The Amazon Alexa command

Everything you need to know about the Amazon Alexa command

Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is now in your home, your trips to the beach, and even your commute to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa - with Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Studio, Echo Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand, Echo Flex, and Amazon Fire TV - you might find yourself talking to her more often.

Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command
Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command

The list of orders is growing rapidly, as is the number of third-party services and devices officially (and unofficially) supported by Alexa.
Here is the list of commands which bring together all the commands of Amazon Alexa.

Summoning Alexa

By default, Amazon connected speakers have the same word of alert. All you have to do to wait for an application is say "Alexa". In the Amazon Alexa mobile app or on, you can change the wake-up word to Amazon, Echo, or Computer.

If you have an Amazon Tap, Dash Wand or Amazon Fire TV audio remote control, you will need to press a button to wake up Alexa. Amazon has updated its Tap software with a handsfree mode that should be activated in settings. The only word waking up available on Amazon Tap is Alexa.

This year, Amazon added a feature called "Tracking Mode" that makes it easier and faster to send multiple orders to Alexa without having to repeat the wake-up word. When the feature is activated, Alexa will continue to hear another matter after completing your first order. You can continue to issue more orders until they are done or until you say "Stop"

.Amazon has also built on the functionality of multiple commands by allowing you to connect two connected things into one. You can say something like "Alexa, play popular music on Amazon in volume VI" or "Alexa, add bread, milk, and eggs to my shopping list".

Other places you can access Alexa

While the most obvious or natural way to use Alexa is to use an Amazon Echo amplifier or a third-party amplifier, it is not the only way to contact the PDA. Amazon.

In fact, there are more and more ways to get to Alexa during your creation, and you don't even need specialized devices. Here are some of the most important ways to use Alexa with devices you already own:
  1. Alexa app on iOS and Android
  2. Amazon Shopping app
  3. Amazon Music app
  4. Cortana on a Windows computer
In mobile applications, the word wake up will not work. Instead, you'll need to find and click the Alexa icon to wait in the queue. Not all features - like reminders - work in mobile apps as well.

On an updated Windows computer, open Cortana and say "Open Alexa". Once the initial contact is established, he says he will line up the Amazon Assistant via Cortana.

Alexa Echo Auto Connects allows you to connect your phone to Alexa in your car. Echo Auto is able to execute many commands and functions as a home appliance.

The complete list of Alexa commands

Alexa's order list is long and growing with each new service or device it supports. Alexa is not perfect, but it is excellent for understanding natural language, so you don't always have to say the commands exactly as you see them. Many commands work when creating many different methods or even omitting words.

Basic commands

  1. Ask for help: "Alexa, help."
  2. Have a conversation: "Alexa, let's chat."
  3. Mute or unmute: "Alexa, mute" or, "Alexa, unmute."
  4. Stop or pause: "Alexa, stop" or, "Alexa, shut up."
  5. Change volume: "Alexa, set the volume to 5," "Alexa, louder" or "Alexa, turn up / down the volume."
Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command
Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command

Echo Show

The Echo Show and Echo Spot are the only Echo speakers with touchscreen displays. This means you can tell them to show you things.

  1. Ask for what the Echo Show can display: "Alexa, what can you show me?"
  2. Show your calendar: "Alexa, show my calendar."
  3. Show pictures: "Alexa, show my photos" or, "Alexa, show me pictures of cats."
  4. View your cameras or other rooms: "Alexa, show the living room camera."
  5. View movie trailers: "Alexa, show me the trailer for 'It.'"
  6. Movie showtimes: "Alexa, show me movie showtimes."
  7. View the forecast: "Alexa, show me the weekend forecast."
  8. Play YouTube videos: "Alexa, show me travel videos on YouTube."
  9. Display recipes: "Alexa, show me a slow cooker recipe from Allrecipes."
  10. View your Flash Briefing: "Alexa, play my video Flash Briefing."
  11. See your timers: "Alexa, show me my timers."
  12. Open a visual skill: "Alexa, open Uber."

Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

You can now use compatible Echo devices (Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show and Amazon Tap) to control your Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks.

Control Fire TV: "Alexa, [pause, play, resume, stop, fast-forward, rewind] on Fire TV."
Search movies or TV: "Alexa, search for [movie to TV show title] on Fire TV" or "Alexa, find [movie or TV show title] on Fire TV."
Find work by a certain actor: "Alexa, show me titles with [actor] on Fire TV."
Open apps: "Alexa, open [app name] on Fire TV" or "Alexa, launch [app name] on Fire TV."
Return home: "Alexa, return home."

Fire TV Edition televisions

Amazon also builds its Fire TV operating system into televisions like the Element EL4KAMZ17 series. All of the commands above work on those too, in addition to a few TV-specific commands below.

Turn on or off the TV: "Alexa, turn on Fire TV" or "Alexa, turn off Fire TV."
Change the volume of Fire TV: "Alexa, set the volume to [level] on Fire TV" or "Alexa, turn [up / down] the volume on Fire TV."
Mute Fire TV: "Alexa, [mute / unmute] Fire TV."
Change the channel when watching an antenna: "Alexa, go to [channel or network name] on Fire TV."
Change inputs: "Alexa, switch to PlayStation on Fire TV" or "Alexa, switch to HDMI 1 on Fire TV."
Open antenna program guide: "Alexa, open TV guide on Fire TV."

Media controls

  • Adjust audio settings: "Alexa, set the bass to four."
  • Play music: "Alexa, play some music."
  • Play music on other (or multiple) Alexa devices: "Alexa, play [artist] in the living room" or "Alexa, play [artist] everywhere."
  • Queue specific song or artist: "Alexa, play music by [artist]."
  • Play a song based on context: "Alexa, play the latest Avett Brothers album" or "Alexa, play that song that goes 'Gotta gotta be down, because I want it all.'"
  • Play music based on a theme: "Alexa, play baby-making music" or "Alexa, play rock music for working."
  • Play the song of the day: "Alexa, play the song of the day."
  • Play Spotify music: "Alexa, play [playlist] on Spotify."
  • Play Pandora station: "Alexa, play [artist] station on Pandora."
  • Play a radio station: "Alexa, play [radio station] on TuneIn."
  • Play an audiobook: "Alexa, play [title] on Audible," "Alexa, read [title]" or "Alexa, play the book, [title]."
  • Resume the last played audiobook: "Alexa, resume my book."
  • Skip audiobook chapters: "Alexa, next chapter" or "Alexa, previous chapter."
  • Play a bedtime story: "Alexa, read a bedtime story to [name]."
  • Listen to Alexa read you a Kindle book: "Alexa, read me my Kindle book."
  • Set a sleep timer: "Alexa set a sleep timer for 45 minutes" or "Alexa, stop playing in 45 minutes."
  • Song information: "Alexa, what's playing?"
  • Music controls: "Alexa, play" or "Alexa, next."
  • Control music playback on another Alexa speaker: "Alexa, stop in the kitchen" or "Alexa, next in the office."
  • Restart song: "Alexa, restart."
  • Add a song to your Prime Music library: "Alexa, add this song."
  • Create a playlist in Amazon Music: "Alexa, create a new playlist," or "Alexa, create a 'Friday Chill' playlist."
  • Add a song to a playlist in Amazon Music: "Alexa, add this song to my playlist," or "Alexa, add this to my [playlist name] playlist."
  • Like or dislike a song on Pandora and iHeartRadio: "Alexa, I like this song" or "Alexa, thumbs down."
  • Start Amazon Music Unlimited trial: "Alexa, start my free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited."
  • "Alexa, wake me up every day at 8 am to music" allows users to set their mornings off right with music from Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Vevo.

