If you're reading this post, I assume you've invested in an Amazon Echo device. My boyfriend and I received an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas and have been loving getting to know Alexa ever since! Here's some of our favorite Amazon Echo commands for Alexa:
OPEN THE MAGIC DOOR
First enable in your skills. The magic door is a funny game that will wow you with how much Alexa knows and will keep any kids around you thoroughly entertained! Taking you through a variety of fictional gameplay, it's your job to complete the tasks the magic door gives you.
PLAY 20 QS
First enable in your skills. 20 questions is by far my favorite use for Alexa (not even joking). Whenever my friends (who don't have Alexa) come over, I have to impress them with her guessing skills. I swear: like 90% of the time, she's right on the money!
First enable in your skills. I always tell my dad that he should go on Jeopardy! - he's just that good! While I'm not all that great at it, I occasionally watch the show when I'm over at my folks' house. For all you avid Jeopardy! watchers: now you can play 6 new Qs every weekday that actually correspond with that week's televised games!
WHAT'S ON MY SHOPPING LIST?
Allowing you to keep a real-time record of all you need to pick up from the store, the shopping list is my best friend and a serious life saver! To add something, simply say: "Alexa, add [X] to my shopping list." You can remove items in the same fashion.
WHERE'S MY STUFF?
If you're an Amazon shopper, Alexa is your ultimate sidekick! If you've just ordered items, ask: "Alexa, where's my stuff!?" You can also ask her to add items to your cart or order items right that second!
TELL ME A KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE!
Alexa is a real jokester and she's great at it, too! She can tell both general jokes and knock-knock jokes. The perfect pick-me-up if you're having a bad day!
PLAY [X] ON SPOTIFY
I am obsessed with my Spotify! Being able to link up my Spotify account with Alexa is awesome. Amazon has tons of free music, however, and all you have to do is say: "Alexa, play [X song title]!" You can even give her a sentence of lyrics and she'll identify the song for you!
WHAT'S IN THE NEWS?
I'm a news nut as well, so being able to receive my flash briefing from NPR and hear the current world news highlights is great. No more opening pesky apps on your phone or Googling to get the deets!
HOW'S MY COMMUTE?
Once Alexa knows your morning route, she can help you track the traffic! Just ask: "Alexa, what's the traffic like?" Or, "Alexa, how's my commute?"
HOW ARE THE SEAHAWKS DOING?
I'm a Seattle Seahawks fan by association (I'm not about that football life, but my boyfriend totally is), so it's very important that in my house we are able to check the Hawks score in a matter of seconds! You can also do this for any major sports team. I know I sure will be during baseball season with my beloved Seattle Mariners! :) P.S. There's an MLB Skill!
WHAT'S THE DEFINITION OF [X]
Wondering the definition of a difficult and fancy word? Alexa's got yo back, girl!
ASK THE BARTENDER TO FIND ME A DRINK
First enable in your skills. The Bartender is a fabulous Alexa skill that allows you to find the perfect drink recipe with a particular type of alcohol or ingredient, or a random drink! Ask The Bartender to "surprise me".
ASK UBER TO REQUeST A RIDE
You can use both Uber and Lyft through Alexa, and she can book your rides!
Both Domino's and Pizza Hut have Alexa skills that allow you to order pizza from the comfort of your couch (without any typing needed)! You can even track your pizza with the Domino's Pizza Tracker by asking Alexa for updates.
RECIPES VIA ALLRECIPES
Using the AllRecipes skill, Alexa can find the perfect recipe for your lunch or dinner from over 60,000 options without all the swiping and typing!
THE SEVEN MINUTE WORKOUT
First enable in your skills. The 7-Minute Workout is a fabulous Alexa skill that allows you to burn fat, improve energy, lower stress and increase your metabolism in just 7 minutes every day! Simply tell her: "Alexa, start 7-Minute Workout."
GIVE ME MY DAILY AFFIRMATION
Providing you with positive phrases to get through your day, the Daily Affirmation skill is perfect for those who need a mini pick-me-up and
WHAT IS THE HOROSCOPE FOR GEMINI?
I'm not gonna lie: as ridiculous as astrology can be, I am a sucker for my horoscope! You can ask Alexa for any horoscope from ELLE and The Astro Twins - professional astrologers that have read horoscopes for many celebrities. Just enable it in your skills!
Alexa has countless inspirational quotes and proverbs, just ask her to "Inspire Me"!
TIC TAC TOE GAME
Another basic but amusing game, ask Alexa to play tic tac toe!
TELL ME A FACT
Alexa is full of random facts... quickly ask her to tell you a fact! ;)
Whether it's ages of celebrities, their first albums or movies, dates for holidays, or even "Why is the sky blue!?", Alexa has endless knowledge about random tidbits.
After experimenting with Alexa for a bit, what's your favorite skill/command?
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Kathryn is the lead contributor + founder at FashionablyFrank.com. Obsessed with leading a life of balance, she started the blog in 2013. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2016, she is now a digital marketing specialist through her business, Fashionably Frank Marketing. She believes a cup of coffee is the answer to all of life's problems + that all women should strive to embrace a #girlboss mantra.