Amazon Alexa Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

Who, er, what is Amazon Alexa, you ask? Alexa is the brain behind the Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and the voice-controlled assistant inside the Fire TV. The female voice lives in the cloud, and is thus always up to date. This virtual personal aide learns your voice and preferences as you use her. She also has her own companion Alexa app for Android and iOS devices.

Amazon gave Alexa plenty of smarts, allowing you to control your music, news, weather, alarms, smart home devices and streaming media device with just the power of your voice. Alexa can get you directions, track your calendar, order products off of Amazon, read books, find local businesses and answer your questions by grabbing information off of Wikipedia. She can do so much that you’ll want to make sure you're taking full advantage of this personal assistant.

Amazon Alexa Setup: Features to Enable and Disable

You just bought an Amazon Fire TV, Echo or Echo Dot. Here are the settings you'll want to adjust before you start using it. READ MORE

How to Make Amazon Alexa Understand Your Voice

By using the Echo in conjunction with the Alexa app, you can train the personal assistant to better understand your vocal patterns. READ MORE

How to Change the Amazon Echo Wake Word

If you'd rather not talk to Alexa, you can change the word that wakes her up to Amazon. READ MORE

How to Delete Recordings from Your Alexa History

Concerned about your Alexa search history? Here's how to delete everything you spoke to it. READ MORE

What to do About Accidental Amazon Orders

Did you—or someone else—order something on Amazon that you'd rather not have? Here's how to cancel the order, if you act fast enough. READ MORE

The Best Amazon Alexa Commands

There are a lot of things that you can ask Alexa to do; here are some of our favorites. READ MORE

How to Connect Your Echo or Echo Dot to a Bluetooth Speaker

The Echo puts out pretty good sound, but if you want to boost your audio, here's how to connect it to a Bluetooth speaker. READ MORE

The Best Smart Home Devices that Work with Alexa

Now that you have an Echo, Echo Dot, or Tap, here are the best smart home devices that will work with it. READ MORE

How to Connect Alexa to IFTTT

Through a free Web service called IFTTT (If This Then That), you can enable the Amazon Echo to do a lot more. Here's how to connect the two. READ MORE

How to Pair Your Fitbit with Amazon Echo

By connecting your Fitbit to the Amazon Echo you can simply ask Alexa how you're tracking without ever checking the app or looking at your wrist. READ MORE

How to Connect Philips Hue Lights to Amazon Alexa

You can automatically change your home's lighting with a word. That's what happens when you connect the Philips Hue Lights to your Amazon Echo. READ MORE

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How to Make Spotify or Pandora Your Default Alexa Music

You can change the default music service that plays through the Amazon Echo to be either Spotify or Pandora. READ MORE

How to Connect a Nest Thermostat to Amazon Alexa

Voice control your Nest smart home thermostat by connecting the Amazon Echo to it. But first you'll want to connect the Echo to IFTTT. READ MORE

How to Connect Your Ecobee 3 to Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo directly supports the Ecobee 3 smart thermostat right out of the box. READ MORE

How to Connect an Amazon Alexa to a Harmony Remote

Make your Harmony Remote truly universal and voice controlled by connecting it to the Amazon Echo. READ MORE

How to Order an Uber from Amazon Alexa

Uber is just one of hundreds of Skills Amazon has added to Alexa. Now you can order a car simply by talking. READ MORE

How to Use Amazon Alexa’s Crystal Ball

Everyone wants to know their future. With the Crystal Ball Skill enabled on the Amazon Echo you'll get Magic 8-ball like answers to all your pressing questions. READ MORE

How to Play a Batman Adventure Game on Amazon Alexa

Wanna solve the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents? Simply enable The Wayne Investigation Skill and you can talk your way through this choose-your-own-adventure game. READ MORE

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