Tech: The best Alexa commands, tips and tricks
What is Alexa?
Alex is a virtual assistant and speaker and uses voice recognition to perform tasks on command. It was first created on 2014 and has constantly improved through each generation of device.
What can Alexa do?
Alexa has thousands of different tasks and commands and it would be impossible to list all of the functions. So that’s why we have decided to round up some of the best Alexa tricks and commands to try out yourself.
To order Dominos Pizza, activate the dominos pizza alexa skill. First things first: You'll first need to activate the Domino's Pizza Alexa skill. Then create an account at www.dominos.com.
Create an ‘easy Order’ or some type of recent order on saved to your profile. To save an order as an "Easy Order”, click the box above the "Place your order" button.
After you set up an easy order, say "Alexa, open Domino's and place my Easy Order." Then Alexa will order your Pizza for you!
You can also track the status of your pizza by saying "Alexa, ask Domino's to track my order."
Play a song you don't know
Ever had a song in your head that you don’t know the name of? If you know some of the lyrics, try singing them to Alexa. She may be able to recognise the song.
For example: "Alexa, Here Comes Santa Clause, Here Comes Santa Clause" offers the Elvis version of Winter Wonderland or alternatively offers the Snoop Dogg version too.
Watch YouTube videos on your Echo Show
If you have an echo show, then you can watch YouTube videos on it. Say anything like “Alexa, play how to bake cookies on YouTube” and it will play the videos on the screen for you.
Ask Alexa to explain herself
Ever wondered why Alexa said a certain reply? Or ever wondered why Alexa randomly responded? If you ask her “Alexa, why did you do that?” She will then explain why she responded in the way she did and can help avoid saying phrases she misinterprets in the future.
Let Alexa find your phone
Do you lose your phone often? If you register your phone number under your amazon account you can have Alexa find your phone on your behalf. All you need to say is “Alexa, find my phone” and it will call your phone and reveal its location.
Control your tv
Using your echo, you can actually control your tv. To do this go onto the Alexa app, Devices, Plus options and search for the device to add.
Funny things to ask Alexa
- Alexa, how much do you weigh?
- Alexa, can you give me some money?
- Alexa, do you love me?
- Alexa, give me a kiss.
- Alexa, what happens if you step on a Lego?
- Alexa, do aliens exist?
- Alexa, are you married?
- Alexa, can you sing in autotune?
- Alexa, can you give me a random fact?
- Alexa, what are some interesting sports facts?
- Alexa, what are some facts about the US government?
Entertain the children
- Alexa, can you entertain me?
- Alexa, can you meow?
- Alexa, can you bark?
Here at Leuchie we have an abundance of different Alexa/smart devices to try out some of these tricks during your stay.