Well come to on your first Alexa smart speaker, and welcome to an all-new and interesting world of lightning-fast automation, music streaming, very strong and powerful home security, very powerful search engine capabilities, and a means to connect with your friends and family.
With so many features and so much potential, it’s no wonder Alexa smart speaker is revered between very smart home adopters and audiophiles. Don’t get too confused thinking about the possibilities, though.
In this article, we’ll explain how to use Alexa. So read the article very carefully.
What is Alexa
The Amazon Echo is one of a range of hands-free speakers and these devices from Amazon that can be controlled with your voice. The voice-controlled “personal assistant” on these devices is called are Alexa, which will perform multiple tasks for you and control multiple systems.
As well as being available on Echo devices from Amazon directly, Alexa is available on many third-party devices like speakers or TVs as well as through the Alexa app on your phones. Alexa is also available in cars and in wearables, like the Fitbit Versa 2.
What can Alexa do?
Alexa is able to play music, provide any information, deliver all news and sports scores, tell you the day by a daily weather report, control your smart home and even allow Prime members to order any products from Amazon.
Alexa sits in the cloud, expanding the many information offered all the time and refining the responses to give you more accurate information. Does not matter what Alexa device you ask, all can return these sorts of answers, be that on your soundbar or in your own car.
One of the focus functions is playing music and Alexa can draw multiple sources. Amazon Music is also supported, of course, but beyond that, there’s support for multiple more services like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, TuneIn as well as apps from many individual providers, like the BBC.
How to use Alexa
Step 1: First, download the Alexa app
The free Alexa application is a must-have if you’re the owner of an Amazon Echo or Alexa. Download the application on any smartphone or tablet and ios. Downloading the application on a computer? Then, Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and then visit the Amazon Alexa website.
Step 2: Plug in your Echo
This is plausibly the easiest step in all processes, as the Echo doesn’t need any batteries. Just plug the included power adapter directly into the Amazon Echo, and then connect the Echo plug to a power outlet.
When the light ring turns blue, that means the Echo power is connected. Then, wait a little bit of time for it to turn orange, as this is a sign that Alexa is preparing to greet you. After that, you’ll hear Alexa’s voice telling you the device is ready for full setup.
Step 3: Connect the Echo to Wi-Fi via the application
Next, you’ll need to connect your Echo device to your own home Wi-Fi network. The most advanced versions of the Echo should guide you through this process. But, if you get lost, simply open up the Alexa application and Then search through the available networks until you find your own network.
If you have many Echo devices, first make sure you go to the Devices tab, then click the icon for Echo & Alexa in the top carousel and select your own Alexa device. Under the Wireless heading option, you should be able to see the state of the Wireless network connection.
Once you’re connected, you have the option of saving your own Wi-Fi password to Amazon, which makes it very easy to connect to smart home devices.
And you can also set up a new Alexa device on the same Wi-Fi network should you decide to buy more Echo speakers for your other rooms. And you can also have the choice of connecting your own Echo to a public network, although the password won’t be saved on Amazon Echo.
Step 4: Start talking to Alexa
To get Start talking, say the wake word, which is “Alexa” by default there. If there’s already somebody named Alexa, Alexis, or related in the house, you can change the wake word to something different. Just say the Echo, “Alexa, change the default wake word instant.”
And you can also change the wake word manually by opening up the Alexa application, tapping Help & Feedback, and then selecting Change the Wake Word.
Now, you can change the Echo to answer to the “Echo,” “Amazon,” or “Computer.” There’s no word on when Amazon will allow you to customize Alexa and call her a name of your choosing.
Step 5: Start using your Alexa
Congratulations, your Alexa is all set up and ready for use! To make sure everything’s working accurately, you can conduct a simple test by trying out a few common commands. For example, say your wake word and “Hello.”
If your Echo is accurately set up, Alexa should respond with a simple “Hello” in return. In the Alexa application menu, you will see two sectors called Skills & Games and Things to Try. These are both great ways to see what Alexa is capable of.
How to use Alexa as a speaker
Head to your Alexa application menu on your connected smartphone or tablet. Then select the Devices tab. Press the “+” Button sign in the top right corner of the application, then Add any Device.
From here, you can choose the device you want to connect from the app list. If you can’t find the correct device name, you’ll want to tap another.
To ensure you’re getting a great listening experience when you jam out to music or listen to your audiobooks, consider pairing an external any speaker to your Echo device. For best results, choose any Bluetooth speaker that’s compatible with Alexa, specifically.
Keep in mind that your own Echo can just connect to one Bluetooth device at a time, though. If there’s already a device paired up with your own Alexa, you’ll need to un-sync it first. Then, you can run completed the setup process with the new accessory.
Other smart home devices don’t connect via Bluetooth device, though, so they remain connected. One example is your own home security camera, which uses your wireless Wi-Fi connection to speak with your Alexa.
We think you can easily understand how to use Alexa.