The best tips and tricks for your Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is the leading smart speaker on the market. The company has been working hard to add new features and skills to its Echo in an attempt to compete with Google Home and Apple HomePod. With Amazon’s smart speaker, you can interact with services and control home appliances like lights, TVs, or air-conditioner.

If you now have an Amazon Echo, keep in mind that this thing in your hand is far more capable than you expect. And, we will help you discover how. In this guide, we have created a list of the best tips and tricks for Amazon Echo, so you can get the most out of your smart speaker.

  1. Music and radio

Smart speaker serves as a perfect tool for listening to music and radio. Amazon is fully aware of that, and the company turns its speaker into an amazing device for music. With the help of Amazon’s virtual helper, Alexa, you now can quickly play your favorite tracks or radio stations from popular sources.

Amazon Echo works perfectly with Amazon Music and Prime Music, allowing for access to over 10 million songs from well-known artists. The Echo also works with third-party music services like Spotify or Pandora. To set a music service as your default, open the Alexa app on your smartphone, then select Settings and tap Music and Media. Once you are in, select the music service you wish to use.

  1. Television streaming

Amazon Echo is not just about music and radio, as you now can master your TV. All made possible by Amazon’s recent effort to allow users to control their Fire TV devices using voice commands. This means that you can open apps, play content, change TV channels or volume down/up.

According to Amazon, its virtual helper, Alexa now can work with various devices out there. Earlier this year, Sony confirmed that the company’s TVs now include support for Alexa, allowing users to turn on/off their TVs or control volume using their voice commands. Tech experts say that Alexa integration will hit more devices in the future, helping Amazon retain its position in the smart speaker market.

  1. Timers, alarms, and reminders

If you heavily rely on your smartphone as your only alarm clock, then it’s time to change that. With the Echo, you can easily set a timer or an alarm using your voice commands. To do this, simply say “Alexa, set a timer for [duration].” After you have set a timer, you can ask Alexa how much time you have left or when the timer finishes. Amazon Echo also allows you to set reminders for your daily tasks. For example, you can set a reminder for your upcoming appointment, so Alexa can remind you when the time comes.

  1. To-do lists

Like any other smart speaker out there, Amazon Echo allows users to create their to-do lists. The coolest part is that Alexa now can work with Todoist, one of the best to-do list apps. With Todoist integration, you can quickly add tasks to your lists, so you can keep track of your work every day. To do this, open the Alexa app, then sign into your Todoist account and ask Alexa to add items to your list by simply saying “Hey Alexa,  add + task to my to-do list.

  1. News and weather

With Alexa integration, you can quickly get news reports and listen to them with your smart speaker. Alexa will give you a brief review of what’s happening in the world from popular news sources, like Sky News, CNBC, CNN, New York Times or BBC. You can also get weather information using Alexa. To do this, simply say “Hey Alexa, what’s the weather like?” Once you do that, Alexa gives you weather conditions for the next days.

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