for Amazon’s Echo smart speakers. From there, I take you on a test drive of Alexa’s most useful and most common voice commands. Clear your throat and get ready to use Alexa!

Getting to Know Your Echo

You can have a great Alexa experience using just the Alexa app, but most folks opt for an Alexa device, because that hands-free convenience is hard to resist. And when it comes to Alexa devices, although lots of them are available, Amazon’s various Echo smart speakers (which I described ...

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