Alexa tips and tricks – 10 must-know Amazon Echo hacks for your new speaker

IF YOU just got your Amazon Echo this holiday season, then you need to try these 10 hacks.

It didn’t take long for the Amazon Echo to become a household item after it was released in 2014.

Amazon Echo has some features you may not know


Amazon Echo has some features you may not knowCredit: Getty – Contributor

Since then, the features have only improved on the multifunction device, which can not only order your pizza but also shop online for you.

Here are 10 other amazing tricks you absolutely must know.

1. You can change Alexa’s name

Right off the bat, your virtual assistant is called Alexa, but unlike other smart home assistants, Amazon gives you the option to change the trigger name.

Most people don’t know about this name feature and just stick to calling their echo ‘Alexa’, however, you can choose to say ‘Echo’, ‘Amazon’ or more depending on which version you have .

2. You can play music in any room

If you have multiple Echo devices in your home, you can easily sync them to play the same song/playlist.

You also have the option to sync only specific Echos in certain rooms, depending on your preference.

You can control all of these features on the Alexa app by clicking Settings > Multi-Room Music.

You can create as many groups as you want, but keep in mind that each device can only appear in one group.

3. You can create separate profiles

What you may not know is that you can create separate profiles for people in your household.

In doing so, you can switch between user profiles on Alexa so the device can access the appropriate music playlists, calendars, and shopping accounts.

It’s important to note that only the registered owner of the device can create a new profile.

If that’s you, you can do this by going to Settings in the Alexa app, clicking Household Profile, and entering your account password.

Once you’ve done that, other members can log in with the same device to link the accounts.

4. You can protect your voice purchases

You can specify a PIN for online shopping to ensure that not just anyone can access your card information.

This feature will be especially useful if you have kids, so they don’t just say “Alexa bought ten boxes of Cheetos” or something.

To do this, simply open the eh Alexa app, then tap Settings > Account Settings > Voice Purchase.

After you tap Voice Purcash, you add a pin to the Request Voice Code field.

5. You can change Alexa’s voice

You may have heard of this development that was launched in late 2019, but in case you didn’t know, you can now change Alexa’s voice to sound like a famous celebrity.

Some of the famous vocalists include Melissa McCarthy, Shaquille O’Neal, Samuel L. Jackson and Gordan Ramsay.

To do this, go to Settings > Alexa Preferences > Voice Feedback.

Then tap Celebrity Personality and choose.

6. You can connect to external devices

Many people don’t realize that they can connect Alexa to other smart devices in their home.

For example, if you use smart lights in your home that use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, you can pair them with your Echo.

You can then use the Echo’s voice control to control those items (i.e. turn off the lights or turn up the volume on the TV).

To connect a device to your Echo, simply use the app’s settings to discover new items and pair them.

7. You can find your iPhone

If you, also just an ordinary person, then surely you have left your phone in the wrong house.

Whether it got lost between the couch cushions or dropped in the fridge (it happens), Alexa can help you locate your lost device.

Assuming you confirmed your phone number in the Alexa app before you lost it, all you need to do is say, “Alexa, Find My Phone” and she’ll call your phone to You can follow the ringer to the destination.

8. You can make a habit

If you regularly tell Alexa the same set of commands (i.e. every morning you ask Alexa to “turn on the lights”, “turn on the TV”, and “read the news”), you can create a “morning” routine so that she he can run commands automatically.

To do this, go to the app, then tap Settings > Processes > then the plus sign (“+”).

Click “When this happens,” then click “When you say something” and enter the trigger phrase.

You might say “Alexa, start my day” to establish your morning routine, for example.

9. Ask Alexa how to spell a word or about anything else

You may not realize this, but your Alexa is smart anyway, it’s linked to the internet.

Not only can you ask her how to spell things, make things, or cook, but you can also ask her about important dates and events.

Just say “Alexa”, then follow up with your query (i.e. Alexa, When did the American Revolution happen?).

10. Ask Alexa to flip the coin

With credit cards and cryptocurrencies being the “modern” way to pay for things, you probably don’t have much change.

You can avoid arguments with your friends or celebrities by asking Alexa to flip a virtual coin and decide for you.

Just say, “Alexa stand or tail” and you’ll get an unbiased review.

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Amazon Echo Dots Released March 2016Credit: Getty – Contributor
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