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  • “Alexa, Inspire Me"

  • "Alexa, open the magic door" an interactive adventure game.

  • “Alexa, let’s chat.” (Teams working to improve artificial intelligence.)

  • "Alexa, good morning." (Entertaining way to start your day.)

  • "​Alexa, can help you find that one song with those one lyrics that go sort of like “blah blah blah” or whatever.

  • “Alexa, how old this someone born June 12, 1987?” (Request day. 6/12/87 was a Friday.)

  • “Alexa, tell me the meaning of the name Eric.” (Ask any name for a party icebreaker.)

  • “Alexa, tell me a story”, “Alexa, sing a song”, "Alexa, “Alexa, tell me a joke” or “Alexa, knock, knock.”

  • Check weather: "Alexa, what's the weather like?" (Can ask for any location)

  • "Alexa, what's traffic like?" (Must add app.)

  • Get operating hours or a phone number for local businesses: "Alexa, find the address for Bank of America" or "Alexa, find business hours for Harris Teeter."

  • Ask for an: "Alexa, area code Woodlands, CA” or "Alexa, ask for a ZIP for Code for a Woodlands, CA”  (Name your preferred city and state.)

  • Check dates: "Alexa, when is [holiday] this year?"


  • Get Wikipedia information: "Alexa, Wikipedia: [subject]."

  • Tell Alexa to continue reading a Wikipedia entry: "Alexa, tell me more."

  • Ask a general question: "Alexa, how many people live in America?"

  • Get a quote from any TV, movie, person or book by including the name in your command. Example: "Get a Game of Thrones quote" or "Alexa, give me a Jeff Bezos quote."


Entertainment, News and Informative

Say the name of the podcast, station or news outlet you would like to hear. For a podcast “Alexa, play the program Radiolab” or for radio station “Alexa, play KCRW”, “Alexa, ask Washington Post for headlines “or "Alexa, ask CNBC how the markets are doing"


  • “Alexa, ask TED Talks to play the latest talk.”

  • "Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing?" (Add to your news briefing in the Alexa app.)

  • Find movies in nearby theaters: "Alexa, what movies are playing?" or "Alexa, what action movies are playing tonight?"

  • Get information on movies playing: "Alexa, tell me about the movie [title]."

  • “Alexa, open NASA Mars.” (Fascinating facts about Mars and other planets.)

  • “Alexa, open, wiki how.” (Helpful instructions on a variety of topics.)

  • “Alexa, open translator.” (A way to pick up simple phrases in various languages.)

  • “Alexa, Random fact,” "Alexa, Open Curiosity”, or “Alexa, tell me something interesting.”


Definitions and Spelling


  • Convert units: "Alexa, how many [units] are in [units]?"

  • Convert units: "Alexa, how many [units] are in 2 [units]?"

  • Basic math: "Alexa, what's 5 plus 7?" or "Alexa, what's 56 times 33?"

  • Advanced math: "Alexa, 70 factorials." (Warning: Alexa will list numbers you didn't know existed for about a minute.)


Profiles and User Accounts
  • Switch profiles: "Alexa, switch accounts."

  • Check which profile is active: "Alexa, which profile is this?"

Timers / Ask Alexa...
  • "Set a timer for 10 minutes"

  • "Set an egg timer for 3 minutes" (Name timer.)

  • "How much time is left on my timer?"

  • "Set a 7-minute workout timer"

  • "What timers are set?"

  • "Alexa, show my timers.

  • "Cancel the timer"

  • "Stop"

  • Set or cancel a sleep timer

  • "Set a sleep timer for [x] minutes / hours."

  • What time is it?"

  • "Cancel sleep timer."

  • “Stop playing music in [x] minutes/hours.”

  • Play an audiobook: "Alexa, play [title] on Audible," "Alexa, read [title]" or "Alexa, play the book, [title]."

  • Resume the last played audiobook: "Alexa, resume my book."

  • Skip audiobook chapters: "Alexa, next chapter" or "Alexa, previous chapter."

  • Stop or pause / "Turn up the volume" or "Turn down the volume"

Ways to Listen to Music & Media on Alexa

You can use Alexa to stream music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more from popular streaming services or from your phone or tablet over Bluetooth. You can also upload your personal music collection to your music library on Amazon and then stream your music through your Alexa device. 

List compiled by Dylan Busse


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