26 Genius Alexa Hacks That Are Too Great Not to Use

She can do so much more than just tell you the weather.

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Betsy Farrell

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.

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Ask "Alexa, are you a robot?"
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Her answer is pretty esoteric. 

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Ask Alexa on a date.
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She'll let you down gently.

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Say "Alexa, sing 'Bohemian Rhapsody!'"
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She knows no one can hit those notes better than Freddie Mercury.

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Ask her to remind you to feed the dog.
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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.

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Ask her to meow.
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Make the day a little more exciting for your felines at home. The will purr and make meowing noises while you're not there. 

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Ask her to tell the kids a bedtime story.
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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).

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Play rock, paper, scissors with her.
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Perfect for killing time when waiting for the microwave to go off. Just say "Alexa, play rock, paper, scissors" and good luck!

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Or, try Jeopardy.
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For when you're hosting a game night (or just completely bored). Fair warning: It's not easy!


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Say "Alexa, I'll be back."
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Hasta la vista, baby! 

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Change her name.
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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."

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Tell her when you have the sniffles.
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She'll make sure someone gets you tissue.

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Ask "Alexa, what should I wear today?"
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Who knew smart assistants could offer such great day-to-night advice?

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Tell her you're her father.
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Her response is eerie, for sure.

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Tell her you're hungry.
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She knows all the best takeout places in town.

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"Alexa, what's your favorite show?"
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Turns out, she's a big Mindy Kaling fan

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Ask about her significant other.
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She'll lament the struggles of AI dating.

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Say, "Alexa, self destruct."
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Even she knows it's not a great idea.

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Tell her to live long and prosper.
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She might not be able to do the Vulcan salute, but she gets it.

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Ask her to rap.
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She'll smackdown the other smart assistants. 

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"Alexa, ask Sesame Street to play hide and seek."
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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. 


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"Alexa, ask NASA Mars how big is Mars?"
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Get fun facts about the fourth planet from the sun thanks to NASA's dedicated skill. Even cooler: live updates from the Curiosity Rover. 


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Tell her to order a pizza.
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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."

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Or, she can call your an Uber.
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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.


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Ask her who loves her.
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That would be Kojak.

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Beg her to find your phone.
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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.


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Ask for help fighting your stains.
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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!


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