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Alexa - what do you ask yours?

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LookItsMeAgain · 06/02/2023 13:54

Just wondering what do you ask your Alexa to do or play or whatever for you?

I was given one as a Christmas present and I use it to play radio stations that my FM radio can't play.

I don't have smart plugs so I can't get it to turn on lights or anything yet.

What else can I get mine to do?

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ModerationInEverything · 06/02/2023 14:29

CosyCoffee · 06/02/2023 14:12

I only ask her to set timers and she can barely manage that. Asking anything else leads to immense frustration!

Is she located in a nice open area? Mine does this if it gets pushed back in to the corner, or is someone stands bottles next to her.

Meecrowavay · 06/02/2023 14:29

Oh and we have a partial smart setup so can control downstairs lamps, the tv, robot hoover and at Christmas, the Christmas lights with it. I do occasionally use the announce or drop-in feature as 2 eldest have them in their rooms and they don't always hear me when I shout up to them from the kitchen. Can see that becoming handier in the teen years.

itsnote · 06/02/2023 14:33

"Will she tell you a joke?"

@TeapotCollection I've just asked her and she said;

"What's black and white and red all over?"













A penguin blushing ☺️

darisdet · 06/02/2023 14:33

Hardly remember to use it now. It lives in the kitchen.

Radio - French radio station
Timers for cooking
The time
Weather

Aposterhasnoname · 06/02/2023 14:35

Couldn’t live without mine, I have five.

timers
music
checking outside cameras on the one with a screen
displaying photos on the screen
alexa guard, which makes our hive alarm and ring cameras switch on and off together with one button press, and it has an extra layer of security as it listens for glass breaking.
routines, I have so many routines that operate various smart devices. Some useful, some for fun, some a bit of both. It’s definitely with getting plugs and lightbulbs that work with Alexa. Total game changer.
can check in on elderly parents, and they can get alexa to call me if they need help.
alarms and reminders
random questions
calculator
tracking Amazon parcels
intercom to talk to DH at the other end of the house.

Thats just off the top of my head. There’s loads more.

RoseBucket · 06/02/2023 14:39

Great her in the morning and she gives me the days headlines and a brief history lesson ‘on this day in ….’

Ask her to play the music channel for dogs when I go out.

Play the radio.

(also she prefers dogs to cats and actually has a song about it)

IbizaToTheNorfolkBroads · 06/02/2023 14:42

You can programme get with routines for regular reminders/alarms/activities. It's much easier this was than trying to get the terminology and word order right for voice commands. And your accent doesn't matter!

MsMarch · 06/02/2023 14:57

Oh yes, the intercom element is useful. And not just at home - it's not unusual for DH and DS not to answer their phone so I can drop in on Alexa or do a general announcement to get them to call me.

I have also been known to entertain myself by sending DH "messages" when I'm not home or am upstairs by choosing songs to play on the Alexa in whatever room he is. It turns into a fun guessing game/riddle which always amuses us. Grin

sanityisamyth · 06/02/2023 14:58

Harry Potter Quiz is great!

LadyShrek2k19 · 06/02/2023 15:01

Lists - shopping / packing / to do
Games - akinator, question of the day, Pointless and the animal game are all favourites
Reminders
Timers
Music / playlists
Useless facts
Useful facts

AngelDelightUK · 06/02/2023 15:16

To say “carrot 100 in welsh”

Not in front of the kids though!

megletthesecond · 06/02/2023 15:20

Nothing really. She's just a fancy wake up and wind down radio alarm.
I can get more accurate weather on my phone in 20 seconds.

thecatsthecats · 06/02/2023 15:24

I find her useful for cooking weight conversions when I have floury hands, plus doing sums whilst I'm working.

Needmorelego · 06/02/2023 15:28

My mother in law has one.
Pretty much the only things she says to it are
"Alexa Magic FM please"
"Alexa pipe down will ya" (this gets a "sorry I do not understand")
The thing freaks me out. I find it creepy.

ScreamALullabye · 06/02/2023 15:29

I have various playlists of different music she plays
Listen to radio
Set timers for cooking
Turn our slo cooker on / room lamp in and off with smart plug
Alarms for waking
Announce dinner is ready to other devices
Set robot hoover off
Ask random questions
Check weather

All of the above depends on how she is behaving. She's the most cantankerous female I've ever known Grin

RomansTheyGoTheHouse · 06/02/2023 15:30

Pretty much the same 4 things day in, day out.

What's the weather?
Set a reminder
Play the radio/a song/an artist
Turn the lights off/on

honestlyno · 06/02/2023 15:53

Start my day - she'll tell you the weather, read your calendar out to you.
Talk to people at home - when you're out you can check in to see if dog is barking or kids are fighting or whatever else you might need to see or hear at home.
(Can only see with the screen Alexa obvs)

NeverYouMindMyName · 06/02/2023 16:19

Turn on the lights
Turn on the heating
What's the news
Set a timer for dinner
Remind me...
Turn on the kettle
Basically turning everything on

NeverYouMindMyName · 06/02/2023 16:25

My kids' one is called 'Ziggy' and I was keen to get one for them as soon as I could, because when kids grow up around voice assistants they quickly learn to do everything using them like the grown ups do. So they find it easy to turn on lights even if they can't reach, or "listen to fireman Sam"Confused. Also so that I can call them downstairs without shouting and fuss. But that last part is absolute, pure, unabashed laziness for which I shall never apologise.

LookItsMeAgain · 14/02/2023 10:03

Coming back to my thread - I have an Alexa with an alarm clock in it.
I set the alarm for the first time this morning and it went off. I tapped on the Alexa (thinking that would stop the alarm from ringing) and it just put it on a Snooze.

Do I have to talk to Alexa to stop the alarm every morning?

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liveforsummer · 14/02/2023 10:10

CosyCoffee · 06/02/2023 14:12

I only ask her to set timers and she can barely manage that. Asking anything else leads to immense frustration!

What on earth are you saying to make that a struggle? Never had an issue with anything even with Scottish accents.

Op we use for time, timers and how many days til questions - at Xmas for example after you ask how many days she'll answer and play a message from Santa after

Dc play games like guess the animal and ask for jokes

Asking random questions and facts we don't know the answer to

Bed time story

Weather

Playing music

Ask her to call your phone when you've lost it

Shopping lists

Probably loads more we do that I can't think of off the top of my head atm

PuttingDownRoots · 14/02/2023 10:25

LookItsMeAgain · 14/02/2023 10:03

Coming back to my thread - I have an Alexa with an alarm clock in it.
I set the alarm for the first time this morning and it went off. I tapped on the Alexa (thinking that would stop the alarm from ringing) and it just put it on a Snooze.

Do I have to talk to Alexa to stop the alarm every morning?

Alexa stop

Blanketpolicy · 14/02/2023 10:30

Play the radio in downstairs rooms
Switch on a plug in an awkward area
Drop in on ds to tell him dinner is ready

i tried her for timers, lights, weather, shopping lists etc and find it irritating, prefer oven timer, light switches, weather app etc.

paisley256 · 14/02/2023 10:34

Play my Audible books when I'm cooking dinner. Convert cooking measurements, do sums and spellings.

LookItsMeAgain · 14/02/2023 10:40

PuttingDownRoots · 14/02/2023 10:25

Alexa stop

So you do actually have to tell it to stop? I will set up whisper mode as I get up earlier than DH does so I thought it would be handy to be able to set an alarm that I could just tap off.

Ok...I'll get straight on it. Thanks @PuttingDownRoots

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