Just a decade ago no one could imagine we could buy or play our favorite songs by just using voice commands? Over the years, technology has offered some beautifully innovative surprises that neither you or us could ever think of.
So far, 2017 has been a remarkable year in terms of technological innovations and new gadgets. One such special device is Amazon Alexa Smartspeaker. But did you know there are a few things that you can do to make it even ‘Smarter’?
Well if you didn’t, then let’s get started!
- Setting up Voice Profiles
Alexa is all about listening to your voice commands but what if it doesn’t understand a word you say? So, the first key step is to make Alexa understand your voice. This can be done by setting up a voice profile so Alexa gets to know who is asking the questions or giving voice commands. For setting up a voice profile launch Alexa app and go to settings. In the menu, you will see an option “Your Voice”. Now follow the on-screen instructions and tap on “Complete” once you’re done.
- Set Device Location
To maintain complete transparency with Alexa it is important to let Alexa know you current accurate location. This proves really helpful while you request for weather updates, traffic information etc. To set your location for each speaker, open the Alexa app and go to Settings. Select one of the speakers under Devices and enter your address beside Device location.
- Turn ON Shipping Notifications
Not many of us are aware, but Alexa speakers can play notification sound in various colors. Shipping notifications on Alexa lets you know when your parcel has been shipped or delivered at your doorstep. To enable shipping notifications on Alexa, go to alexa.amazon.com and head on to Settings. Now navigate to Notifications>Shipping notifications and toggle “Delivery Notifications” option.
- Set a Default Music Service
Alexa speakers are compatible with a bunch of music services including Amazon Prime music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and more. As you’re logged on to Alexa with multiple accounts you need to specify from which music service should it play the song. To save yourself from this hassle you can set up a default music service on the device. To do this, head on to Settings> Music and media> Default Music Services. Now, tap the radio button of the preferred music service that you wish to set as default choice on Alexa. Don’t forget to tap “Save” when you’re done.
- Set up a To-Do Account
Alexa is compatible with a lot of to-do task manager services. To make it smarter you can link any of your to-do account to access the list of tasks easily. To do this, head on to Settings> lists. Select “Get Skills” option of the account which you want to link with it. Tap on Enable, login to your respective account, fill up the credentials, authorize your identity and you’re good to go.
So fellas, these were a few things to do more with Amazon Alexa. Do let us know which one is your favorite!