Updated: Mar 12
You can make the most of Amazon's personal assistant by learning the best Alexa skills. These skills are available on any Alexa Echo Device and a variety of other smart home devices. When the newly redesigned Alexa app has been opened, you can summon Alexa handsfree from your smartphone.
Amazon has many features added to its smart assistant. But the key to making it work for you is to use the best Alexa skills. There are currently more than 100,000 Alexa Skills that allow you to control your smart home devices and order pizza, play trivia, get the latest news, check the weather, shop online, and even start your vehicle.
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This comprehensive list contains the top Alexa skills, compiled from hundreds of different developers and brands. You can also find the latest additions to the skills list, such as Daily Music Pick.
Here are 14 great ones that we handpicked:
1. Send a hug
Are you missing your loved ones? Send a hug to your loved ones through Alexa and let them know that you are thinking of them. To send a hug to any Alexa contact, just say "Alexa, send hug".
This is a super cute way to keep in touch with people dear to you - even if you're in the same house!
2. Alexa Guard
Alexa Guardian turns Echo smart speakers into security systems, monitoring for signs of trouble like glass breaking or smoke alarms going off. The Alexa app will notify you if it detects something suspicious. This might work faster if you are out of the house.
Alexa Guard Plus is another option that might interest you. It's basically a bigger version of Alexa Guard. Alexa will notify you if it detects a problem and will also contact the authorities on your behalf. It costs only $50 per year and is the most affordable professional monitoring service.
3. Get exclusive Amazon deals
Ask Alexa "Alexa, what deals do you have?" You'll be able to hear exclusive Amazon Prime deals. To take advantage of these deals, you will need an Alexa-enabled phone. After you have completed a purchase, Alexa will provide updates about your delivery status and allow you to place a reorder. To trigger one of the most powerful Alexa skills, visit Amazon's Alexa Skills Shopping page.
4. Get a weather report
Although Alexa does have built-in forecast support, Big Sky can provide accurate and up-to-the-minute weather information. It provides hyper-local forecasts that are based on your street address. This service can give data like wind speed and humidity using information from Dark Sky.
You can make a donation to charity or organization through Alexa. Simply say "Alexa," to donate $20 to American Cancer Society, or "Alexa," to make a donation. Then you'll be asked to select an organization and a dollar amount.
This feature is currently available with more than 270 charities, including the American Heart Association (ASPCA), Doctors Without Borders (Doctors Without Borders), One Laptop Per Child (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) and the Wikimedia foundation. This complete list includes all organizations that accept voice donations via Should I Donate?.
6. Alexa can be reached in many languages
Every household may not speak the same language. Alexa can help you if you live in a place where several languages are spoken. Multilingual Mode is one the most useful Alexa Language Guesser Skills. It allows you to speak in two languages and Alexa can understand both. It is available in the U.S. with support for English, Spanish and Hindi as well as India and Canada. Alexa can also understand Canadian French and English.
7. Get nutrition tips
Are you looking to make healthy changes to your diet? If you are looking for quick tips on nutrition, Alexa can help with Nutrition Tips & Tricks. While you should consult a nutritionist if you have ongoing questions about your diet, your voice assistant may be able to offer general advice based on topics related to healthy lifestyles sourced from Mayo Clinic. Simply say "Alexa, give us a nutrition tip."
8. Help your pet
Comfort My Dog can helps soothe your dog with pet-friendly music that will leave your dog feeling good. It creates a great ambience for your dog - almost like a spa treatment for your four-legged friend.
9. Get more recipe ideas
There are many Alexa skills that can be used to cook. It is difficult to choose one. Easy Meal Idea is our favorite skill. It's also the America's Daily Cooking Q&A from Cook's Illustrated. They post new tips, tricks, and recipes every week in their weekly Q&A. You can ask Alexa to show you the recipes on your Echo Devices.
10. Listen to music
Amazon Music, Apple Music and Sirius XM all allow you to stream music via Alexa. You can also up-or down-vote songs or play chosen playlists. You can create playlists that are specific to your interests, eras or artists using Amazon's music library. You can combine different categories, like "80s music to run", or ask Alexa for hook-up music. You can also receive Amazon Music for free on your Echo Device.
11. Another Alexa-enabled device can be called
Amazon lets you make voice and video calls to other Alexa-enabled Echo Devices. You can also call the Alexa app from your smartphone. Alexa scans your phone's contact list to locate Echo devices and Alexa will give you the option to call them.
12. Audiobooks available for listening
Audiobooks are great for those who enjoy reading. They allow you to read a book and do other things. Audible is one of the most popular Alexa skills for audiobooks. Audible is a mobile audiobook service that allows you to listen to your current book through your Alexa speaker, and then control it using your voice. You can also listen to some Amazon Kindle books and Today's Latest Podcasts using an Alexa speaker even if you want to move over your Kindle.
13. Alexa can be your personal trainer
Alexa can get your back in shape using the 7 minute-workout skill. The virtual assistant will recommend exercises to increase metabolism, energy, and reduce fat. The best thing about this is that you can take breaks whenever you need them. Pair them with the best fitness trackers with Alexa to get additional features like the Wyze Band.
14. Choose your favorite restaurant
Are you looking for a restaurant? Alexa can provide all information about local businesses. Ask Alexa "Alexa, when does Taco Bell open?" Or ask Alexa what is the address for Wendy's. It will tell you the hours, address, phone number, and other details of a restaurant.
Today Alexa makes a lot of amazing things possible with voice commands - something that might have been unheard of just a decade back. What did you think of our list?
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