It’s about that time of year once again, when I post a roundup of the most useful and popular posts on the site: an Alexa quick start guide if you will, bringing together links to the essential information that’s buried in Amazon’s help pages, or not really documented anywhere else at all.
Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference, and use the buttons at the bottom of the post to share with family, friends and colleagues who may need help with their own Alexa-enabled devices or would find this roundup useful. As always, remember that the information provided is accurate as of this posting but subject to change at any time in the future, should Amazon change their software, hardware, or device line up.
Which Alexa Device To Get
What do the different devices have to offer, and how to decide which will meet your needs best.
Echo / Alexa Help Desk
Page with contact information for Amazon Echo / Alexa tech support and links to how-to and troubleshooting posts.
Music & Other Audio Content
Free Music For Your Echo
Applicable to all Alexa devices that are capable of playing music or streaming audio.
The Secret, Undocumented Audio Equalizer in Amazon Echo
I can’t say for certain whether other Alexa devices include this feature or not, but I just verified it’s still there on my Echo.
Security & Privacy
I Got 99 Problems, But Alexa Ain’t (Usually) One
There are many reasons why Alexa sometimes doesn’t do what you expect her to; this post explains which types of problems probably have nothing to do with your Alexa-enabled device.