The Complete List of Alexa Commands for Amazon Echo: Make the Smart Speaker Deliver the Best for You

Amazon Echo smart home device runs on Alexa. To get the best out of Alexa you need to know some of the best and to the point commands for it. Run through this complete list of Alexa commands for Amazon Echo.

Just like Google Home runs on commands given to Google Assistant and iOS has its Siri, Amazon runs on its own voice assistant called Alexa. Every time you need to give a command or two to Alexa to execute our work. The complete list of Alexa commands we have given here is some of the best and most used commands so that you have more comfort when you use your Amazon Echo next time.

We have given you best Amazon Echo tips and tricks separately which is for the overall use of your smart home device, but this article is exclusively list for Alexa commands only. You will see that all the commands are segregated in many sections. The reason behind this is to give you the ease of searching a command for a particular task you want to give to Alexa. So are you ready for it?

The Complete List of Alexa Commands for Amazon Echo

The Complete List of Alexa Commands for Amazon Echo

Before we move forward, do remember that these are important and day-to-day commands which the Amazon Echo users ask Alexa to perform. What we have done here is to distribute them in different segments so that you can use them as a ‘ready reckoner’.

Basic Alexa Commands

Ask for help: “Alexa, help.”
Mute or unmute: “Alexa, mute” or, “Alexa, unmute.”
Stop or pause: “Alexa, stop” or, “Alexa, shut up.”
Change volume: “Alexa, set volume to 5,” “Alexa, louder” or, “Alexa, turn up/down the volume.”

Alexa Commands for Time and date

  • Set an alarm: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.” or, “Alexa, wake me up at 7 in the morning.”
  • Set a repeating alarm: “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 7 a.m.”
  • Set a timer: “Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes.”
  • Set multiple timers: “Alexa, set a second timer for 5 minutes.”
  • Check timer status: “Alexa, how much time is left on my timer?”
  • Ask the time: “Alexa, what time is it?”
  • Ask the date: “Alexa, what’s the date?”
  • Ask when the next alarm is: “Alexa, when’s my next alarm?”
  • Cancel an alarm: “Alexa, cancel my alarm for 2 p.m.”
  • Snooze alarm: “Alexa, snooze.”
  • Check dates: “Alexa, when is [holiday] this year?”

Alexa Commands for News and weather

  • Ask for your Flash Briefing: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”
  • Check headlines: “Alexa, what’s in the news?”
  • Check weather: “Alexa, what’s the weather like?” or, “Alexa, will it rain today?” or even “Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?”
  • Get a weather forecast: “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be like this weekend?
  • Get traffic information: “Alexa, what’s my commute look like?” or, “Alexa, what’s traffic like?

Alexa Commands for Entertainment and food

  • 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].”
  • Discover nearby restaurants: “Alexa, find me a nearby pizza restaurant.”
  • 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.”
  • Get IMDb rating: “Alexa, what is the IMDb rating for [movie or TV show]?”
  • Get casting for a movie or show: “Alexa, who plays in [movie or TV show]?”
  • Find out who an actor is: “Alexa, who plays [character] in [movie or TV show]?”
  • Find an actor’s latest work: “Alexa, what is [actor]’s latest movie?”
  • Find out who sings a particular song: “Who sings the song [title]?”
  • Get the names of band members: “Who is in the band [name]?”
  • Get album information: “What year did [band] release [song or album]?”
  • Find popular music from an artist: “Alexa, what’s popular from [artist]?”
  • Sample music from an artist: “Alexa, sample songs by [artist].”
  • Find a particular album or song: “Alexa, find [song or album] by [artist].”

