How to control your plugs and switches with Alexa

Alexa, switch off the kitchen light

How to control Wemo with Alexa
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Belkin's Wemo brand makes some of the best and most well known smart plugs and switches you can buy. Best of all, they're super simple to set up.

But what happens after that? Do you just want to use the sometimes glitchy Wemo app to control all the smart plugs and switches in your home? Wouldn't you much rather take advantage of its integration with Alexa? Course you would.

It's not too difficult to set it all up, especially if you've got an Echo Plus. Here's how you do it.

How to control your Wemo device with Alexa

Linking Wemo devices to Alexa

First things first – make sure you've downloaded the Wemo and Alexa apps and have set up your devices individually. Once you've done that, you're going to want to head to the Wemo app.

1) Open the app.
2) Select More.
3) Click on Connect to Alexa.
4) Tap Open Alexa.

This will take you to the Alexa app. If you haven't yet downloaded it (not following directions, I see), you'll be taken to the App Store instead. Once you're in the Alexa app, it's time for even more directions.

1) Enable the Wemo skill.
2) Click Ready to Verify.
3) Turn your Wemo device or devices on and off.
4) Confirm that you've followed the directions in the app.
5) Alexa will now start discovering devices.

Once Alexa has discovered the devices, you'll see a list of all your smart home devices. Click on the Wemo devices to control them. And don't forget to assign them to groups within the Alexa app so you control them in conjunction with other devices.

This is also helpful if you have multiple Wemo devices. Additionally, there is an even easier way to set this all up if you've got an Echo Plus. Once you're done installing and setting up the Wemo device in the Wemo app, head over to the Alexa app.

1) Go to the smart home section of the Alexa app.
2) Click Add Devices.
3) Let Alexa discover devices.

You should see your new Wemo devices show up automatically. In this case, you're not going to even need to enable the Wemo skill. We certainly haven't. You can simply start grouping all your Wemo devices and get going.

But wait, why does the Wemo skill have you turn your devices on and off? Well, according to Belkin this just makes it more likely for Alexa to discover devices. Remember, even if you don't have an Echo Plus Alexa can search your Wi-Fi network and add new devices that are on it.

How to control your Wemo device with Alexa

Controlling Wemo with Alexa

Alright, now you've set everything up and you're good to go – what can you actually do? You can do the simple things, like say "Alexa, turn off the light." If you've got a number of Wemo devices in your home, you have to get a little more complex with it.

Here are some examples.

"Alexa, turn off the bedroom light"
"Alexa, turn on the kitchen light"
"Alexa, turn on the coffee machine"
"Alexa, turn off the den lights"

Congratulations, you've successfully learned how to control your Wemo devices with Alexa.

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