Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are four ways to interact with Alexa — with the Tap, Echo and Dot devices, and with the Amazon Fire TV — you might find yourself talking to her more often.
The list of commands is expanding rapidly, as is the number of third-party services and devices that Alexa officially (and unofficially) supports.
Here is the (almost) complete list of Amazon Alexa commands.
By default, Amazon’s connected speakers have the same wake word. All you have to do to queue up a request is say, “Alexa.” In the Amazon Alexa mobile application or at echo.amazon.com, you can change the wake word to either Amazon, Echo or Dot, depending on which speaker you have.
If you have an Amazon Tap or the Amazon Fire TV voice remote, you’ll need to press a button to wake Alexa. Unfortunately, even when cradled, the Tap doesn’t have a wake word.
Editors’ note, December 9, 2016: This story was originally published on April 13, 2016. It has been updated to include new Alexa commands and features.
The complete list of Alexa commands
The list of Alexa commands is expansive and grows with every new service or device it supports. Alexa isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty great at understanding natural language, so you don’t always have to speak the commands exactly as you see them below. Many commands work when worded several different ways or even with words omitted.
When you consider the possible third-party commands through Skills, essentially the apps of Amazon’s Alexa, the list goes on even further. To learn what individual skills are capable of, visit the skill’s page from the Amazon Alexa app or echo.amazon.com. You can also say, “Alexa, open [name of skill].”
Here are all the native Alexa commands.
- Ask for help: “Alexa, help.”
- Mute or unmute: “Alexa, mute” or, “Alexa, unmute.”
- Stop or pause: “Alexa, stop” or, “Alexa, shut up.”
- Change volume: “Alexa, set volume to 5,” “Alexa, louder” or, “Alexa, turn up/down the volume.”
- Play music: “Alexa, play some music.”
- Queue specific song or artist: “Alexa, play music by [artist].”
- Play a song based on context: “Alexa, play the latest Avett Brothers album” or, “Alexa, play that song that goes ‘Gotta gotta be down, because I want it all.'”
- Play Spotify music: “Alexa, play
- Play Pandora station: “Alexa, play [artist] station on Pandora.”
- Play a radio station: “Alexa, play [radio station] on TuneIn.”
- Play an audiobook: “Alexa, play [title] on Audible,” “Alexa, read [title]” or, “Alexa, play the book, [title].”
- Resume the last played audiobook: “Alexa, resume my book.”
- Skip audiobook chapters: “Alexa, next chapter” or, “Alexa, previous chapter.”
- Listen to Alexa read you a Kindle book: “Alexa, read me my Kindle book.”
- Set a sleep timer: “Alexa set a sleep timer for 45 minutes” or, “Alexa, stop playing in 45 minutes.”
- Song information: “Alexa, what’s playing?”
- Music controls: “Alexa, play” or, “Alexa, next.”
- Restart song: “Alexa, restart.”
- Add a song to your Prime Music library: “Alexa, add this song.”
- Like or dislike a song on Pandora and iHeartRadio: “Alexa, I like this song” or, “Alexa, thumbs down.”
- Start Amazon Music Unlimited trial: “Alexa, start my free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited.”
Time and date
- Set an alarm: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.” or, “Alexa, wake me up at 7 in the morning.”
- Set a repeating alarm: “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 7 a.m.”
- Set a timer: “Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes.”
- Set multiple timers: “Alexa, set a second timer for 5 minutes.”
- Check timer status: “Alexa, how much time is left on my timer?”
- Ask the time: “Alexa, what time is it?”
- Ask the date: “Alexa, what’s the date?”
- Ask when the next alarm is: “Alexa, when’s my next alarm?”
- Cancel an alarm: “Alexa, cancel my alarm for 2 p.m.”
- Snooze alarm: “Alexa, snooze.”
- Check dates: “Alexa, when is [holiday] this year?”
To-do and shopping lists
- Add task to to-do list: “Alexa, add ‘go to the grocery store’ to my to-do list” or, “Alexa, I need to make an appointment with the doctor.”
- Create a new to-do item: “Alexa, create a to-do.”
- Check calendar events: “Alexa, what’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
- Add an event to a calendar: “Alexa, add [event] to my calendar for [day] at [time]” or, “Alexa, add an event to my calendar.”
- Create a shopping list: “Alexa, add eggs to my shopping list” or, “Alexa, I need to buy laundry detergent.”
- Check your shopping list: “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”
News and weather
- Ask for your Flash Briefing: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”
- Check headlines: “Alexa, what’s in the news?”
- Check weather: “Alexa, what’s the weather like?” or, “Alexa, will it rain today?” or even “Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?”
- Get a weather forecast: “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be like this weekend?
- Get traffic information: “Alexa, what’s my commute look like?” or, “Alexa, what’s traffic like?”
Alexa can integrate with loads of smart home platforms, such as SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Lutron, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue and many more. Some require you to enable skills, some don’t. Here are some of the varieties of commands you can use, although there are dozens more.
Alexa comes chock-full of Easter eggs and jokes — the list is long. We covered the strange world of Alexa Easter eggs recently, noting some of the more popular or prominent commands that prompt a snarky or humorous response.
- “Alexa, good morning.”
- “Alexa, tell me a joke.”
- “Alexa, tell me a fact.”
- “Alexa, beam me up.”
- “Alexa, set phasers to kill.”
- “Alexa. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”
- “Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya.”
- “Alexa, I want the truth.”
- “Alexa, party on, Wayne.”
- “Alexa, show me the money.”
- “Alexa, what’s the first (or second) rule of Fight Club?”
- “Alexa, surely you can’t be serious.”
- “Alexa, are you SkyNet?”
- “Alexa, party time!”
- “Alexa, open the pod bay doors.”
- “Alexa, when am I going to die?”
- “Alexa, what is your quest?”
- “Alexa, nice to see you, to see you…”
- “Alexa, don’t mention the war.”
- “Alexa, this is a dead parrot.”
- “Alexa, what is your cunning plan?”
For even more, check out this Reddit thread dedicated to Alexa Easter eggs.
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