How to talk to Alexa?

Interacting with Alexa has never been easier. This virtual assistant has arrived to change the way we interact with technology and can do much more than just you imagine. With her, you receive help to carry out daily tasks, control smart devices and even have fun with games and jokes.

Get to know the right commands and understanding how Alexa interprets your voice can significantly improve your experience with the device. From setting your alarm to wake you up in the morning to requesting a playlist of your favorite songs, Alexa is ready to help. 

Continue reading to understand how you can configure your Alexa according to your needs and make the most of all its features.

Quick answer

To talk to Alexa and make your day more practical, use voice commands or text messages through the app. Add Quick Commands to quickly access the actions you use frequently, and control smart home devices without leaving the couch. Additionally, Alexa can help you read books, organize tasks and even offer entertainment. Use the Amazon assistant to make your shopping easier and stay informed and updated with ease. Try these functions and see how Alexa makes your routine smarter.

How to talk to Alexa via text messages?

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How to talk to Alexa – Source: Reproduction

Did you know that in addition to talking, you can send text messages to Alexa? This function is great when you need silence or want to maintain privacy. For people with hearing or speech impairments, this is an inclusive way to interact with the virtual assistant.

To communicate with Alexa via text messages, the Alexa app must be Amazon Alexa is installed on your smartphone. After that, just follow the instructions:

  • In the app, look for the chat or conversation tab. This function allows you to interact with Alexa as if you were sending a text message;
  • Write your question or command in the text bar;
  • Send and wait for a response.

Alexa will respond via text or voice, depending on your configuration. This also allows you to communicate with it from anywhere in the house, or even outside, increasing distance and ease of use. Try it out, you’ll see how simple and practical it is!

Quick commands

To make interaction even faster and more direct, quick commands are extremely useful. With this functionality, you can create shortcuts for the actions you use most. This means less time talking or typing and more efficiency in your daily life.

How to configure quick commands:

  • Access the Amazon Alexa app on your cell phone;
  • Go to 'More' and then 'Routines';
  • Click '+' to create a new routine and add the command you want to use.
  • Then just save and that's it!

Examples of quick commands:

  • “Good morning” to turn on the lights and play your favorite playlist;
  • “Reading time” for Alexa to start reading your book on Kindle;
  • “Bedtime” to turn off the lights and turn on the relaxing sound;
  • “Movie” to adjust the room lights, turn on the TV and open the streaming app.

Try adding the commands that make the most sense to you and let Alexa make your routine even smarter.

Smart home

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Your home can be much smarter with the help of Alexa. It can be your partner in controlling various devices, transforming your home into a connected and more comfortable environment. With a simple voice command, you can turn on lights, lock doors or adjust the thermostat, all without having to get up.

Some of the devices compatible with Alexa:

  • Smart bulbs
  • Smart locks
  • Smart Thermostats
  • Vacuum robots
  • Security cameras
  • Smart plugs

Examples of commands for the smart home:

  • “Alexa, turn on the living room light.”
  • “Alexa, lock the front door.”
  • “Alexa, set the temperature to 22 degrees.”
  • “Alexa, ask the robot vacuum to clean the kitchen.”
  • “Alexa, show the garage camera.”

With these guidelines, you will realize how easy it is to make your home work for you. Have you ever thought about convenience? You can get used to a more practical and safer everyday life, thanks to the commands you can give to Alexa.

Kindle book reproduction

Alexa can narrate the books you have on your Kindle, and you don't even need to use your hands to do so. It's quite a comfort, especially when you want to relax or are doing another activity.

To get started, make sure your Amazon account is linked to Amazon Alexa. Then, just say “Alexa, read my Kindle book” and it will start playing the last title accessed. 

If you want a specific book, say his name. You can also ask Alexa to pause, continue reading or go to the next chapter. This makes your reading experience even more dynamic and enjoyable. Try activating this functionality and transform the way you “read” books forever!

Productivity Tools

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Getting organized on a daily basis becomes easier when you can count on Alexa. It can be a great ally in managing your tasks, as well as helping you during your leisure time. With simple commands, you can create shopping lists, set important reminders and even manage your calendar.

Let's say you're planning someone's birthday. Just say, “Alexa, add “buy cake” to my calendar or “Alexa, schedule “birthday dinner” for Saturday at 8 p.m. This makes it easier to remember everything you need to do, without leaving anything important behind.

Reminders, timers and alarms

Alexa can help you not miss out on any appointments. Setting an alarm with it is a matter of seconds. You can ask, “Alexa, wake me up at 6 am” or “Alexa, set a reminder to call the dentist at 2 pm.” Want a recurring reminder? Just say, “Alexa, remind me to drink water every two hours.” There are several options that make it easier to organize your routine.

Access local information

If you need to find a new restaurant, for example, ask: “Alexa, what’s the closest Italian restaurant?” It provides answers based on your preferences and your localization, making it easy to access local information when you need it most.

News and weather

Staying up to date with what's happening in the world is essential, and Alexa can be a source of quick and reliable information. Whether you want to check the weather forecast before leaving the house or hear the latest news, just say: “Alexa, what’s the weather forecast for today?” or “Alexa, update me on the latest news.” 

Fun and games

Who said that talking to Alexa is only for solving serious things? It can also offer you moments of relaxation and fun. Alexa has a huge selection of games and activities that can adjust to your preferences.

For example, you can say “Alexa, let's play a game” and she will present you with interactive game options. If you need a laugh, try “Alexa, tell a joke”, even imitations are part of the assistant's repertoire. There are many possibilities to make your day lighter and more fun. 

General information

Curiosity is part of our nature, and the good news is that Alexa can help you quench that thirst for knowledge at any time. Need quick information about a historical fact or geographic curiosity? Alexa taps other trusted sources to deliver what you're looking for.

For example, if you want information about a certain country, just ask: “Alexa, give me information about Italy”. Are you having doubts about a mathematical calculation? Ask “Alexa, what is 15 times 32?” . This way, you have quick answers that facilitate your learning and help with your day-to-day tasks. 


It's amazing to think that with a simple “Alexa,” you can turn on the lights in your room, add reminders, and even have Alexa answer questions you're curious about. Not to mention the updates that keep coming.

So, explore new Skills, set up smart routines and let Alexa be part of your day. Always remember to keep your device and the application updated to take advantage of all available features. 

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Letícia Pinheiro

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