The Absolute list of Alexa Commands (Jan 2017)

Alexa Commands ListIf you need someone to talk to, Alexa is a good option. Always listening, Alexa will be open to most of your suggestions. And now you can talk to Alexa anywhere using Amazon Echo, Dot, smartphone apps and even through your TV with the FireStick (just remember to walk away from the light).

To wake Alexa, just say, “Alexa.” You can change it to Amazon, Echo or Dot using the Amazon Alexa mobile app if you prefer. So if you just broke up with someone named Alexa, you could change it to Dot.  If you use Amazon Tap or Amazon Fire TV, there is a button you will need to press to wake Alexa to make a request.

It is important to remember that every command begins with “Alexa,” unless you changed it to Dot to spare yourself the heartache of saying “Alexa” over and over again. Amazon Echo and Dot can understand natural language, so you don’t have to state the command correctly, as long as you speak clearly Alexa should be able to comprehend what question you want to ask.

Amazon Echo has been able to grow the number connected devices and third-party services to a pretty impressive amount. With new tools come new commands, which means that this list will always be a work in progress. We will always do our best to keep you current on all of the commands; these are the ones we have so far.

Basic Commands

  • Request help: “Alexa, help.”
  • Stop or pause: “Alexa, stop” or “Alexa, shut up.”
  • Mute or unmute: “Alexa, quiet” o “Alexa, unmute.”
  • Adjust volume: “Alexa, louder,” “Alexa set the volume to 7” or “Alexa, turn the volume up or down.”

Date and Time Commands

  • Set the alarm: “Alexa, wake me up at 7 am” or “Alexa, adjust the alarm for 7 am.”
  • Set a recurring alarm: “Alexa set a recurring alarm Monday through Friday at 7 am.”
  • Set a timer: “Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes.”
  • Set multiple timers: “Alexa, set another timer for 15 min.”
  • Check timers: “Alexa, how much time is left on the second timer?”
  • Request current time: “Alexa, what time is it?”
  • Request current date: “Alexa, what is the date?”
  • Ask for next alarm time: “Alexa, what time is my next alarm?”
  • Snooze alarm: “Alexa, snooze.”
  • Date request: “Alexa what day is Easter on this year?”

Media Commands

  • Play music: “Alexa, play music.”
  • Request a song or artist: “Alexa, play Stevie Wonder.”
  • Request a song based on lyrics or artist: “Alexa, play me something from Earth, Wind & Fire” or “Alexa play the song that goes “let’s groove tonight.”
  • Find out who sings a song: “Alexa, who sings the song “Happy” from the Despicable Me movie?”
  • Locate the name of band members: “Alexa, who is in the band Fitz & the Tantrums?”
  • Request album information: “Alexa, what year did Pete Yorn release Burrito?”
  • Locate popular music from an artist: “Alexa, find the latest Pete Yorn album.”
  • Sample music: “Alexa, sample songs by Coin.”
  • Request song information: “Alexa, what song is this?”
  • Manage music: “Alexa, play next song” or “Alexa, next.”
  • Restart song: “Alexa restart.”
  • Request to add a song to Prime Music library: “Alexa, add this song.”
  • Play a Pandora station: “Alexa, play Stevie Wonder on Pandora.”
  • Play a Spotify playlist: “Alexa, play Motown playlist on Spotify.”
  • Play a station on TuneIn: “Alexa, play Alternative rock station on TuneIn.”
  • Like or unlike songs on Pandora: “Alexa, thumbs up.” or “Alexa I don’t like this song.”
  • Enroll in Amazon Music Unlimited trial: “Alexa, enroll me in Amazon Music Unlimited trial.”
  • Set stop time: “Alexa, stop playing music in 30 minutes.”
  • Request an audiobook: “Alexa, play Brave New World on Audible,” “Alexa, play Brave New World” or “Alexa, read Brave New World.”
  • Request to resume an audiobook: “Alexa, continue my book.”
  • Skip audiobook chapters: “Alexa, next chapter” or “Alexa, previous chapter.”
  • Request a Kindle book be read to you: “Alexa, read me my Kindle book.”

