Amazon Alexa / Echo Commands List

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Amazon echo is a great device if you know how to use it, but unlike Siri, Google, or Cortana it’s not as intuitive to guess the commands. Here’s a list of known commands for the Echo. Make sure you’re using the app as well to take full advantage of the device. As always, preface every command with “Alexa”:

Music Commands

  • What’s playing?
  • Play [band].
  • Play [station] on Pandora.
  • play playlist
  • play [song] by [band].
  • next song.
  • Turn it up.
  • Softer.
  • Volume 4 [or any number between 1-10]
  • Mute.
  • Stop the music.
  • Pause.
  • Resume.
  • Next song.
  • Loop.
  • Set a sleep timer for 30 minutes.
  • Stop playing music in 30 minutes.
  • Cancel sleep timer.
  • Buy this song / album (while a music sample or music on a radio station is playing).
  • Add this song (while Prime Music is playing).
  • I like this song (when a song or track from Pandora / iHeartRadio / Prime Stations is playing).
  • Thumbs down (when a song or track from Pandora / iHeartRadio / Prime Stations is playing

General Commands

  • How is traffic? (route must be set up in app)
  • What is the weather today [in city (if other than home)]?
  • Who won the [sports team] game?
  • When do the [sports team] play next?
  • What was the score of [sports team] game?
  • How many [units] in a [unit] (e.g., tablespoons in a half cup)
  • What is [math problem] (e.g., square root of 50, 13×57, 12/18, etc.)
  • Add [item] to my shopping list.
  • Add [task] to my to-do list.
  • Set the alarm for [time].
  • What is the alarm set for?
  • Set a timer for # minutes.
  • How much time is left on the timer?
  • What time is it?
  • What time is it in [city/state/country]?
  • volume [down/up or #]
  • define [word].
  • how do you spell [word]?
  • how many calories are in [food item]?
  • what is the capital of [state]?
  • what’s going on today? (i.e., news brief)
  • listen to a pod cast.
  • Wikipedia [topic].
  • how do you say [word] in [language].
  • stop/off

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