How to use timers with Alexa

In this article, you will learn Alexa voice commands to set timers on your Amazon Echo assistant.
There are many ways to formulate your request to Alexa and Amazon is constantly improving its speech recognition and functionality. Here we give you some examples of commands we tested that should help you explore Alexa’s capabilities.
Even if you have more than one Echo device, the timer you set on one will only run on that one you gave the instructions to.

Set a timer

Without indicating a duration

Alexa, timer
Alexa, set | program a timer

You

Alexa te demandera la durée que tu veux pour ton minuteur.

For how long?

Alexa

[10 minutes]

You

[10 minutes] starting now!

Alexa

By indicating a duration

Alexa, set a [12 minutes] timer
Alexa, start a timer for [12 minutes]

You

[12 minutes] starting now!

Alexa

Naming the timer

You may want to create multiple timers for different activities. Alexa allows you to give each timer a name so you can differentiate them. This also allows Alexa to warn you if you try to create the same timer twice. When the timer has run out, Alexa will not only sound an alarm but also tell you the name of the timer which has just ended.

Alexa, set a [18 minutes] timer for [pizza]

You

[pizza] timer, [18 minutes] starting now!

Alexa

18 minutes later, Alexa will sound an alarm and tell you which timer just went off.

Your [pizza] timer is done!

Alexa

Cancel a timer

If you change your mind after setting a timer, you still have the option to cancel it before it ends.

Cancel a single timer

If you have only one timer running and you want to cancel it, Alexa will mention its name or initial duration.

Alexa, cancel the timer

You

[12 minutes] timer cancelled!
[pizza] timer cancelled!

Alexa

Specify which timer to cancel

If there are several timers running, you can specify which one Alexa should stop by giving its name or initial duration. If several timers without names have the same duration, Alexa will prompt you to go to her application to cancel one of them.

For a timer without name

Alexa, cancel the [12 minutes] timer

You

[12 minutes] timer cancelled!

Alexa

For a timer with a name

Alexa, cancel the [pizza] timer

You

[pizza] timer cancelled!

Alexa

Cancel all current timers

You might have lost track of all the timers you set. If you have multiple timers running and you want to cancel them all.

Alexa, cancel all my timers

You

Cancelling all of your timers

Alexa

Check the remaining time

This will give you the status of your timer(s). Alexa can give you the time left on your single timer or individual time left if you have several timers.

Alexa, how much time is left?

You

You have 4 minutes and 40 seconds left on your [pizza] timer

Alexa

For a unique timer

To get the time left on a particular timer, you can specify its name or its initial duration.

Alexa, how much time is left on my [pizza] timer?
Alexa, how much time is left on my [5 minutes] timer?

You

About 3 minutes and 40 seconds left

Alexa

For multiple timers

Our next example is for 3 timers, including a [pizza], a [cake] and a [20 minutes] unnamed timer. Alexa lists the timer with less time left first.

Alexa, how much time is left?

You

You have 3 timers:
A [20 minutes] timer with about 40 seconds left,
[pizza] with about 4 minutes and 11 seconds left,
and [cake] with about 8 minutes and 5 seconds left

Alexa

Stop the timer ringing

When the time on a timer has elapsed, an alarm will sound. To stop it, just say:

Alexa, stop
Alexa, dismiss

You

Set an additional timer

Several timers can be set. Alexa will be able to identify them by their initial duration or by the name you give them. As you add a new timer, Alexa will tell you if it is the second, third, etc…

Alexa, set a [5 minutes] timer

You

Second timer, [5 minutes] starting now

Alexa

Alexa, set a [4 minutes] timer

You

Third timer, [4 minutes] starting now

Alexa

Knowing what kind of timers are on

Maybe with all those timers on, you don’t know where you stand. Alexa can list them all for you in order of first to finish.

Alexa, what are the current timers?
Alexa, what are the programmed timers?
Alexa, how many timers are there?

You

You have 3 timers:
A [20 minutes] timer with about 40 seconds left,
[pizza] with about 4 minutes and 11 seconds left,
and [cake] with about 8 minutes and 5 seconds left

Alexa
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