Time and date

  • Set an alarm: "Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m." or "Alexa, wake me up at 7 in the morning."
  • Set a music alarm: "Alexa, wake me up to [artist, song, genre, playlist or album] at 8 am," "Alexa, set an alarm to Band of Horses" or "Alexa, wake me up to Kiss FM on TuneIn. "
  • Set a repeating alarm: "Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 7 a.m."
  • Set a timer: "Alexa, timer" or "Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes."
  • Set a music timer: "Alexa, set a 15-minute timer to 'My Heart will Go On'"
  • Create a named timer: "Alexa, set a pizza timer for 20 minutes."
  • Set multiple timers: "Alexa, set a second timer for 5 minutes."
  • Check timer status: "Alexa, how much time is left on the pizza timer?" or "Alexa, what are my timers?"
  • Cancel a timer: "Alexa, cancel the pizza timer" or "Alexa, cancel the 15-minute timer."
  • Ask the time: "Alexa, what time is it?"
  • Ask the date: "Alexa, what's the date?"
  • Ask when the next alarm is: "Alexa, when's my next alarm?"
  • Cancel an alarm: "Alexa, cancel my alarm for 2 p.m."
  • Snooze alarm: "Alexa, snooze."
  • Check dates: "Alexa, when is [holiday] this year?"

Calls and messaging

In May 2017, Amazon introduced calling and messaging between users of its Echo speakers. Later, it added another feature, called Drop In, that lets users call different Echo devices throughout their home, intercom style. (You can also call and message from the Alexa app, but no commands are needed.)

This year, Amazon has added new features like Announcements and the ability to send text messages with your voice.

  • Call another Echo user: "Alexa, call [name]."
  • Answer an incoming call: "Alexa, answer the call" or "Alexa, answer."
  • Hang up: "Alexa, hang up" or "Alexa, end the call."
  • Message another Echo user: "Alexa, message [name]" or "Alexa, send [name] a message."
  • Play messages: "Alexa, play messages."
  • Send an SMS: "Alexa, send an SMS to [contact name]," or "Alexa, send an SMS."
  • Use Drop In on one of your own devices: "Alexa, drop in on the living room."
  • Drop In on another user (requires the other user to allow you to Drop In anytime): "Alexa, drop in on [name]."
  • Turn off the video during an ongoing call (only works with Echo Show): "Alexa, turn video off."
  • Make an announcement: "Alexa, announce it's dinner time," "Alexa, broadcast it's time to go," or "Alexa, tell everyone good night."
  • Number check: "Alexa, open phone number check" → "tell me about 514-555-5555" or "please provide information about 450-555-5555."

Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command
Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command


  1. Reorder essentials from Amazon: "Alexa, buy more deodorant" or "Alexa, reorder deodorant."
  2. Track packages from Amazon: "Alexa, where's my stuff?" or "Alexa, track my order."
  3. Order an Amazon Alexa device: "Alexa, order an Echo," "Alexa, order an Echo Dot," or "Alexa, order an Amazon Tap."
  4. Add an item to your cart: "Alexa, add garbage bags to my cart."
  5. Order an Uber or Lyft with their skills: "Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride" or, "Alexa, ask Lyft for a ride."
  6. While listening to music in Amazon Music: "Alexa, buy this song" or "Alexa, buy this album."
  7. Find new music to purchase: "Alexa, shop for new music by [artist]."
  8. Purchase a song or album from an artist: "Alexa, buy [song or album] by [artist]."
  9. Ask about deals: "Alexa, what are your deals?"
  10. For good recommendations on products, Alexa has you covered. Just say "Alexa, find me a good smartphone on Amazon?" and it will find products based on Amazon customer ratings and reviews.


To turn on notifications, open the Alexa app or go to and go to Settings> Notifications> Shopping Notifications and move the toggle to the on position. Then your Echo speakers will light up yellow when you have new notifications.

