List of Amazon Echo Alexa Commands

Looking for a list of Alexa commands? Since the Amazon Echo introduction in 2014, Alexa has done a pretty decent job of blending intelligence with simplicity. Although we want much more functionality, Amazon’s smart assistance is quite capable of simple tasks and keeping you entertained in 2017.

In the Echo world, Alexa commands are called skills. You can initiate any voice command by addressing your device with the preset name. Currently, you can only use 3 names– Alexa, Echo, or Computer. We will use the default name Alexa. Some commands come out of the box while others, you have go through the app and enable the skill. We have compiled some of the best out of the box commands you can use as soon as you have it hooked up to the internet. In some cases, you do have to enable a skill first, but it’s worth it!

Basic commands
“Alexa, help”
“Alexa, mute”
“Alexa, unmute”
“Alexa, stop”
“Alexa, turn up/down the volume”
“Alexa, volume 4”
“Alexa, go to sleep”
“Alexa, pair my bluetooth”

General information
“Alexa, what’s up?” (Gives you time, weather and tidbit)
“Alexa, what time is it?”
“Alexa, what’s the date?”
“Alexa, how is traffic?”
“Alexa, what’s my commute like?”
“Alexa, what restaurants are nearby?”
“Alexa, what are the hours for Aldi store?”
“Alexa, is the Walgreens pharmacy open?”
“Alexa, what time is the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi playing?”

Listen to music or radio (Works really well if you have an Amazon Music subscription, otherwise link to Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn or SiriusXM first.)
“Alexa, play relaxing music”
“Alexa, play music by John Williams”
“Alexa, play Pandora station 80s new wave”
“Alexa, play iHeartRadio station iHeart80s”
“Alexa, play WBT on TuneIn”
“Alexa, set sleep timer to 30 minutes”

Multi-room audio playback
“Alexa, play Pandora station 80s new wave in Upstairs” (Set up a multi-room music group with devices as Upstairs first, custom naming option available as well.)

Smart home control (You must enable smart device skills for devices like Wemo, Nest, etc and name each smart device.)
“Alexa, turn Nest temperature up”
“Alexa, what is the temperature in here?”
“Alexa, turn bedroom light on”
“Alexa, turn on the TV”

Learn more about how to control Roku TV with Echo

Alexa calling and drop in (Must have contacts added in the Alexa app. This is a great way to use Echo as an intercom and internet calling service)
“Alexa, send a message”
“Alexa, make a call”
“Alexa, call kitchen” (Set up a device called “kitchen” first)
“Alexa, play my messages”
“Alexa, answer”

Weather forecast
“Alexa, weather please”
“Alexa, what’s weather for the next 7 days?”
“Alexa, what’s weather in Rome, Italy?”

Latest news
“Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”
“Alexa, what’s in the news?”

Manage lists
“Alexa, add take out the trash to my to-do list”
“Alexa, add bananas to my shopping list”

Set timers
“Alexa, set an alarm for 5 PM”
“Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes”

Read your calendar (You need to link to your Google and/or Microsoft calendars first.)
“Alexa, what’s on my calendar?”
“Alexa, add an event to my calendar”

Sports updates
“Alexa, sports update”
“Alexa, what were last night’s NBA scores?”
“Alexa, when is the next Miami Dolphins game?”

Play games
“Alexa, play Jeopardy”

Find answers
“Alexa, what’s on at the movies?”
“Alexa, what time is it in Los Angeles?”
“Alexa, who is Bill Gates?”
“Alexa, tell me a good joke”
“Alexa, Wikipedia Abraham Lincoln”

Recipe ideas (You must link to an account first, it’s free.)
“Alexa, ask Allrecipes for a salmon recipe”
“Alexa, ask Allrecipes for a recipe with beef, peppers, and onions”

Flight information (You must enable Kayak skill first.)
“Alexa, ask Kayak how much it costs to fly from Miami to Boston”
“Alexa, ask Kayak about American Airlines flight 720”

Order and track orders from Amazon
“Alexa, order toothpaste” (Must have purchase enabled in the Alexa app.)
“Alexa, track my order”
“Alexa, where’s my stuff?”
“Alexa, play notifications” (You must set shopping notifications to on in the Alexa app settings.)