If you are unaware about Alexa, then it’s a virtual assistant that comes along with Amazon Echo. While the technology became popular due to its skills, Alexa enables an individual to control lights, switches, and a thermostat which are set up indoors.

So, if you have bought Echo, then here’s something that you need to know about the gadget.

To put it in a nutshell, the individual needs to initially connect to the power supply that drives Echo. Afterwards, the person needs to download and install Amazon app on his smartphone. After connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot or an internet connection, the user needs to go to the application and select the option, ‘Set up a new device’. If prompted, then the individual has to enter the username and the password. A bit later, he would be able to use the Virtual Assistant at any instance.

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Ways to set up Echo Dot / Echo

Step 1: After removing the Echo from the box, the unit should be plugged into a socket that’s inserted into the wall.

Step 2: Once the LED circle is illuminated, Alexa would prompt you to complete the set up with the mobile phone app. In case you have never used the app before, then you should first install it on the iPhone or the Android smartphone.

Step 3: For signing into the Amazon account, you need to type the URL, ‘www.amazon.co.uk/account’. You don’t have to spend money for availing the Amazon Prime subscription. But, on the other hand, you may not be able to use certain features and play music from the Amazon’s library.

Step 4: Now, you need to go to ‘Settings’ and search for ‘Echo-2JZ ‘. As soon as you tap on the name, you the communication device would be connected without the need of entering a password.

Step 5: Afterwards, you need to switch to the app and tap on three horizontal lines. As you select ‘Settings’, you have to select the option,’ Set up a New Device’. A few Amazon devices would appear on the touchscreen because Alexa is available on Fire tablets and Fire TV.

Step 6: Once you are prompted, you should select the Wi-Fi network and enter the right password. At this point in time, the Echo would try to establish a connection with the Wi-Fi network. You wouldn’t experience any issue because the smartphone would automatically detect the network and get connected.

Step 7: With the assumption that the mobile phone is connected to the internet, Alexa would prompt that the user can use the features. To start off, you could say ‘Alexa, Can you tell me the time?’, and listen to what the device would respond instantly.

Is It Necessary To Say ‘Alexa’?

You actually don’t require to say the word again and again. But, if you would be taking the advantage of the SMART technology, then the word,’Alexa’ can be changed to ‘Computer’, ‘Echo’ or ‘Amazon’. However, you are not allowed to choose your own wake up word.

When you navigate to the settings section, you need to tap on three horizontal lines that are clearly visible on the topmost left hand side corner.

Once you select ‘Settings’ from the drop down menu, you have to set the location of the Alexa app. While this option is available in ‘Settings’, it is also present on the menu page from where you can change the measurement units for distance as well as the weather forecast.

In case you have never used the technology, then you can go to ‘Things to Try’, an option that’s available just below the ‘Settings’ tab.

Moving ahead, you can surf the internet and go through the comprehensive guide pertaining to ‘How to use Alexa and add skills’.

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Ways To Set Up Echo Show / Spot

If you are able to access Echo from the screen, then you can set it up without using a tablet or a mobile phone. Soon after you have connecting the device to a power supply, you first need to follow the instructions on the screen.

You might struggle to type the email address and password into the Spot’s login page, but it is possible.

Now, you need to scroll down and find ‘Spot’ or ‘Show’. Once you get into the ‘Settings’ section, you have to go to the shortcuts.  It would then be easier to update the Wi-Fi password or things associated with the network if you change the router in future.

Hope you explore the features of Alexa as you use Amazon Echo. In case you had a different experience altogether, then we would love to hear from you.