4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your Voice Assistant

things to do with alexa

There are now more than 5,000 commands available on your Amazon Echo. From the mundane things like checking the weather or getting the latest news updates to entering the konami code to access, ‘Super Alexa Mode’ we all love finding new things for Alexa to do.

But with that number of commands, it’s impossible to know all of them. So here is our list things to do with Alexa (and the other virtual assistants) that you might not have come across yet.

Things to do with Alexa

There are lots of fun things to do with Alexa. Have you ever asked her to tell you a joke?

She has a cracking sense of humor. Some of the best things to do with Alexa are music related, like waking up to your favorite tune or settle bets by telling you when a certain album was released, but here are a few unusual things to try:

Your Personal Sommelier

One of the more unusual things you can do with Alexa is ask her to recommend a wine for you. To do this, you need to have your Amazon Echo learn the ‘MySomm’ skill. Once that’s done you can say, ‘Alexa, ask Winegal to recommend a wine to go with chicken fajitas,’ and you will find out the perfect match (a nice Rioja or a light Ros?).

Find my Cat

You may have already asked Alexa to, ‘Meow,’ but that isn’t the only cat skill that the Amazon VA has on board. If you learn the ‘find my cat’ skill, you can use it to summon your feline friends to you.

As soon as you activate the command, Alexa begins a kitty chorus that will have your cats running to find out what’s going on.

Other Virtual Assistant’s

Alexa isn’t the only virtual assistant on the market, and the others can also do cool things too. If you have one of these, here are some fun things to try:

Google Home

If you have the Google home speaker, then you can access the power of the major search engine to discover facts and figures. But, if your TV or Home Theater System is HDMI-CEC enabled, then you can use your Google Home unit to control your TV. Perfect for those days when the remote wants to play hide-and-seek.

Apple iPhone/iPad

Siri was the first of the modern digital assistants, appearing on all Apple devices. We’ve all asked Siri to call our husband/wife when we need hands free, or needed to do a quick bit of research. But have you ever asked Siri to post to Twitter for you? Just like taking dictation on a text, Siri will write up your tweets for you. It’ll avoid making embarrassing spelling mistakes like covfefe.

Siri knows where you are via location services and you can give these locations a label – home, the office, school etc. You can then ask Siri to give you location-based reminders, such as “Siri, remind me to call Mom when I leave school.”

Fun with Virtual Assistant’s

We hope this article has given you some ideas of things to do with Alexa. All of the virtual assistants have a range of commands and their own fun easter eggs.

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