Amazon Echo: the first 13 things to try | The Guardian

Learn the basic commands

The very first thing you’ll want to do with your new Amazon Echo is learn a few basic voice commands. Saying “Alexa: stop!” will immediately cancel whatever activity is going on; to make music louder or quieter, say “Alexa: volume up” or “Alexa: volume down”. You can jump to a specific volume level by saying a number from one to 10: “Alexa: volume one” etc.  “Alexa: mute” will silence the Echo altogether.

Change the wake word

Perhaps you don’t like the name Alexa. You can easily change the word the Echo responds to. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet, go to settings, then click on your Echo and tap to change the “wake word”. You’ll see you have three choices: “Alexa”, “Amazon” or “Echo” – sadly, you can’t choose your own name.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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