Let your Amazon Echo call and text your friends instead
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Put down the phone and start making your Echo do the work. If you're not routinely using Alexa to makes calls, texts and broadcasts for you, you're working too hard. Instead, use your Amazon Echo ($100 at Amazon) to do the announcing for you. Alexa can make phone callssend text messages, drop-in on someone's Alexa device and make announcements across all of your devices.

The great thing is you can give Alexa voice commands to communicate for you. So if you're driving, about to walk into a meeting or if you're busy in another room, you can quickly tell Alexa to send a message or announcement.

Here's how to talk to your friends and family using Alexa.

Make a call or send a text message using Amazon Echo
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Make a call

You can call friends and family using Alexa Audio CallAlexa Video Call and Mobile.

1. Open the Alexa app.

2. Tap Communicate with the speech bubble icon.

3. Tap Call with the phone icon.

4. Search through your contacts and select the person you want to call.

5. Select Alexa Audio Call -- calls via the Alexa app, Alexa Video Call -- video call via the Alexa app or Mobile -- calls via your phone 

6. You can ask Alexa to make a phone call by saying something like "Alexa, call Mom." The contacts must be in your address book for this to work.

Send a text message

Text someone through the Amazon Alexa app Alexa app. Note that they must also have the Alexa app to receive the message.

1. Open the Alexa app.

2. Tap Communicate with the speech bubble icon.

3. Tap Message with the speech bubble icon.

4. Search through your contacts and select the person you want to text.

5. You can type your message or ask Alexa to send the text for you. You can also record a message by pressing the blue microphone icon.

Drop in on an Alexa device

If you've got an Echo Plus in the bedroom, an Echo Show ($230 at Amazon) in the kitchen and an Ecobee in your living room, you can drop in on any of these devices using the Alexa app. It turns your Alexa devices into phones so you can talk through them. Once you drop in, the Echo will make a sound to notify the person on the other end.

1. Open the Alexa app.

2. Tap Communicate with the speech bubble icon.

3. Tap your profile settings in the top right corner (the icon is shaped like a person).

4. Select your name (it'll say My Profile & Settings underneath).

5. Toggle the switch on for Allow Drop In.

6. Go back and tap Drop In with the envelope icon.

7. Select which devices you want to drop in on. For example, it may say Living Room Echo Dot ($30 at Amazon)

8. You can also say "Alexa, drop in on the living room" or "Alexa, drop in on Echo dot."

 

Make an Announcement using Amazon Echo Show
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Make an announcement on all your Alexa devices

Broadcasting across all your Alexa devices is super useful if everyone in your house is in a different room. 

1. Open the Alexa app.

2. Tap Communicate with the speech bubble icon.

3. Tap Announce with the megaphone icon.

4. Type what you want to be announced across all your Alexa devices and tap the blue arrow icon. Or you can just say "Alexa, announce that I'm on my way home."


Source / Credit: CNET (Original article)

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