Getting Amazon’s virtual assistant’s attention when using connected speakers is quite simple. All you need to say is “Alexa” and she is ready to execute your command. Let’s start with the basics.

Basic commands

  • Alexa, help
  • Alexa, mute
  • Alexa, unmute
  • Alexa, stop
  • Alexa, turn up/down the volume
  • Alexa, go to sleep

Alarm clock and calendar

  • Alexa, what time is it?
  • Alexa, what’s the date?
  • Alexa, set an alarm for 6 a.m.
  • Alexa, snooze
  • Alexa, set a repeating alarm for 6 a.m. weekdays
  • Alexa, when’s my next alarm?
  • Alexa, cancel my alarm for 8 a.m.
  • Alexa, cancel all alarms
  • Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes
  • Alexa, set a second timer for 10 minutes
  • Alexa, add an event to my calendar
  • Alexa, what’s on my calendar for today?

Flash Briefings

A Flash Briefing is a quick overview of news and other content that you can discover and enable in the Skills section of the Alexa app. Alexa reads text or plays audio content provided by each enabled skill. Flash Briefing’s typically become a regular part of your day.

  • Alexa, give me my Flash Briefing
  • Alexa, what’s in the news?
  • Alexa, open USA Today 
  • Alexa, next
  • Alexa, previous
  • Alexa, pause

Local and traffic information

  • Alexa, how is traffic?
  • Alexa, what’s my commute like?
  • Alexa, what restaurants are nearby?
  • Alexa, what are the hours for the grocery store?
  • Alexa, is the pharmacy open?
  • Alexa, what time is the movie, “Rogue One” playing?


  • Alexa, what’s the temperature?
  • Alexa, will it snow tomorrow?
  • Alexa, what’s the forecast for this weekend?
  • Alexa, what’s the weather in Seattle?
  • Alexa, what will the weather be like in New York tomorrow?
  • Alexa, is it going to rain today?
  • Alexa, what’s the extended forecast for Las Vegas?

Smart home commands

  • Alexa, discover my smart home devices
  • Alexa, connect to my phone
  • Alexa, Bluetooth – this will pair a Bluetooth gadget
  • Alexa, turn on the lights
  • Alexa, turn on the TV
  • Alexa, raise the temperature 5 degrees
  • Alexa, set the temperature to 75
  • Alexa, lock my front door
  • Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat my oven to 350 degrees – You can control GE appliances with the Geneva skill

Music commands

  • Alexa, play my Oldies playlist
  • Alexa, play the Top Pop station
  • Alexa, what’s playing?
  • Alexa, what’s this song?
  • Alexa, play music by Elvis
  • Alexa, play the top songs this week
  • Alexa, turn it up/down
  • Alexa, stop the music
  • Alexa, resume
  • Alexa, shuffle my new music
  • Alexa, play the Frank Sinatra station on Pandora
  • Alexa, add this song to my Prime Music library
  • Alexa, play some blues
  • Alexa, shop for new music by Ed Sheeran
  • Alexa, what’s popular from U2?
  • Alexa, play samples by Louis Armstrong
  • Alexa, buy Nevermind by Nirvana

Order products from Amazon

  • Alexa, order laundry detergent
  • Alexa, buy bathroom tissue
  • Alexa, reorder toothpaste
  • Alexa, add protein bars to my cart
  • Alexa, track my order
  • Alexa, where’s my stuff?
  • Alexa, order an Echo Dot

To-do lists

  • Alexa, create a to-do list
  • Alexa, I need to make a doctor appointment
  • Alexa, I need to wash clothes
  • Alexa, add milk to my shopping list
  • Alexa, put get an oil change on my to-do list

Those are just a few of the Alexa commands that are available now. The list of commands will inevitably expand in the future.

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