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Helpful Alexa Commands

Courtesy of Dylan Busse here is a list of common Alexa commands for you to try with your Amazon Echo devices.



? Check weather: “Alexa, what’s the weather like?” (Can ask for any location)
? “Alexa, what’s traffic like?” (Must add app.)
? 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.”
? Ask for an: “Alexa, area code Woodlands, CA? or “Alexa, ask for a ZIP for Code for a Woodlands, CA? (Name your preferred city and state.)
? Check dates: “Alexa, when is [holiday] this year?”


? Get Wikipedia information: “Alexa, Wikipedia: [subject].”
? Tell Alexa to continue reading a Wikipedia entry: “Alexa, tell me more.”
? Ask a general question: “Alexa, how tall is [person or object’s name]?”
? Ask a general question: “Alexa, how many people live in America?”
? Get a quote from any TV, movie, person or book by including the name in your command. Example: ?Get a Game of Thrones quote? or “Alexa, give me a Jeff Bezos


? 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.”
? Stop or pause / “Turn up the volume” or “Turn down the volume”


Entertainment, News and Informative

Say the name of the podcast, station or news outlet you would like to hear. For a podcast
?Alexa, play the program Radiolab? or for radio station ?Alexa, play KCRW?, ?Alexa, ask
Washington Post for headlines ?or “Alexa, ask CNBC how the markets are doing”

? ?Alexa, ask TED Talks to play the latest talk.?
? “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?” (Add to your news briefing in the Alexa app.)
? 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].”


? ?Alexa, open NASA Mars.? (Fascinating facts about Mars and other planets.)
? ?Alexa, open, wiki how.? (Helpful instructions on a variety of topics.)
? ?Alexa, open translator.? (A way to pick up simple phrases in various languages.)

? ?Alexa, Random fact,? “Alexa, Open Curiosity?, or ?Alexa, tell me something interesting.?


Definitions and Spelling

? For a dictionary: “Alexa, what’s the definition of [word]?” for a thesaurus “Tell me another word for helpful”
? Get the spelling of a word: “Alexa, how do you spell [word]?”


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


Profiles and User Accounts

? Switch profiles: “Alexa, switch accounts.”
? Check which profile is active: “Alexa, which profile is this?”


? ?Alexa, Inspire Me”
? ?Alexa, let?s chat.? (Teams working to improve artificial intelligence.)
? “Alexa, good morning.” (Entertaining way to start your day.)
? ?Alexa, can help you find that one song with that one lyric that go sort of like ?blah blah blah? or whatever.
? ?Alexa, how old this someone born June 12, 1987?? (Request day. 6/12/87 was a Friday.)
? ?Alexa, tell me the meaning of the name Eric.? (Ask any name for a party icebreaker.)
? ?Alexa, tell me a story?, ?Alexa, sing a song?, ?Alexa, tell me a joke? or ?Alexa, knock, knock.?


Listen to Your Music

If a song, album, artist, genre, or playlist is not in My Music, Alexa searches the Amazon Music catalog or
samples from the Digital Music Store when available.

Basic Music Commands

Adjust the volume “Volume up / down.”
“Set volume to level [number].”
Hear details about the song currently
Stop the song currently playing “Stop.”
Play or resume paused songs or tracks “Play.”
“What is this?”
“Who is this?”
“What song is this?”
“Who is this artist?”
“When did this song/album come out?”
Set or cancel a sleep timer “Set a sleep timer for [x] minutes / hours.”
?Stop playing music in [x] minutes/hours.?
“Cancel sleep timer.”
Go to the next or previous song* “Next.” “Previous.”

Loop the music queue** “Loop.”
Shuffle songs** “Shuffle.”
“Stop shuffle.”
Repeat songs*** “Repeat this song.”
Advanced Music Commands
To do this… Say this…
Play a song “Play some music.'”
“Play the song, ‘[title].'”
Play an album “Play the album, ‘[title].'”
Play music by an artist “Play songs by [artist].”
Play songs by genre “Play some [genre] music.”
“Play some [genre name] music from Spotify.”
Play a playlist “Listen to my [title] playlist.”
“Shuffle my [title] playlist.”

On Echo Show

Browse your music “Show me my playlists.”
Music Services
To do this… Say this…
“Show me albums by [artist].”
“Show me rock songs.” Play Amazon Music Unlimited
“Play [song / album / artist].”
“Play some music.”
“Play [emotion] music.”
“Play the song that goes [lyrics].”
“Play a playlist.”

“Play brand new music.”
“Play new [genre].”
“Play [decade genre].”
“Play [station name].”
“Play [holiday] music.”
Play Prime Music “Play [song / album / artist] from Prime Music.”
“Play some Prime Music.”
“Play a Prime playlist.”
“Play [station name] from Prime.”
“Play from Prime Music.”
“Play new [genre] from Prime Music.”
“Play [artist] first single from Prime Music.”
“Who’s the lead singer for this [band]?”
On Echo Show: “Show me [songs / playlists / genres] from Prime.”
Play Spotify Premium (only on Amazon Alexa devices)
?Play [title] from Spotify.?
?Play [title] by [artist] from Spotify.?
“Play songs by [artist] from Spotify.?
?Play music composed by [composer] from Spotify.?
?Play from Spotify.?
?Play [genre] from Spotify.?
“Play Spotify.”
“Spotify Connect. / Connect to Spotify.” (enables Spotify Connect)

Play a custom station (iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Amazon Stations )
Play a radio station (TuneIn and iHeartRadio)
Play a podcast or program (TuneIn and iHeartRadio)
Like / Dislike a song (Amazon
Music, iHeartRadio, and Pandora)
Skip to the next song (Amazon
Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora)
Take a frequently-played song out of the rotation (Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Amazon Stations )
Create a station (iHeartRadio and Pandora)
On Echo Show: “Show me [songs / playlists /genres / albums] from Spotify.”
“Play my [artist / genre] station on [Prime Music/Pandora / iHeartRadio].”
“Play [station frequency].”
“Play the station [station call sign].”
“Play the station [name].”
“Play the podcast [title].”
“Play the program [title].”
“Thumbs up / down.”
“I [like / don’t like] this song.”

Note: Free Pandora accounts are limited to six skips per hour
per station.

iHeartRadio accounts
are limited to six skips per hour per station (for up
to 15 skips per day across all custom

Prime Stations offer unlimited skips.

“I’m tired of this song.”
“Make a station for [artist].”
“Create an [iHeartRadio / Pandora] station based
on [artist].”

Republished with permission
Dylan Busse is not affiliated with, Inc.
List compiled by Dylan Busse


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