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15 helpful commands to try on your Amazon Alexa device

Alexa has become such a household name that she’s almost part of the family. Whilst Amazon Alexa devices have a wide range of capabilities, it’s sometimes hard to think of where to start. In this article we outline 15 helpful commands that can enhance your Alexa experience. 

1. "Alexa, what's the weather today?" 

You can start the day by asking Alexa about the weather forecast. Alexa will provide you with up-to-date weather information. This is important if you want to plan your outfit and activities accordingly. 

2. "Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes." 

Whether you're cooking, exercising, or working, setting timers with Alexa is easy. All you need to do is specify the duration of the timer, and Alexa will alert you when the time is up. 

3. "Alexa, play [your favourite artist/song]." 

If you’re a music lover then Alexa is the perfect partner. You can let Alexa play your favourite music from various streaming platforms. You can create playlists, shuffle songs, and even ask for specific genres. 

4. "Alexa, tell me a joke." 

Need a quick laugh or a joke to tell your friends? Alexa is here to entertain you with a wide array of jokes and puns. Just ask, and get ready to chuckle! 

5. "Alexa, add milk to my shopping list." 

If you have a long list of groceries you need but are worried about forgetting something, then do not fear. Alexa can help you maintain a digital shopping list, making it easy to add items as you run out of them. 

6. "Alexa, set a reminder for [task] at [time]." 

You can stay organised by setting reminders for important tasks. Alexa will then notify you at the designated time, ensuring you stay on top of your to-do list. 

7. "Alexa, tell me a fun fact." 

Expand your knowledge with Alexa's database of fun and interesting facts. You'll be amazed at the range of topics she can enlighten you with.

8. "Alexa, what's on my calendar for tomorrow?" 

You can keep track of your schedule by asking Alexa about your upcoming events. She can sync with your calendar and provide you with a rundown of your day. 

9. "Alexa, turn off the lights."

If you have smart home devices set up, control them effortlessly with Alexa. Dim the lights, adjust the thermostat, or even lock the doors – all with simple voice commands. 

10. "Alexa, set up a morning routine." 

You can streamline your mornings by creating a routine that Alexa can initiate. From turning on lights to providing news updates, Alexa can make your mornings smoother. 

11. "Alexa, read my audiobook/book." 

If you're an avid reader, Alexa can narrate your favourite audiobooks or e-books while you go about your chores or relax. 

12. "Alexa, give me a recipe for spaghetti." 

Cooking dinner? Alexa can help you find recipes and guide you through the cooking process step by step.

13. "Alexa, translate 'hello' to Spanish." 

Break down language barriers by using Alexa as your language assistant. She can translate phrases into multiple languages, making communication easier. 

14. "Alexa, play a game." 

Feeling playful? Alexa has an array of interactive games to keep you entertained, whether you're alone or with friends and family. 

15. "Alexa, tell me a bedtime story."

End your day on a soothing note by asking Alexa to tell you a bedtime story. It's a great way to unwind and relax before falling asleep. 


By starting off with these helpful commands, you can help to enhance your Alexa experience and positively impact your daily routine. There are so many more features to explore, so if you want to know more then why not ask Alexa to teach you more.