If you got an device as a gift recently, you're not alone. The and (both which come with the Alexa smart assistant built-in) were Amazon's top-selling products for last year. You may still be getting caught up on how to work with Alexa, and there's A LOT to discover: The Alexa app offers 10,000 skills with more added every day. But to get you settled, we've curated a few of our favorite commands — some that are super helpful, others that are super fun. You'll need an and to manually , but it's so worth it.
Her answer is pretty esoteric.
She'll let you down gently.
She knows no one can hit those notes better than Freddie Mercury.
While she's can't fill Fido's bowl for you, she can connect to smart dog feeders like or which will dispense treats while you're not home. Or, you can enable and find out if your husband already fed the dog, so you can avoid double meals. Sorry, Fido.
Make the day a little more exciting for your felines at home. The will purr and make meowing noises while you're not there.
Definitely the first (and maybe even second) bedtime story to your kid, but once he says "one more!" hand it over to Alexa. Just say "Alexa, tell a bedtime story to [your child's name]" and you can both sit back and listen in till someone falls asleep (ideally the kid).
Perfect for killing time when waiting for the microwave to go off. Just say "Alexa, play rock, paper, scissors" and good luck!
For when you're hosting a game night (or just completely bored). Fair warning: It's not easy!
Hasta la vista, baby!
She can be tricky to connect with when you have another Alexa living in the house. Change your device's command word just by opening your Alexa app. Tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand corner and then tap "Settings." From there ,select the device you want to change and click "Wake Word." Options in clude "Amazon," "Echo," and "Computer."
She'll make sure someone gets you tissue.
Who knew smart assistants could offer such great day-to-night advice?
Her response is eerie, for sure.
She knows all the best takeout places in town.
Turns out, she's a big Mindy Kaling fan
She'll lament the struggles of AI dating.
Even she knows it's not a great idea.
She might not be able to do the Vulcan salute, but she gets it.
She'll smackdown the other smart assistants.
This kid-friendly skill lets kids speak directly to their favorite furry red friend. He'll play hide and seek, teach new words, and more.
Get fun facts about the fourth planet from the sun thanks to NASA's dedicated skill. Even cooler: live updates from the Curiosity Rover.
First step is to create a profile on and set up "Easy Order." Once you enable the Domino's skill, you'll have a pie delivered just by saying "Alexa, open Domino's and place my Easy Order."
Just say "Alexa, ask Uber for a ride," and an UberX will be on the way. She can also arrange an Uber Black, UberXL or an SUV, if you're feeling fancy.
That would be Kojak.
We've all been there. Alexa can help! Just have her open "Where's My Phone," and your phone will ring. If you use the Bluetooth tracking device , Alexa can also help you locate any wallet, laptop, or toy you've tagged.
You can thank us for this one. The experts in the GolfHr Institute Cleaning Laboffer step-by-step instructions through this skill for removing stains from all fabric, carpet, and upholstery. We also have some handy recipes, too!