Five unexpected uses for your Amazon Echo – CNET



Your Amazon Echo has several hidden skills that you should use.

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You are probably using your Amazon Echo ($ 100 on Amazon) to the play music. Turn on your smart home devices and Make calls, But are you really taking full advantage of Alexa if you just call it up for the basics?

After all, there are Tons of things Alexa can do you may not have thought of that yet. For example, you can transfer something from one Echo device to another. You can also quickly donate to a charity and have Alexa guard your house while you're away.

Read on for more surprising features from your Amazon Echo.

Alexa Cast to other devices

If you are really interested in a song that you hear on your Amazon Echo but need to go to another area of ​​the house, stopping the music can be frustrating. Fortunately, if you have multiple Echo devices, you can transfer Alexa Cast to another speaker.

In the Amazon Music app on your phone, select the playlist you are listening to. Drag the music controls up and tap the button at the bottom right of the screen. Then select the Echo speaker you want to transfer to.

Alexa can guard your home

If you're worried about your home outside of your city, you can turn Alexa Guard on before you leave home. Just say "Alexa, I'm leaving" and the voice assistant will hear signs of a break-in, such as: B. broken glass. If something suspicious is heard, you will receive a notification to help you decide whether to contact the authorities to investigate.

When you get home you can say "Alexa, I'm home" and it stops listening to noise.

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Amazon Echo can guard your house while you're away.

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Donate to charity

If you have a charity you want to donate to, you can send the donation with your Amazon Echo. When you say "Alexa, I want to make a donation," the voice assistant asks which charity you want to donate – there are over 300 options to choose from. Then Alexa will ask how much you want to donate. Note that you need to set up Amazon Pay before trying to send your donation.

Shopping on Amazon

If you run out of household items like paper towels or toothpaste, you can ask Alexa to order them for you via Prime Now. You must first activate voice purchase in the Alexa app.

To do this, open the app> Menu > the settings > Account settings > language department and turn on the Purchase by voice Set to. When you're ready to make a purchase, say, "Alexa, I want to buy toothpaste." The product is placed in your shopping cart and Alexa prompts you to confirm that you want to buy it now.

You can add a PIN code in the same settings so that only you can make purchases through your Echo speaker.

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You can ask Alexa to order household items for you.

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Find your lost phone

Losing your phone in the house is much more common than you would like to admit. And if you don't have someone to call it, it can be frustrating to find it yourself. Fortunately you can Use your Amazon Echo to find it, You can ask Alexa to call your phone, but if it is silent, it won't do much. Another option is to download the "Find my phone" ability in the Alexa app.

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