Considering the snowballing trend of virtual smart assistant speakers among people, Amazon has recently rolled out new Alexa app update for Android to allow users to send messages with voice control. Finally, the hands-free messaging service is available for Amazon Alexa users. Just ask Alexa to send a text message to your friends quickly.
As of now, the feature is limited to the US users only and it will take time to avail in other regions. Well, Alexa is still missing iOS support because of the Apple has pushed restrictions on its messaging API. And the company has not provided any information about when Alexa will it be able to read incoming message. Although, you can use Alexa to send a text message to any number on your Android smartphone. Let’s find out how!
How to Use Amazon’s Alexa to Send Text Messages
Note: Make sure you are living in the US and installed the latest Amazon Alexa app on your Android smartphone.
Step #1. Open the Alexa app on your Android phone.
Step #2. Tap on Conversation tab which looks like a message icon next to the home button.
Step #3. Next, tap on the person icon at the top right corner and then tap “My Profile” under your name.
Step #4. Now turn the toggle on next to “Send SMS” to enable messaging service.
After that, then you will just need to say “Alexa, send a text message” and “Alexa, send an SMS” to send messages with your Alexa-powered device.
Once you ask Alexa to send a message, she will ask you to say their full name. You can also directly send a message by saying “Alexa, send a text message to (Phone Number)”.
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It was easy-peasy. Don’t you think so? Keep in mind that when you send the message using Alexa app, the message could only be received other Alexa app users. Well, this is the most significant step by Amazon at the starting of the year and more are still under development. Previously, Amazon already has free phone calls to landline and phone for US, Canada, and Mexico users.
Have you started using your Alexa-equipped device to send a text message? How is Alexa doing? If you have any feedback about this features, you can tell us in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.