News and Weather Commands

  • Check headlines: “Alexa, what is the current news?”
  • Check weather: “Alexa, what is today’s forecast?”, “Alexa, will it snow today?” or “Alexa, do I need to wear mittens today?”
  • Request a weather forecast: “Alexa, what will the weather be like on Saturday?”
  • Request traffic information: “Alexa, what is the current traffic like?”

Movies and Restaurants

  • Find movies in nearby theaters: “Alexa, what movies are playing?” or “Alexa, what funny movies are playing this weekend?”
  • Get movie details: “Alexa, tell me about Manchester by the Sea.”
  • Find cast information about movies: “Alexa, who is in Manchester by the Sea?”
  • Get IMDB Rating: “Alexa, what is the IDMB rating for Zoolander?”
  • Find an actor’s latest work: “Alexa, what is the last movie Ryan Reynolds was in?”
  • Find out who an actor is: “Alexa, who plays King Ned in Game of Thrones?”
  • Find local restaurants: “Alexa, find a local pizza place.”
  • Find distinct cuisines: “Alexa, which Thai restaurant is closest to me?”
  • Request business information “Alexa, what hours is Thai Thai open?” or “Alexa, what is the address to the Pretty Puppy Doggy Daycare?”

Task, Calendar and To-Do List Commands

  • Create a new task for a to-do list: “Alexa, add pick up Spike at the dog spa to my to-do list” or “Alexa make an appointment with my eye doctor.”
  • Add a new to-do list item: “Alexa, create a to-do.”
  • Check calendar entries: “Alexa, what is on my calendar for Tuesday?”
  • Add a calendar entry: “Alexa, add Eye Appointment to my calendar for Thursday at 4:00 pm” or “Alexa, add an event to my calendar.”
  • Build a shopping list: “Alexa, add sugar to my grocery list.” or “Alexa, I need to buy eggs.”
  • Review shopping list: “Alexa, what is on my grocery list so far?”

Math Commands

  • Basic measurements: “Alexa, how many teaspoons are in 1/8 cup?”
  • Simple math: “Alexa what is 25 divided by 6?” or “Alexa, what is 30 times 2?”
  • Advanced math: “Alexa, what is the square root of 4,576?”

Dictionary and Spelling Commands

  • Define a word: “Alexa, what does superfluously mean?”
  • Spell a word: “Alexa, how do you spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?”

Purchase Commands

  • Reorder standard items: “Alexa, buy more laundry pods” or “Alexa, buy more laundry pods.”
  • Track Amazon packages: “Alexa, when will my order arrive?” or “Alexa, follow my last order.”
  • Order a device from Amazon: “Alexa, order an Echo” or “Alexa, order an Amazon FireStick.”
  • Add an item to your cart: “Alexa, add cat treats to my order.”
  • Request a Lift or Uber: “Alexa, ask Uber for a ride” or “Alexa, call for a Lyft ride.”
  • Buy the music you are listening to: “Alexa, buy this song” or “Alexa, buy this album.”
  • Buy new music: “Alexa, purchase new music from POP ETC.”
  • Purchase a song or album: “Alexa, buy First from Cold War Kids.”
  • Check for sales: “Alexa, what are your current deals?”

Sports Commands

  • Check final scores: “Alexa, what was the final score in the Browns game?”
  • Ask if a team won: “Alexa, did the Blue Jackets win?”
  • Ask when the next game is: “Alexa when is the next Penguins game?”
  • Get updates on your teams: “Alexa, give me my sports update.”
  • Check on your fantasy teams using the Yahoo Fantasy Football skill: “Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Football where I rank this week.” or “Alexa ask Yahoo Fantasy Football if the Jets have a bi-week.”

Voicecast Commands

  • Send current content to a Fire tablet: “Alexa, send that to my Fire tablet.”
  • Post current content to another user: “Alexa, send this to Austin’s tablet.”

Smart Home Commands

Alexa has one of the most robust smart home platforms, with integrations from Samsung SmartThings, Wink, WeMo, Philips Hue and many others. While some may require skills to be enabled, others don’t. These are some of the most common commands for smart home integrations, but there are a lot more out there.