Check missed notifications: "Alexa, what did I miss ?" "Alexa, read my notifications" or "Alexa, what are my notifications?"
Navigate through notifications: "Alexa, next" or, "Alexa, previous."
Delete notifications: "Alexa, delete all of my notifications."

To-do and shopping lists

  • Add task to to-do list: "Alexa, add 'go to the grocery store' to my to-do list" or "Alexa, I need to make an appointment with the doctor."
  • Create a new to-do item: "Alexa, create a to-do."
  • Check calendar events: "Alexa, what's on my calendar for tomorrow?"
  • Add an event to a calendar: "Alexa, add [event] to my calendar for [day] at [time]" or "Alexa, add an event to my calendar."
  • Move a calendar event: "Alexa, move my meeting from 12:00 to 3:00."
  • Create a shopping list: "Alexa, add eggs to my shopping list" or "Alexa, I need to buy laundry detergent."
  • Check your shopping list: "Alexa, what's on my shopping list?"
  • Create a reminder: "Alexa, reminder" or "Alexa, remind me to check the oven in 5 minutes."
  • Check on existing reminders: "Alexa, what are my reminders this weekend?" or "Alexa, what reminders do I have tomorrow?"
  • Donate money to your favorite charity by saying "Alexa, make a donation to American Cancer Institute INC." or any number of approved charities.
  • Want to check your American Express balance? Just say "Alexa, open Amex," and look at your account

News and weather

  1. Ask for your Flash Briefing: "Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing?"
  2. Add music news to your Flash Briefing: "Alexa, enable Today in Music."
  3. Check headlines: "Alexa, what's in the news?"
  4. Check weather: "Alexa, what's the weather like?" or "Alexa, will it rain today?". You can also ask "Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?"
  5. Get a weather forecast: "Alexa, what's the weather going to be like this weekend?
  6. Get traffic information: "Alexa, what's my commute look like?" or "Alexa, what's traffic like?"


  • Find movies in nearby theaters: "Alexa, what movies are playing?" or "Alexa, what action movies are playing tonight?"
  • Get information on movies playing: "Alexa, tell me about the movie [title]."
  • Get movie quotes: "Give me a [movie] quote."
  • Get IMDb rating: "Alexa, what is the IMDb rating for [movie or TV show]?"
  • Get casting for a movie or show: "Alexa, who plays in [movie or TV show]?"
  • Find out who an actor is: "Alexa, who plays [character] in [movie or TV show]?"
  • Find an actor's latest work: "Alexa, what is [actor] 's latest movie?"
  • Find out who sings a particular song: "Who sings the song [title]?"
  • Get the names of band members: "Who is in the band [name]?"
  • Get album information: "What year did [band] release [song or album]?"
  • Find popular music from an artist: "Alexa, what's popular from [artist]?"
  • Sample music from an artist: "Alexa, sample songs by [artist]."
  • Find a particular album or song: "Alexa, find [song or album] by [artist]."
Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command
Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command

Food and businesses

Get a recipe: "Alexa, how do you make chocolate chip cookies?"
Discover nearby restaurants: "Alexa, find me a nearby pizza restaurant" or "Alexa, what's the nearest coffee shop?"
Get operating hours or a phone number for local businesses: "Alexa, find the address for Bank of America" or "Alexa, find business hours for Harris Teeter."
Saying "Alexa, open Wine Finder" lets Alexa help you match the best vino with your meal. If you tell Alexa your eating shrimp, it will tell you the best wine.


  1. Convert units: "Alexa, how many [units] are in [units]?"
  2. Convert units: "Alexa, how many [units] are in 2 [units]?"
  3. Basic math: "Alexa, what's 5 plus 7?" or "Alexa, what's 56 times 33?"
  4. Advanced math: "Alexa, 70 factorial." (Warning: Alexa will list numbers you didn't know existed for about a minute.)

Settle a score

  1. Roll a die: "Alexa, roll a die" or, "Alexa, roll a 26-sided die."
  2. Flip a coin: "Alexa, flip a coin."
  3. Pick a number: "Alexa, pick a number between 1 and 50."

