Five Smart Ways to Use Echo and Alexa You Wish You Knew Before

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When I’m cooking, it’s easy to say, “Alexa, reminds me that cauliflower pizza takes 15 minutes.” This is one of the most useful and easy ways to use Amazon’s smart assistant.

The downside is that it can pick up conversations we’d rather not do. Touch or click to steps to audition and delete any erroneous recordings. I do it regularly.

This is not the only important step to privacy if you have an Echo or more at home. Touch or click here to make sure your smart speakers are properly locked.

Now let’s move on to five smart ways Alexa can improve your life.

1. Get alerts when glass breaks or an alarm goes off

Alexa Guard is like a pair of ears you leave at home. Your Echo device will listen for broken glass, smoke alarms, or carbon monoxide alarms. You will receive a notification on your phone if these sounds are detected.

Alexa Guard can also turn any connected smart lights on and off automatically to make it look like you’re at home. Comfortable!

Here’s how to set it up:

  • Open the Alexa app and tap the icon Tomorrow icon in the lower right corner, then Settings.
  • Click watch over > Set up audio detection.
  • Switch the alerts you want to activate and tap Confirm.

To enable Alexa Guard, put it in Away mode by saying “Alexa, I’m leaving.” Turn it off when you get home by saying: “I’m home.”

Lower your tone! This Alexa trick solves one of The Most Annoying Echo Problems.

Amazon Alexa smart assistant device connected at home on the table, defocused living room in the background, no people

Amazon Alexa smart assistant device connected at home on the table, defocused living room in the background, no people
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2. Look into your house when you are not at home

The built-in screen gives you another useful security feature if you have an Echo Show. You can turn on the camera from anywhere to make sure everything is in order at home.

With Drop In, you can connect to your own speaker or a speaker belonging to a friend or family member who has authorized access. This is a great way to say hello without picking up the phone.

To enable Drop In:

  • open Alexa app. Click Devices.
  • To choose Echo and Alexathen select device you want to use.
  • Click settings icon in the top right corner (it looks like a gear), then select Communications.
  • Click switch to enable Drop In and other communications.
  • Click drop by configure who can enter. You can select “My Family” to limit this to only the devices in your account.

You can now use the Alexa app to access your Echo devices. In the app, click Communicate at the bottom of the screen, then drop by. Select the desired device from the list.

MORE ECHO USE: “Alexa, I want to talk to a doctor” – how to use your echo to get medical help

Amazon Echo, a voice-assisted virtual assistant, is unveiled at a product launch for the UK and Germany in London, UK, September 14, 2016. (REUTERS/Peter Hobson) #

Amazon Echo, a voice-assisted virtual assistant, is unveiled at a product launch for the UK and Germany in London, UK, September 14, 2016. (REUTERS/Peter Hobson) #
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Checking elderly relatives

I receive questions about my national broadcast how best to keep in touch with distant family or aging relatives.

Amazons Alexa together service is something I often recommend. First, a word of caution: it costs $19.99/month or $199/year. If you can stomach the price, it has a few knockout features:

  • Individual Alerts: Get notified when your loved one uses Alexa for the first time during the day. It will also tell you if Alexa hasn’t been used in a given amount of time. It’s like an automatic health check.
  • Urgent response: If something goes wrong, the 24/7 emergency response feature allows your loved one to contact trained professionals via speakerphone for assistance.
  • Remote Assistance: You can set up music services, manage shopping lists, or set reminders for your loved one from anywhere.
  • Fall detection: If a compatible device detects a fall, Alexa calls emergency services and notifies emergency contacts.

You can use this link for six month free trial. You will also need two Amazon accounts (one for you and one for your relative) and an Echo device in the home of the person you are caring for.

A female doctor carries an elderly patient in a wheelchair

A female doctor carries an elderly patient in a wheelchair
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4. Make sure the doors are locked

It’s getting late and you’re finally crawling into bed. You fall asleep when you realize, “Oh no, I don’t remember locking the doors.” Instead of getting up, ask Alexa or take out your phone.

Of course, you can only do this if you have smart locks. Tap or click here to reliable smart lock options under $100.

In most cases, you need to add Alexa skill created the manufacturer of your smart lock. Once you’ve done that, it’s as easy as saying something like, “Alexa, lock the front door.”

5. Find your phone

Lost your phone? Usually you ask someone to give you your number so you can look it up. What if you’re alone and don’t have access to another phone? Alexa can help.

  • open Alexa app and tap More Iconthen Skills and games.
  • Search Find my phone and select from the list of skills.
  • Tap a skill, then launch customize it.

Alexa isn’t the only way to find a lost phone. Here’s how to find your phone when it’s gone – even if the battery is dead.

Istanbul, Turkey - February 2, 2019: Woman using smartphone on wooden table.  Smartphone - iPhone 8. iPhone is a touchscreen smartphone developed by Apple Inc.

Istanbul, Turkey – February 2, 2019: Woman using smartphone on wooden table. Smartphone – iPhone 8. iPhone is a touchscreen smartphone developed by Apple Inc.
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