Amazon claims that the Alexa smart assistant can recognize more than 50,000 commands. So, it doesn’t matter if you just got your Echo device or if you’ve had it for years, there are always cool Alexa commands you can learn. If you are curious about what Alexa can do, here is our list of the best Alexa commands you might not know about.
Make Phone Calls for Free
Alexa allows you to make truly hands-free calls to anyone for free. All you have to do is ask Alexa to call anyone via their phone number. Or you can call a contact by name if they are in your list of contacts and you have the Alexa app set up on your phone.
“Alexa, call [phone number].”
“Alexa, call [contact name].”
While you are on a call, your Alexa device should light up with a bright green ring. Once you are done, you can ask Alexa to end the call with a simple command:
If you want to contact someone who also has an Alexa device, you can use the Drop In feature to automatically connect to their device. Even if they don’t answer the call, you will immediately be able to speak and hear anything near the speaker you are connecting to.
“Alexa, drop in on [contact name].”
With the Drop In feature, you can also set up Alexa devices in different rooms around your home, and then use them as an intercom system. Or you can make an announcement that will be sent to every Alexa device that you added to your household’s Drop In group.
If you lose your phone on a regular basis, this is one of the best Alexa commands to remember. As long as your phone has a loud ringer, you can ask Alexa to call your cell phone. You’ll still have to listen for your ringtone to find your cell phone, but it’s a lot easier than using a “call my phone” website.
“Alexa, call my phone.”
Once you find your phone, remember to tell Alexa to hang up the call, unless you want to leave yourself a long message.
Order an Uber or Lyft
Alexa makes it easy to get a ride without ever touching your phone. With simple commands, you can order an Uber or Lyft to pick you up from your location or any other location that you have set up in the app.
“Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride.”
“Alexa, ask Lyft for a ride.”
With the Uber skill, you can also ask for an Uber X, or any other type of car ,and ask how far away your Uber is. With the Lyft skill, you can ask how much a ride to a specific location will cost and rate and tip your driver after they drop you off.
“Alexa, ask Uber to call me an Uber X from work.”
“Alexa, ask Lyft how much it will cost to go to the airport.”
Command Alexa to Guard Your Home
Once you leave the house, you can set up the Alexa Guard to protect your home. This feature will send you a notification if it hears a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm. You can also drop in on your device when it picks up the sound of glass breaking.
If you have smart lights set up in the app, Alexa will also switch your lights on and off to fool potential burglars into thinking someone is home. This can be a cheap alternative to a home security system. Or, if you already have a home security system, Alexa can also forward any smart alerts to your service provider.
To set up Alexa Guard, open the Alexa app on your phone and tap the More tab in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Then go to Settings > Guard > Add your Echo to Guard and select the Echo devices you want to guard your home.
Once you enable the Guard feature, all you have to do is give a simple command to turn it on when you leave home and turn it off when you come back:
“Alexa, I’m leaving.”
“Alexa, I’m home.”
Find the Best Wine to Pair with Diner
If you decide to stay in and make dinner, Alexa can be your personal sommelier. All you have to do is ask Alexa what wine pairs well with any kind of food, and you will get several answers from Wine Spectator.
“Alexa, what wine goes well with [food]?”
Track Your Diet
Alexa can also help you with your diet by counting your calories for you. All you need to do is enable the Food Tracker skill on your phone and enable it on the Alexa app. Then you can ask Alexa to calculate how many calories are in any food item and log them instantly.
“Alexa, tell Food Tracker to log a cup of coconut milk.”
“Alexa, ask Food Tracker how many calories are in one egg and two slices of bacon.”
You can then link your Alexa skill with the companion app, so you can log your calories, no matter where you are.
If you are looking for other ways to track your diet, check out our list of the best nutrition apps.
Create the Perfect Playlist
With Alexa, you can create the perfect soundtrack for whatever is happening in your life. All you have to do is ask Alexa to create a new playlist, and you can name it whatever you want.
“Alexa, create a new playlist.”
Then, when you hear a song you want to add to your playlist, you can ask Alexa to add it with this command:
“Alexa, add this song to my playlist [name of playlist].”
If you use your Echo smart speaker to listen to a lot of music, this is one of the best commands to know about. All you have to do is ask Alexa to set the bass, treble, or midrange anywhere from -6 to 6 when playing a song.
“Alexa, turn up the bass.”
“Alexa set the treble to [-6 through 6].”
Wake Up to Music
Once you learn how to set up a playlist on your Echo device, you can pick one to wake up to. Setting an alarm to your favorite music makes this one of the best Alexa commands to know about.
“Alexa, wake me up to [artist, song, genre, playlist, or album] at [time].”
Fall Asleep to White Noise
If you have a hard time falling asleep at night, you can also ask Alexa to play white noise sounds. With this simple command, Alexa can play nature sounds, city sounds, or just regular white noise to help you get a good night’s rest.
“Alexa, play white noise.”
“Alexa, play rain sounds.”
If you don’t want the sounds playing all night, you can ask Alexa to stop playing white noise after a certain amount of time.
“Alexa, set sleep timer for 2 hours.”
Read a Bedtime Story
If you’re trying to put your kids to bed, you can ask Alexa to read you a bedtime story. Then you can choose a type of story that you want to hear. These stories come complete with sound effects and colorful voices for every character.
“Alexa, read me a bedtime story.”
This will require the Amazon Storytime skill, but it’s free and easy to install with this Alexa command:
If you are looking for more of an interactive story, the Magic Door is one of the best Alexa skills you can get. With a simple command, you will be transported to a choose-your-own-adventure story, where you can solve riddles, collect hidden items, and help magical creatures along the way.
“Alexa, open the magic door.”
Play Brain Games
If you’ve ever wanted to be on Jeopardy, this is one of the best Alexa commands to help you pass the time. With the free Jeopardy skill, you will be asked a series of questions in the style of the famous game show. Just remember to answer them in the form of a question.
“Alexa, play Jeopardy.”
Find New Skills
To find out what other cool things Alexa can do, all you have to do is ask what other things you can try. Then Alexa will tell you the most popular commands and skills you should try out next.
“Alexa, what things can I try?”
“Alexa, what are your most popular skills?”
You can also check out our list of the best Alexa skills to find out other cool things you can do with your Alexa devices.
How to Customize Alexa
You can get personalized news, sports, and traffic updates with the Alexa app. All you have to do is open the app and tap the More button in the bottom right corner. Then select Settings and choose Flash Briefing to hear headlines from your trusted sources, Sports to add your favorite teams, and Traffic to add your daily commute.