Definitions and spelling

Get the definition of a word: "Alexa, what's the definition of [word]?"
Get the spelling of a word: "Alexa, how do you spell [word]?"


  1. Check the results of a finished game: "Alexa, what was the score of the [team] game?"
  2. Ask if a team won: "Alexa, did the [team] win?"
  3. Ask when the next game is scheduled: "Alexa, when do the [team] play next?"
  4. Find out the results of your favorite teams: "Alexa, give me my Sports Update."
  5. Get Fantasy Football update with the Yahoo Fantasy Football skill: "Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Football for a score update" or "Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Football if Colin Kaepernick is playing this week."
  6. Get league standings: "Alexa, what are the MLB standings?"


Send current listening to a Fire tablet: "Alexa, send that to my Fire tablet."
Send to a different profile's Fire tablet: "Alexa, show this on [name] 's Fire tablet."

Smart home

Alexa can integrate with loads of smart home platforms, such as SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Lutron, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue and many more. Some require you to enable skills, some don't. Earlier this month, Amazon updated Alexa to be able to change the color of smart bulbs from Philips Hue, LifX and TP-Link.

Here are some of the varieties of commands you can use for controlling your smart home, although there are dozens more.

  • Turn lights on or off: "Alexa, turn on the lights" or "Alexa, turn off the living room lights."
  • Dim the lights: "Alexa, dim the lights to 50 percent."
  • Change the color of the lights: "Alexa, make the living room lights red" or "Alexa, turn the lights to soft white."
  • Change the color temperature of the lights: "Alexa, make the kitchen lights a little warmer."
  • Adjust temperature: "Alexa, raise the temperature 1 degree."
  • Set temperature: "Alexa, set the temperature to 72."
  • Lock your doors: "Alexa, lock my back door."
  • Close your garage door: "Alexa, ask Garageio ($ 129 at Garageio) to close my garage."
  • Discover smart home devices: "Alexa, discover my devices."
  • Use IFTTT recipes: "Alexa, trigger [IFTTT recipe]."
  • Activate a scene (limited to Control4, Insteon, Lutron Cas├ęta Wireless, Philips Hue, SmartThings and Wink): "Alexa, turn on Movie Time" or "Alexa, turn on Bedtime."
  • Control GE appliances with the Geneva skill: "Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat my oven to 400 degrees" or "Alexa, ask Geneva if my laundry is dry."
  • Locate a lost phone with the TrackR Lost My Phone skill: "Alexa, ask TrackR to find my phone."
  • Control the TV via Harmony hub: "Alexa, turn on the TV" or "Alexa, turn on Netflix."
  • The Polk Command Bar has Alexa embedded in its soundbar that provides great sound quality.
  • Saying "Alexa, run Away Mode" produces conversations to scare off any potential burglars.
  • Alexa Guard can help keep your home safe by alerting you when it picks up the sounds of smoke alarms or breaking glass. It works with the Amazon smart doorbell, a Ring and an ADT security system. To set this feature, simply say "Alexa, I'm leaving."


  1. Pair a Bluetooth device: "Alexa, pair" or "Alexa, Bluetooth."
  2. Connect to a Bluetooth device: "Alexa, connect to my phone."
  3. Disconnect from a Bluetooth device: "Alexa, disconnect from my phone."


Skills are like third-party applications for Alexa speakers. They allow you to connect third-party software and hardware to your speaker, as well as play games and add different news sources to your Flash Briefing.

  1. Use a skill: "Alexa, open Earplay."
  2. Find kid's skills: "Alexa, what kid's skills do you have?
  3. Enable skills: "Alexa, enable Jeopardy!"
  4. Disable skills: "Alexa, disable Domino's."
  5. Bartender skill gives you access to more than 12,000 cocktail recipes: "Alexa, open the bartender."
  6. Another recent update removes the need to enable skills before using them. You can still manually enable or disable skills, but just saying "Open [skill invocation]" will find and enable a skill. But if that skill requires you to log in to your accounts such as with the Starbucks Reorder or Domino's skills, you will still need to open the Alexa app or go to, open the skills menu and log in to your account to authorize the connection.

