So you've got an Amazon Echo but you're twiddling your thumbs, unsure what to actually say to it. We're here to help break the ice with our list of the best, most useful Amazon Alexa commands including our favourites and the ones we use the most.
We've also included the shortest and most conversational way to say most of the common requests for music controls, getting the news and weather too so you don't get stuck using weird computer language.
This is designed to be a starter list that covers the basics but once you've got going, also check our our guide to the Alexa Skills to try - using third party services - and also our fun list of Alexa Easter Eggs too. We'll be doing a dedicated guide to the best Amazon Echo Show Skills very soon.
Read this: The best Amazon Alexa Skills
Most of these are self explanatory but where it's not obvious what does what, we've put some notes after the command in double quotes. Once you're up and running, let us know which commands you find most useful in the comments below.
First up, one for all occasions when you just want your voice assistant to shut up: "Alexa, stop".
Controlling your music
"Alexa, play St. Vincent" [artist]
"Alexa, play hip-hop" [genre]
"Alexa, play BBC 6Music" [radio station via TuneIn]
"Alexa, play Covers Not Covers playlist on Spotify" [playlist]
"Alexa, play the latest Grizzly Bear album" [album]
"Alexa, play music for dancing"
"Alexa, play that song that goes 'my left hook just went viral" [lyrics]
"Alexa, who sings this song?"
"Alexa, set volume to 6"
Setting timers and alarms
"Alexa, set alarm for 7.45am"
"Alexa, wake me up everyday at 7.45am"
"Alexa, wake me up at 7.45am to Circle of Life"
"Alexa, snooze" [For nine minutes]
"Alexa, turn this off in ten minutes"
"Alexa, time four minutes"
"Alexa, how long is left on the timer"
"Alexa, stop the timer"
Checking calendars and reminders
"Alexa, what's on my schedule?"
"Alexa, add an event on my calendar"
"Alexa, add features meeting to my calendar on Thursday at 4.30"
"Alexa, what am I doing tomorrow?"
"Alexa, add hair cut to my to do list"
"Alexa, what's on my to-do list?"
Getting everyday info
"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 Nairobi?"
"Alexa, what movies are playing?"
"Alexa, what's yesterday's West Ham score?"
"Alexa, when is the next Knicks 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, lights on"
"Alexa, lights off/out"
"Alexa, dim the lights to 50%"
"Alexa, set the temperature to 21"
"Alexa, trigger Purple Rain recipe" [for IFTTT]
"Alexa, lock the front door"
"Alexa, it's Bedtime" [to activate a Scene]
"Alexa, turn on the TV"
Making and taking calls
"Alexa, call Siraaj"
"Alexa, answer the call"
"Alexa, hang up"
"Alexa, drop in on Emma"
"Alexa, play messages"
"Alexa, buy more toilet roll."
"Alexa, order Rookie On Love"
"Alexa, what's on my shopping list?"
"Alexa, add onions to my shopping list"
"Alexa, where's my stuff?" [to track order]
"Alexa, how do you make chocolate brownies?" [to get recipe]
"Alexa, how do you spell manoeuvre?"
"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"
More fun: 65 Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs to try out