More and more people are integrating Alexa into their daily lives. We use the assistant to perform tasks ranging from setting our morning alarm to turning off our lights before bed. Amazon’s voice assistant comes out with new features pretty regularly, and the assistant has gone from a voice service that can perform a few tricks to a truly useful smart assistant. Newer features like whisper mode made it so we don’t have to wake up those around us to talk to Alexa, Alexa Blueprints made it possible for us to create our own custom skills, and the ability to create routines made it possible for us to control multiple smart devices with a single command.
In 2019, you can do even more with Alexa than ever before. We’ve created a guide on the best new Alexa features. Here are some new things to try with
Using a music service other than Amazon Music hasn’t always come easy with Alexa. But, you can now listen to your Apple Music playlist with
If you’re looking for something to watch, you can have Alexa help you find a movie or show by asking her questions like “
Many Alexa users take advantage of flash briefings to get tidbits of news from their favorite media outlets.
“Alexa, when is the next Halo game coming out?”
Routines have made it a lot easier to control your smart home without a hub. You can have all of the connected lights in your home turn off when you say, “Alexa, we are going to bed,” or you can turn on the coffee maker and the lights when you say, “
You can also set up kid-friendly routines on your free-time enabled Echo speakers. A goodnight routine can play a voice message and turn off the lights, for instance. You can set up a wait time between actions when creating routines now too. So, you can say “Alexa, good morning,” and have the assistant turn on the lights, wait 15 minutes, then start the coffee maker. Plus, since you can make announcements with routines, you can set up a dinner bell and announce dinnertime through all your Echo devices.
The “call my phone” feature is incredibly helpful for those who lose their phone regularly. If you say, “Alexa, call my phone,” and
In addition to finding your phone, you probably already know that Alexa can also make calls for you. However,
You can now connect Alexa to your email account and have the assistant help manage your email and calendar. You can have
Alexa has also improved its reminders. You can set location-based reminders and have
Privacy has been an ongoing concern for Alexa users. But, Amazon is rolling out new features to make your Alexa-enabled devices more secure. You can say, “
Alexa Guard is a newer feature that can help enhance your home security. When enabled, Alexa can send you a notification if she hears a sound like breaking glass or a fire alarm. While it’s not a substitute for a home security system, it can provide some extra peace of mind.
Over the past few years, Alexa has gotten better and better at answering questions. Those “hmm, I don’t know that,” responses are becoming few and far between, and the assistant is answering quicker and providing better information.
You can now ask Alexa questions like, “What are the symptoms of the flu?” and she’ll provide you info from Mayo Clinic, the National Institutes of Health, or the Centers for Disease Control.
When Alexa first hit the scene, there were reports of people accidentally purchasing all sorts of items. But, when you want to make a purchase with
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