Alexa Commands for Media controls

  • Play music: “Alexa, play some music.”
  • Queue specific song or artist: “Alexa, play music by [artist].”
  • Play a song based on context: “Alexa, play the latest Avett Brothers album” or, “Alexa, play that song that goes ‘Gotta gotta be down, because I want it all.'”
  • Play Spotify music: “Alexa, play on Spotify.”
  • Play Pandora station: “Alexa, play [artist] station on Pandora.”
  • Play a radio station: “Alexa, play [radio station] on TuneIn.”
  • 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.”
  • Listen to Alexa read you a Kindle book: “Alexa, read me my Kindle book.”
  • Set a sleep timer: “Alexa set a sleep timer for 45 minutes” or, “Alexa, stop playing in 45 minutes.”
  • Song information: “Alexa, what’s playing?”
  • Music controls: “Alexa, play” or, “Alexa, next.”
  • Restart song: “Alexa, restart.”
  • Add a song to your Prime Music library: “Alexa, add this song.”
  • Like or dislike a song on Pandora and iHeartRadio: “Alexa, I like this song” or, “Alexa, thumbs down.”
  • Start Amazon Music Unlimited trial: “Alexa, start my free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited.”

Alexa Commands for Sports

  • Check the results of a finished game: “Alexa, what was the score of the [team] game?”
  • Ask if a team won: “Alexa, did the [team] win?”
  • Ask when the next game is scheduled: “Alexa, when do the [team] play next?”
  • Find out the results of your favorite teams: “Alexa, give me my Sports Update.”
  • Get Fantasy Football update with the Yahoo Fantasy Football skill: “Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Football for a score update” or, “Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Football if Colin Kaepernick is playing this week.”

Alexa Commands for To-do and shopping lists

  • Add task to to-do list: “Alexa, add ‘go to the grocery store’ to my to-do list” or, “Alexa, I need to make an appointment with the doctor.”
  • Create a new to-do item: “Alexa, create a to-do.”
  • Check calendar events: “Alexa, what’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
  • Add an event to a calendar: “Alexa, add [event] to my calendar for [day] at [time]” or, “Alexa, add an event to my calendar.”
  • Create a shopping list: “Alexa, add eggs to my shopping list” or, “Alexa, I need to buy laundry detergent.”
  • Check your shopping list: “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”

Alexa Commands for Purchasing

  • Reorder essentials from Amazon: “Alexa, buy more deodorant” or, “Alexa, reorder deodorant.”
  • Track packages from Amazon: “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” or, “Alexa, track my order.”
  • Order an Amazon Alexa device: “Alexa, order an Echo,” “Alexa, order an Echo Dot,” or, “Alexa, order an Amazon Tap.”
  • Add an item to your cart: “Alexa, add garbage bags to my cart.”
  • Order an Uber or Lyft with their skills: “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride” or, “Alexa, ask Lyft for a ride.”
  • While listening to music in Amazon Music: “Alexa, buy this song” or, “Alexa, buy this album.”
  • Find new music to purchase: “Alexa, shop for new music by [artist].”
  • Purchase a song or album from an artist: “Alexa, buy [song or album] by [artist].”
  • Ask about deals: “Alexa, what are your deals?”

Alexa Commands for Facts and Knowledge

  • Ask about mountains and oceans: “Alexa, how tall is Mount Everest.” Or “Alexa, How deep is the Pacific Ocean.”
  • Ask about novels and books: “Alexa, who wrote Harry Potter.”
  • Ask about country: “Alexa, what’s the capital of India.”
  • Ask about population data: “Alexa, what’s the population of India?”

Alexa Commands for Math

  • 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 factorial.” (Warning: Alexa will list numbers you didn’t know existed for about a minute.)

Alexa Commands for Definitions and spelling

  • Get the definition of a word: “Alexa, what’s the definition of [word]?”
  • Get the spelling of a word: “Alexa, how do you spell [word]?”

Alexa Commands for Voicecast

  • Send current listening to a Fire tablet: “Alexa, send that to my Fire tablet.”
  • Send to a different profile’s Fire tablet: “Alexa, show this on [name]’s Fire tablet.”

