Alexa is available everywhere. You can use it at home, you can use it in the car, you can use it on your phone, and you can even use it on your computer via Windows 10. That can be helpful if you've got a laptop and need to work somewhere, or if your work room doesn't have an Alexa device on it.
But how do you get it all set up and working? Do you need anything? Maybe a special laptop? This guide will help you get Amazon's famous assistant on your Windows 10 PC. You'll be devouring those flash briefings before you know it..
How to set up Alexa on a Windows 10 PC
The first thing you're going to need to do is set Alexa up on your PC. There are some computers, like those from Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo, that have Alexa natively built in. But if you don't have one of those, you can still get Alexa installed.
All you'll have to do is head to the Microsoft Store to get going.
1) Open the Microsoft Store.
2) Search for Alexa (here's a direct link).
3) Click Get and install.
4) Open on the Windows Search Bar.
5) Search for Alexa.
6) Sign in with your Amazon account.
Congrats, you have Alexa installed on your Windows 10 PC. But now you have to actually use it. Here's how to do that.
How to use Alexa on PC
There are two ways to do this: Alexa's wake word or the Alexa button. This depends on whether your PC has hands-free access. If you do, there's a quick way to figure this out.
1) Open the Alexa for Windows 10 menu.
2) Click Settings.
3) Check the Wake Word option.
If you can't check the Wake Word option, you don't have hands-free access. If you can check it, you'll be able to say "Alexa" to get your query going. Otherwise, you're going to have to click on the Alexa icon to ask it things.
You can pretty much do everything you can do with Alexa on an Echo device, with a couple of exceptions. First, you're not going to be able to control music apps like Spotify, Pandora or TuneIn for your PC. You're also not going to have access to Alexa calling and messages.
You can still get your flash briefings, weather reports, add things to your shopping list, control your smart home, and play some music too.
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