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45 Ways Your Amazon Echo Dot Can Help You Around the House

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Did you buy an Amazon Echo Dot, but you're not really sure what to do with it? We can help!

The first step is to set it up in a good spot in your home. Our new Echo Dot Holder and Cord Wrap lets you place your Echo Dot wherever works best for you. It save counter space and prevents your Echo Dot from damage from spills or falls. Get your Echo Dot here.

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Now that your Echo Dot is secure on the wall, you can start asking Alexa to help you out around the house.

Control your smart home (even if you rent). Requires compatible devices.

Turn your lights on and off: Alexa, turn on the living room lights or Alexa, turn the living room lights to 50%.

Control your thermostat: Alexa, turn the heat up to 72.

Lock doors: Alexa, lock the front door.

Turn on security system: Alexa, arm the alarm.

Close your garage door: Alexa, close the garage door.

Start smart appliances: Alexa, start the wash cycle or Alexa, how long until the dryer is done?

Control your television: Alexa, turn on the tv or Alexa, turn to channel 2.

Play music or your favorite podcast.

Play a specific type of music: Alexa, play Christmas music.

Play a specific artist or band: Alexa, play Maroon 5.

Play a radio station: Alexa, play Z102.9. or Alexa, play KZIA.

Play current podcast episode: Alexa, play the Crimetown podcast.

Play a previous podcast episode: Alexa, play the previous episode.

Change volume: Alexa, volume 8. or Alexa, turn up the volume.

Stop a song: Alexa, stop. or Alexa, pause.

Resume a song: Alexa, play. or Alexa, resume.

Skip a song: Alexa, next.

Repeat a song: Alexa, repeat.

Set a sleep timer: Alexa, stop playing music in 30 minutes.

Get ready for work.

Play your daily news briefing: Alexa, play my flash briefing.

Play a specific news station: Alexa, play NPR.

Get the weather: Alexa, what's the weather?

Get the weather for tomorrow: Alexa, what's the weather tomorrow?

Get the weather for a different city: Alexa, what's the weather next week in Cancun?

Ask about your commute (requires you to add your home and work address to the app): Alexa, what's my commute?

Check your calendar: Alexa, what's on my calendar today?

Add an item to your to-do list: Alexa, add call Tom Jones to my to-do list.

Ask about the time: Alexa, what time is it?

Get caught up on your reading.

Listen to your audiobook: Alexa, play audiobook Animal Farm (as long as you have the book in your collection on Audible or your Kindle).

Pick up where you left off: Alexa, resume my book.

Go back or skip forward: Alexa, go back. Alexa, go forward (by 30 seconds)

Set a sleep timer: Alexa, stop reading the book in 30 minutes.

Pause your book: Alexa, pause.

Search Wikipedia: Alexa, Wikipedia Thomas Jefferson (or you could say wiki)

Get help in the kitchen.

Ask for a recipe: After enabling the Allrecipes skill, say "Alexa, ask Allrecipes what can I make with chicken and broccoli" or "Alexa, ask Allrecipes for a slow cooker recipe for pulled pork."

Convert units: Alexa, how many tablespoons are in a cup?

Set a timer: Alexa, set a time for 45 minutes.

Maintain a grocery list: Alexa, add milk to my shopping list or Alexa, reorder dishwasher pods.

Pair wines with food (for basic meals): After enabling the MySomm skill, ask 
"Alexa, what wine goes with pork roast?"

Get cocktail ideas: After enabling The Bartender skill, ask "Alexa, ask the bartender how to make an Old Fashioned." Or "Alexa, ask the bartender what I can make with vodka and pineapple juice."

Get Informed.

Check sports stats: Alexa, did the Cowboys win? or Alexa, what was the score in the Cowboys/Lions game?

Learn trivia: Alexa, who won the Golden Globes for best actor in 2016? or Alexa, what year was Cleopatra born?

Solve math problems: Alexa, what is 2 + 2?

Get Healthy.

Check your FitBit stats: Alexa, ask FitBit how I'm doing today.

Get nutritional information: Alexa, how many calories are in a banana.

Do a workout: After enabling the 7 Minute Workout Skill, say "Alexa, start 7 minute workout."


Want to do more with your Alexa? Just ask Alexa about her new features.

Alexa, what new features do you have?

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