How to use Alexa to communicate

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In this article, you will learn how to use various voice commands to communicate for free with your Echo device. You can use Amazon’s Alexa to call and message others.

Use it to contact family and friends with no additional service or subscription fee.
Amazon’s Alexa calling and messaging feature enables you to :

  • Make and receive calls
  • Sent messages between Echo devices, the Alexa app and Fire tablets

What is Alexa calling and messaging?

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Make a call to another Echo device

Alexa, call [Paul]

You

Calling…

Alexa
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Make a call to a mobile or landline number saved to your contacts

Alexa, call [John]’s mobile
Alexa, call [Bob] on his home phone
Alexa, call [Susan] at work
Alexa, call (Dad’s) office

You

Calling…

Alexa
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Dial a mobile or landline number

Alexa, call [number]

You

Calling…

Alexa
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Answer the call

Answer
Alexa, answer the call

You
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Control call volume

Alexa, turn the volume up|down

You
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Hang up / end the call

Alexa, hang up
Alexa, end the call

You
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Ignore the call

Ignore

You
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Do not disturb

There is a mode where you can tell Alexa to block incoming calls and messages, turn on Do Not Disturb.

Alexa, don’t disturb me

You

I won’t disturb you

Alexa

This Do Not Disturb mode can also be scheduled in the Alexa app under (Settings > Select your device > Do Not Disturb > Scheduled).

Alexa, appelle [nom du contact]
Alexa, appelle-le [numéro de téléphone]
Alexa, répond | répond à l’appel
Alexa, raccroche | termine l’appel
Alexa, écrit à [nom du contact]
Alexa, envoie un message à [nom du contact]
Alexa, lis les messages

Toi
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Calls

Between users of Echo Speakers.

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Drop In

The Drop In function allows you to listen and talk to another Amazon Echo in your house without someone answering it, like an intercom. Drop In is not enabled by default, you have to go to your Alexa app to configure it. When a Drop In communication is established, a light sound is heard and the light ring turns green.

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Drop In another Echo

Alexa, drop in [Echo name]

Toi
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Announcements

This let you broadcast your voice message to all of your home Echo devices.

Alexa, announce [it’s lunch time!]
Alexa, broadcast [it’s lunch time!]
Alexa, tell everyone [it’s lunch time!]

You

Alexa will broadcast your message twice on all of your Echo devices.

[it’s lunch time!]

Alexa
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Voice messages

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Voice Message another Echo user

Alexa, message [contact name]
Alexa, send [contact name] a message

You
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Play Voice Message

Alexa, play my messages

You
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Send an SMS

Alexa, send an SMS to [contact name]
Alexa, send an SMS

You

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