Amazon’s Alexa App for all Echo devices
For Amazon, Echo Setup download Alexa app from amazon.alexa.com using any browser. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now a part of our everyday lives and one such presence is fuelled by digital personal assistants. Bringing it right into our homes is Amazon with its AI-powered, voice-enabled assistant, Alexa. Alexa works with voice commands and can instantly perform a number of actions. The wake-up work is ‘Alexa’ which can get you started. Alexa can read the news, play music, give weather updates, schedule a day and even control smart home devices like dimmers, locks, and thermostats. Functions like Alexa Skills can help you educate Alexa about your likes, play games with it, manage your guest lists, create chore charts and have personalized stories. Alexa can search for things on Amazon, order food online from other apps, or even book a cab for you. Since Alexa is cloud-based, it regularly gets updated and becomes smarter with a user’s vocabulary and voice patterns.
To access Alexa and its many features, on can choose from Amazon’s Alexa compatible devices like Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Show or Echo Plus. There are Fire HD tablets also available on Amazon which are Alexa compatible. The Echo devices come with speakers and Alexa ring light for indicating and executing conversation with Alexa. The ring light on Echo devices changes color to depict different modes of working.
To get started, the user needs to download Alexa app for Echo setup. This app is available on Android mobile devices from the Google Play Store and is compatible with versions 5.0 or higher. iOS users can download Alexa app from Apple App store which will work on iOS 9.0 or higher only. One can also open the browser on mobile devices and use the address https://alexa.amazon.com which will ask you to sign into the Amazon account, then show a download prompt and directly take you to the app store on the device for downloading the app. The Alexa app can also be accessed from desktops and laptops. Just type http://alexa.amazon.com in the browser and log in to your Amazon account. This will directly take you to the device setup page with options of Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and other compatible devices launched by Amazon available in the country.
The essential requirement for setup is the uninterrupted power supply for the device and Wi-Fi connection. Once you download Alexa App for Echo Dot setup or any Echo device set up, the app will list devices. After choosing the desired Echo device, you will be prompted to wait for orange ring light to appear on the light which will sync the app with the device. By default, the ring light is blue if Alexa is active on the device. If the light does not appear automatically, press the ‘Action’ button on the device till orange ring light appears. It is important to have the device in the vicinity for this step.
Once the orange light appears, the Alexa app will prompt you to choose a custom Amazon wireless connection which will appear under the WiFi button on the mobile app or desktop. It may take up to a minute for the connection to appear. Once a secure connection is established with this customer network, all available WiFi connections will be shown in the app itself. Choose your preferred WiFi connection to complete the setup of your Echo device with Alexa.
The Alexa App for Echo setup also lets you customize certain features for a personalized experience. You can change the wake-up work from ‘Alexa’ to ‘Echo’ or ‘Amazon’. Apart from giving a new name to your device, you can add a local address for more localized updates on news and weather, choose the preferred language or update the wireless network to a new one. Alexa app list all your connected devices together in a single page so you can keep track of active devices, control them remotely and used advanced customization features.
Amazon Tap is different from other Echo devices as it is a portable Bluetooth speaker for on-the-go music. For the setup of this speaker also one needs to download Alexa app from amazon.alexa.com using any browser like Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer. To connect this speaker with Fire tablets, one needs to have an operating system 3.0 or higher. The setup of this device is also slightly different from Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Plus. Once the device is selected from the setup menu, you need to hold the Bluetooth/WiFi button on the device to start pairing with the app. The rest of the setup remains the same. To talk to Alexa, one needs to press the microphone button on Amazon Echo Tap and speak. To enable hands-free conversation, the option needs to be activated on the device through Alexa app.
The Echo devices that come with a screen are called Echo Show and Echo Spot. Echo Show comes with a 7-inches touchscreen which can be used to view pictures, play videos from Amazon Prime, make video calls and even watch movies. Echo Spot is a smaller device with a circular design and screen that measure 2.5 inches in diameter. Download Alexa app for Echo Show setup and follow instructions on a screen of the device. The device needs to be plugged into a power supply and placed in a central location. It works like other Echo devices through voice commands and has a powerful speaker.
One can set up multiple Amazon Alexa compatible devices across a home or office and control them remotely. If using voice commands, the device closest to your will become active. Certain content like location, language and time zones are shared among devices whereas information like Bluetooth connections and alarms are device specific and remain unshared.