Alexa Commands for Smart home

You can integrate Alexa with so many smart home platforms like Wink, Insteon, SmartThings, Belkin, WeMo, Philips Hue and Lutron. Some of these platforms require to enable skills and some of them don’t. So, we are giving you varieties of commands which you can use, but mind you there are many more and even these are not enough.

  • Turn lights on or off: “Alexa, turn on the lights” or, “Alexa, turn off the living room lights.”
  • Dim the lights: “Alexa, dim the lights to 50 percent.”
  • Adjust temperature: “Alexa, raise the temperature 1 degree.”
  • Set temperature: “Alexa, set the temperature to 72.”
  • Lock your doors: “Alexa, lock my back door.”
  • Close your garage door: “Alexa, ask Garageio to close my garage.”
  • Discover smart home devices: “Alexa, discover my devices.”
  • Pair a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, pair” or, “Alexa, Bluetooth.”
  • Connect to a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, connect to my phone.”
  • Disconnect from a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, disconnect from my phone.”
  • Use IFTTT recipes: “Alexa, trigger [IFTTT recipe].”
  • Activate a scene (limited to Control4, Insteon, Lutron Caséta Wireless, Philips Hue, SmartThings and Wink): “Alexa, turn on Movie Time” or, “Alexa, turn on Bedtime.”
  • Control GE appliances with the Geneva skill: “Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat my oven to 400 degrees” or, “Alexa, ask Geneva is my laundry is dry.”
  • Locate a lost phone with the TrackR Lost My Phone skill: “Alexa, ask TrackR to find my phone.”
  • Control the TV via Harmony hub: “Alexa, turn on the TV” or, “Alexa, turn on Netflix.”

Alexa Commands for Profiles and user accounts

  • Switch profiles: “Alexa, switch accounts.”
  • Check which profile is active: “Alexa, which profile is this?”

Alexa Commands for Skills

  • Enable skills: “Alexa, enable Jeopardy!”
  • Disable skills: “Alexa, disable Domino’s.”

Alexa Commands for Search

  • Get Wikipedia information: “Alexa, Wikipedia: [subject].”
  • Tell Alexa to continue reading a Wikipedia entry: “Alexa, tell me more.”
  • Ask a general question: “Alexa, how tall is [person or object’s name]?”
  • Ask a general question: “Alexa, how many people live in America?”
  • Get a “Game of Thrones” quote: “Alexa, give me a ‘Game of Thrones’ quote.”

Alexa Commands for Greetings

Here are some of the greetings commands, when you use them Alexa will respond.

  • “Alexa, I’m home.”
  • “Alexa, I have a cold.” – Alexa will say comfortable things.
  • “Alexa, thanks!”
  • “Alexa, Happy New Year.”
  • “Alexa, Happy Birthday.”
  • “Alexa, sing Happy Birthday.” – If someone is visiting your home and having a birthday, then you can surprise him/her with this.

Alexa Commands for Translation

  • “Alexa, translate good morning to Spanish” – Alexa will not speak the translation loud but you will find it in your Alexa app.
  • “Alexa, translate hola to English.” – You can certainly replace ‘hola’ with any foreign language word which you wish to translate. Again you need to check your Alexa app for translation.

Alexa Important Commands

  • “Alexa, simon says…” then say whatever you want Alexa to repeat and it will repeat exactly the same.
  • “Alexa, roll a six sided dice.” – if you are playing a board game then with this command Alexa can become substitute for your dice and will tell you which number you got.
  • “Alexa, roll two six sided dice.” – this work in similar way as the above one does but with two dices. You can even roll five dice of ten sides each by saying, “Alexa, roll five ten sided dice.”

These are currently the best possible Alexa commands list we have brought for you. But remember, the commands list keeps getting increasing as there are lot many official and non-official apps joining with Amazon Echo almost every day. So, keep visiting our website for an updated list of Alexa commands for Amazon Echo in future.

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