The Alexa App Can Answer Many Questions

Publication date: 1/11/19 – From time to time most Alexa device owners have a random question about whether this or that thing they want to do will work, but it’s not urgent enough to bother Amazon tech support. In many cases you don’t need to go that far, because the Alexa app can answer a lot of questions for you in a matter of seconds.

Can You Do X, Y or Z? Just Try It!

The most common questions I get from LME readers have to do with functions that can be accessed either with voice commands or in the Alexa app. For example:

Can I set an alarm and have it go off on all my Alexa devices?

I’ve created some Alexa device and smart home device groups; can I rename them?

Can I make a specific song play, or open a specific Alexa skill, as part of an Alexa routine?

Can I add Bluetooth devices to a smart home device group?

Are all of my Alexa devices compatible with groups? Can I add everything from a Spot to a Tap to an Alexa smart home device group?

All of these questions and more are quickly and easily answered by the Alexa app, because these are all functions you can access in the app.

Taking that first question as an example (“Can I set an alarm and have it go off on all my Alexa devices?”), you can go into the Alexa app under Settings > Reminders and Alarms, tap the plus sign to create a new Reminder, then see if the setup form in the app lets you select multiple Alexa devices. As of this writing it doesn’t, you’re limited to selecting a single device.

The same process works for any of the above questions, and many others: simply go into the app and try whatever it is you want to do. You can always undo any changes or exit the app before changes are made, and chances are you can get the answer you want.

Related Links:

Click here to view the Amazon Alexa App Basics help page on Amazon’s US site. I didn’t find a similar page on Amazon’s UK or Canada sites.

Click here to view the Using Alexa on Your Fire Tablet help page on Amazon’s US site. I didn’t find a similar page on Amazon’s UK or Canada sites.