Those of you who own an Amazon Echo may be surprised to learn how much you can actually do. It is loaded with hidden features and many settings.

Created by Amazon, Amazon Echo can create task lists, configure alarms, broadcast podcasts, read audiobooks, read PDF files, provide weather forecasts, warns about traffic, answer questions, check your smart home, etc. It’s been a while since we live with Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Echo Plus, Echo and Alexa in general, and we use them for different tasks.

1.Translate:

Science fiction has always portrayed something kind of a “universal translator,” and Amazon is working to make that vision a reality. Alexa can translate many of languages, from Spanish to Hindi, Its translation skills is something to be appreciated.

Start saying, “Alexa, open Translator,” then say, “How do you tell [phrase] in

?” Amazon is trying to develop a real-time translator, so get ready.

2. Play songs based on Lyrics:

You know it’s a song from the 1990s. You can remember that the lyrics goes something like, “the time of your life.” But you have don’t know what the other lyrics are or what the title is.

With this skill, all you have to do is ask, “Alexa, play the song that goes [lyrics].” Then Alexa will tell, “‘Good Riddance,’ by Green Day,” and you may be amazed that you never knew the original title.

3.Calculate Distance:

It’s easier to plan your day and schedule when you know how long you’ll be traveling. You can get a much better report of weather.

You’ll have to give two various geographic points, such as well-known landmarks (the Taj Mahal) or a clear street address (221, Bussy Street). If Alexa knows where you are living, you can also just say “home” to Alexa.

Just ask Alexa, “How many miles is the beach from home?” and Alexa will use the  GPS to give you the exact driving distance.

4. Weather:

Your phone has a simple weather report, and with applications like Weather Underground, you can check exact meteorological patterns. If you’re sitting in your dining room, just too far away from your phone, you can say, “Alexa, what is the weather going to be like this afternoon?”

5. Dollars and cents:

Without a calculator, many of us can only remember the basic arithmetic, which is not enough when we’re calculating tips for the delivery guy or we’re trying to figure out monthly tax payments.

Conversions from English to metric can be similarly confusing, especially when we’re actively doing something, like making dimensions for a new bed.

Alexa can understand a wide range of mathematical questions, such as: “Alexa, how much is $843 minus $37.54?” Or: “What is 724 miles in kilometers?”

6. Drive time:

Ask how long it’ll take you to get from home to beach and Alexa will tell you. This isn’t just an approximation, either, it takes traffic in the city into account. As with distance, you will have to give Alexa to identifiable locations, either an established “home,” or a famous street address.

For example: “Alexa, how long will it take to drive from home to 317 Woods lane?”

7. Store hours:

This can be as basic as a Google search, but you can still ask Alexa the time that Starbucks, Walmart and other stores open and close. Alexa should know the nearest box stores, but you may have to mention the location of an independent business.

Example: “Alexa, find business hours for Timothy’s Hardware.”

8. Sunrise and sunset:

 It’s good to know when the sunsets are. You might also want to know when to take that early morning run.

But this is mainly useful when you travel, and sunrises and sunsets occur at different times. You can say, “Alexa, when will be the sunset tomorrow in Dayton?”

9. Alarm:

There you are, happily tucked into your bed, and the light is out. Certainly, you know: you have to wake up at 6 AM for an important appointment. You’re not sure where your phone is, and you don’t feel like setting the alarm clock going across the room.

Example: “Alexa, wake me up at 6 a.m.”

You can also set timers for cooking and even name individual timer.

10. Meal Ideas:

You’re not alone if you’ve no ideas for dinner. You’ve cooked the same food over and over for so many years that your family knows exactly what you are going to give them.

Well, amuse them and yourself. Alexa can say you a recipe based on up to three ingredients that you have in the cupboard. This skill can be activated by saying: “Alexa , open meal idea.”

11. Best recipes:

You already planned a meal in mind, but you would like to search certain recipes. If you’re thinking about making lasagna, Alexa will give you the list of ingredients to shop for and then step-by-step procedure t make that meal.

Since recipes are more easy to read than hear, this aspect is much easier with the Amazon Show, which can show the recipe on its screen.

12. Play AudioBook:

One of Amazon’s most important feature is Audible, its audiobook network. When Alexa has access to the Audible app, you can ask to continue a particular title from where you last left off.

Example: “Alexa, play ‘Think and Grow Rich.’”

So, these are some best commands for Alexa that are handpicked by us.  Still there are hundreds of commands that Alexa can use. We are just on the top surface in exploring its features. And the CEO of Amazon has promised even more features will be added in the future.

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