  • Temperature settings: “Alexa, set the temperature to 75 degrees.”
  • Adjust temperature: “Alexa, lower the temperature by 2 degrees.”
  • Manage lights: “Alexa, turn the lights in the kitchen off” or “Alexa, turn the lights in the master bedroom on.”
  • Lock doors: “Alexa, lock all of the doors” or “Alexa, lock the front door.”
  • Close the garage door: “Alexa, ask Garageio to close the garage door.”
  • Access IFTTT recipes: “Alexa, trigger shopping list.”
  • Activate a scene: “Alexa, turn on Party Time.”*
  • Pair a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, pair” or “Alexa, pair to Bluetooth.”
  • Use a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, connect to my phone.”
  • Stop using a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, disconnect my tablet.”
  • Use Geneva skill to manage GE appliances: “Alexa, ask Geneva to start the dryer” or “Alexa, ask Geneva to turn the stove off.”
  • Use TrackR Lost my Phone skill: “Alexa, ask TrackR to find my phone.”
  • Use Harmony hub to control the television: “Alexa, turn Hulu on” or “Alexa, shut down the TV.”

*Activate a scene is limited to Insteon, Lutron, Philips Hue, Control4, Wink, and SmartThings.

Search Commands

  • Request Wikipedia information: “Alexa, Wikipedia: Hemmingway Cats.”
  • Ask Alexa to read your Wikipedia request: “Alexa, tell me more.”
  • General questions: “Alexa, which ocean is the warmest?”
  • Ask for a quote: “Alexa, find me a Hemmingway quote.”

Skill Commands

  • Enable a skill: “Alexa, enable The Magic Door.”
  • Disable a skill: “Alexa, disable FitBit.”

User Commands

  • Change accounts: “Alexa, switch accounts.”
  • Ask what profile is active: “Alexa, which profile is this?”

Easter Eggs

Alexa loves Easter Eggs and so do we, and luckily there are a lot of them to love. We have added some of our favorites funny ones below; we think you will enjoy the replies as much as we do.

  • “Alexa, your mother was a hamster.”
  • “Alexa, I want the truth.”
  • “Alexa, what is the answer to rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock?
  • “Alexa, beam me up.”
  • “Alexa, what is your quest?”
  • “Alexa, may the force be with you.”
  • “Alexa, open the pod bay doors.”
  • “Alexa, do you know the muffin man?”
  • “Alexa, tell me a joke.”
  • “Alexa, do you know Siri?”
  • “Alexa, Tea, Earl Grey. Hot.”
  • “Alexa, what is the first rule of fight club?”
  • “Alexa, I am your father.”
  • “Alexa, I want to play global thermonuclear war.”

Flash Briefing

The Flash Briefing is one of the most useful options Alexa has to offer. It is a customizable news update that Alexa can read to you, or send to a device for you to read. It allows you to choose news sources and then order them based on your preferences.

It comes with several news channels already added, so the first thing you will want to do is to build your own list. There are two ways to add feeds to your briefing. These are the steps to adjusting your feed using or the Amazon Alexa app:

  • Click on Settings and select Flash Briefing

  • Click on Get more FlashBriefing content.

  • Search for the feed you want to add.
  • Click the link for the feed.
  • Click Enable Skill this will add it to your news feed.

You can also use the Skills command to add news feeds to your Flash Briefing:

  • Click on Skills
  • Click on Categories then click on News
  • Select the name of a skill and click Enable Skill to activate it.

If you have a feed you want to remove, you can do so by following these steps:

  • Click on Settings.
  • Select Flash Briefing.
  • Choose which feeds you want to remove and use the toggle switch to disable them.

You can also reorder your feeds using the Settings and Flash Briefing options. Once you have your Flash Briefing set up you just need to use the command “Alexa, what is my Flash Briefing” to review the news of the day.

Keep checking back, as we will update this article to make sure you have the most up to date list of Alexa commands.  Until next time, Alexa out!

Jennifer Kelley is an author and technology blogger. She feels weird writing about herself in the third person, but does so when asked. A graduate of The Ohio State University she is a dedicated football fan and a total dork who loves all things written. You can follow her on twitter @theonlyjen

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