30 Oct

Amazon Echo Commands

Amazon Echo Commands

The Amazon Echo commands you can now use with the voice assistant ‘Alexa’ has grown steadily since the Echo was first launched.  To ‘wake’ the voice command system all you have to do is say “Alexa” and she is ready to take commands.  The system isn’t foolproof but it grasps natural language pretty efficiently.  Some of these commands will work even with words left out.  Here is a video showing you just how easy it is.

Here is a breakdown of the commands you can use with Amazon Echo

You can start with the most basic command: Ask for help: “Alexa, help.”

Here are basic commands for media and music


  • Stop or pause: “Alexa, stop” or, “Alexa, shut up.”
  • Mute or unmute: “Alexa, mute” or, “Alexa, unmute.”
  • Change volume: “Alexa, set volume to 5,” “Alexa, louder” or, “Alexa, turn up/down the volume.”
  • Play music: “Alexa, play some music.”
  • Select a song or artist: “Alexa, play music by [artist].”
  • Song information: “Alexa, what’s playing?”
  • Music controls: “Alexa, play” or, “Alexa, next.”
  • Restart song: “Alexa, restart.”


  • Listen to an audiobook: “Alexa, play [title] on Audible,” “Alexa, read [title]” or, “Alexa, play the book, [title].”
  • Resume the last played audiobook: “Alexa, resume my book.”
  • Skip audiobook chapters: “Alexa, next chapter” or, “Alexa, previous chapter.”
  • Listen to Alexa read you a Kindle book: “Alexa, read me my Kindle book.”
  • Set a sleep timer: “Alexa set a sleep timer for 45 minutes” or, “Alexa, stop playing in 45 minutes.”


  • Ask the time: “Alexa, what time is it?”
  • Set an alarm: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.” or, “Alexa, wake me up at 7 in the morning.”
  • Set a repeating alarm: “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 6 a.m.”
  • Set a timer: “Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes.”
  • Set multiple timers: “Alexa, set a second timer for 3 minutes.”
  • Check timer status: “Alexa, how much time is left on the timer?”

News and Weather

  • Ask for your Flash Briefing: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”
  • Check headlines: “Alexa, what’s in the news?”
  • Check weather: “Alexa, what’s the weather like?” or, “Alexa, will it rain today?”
  • Get a weather forecast: “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be like this weekend?
  • Get traffic information: “Alexa, what’s my commute look like?” or, “Alexa, what’s traffic like?”

To-do and Shopping Lists

  • Add task to to-do list: “Alexa, add ‘go to the grocery store’ to my to-do list” or, “Alexa, I need to make an appointment with the dentist.”
  • Create a new to-do item: “Alexa, create a to-do.”
  • Check calendar events: “Alexa, what’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
  • Add an event to a calendar: “Alexa, add [event] to my calendar for [day] at [time]” or, “Alexa, add an event to my calendar.”
  • Create a shopping list: “Alexa, add cheese to my shopping list” or, “Alexa, I need to buy milk.”
  • Check your shopping list: “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”

These are but a fraction of the commands that you can use with the Amazon Echo and Alexa, in fact there are over 1400 commands available to you.  Here is a more comprehensive list here.  Bear in mind if you have integrated any third party apps the list will increase even further.