Profiles and user accounts

  1. Switch profiles: "Alexa, switch accounts."
  2. Check which profile is active: "Alexa, which profile is this?"


Microsoft's Cortana is available as a skill, as well. But rather than just being a skill, it opens the door to a completely separate digital assistant through your Alexa speakers.

Once you've added the skill, enabled permissions and connected your Microsoft and Amazon accounts, just say, "Alexa, open Cortana." When you're speaking to Cortana you can check your emails, ask for the next event on your calendar or add items to your to-do list.

For now, the Cortana skill is limited because it's a public preview of what the full integration will be in the future


  • Find out when a holiday is: "Alexa, when is [holiday]?"
  • Holiday limerick: "Alexa, tell me a holiday limerick."
  • Learn about a holiday: "Alexa, why do we celebrate [holiday]?"
  • Ask about Santa: "Alexa, how old is Santa Claus?" "Alexa, is Santa Claus real?" or "Alexa, where does Santa Claus live?"
  • Ask about Santa's reindeer: "Alexa, who's your favorite reindeer?" "Alexa, what can you tell me about Santa's reindeer?" or "Alexa, what do you know about Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer?"
  • Track Santa: "Alexa, where is Santa?" or "Alexa, track Santa."
  • Sing a Christmas carol: "Alexa, sing a Christmas carol."
  • Have Alexa read "The Night Before Christmas": "Alexa, read" The Night Before Christmas. "
  • Spin the dreidel: "Alexa, spin the dreidel."
  • Ask for holiday jokes: "Alexa, open my gift," "Alexa, how ugly is your / my holiday sweater?" or "Alexa, tell me a snowman joke."
  • Ask for holiday movies ?: "Alexa, what's your favorite holiday movie?" or "Alexa, what are the top holiday movies?"


  1. Get Wikipedia information: "Alexa, Wikipedia: [subject]."
  2. Tell Alexa to continue reading a Wikipedia entry: "Alexa, tell me more."
  3. Ask a general question: "Alexa, how tall is [person or object's name]?"
  4. Ask Quora a question: "Alexa, ask Quora if Crustaceans feel pain when you boil them."
  5. Get a "Game of Thrones" quote: "Alexa, give me a 'Game of Thrones' quote."
  6. Whether it's a bull or a bear market, users can check their stock values by saying "Alexa, ask Opening Bell for Microsoft" (or any other publicly-traded company).

Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command
Everything you need to know about the amazon alexa command

Easter eggs

Alexa comes chock-full of Easter eggs and jokes - the list is long. We cover the strange world of Alexa Easter eggs here, noting some of the more popular or prominent commands that prompt a snarky or humorous response.

  • "Alexa, give me an Easter egg."
  • "Alexa, good morning."
  • "Alexa, tell me joke."
  • "Alexa, beam me up."
  • "Alexa, set phasers to kill."
  • "Alexa. Tea. Earl Gray. Hot."
  • "Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya."
  • "Alexa, I want the truth."
  • "Alexa, party on, Wayne."
  • "Alexa, show me the money."
  • "Alexa, what's the first (or second) rule of Fight Club?"
  • "Alexa, surely you can't be serious."
  • "Alexa, are you SkyNet?"
  • "Alexa, party time!"
  • "Alexa, open the pod bay doors."
  • "Alexa, when am I going to die?"
  • "Alexa, what is your quest?"
  • "Alexa, nice to see you, to see you ..."
  • "Alexa, don't mention the war."
  • "Alexa, this is a dead parrot."
  • "Alexa, what is your cunning plan?"


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