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Hey Alexa, I am soooo bored.

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You had those days when you had absolutely no plans and you went crazy – we were all there. But instead of going mad because you have nothing to do, you can use your Amazon Echo ($ 100 on Amazon) to relieve your boredom.

The Alexa voice assistant offers countless activities that keep you entertained, such as quizzes and even an escape room – you can play both yourself.

If you have friends and are still bored, you can do anything on this list with them. All you have to do to get started is to enable these skills in the Alexa app.

Plan your escape

You already feel trapped at home, so why not be fun and Plan your escape the hell out of there. You have to activate that Escape the room Skill in the Alexa app to get started. When you're ready to play, say, "Alexa, open Escape the Room."

You have five different scenarios to choose from – prison cell, office, car, plane or garage – and the goal is to escape. You get puzzles that you have to solve to leave the room. In the game you have to look in all directions, examine objects for clues and use objects in the house.

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Plan an escape and learn new facts with Alexa.

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Alexa, I'm bored

Can't you think of anything? Just say the sentence you used to say to your parents when you were young: "Alexa, I'm bored." And that's all you have to say to Alexa when you're ready for the bot to leave those boring thoughts behind. Just activate the I'm bored Skill in the Alexa app on your phone to get started. This is the settings > Skills & games > Search for I'm bored > Tap on Activate for use,

As soon as you tell Alexa that you are bored, you will get an answer with a funny fact. The intent is to find something so interesting for you that you spend a little more time researching the topic and forget that you are bored. Because the more interests you have, the more likely that you will always have something to do.

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Play a quiz game – yes, you can play alone

Alexa is known for many things like Control of smart home devices
, but sometimes your assistant friend just wants to have fun. Ask Alexa to play games like Jeopardy, Harry Potter Trivia, True or False, Song Quiz and many more. In fact, Alexa has enough games to keep you entertained for hours. Once you're bored with one game, you can move on to the next.

Listen to a mysterious story

Are you missing a riddle in your life? Try it out CBS Radio Mystery Theater Skill on the Alexa app. It's an old-time radio show that gives your monotonous day a juicy drama. When you're ready to hear a story, say, "Alexa, open Radio Mystery Theater." If you're not interested in the puzzle, say "Alexa, next" to get to the next story.

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Your echo can be your personal trainer.

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Every time you get bored, do a situp

If you just sit on the couch and have no plans, you can work out. This makes you feel better and can be motivated to do something that is fun. The Amazon Alexa app offers loads of different fitness skills, but we like them guided training routines the best.

Once you have activated the skill that you like the most, you can start training. Just say something like "Alexa, start 7 minute workout" or "Alexa, ask the fitness guru to give me an upper body exercise." Imagine how tight your arms would look if you exercised quickly every time you said you were bored!

Do you need further help with your Amazon Echo? Check out these 6 important Amazon Echo tips you'll use every day and learn how The automatic functions of Amazon Echo make your day as pleasant as possible,

Originally released last year.