The 80 best Amazon Alexa voice commands

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Top Alexa commands to learn and try

Learning a go-to list of Alexa commands requires a bit of time, but doing so is essential to making your Amazon Echo experience the best it can be.

After all, Alexa without your commands is nothing - the voice assistant living inside your smart speaker is there to bring music, control smart home gadgets and bring daily weather and news updates.

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So, whether you're just learning to talk or you're a smart home veteran in need of a refresher, here's 80 of the best Alexa commands to try.

Your first Alexa commands

"Alexa, play [artist/song/album name]."

"Alexa, set timer for 10 minutes."

"Alexa, what's the weather today?"

"Alexa, set an alarm for [time]."

"Alexa, play [radio station]."


Alexa music commands

Essential Alexa music commands

"Alexa, play [genre]"

"Alexa, play [playlist name] from [music service]."

"Alexa, play the latest [artist name] [album/song]"

"Alexa, play Sunday morning music"

"Alexa, who sings this song?"

"Alexa, pair my phone"

"Alexa, louder"

"Alexa, set volume to 6"

"Alexa, turn this off in [minutes]."

"Alexa, create a disco playlist."

For Sonos users with Sonos skill installed:

“Alexa, play [song] by [artist] from [service] in the [Sonos device name]”


How to use Alexa EQ controls

"Alexa, set the treble to three"

"Alexa, set night mode"

“Alexa, increase bass.”

"Alexa, decrease treble.”

“Alexa, increase bass in living room.”

"Alexa, set night mode on bedroom TV."

“Alexa, set movie mode.”

"Alexa, set bass to two on sound bar.”


Alexa TV commands

Alexa movie/TV commands

“Alexa, what is the IMDb rating for [show/movie]?”

“Alexa, tell me about the movie [whatever it’s called]”

“Alexa, who starrs in [show/movie]?”

Alexa Fire TV commands

"Alexa, watch [title]”

"Alexa, open Netflix”

“Alexa, pause."

"Alexa, fast forward [x] minutes"

"Alexa, next / next Episode."

"Alexa, turn volume down on Fire TV."

"Alexa, show me movies with [actor's name]"

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Alexa timers and alarm commands

"Alexa, set alarm for 8am"

"Alexa, wake me up everyday at [time]"

"Alexa, wake me up at [time] to [music or radio station]."

"Alexa, snooze" [For nine minutes]

"Alexa, set timer for [X minutes]."

“Alexa, set a 10 minute [pizza] timer.” (If using multiple timers, Alexa will tell you your "pizza is ready".

"Alexa, how long is left on the timer?"

"Alexa, stop the timer"

Alexa calendar and reminders commands

Checking calendars and reminders

"Alexa, what's on my schedule today?"

"Alexa, add 'Barbecue at Ben's house' to my calendar for Saturday"

"Alexa, add features meeting to my calendar on Thursday at 4.30"

"Alexa, what have I got on tomorrow?"

"Alexa, add hair cut to my to-do list"

"Alexa, what's on my to-do list?"


Getting everyday information

"Alexa, what's the weather like?"

"Alexa, will it rain today?"

"Alexa, what will the weather be like tomorrow?"

"Alexa, what's in the news?"

"Alexa, what's the traffic like?"

"Alexa, what time is it in [city or country]?"

"Alexa, what movies are playing?"

"Alexa, what's yesterday's [team name] score?"

"Alexa, when is the next [team name] game?"


Controlling your smart home

This will all depend on your having a house full of Alexa compatible smart home tech. If you do, try these:

"Alexa, discover my devices". [to find smart home tech]

"Alexa, turn my [name] lights on"

"Alexa, [name] lights off/out"

"Alexa, dim the [name] lights to 50%"

"Set the [name] light to blue."

"Alexa, set the temperature to 21 degrees"

"Alexa, trigger Purple Rain recipe"

"Alexa, lock the front door"

"Alexa, turn on the TV"

Making and taking calls

"Alexa, call Elizabeth"

"Alexa, answer the call"

"Alexa, hang up"

"Alexa, Drop In on the living room"

"Alexa, play messages"

"Alexa, announce that [message]" – plays on all home network Echo devices.


Shopping

"Alexa, buy more [Amazon item]."

"Alexa, order [Amazon item]"

"Alexa, what's on my shopping list?"

"Alexa, add [item] to my shopping list"

"Alexa, where's my stuff?" [to track order]



The Ambient's favorite commands

“Alexa, bedtime” (Start's bedtime routine – check out our Alexa Routines guide)

"Alexa, show me [camera name]." (Works with display devices - Echo Show, Show 5 and Spot).

"Alexa, play that song that goes 'my left hook just went viral"

"Alexa, flip a coin"

"Alexa, how do you make [recipe]?"

"Alexa, how do you spell [word]?"

"Alexa, switch accounts" [to change profiles]

"Alexa, open Domino's skill" [to enable a skill for the first time]

"Alexa, sing me a song"

"Alexa, make animal noises"

"Alexa, pair my phone"



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