Chances are you already love using your Alexa for music, entertainment, and maybe even some fun party tricks. But she’s capable of so much more than that! Check out these amazing skills! You won’t know how you ever lived without them.
1. Listen to Audiobooks
If you love to read and love audiobooks, Alexa and Audible are made for each other, literally. Alexa also has the ability to play certain Kindle books that are available too. Audible has numerous FREE choices of audiobooks, podcasts, Audible Originals, and interviews. Try Audible Plus Free for 30 days with this deal, or click here for Audible Premium Plus Free for 30 days.
2. Find Local Businesses
This is truly great for people who are new to the area or have Alexa on their mobile devices. Just ask her to find the closest grocery store, Staples, or Auto repair shop, and she’ll tell you where it is. Need to call them? Alexa’s got you covered.
3. Helps You Cook
Chef Abbie Gellman is a Chef and Registered Dietitian. She is behind the skill Abbie’s Culinary Nutrition. Try asking for the “How To” Daily Tip Audio Series.” This is newly updated with video recipes, and once enabled; you can ask questions such as “Find me a Recipe”. This Alexa-connected Crock pot works with any Alexa-enabled device, as well as the Alexa app for your phone or tablet. Whether you’re in the next room or at the office, you can effortlessly adjust the heat setting or ask, “when will my Crock-Pot be done.” using an Alexa-enabled device or the app.
The Sous Chef skill allows you to interact with ANY recipe you have. To enter your recipes, download the Sous Chef Recipes app from the App Store or Google Play. Then, use your Alexa-enabled device to interact naturally with your recipes.
4. Come Home to a Well-Lit House
We’ve all done this. You go out during the day and don’t think to leave a light on, but by the time you get home, it’s night, and your house is pitch dark. You can use Alexa to turn on the lights when you arrive home – or turn off your music when you leave. Talk about saving some bucks on your power bill! Check out the ever-growing Alexa Skills catalog.
5. Get the Latest News
Using what Amazon calls a “Flash Briefing,” you can get the headlines of the day with just a simple command. You can even customize the types of information you’d like to get.
6. Stay on Time
As busy as we all are, verbal reminders for tasks, appointments, and other tasks can be incredibly helpful. Don’t worry about being late again – Alexa’s got your back!
7. Smart Home Commands
Sci-Fi fans are familiar with voice commands for everything, from LED Strip lights that sync to music and Alexa-connected thermostats to cooking with voice commands. You can preheat your oven, start or stop cooking on a stove, set timers, and more. The aim is to make cooking and food preparation more convenient and hands-free. You can use Alexa combined with other technology to have this futuristic home as your own.
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How about a Roomba vacuum? All connected Roomba robot vacuums are compatible with Alexa-enabled devices
Many people find it soothing to fall asleep to certain sounds or music. Set up a “Good Night” routine for yourself, and Alexa will help you fall asleep fast.
Alexa has a vast database of workouts you can do anywhere. Just tell her you want to start one and how long you have.
10. Fool Burglars
When you go away on vacation, do you wonder if your home is safe? Even the best timers usually make lights come on and off at one set time. Alexa can simulate conversations that sound like they could be real. Would-be bad guys might think someone is home and skedaddle.
Burglar Deterrent gives the illusion that a dog is in the home- using realistic audio to deter a potential intruder. Safeguard your house with Guard Dog. The dog noises are all custom-made and sound alike, so would-be thieves believe your dog is alerted to their presence.
11. Wake Up Easy
Simple alarms aren’t always enough to get you out of bed? Don’t worry. Alexa will wake you up, turn on the lights, and start your news briefing (or anything else you’d like.) You won’t be able to stay in bed!
12. Alexa Together
The new support system Alexa Together keeps you connected to your loved ones even while you’re separated. With Alexa Together, only the recipient of help needs to own at least one Echo device, while you, the supportive family member, merely need to have the Alexa app downloaded on your smartphone. Start your Alexa Together. Try for FREE for 30 days.
13. Call for Help
Ask My Buddy skill lets you immediately alert someone in your Personal Alert Network that you need them to check on you.
How many of these Alexa skills do you use regularly? Which ones do you want to add?
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