If you are planning to call someone using your device connected to Alexa, you need to add the contacts to Alexa in the first place. For this, you need to install the Alexa app on your mobile phone and click on the ‘Communicate’ option at the bottom of the screen. The app will direct you with the following steps to add the contacts to your Alexa-enabled device.
Once the contacts are added successfully, you would be notified about it, and you can continue to use your Alexa device to make calls to your contacts directly.
Further reading: What Is Alexa And What Does Alexa Do?
Steps To Add Your Mobile Contact From Alexa
You can add your mobile contacts manually to Alexa, or you can make use of the Alexa app features to add it directly from your mobile phone. The steps to follow for adding your contacts to the Alexa device can be listed as follows:
Install the Alexa App
‘App Store’ in your Android or iOS device, respectively, and Alexa app to install it. This follows the general procedure for any app installation and would take only a couple of minutes.
Click on the ‘Communicate’ button
Once the app has been installed on your mobile phone, you need to open the app. On the opening screen, you will see a button that says ‘Communicate.’ Click on it.
Click On The ‘Person-Shaped Icon On The Top-Right Corner
Once you click on the ‘Communicate’ button, you will get to see a person-shaped icon on the top-right corner of the screen. Select the button. If you are opening the app for the first time, it will ask you for permission to ‘allow’ access to the contact. Give access to the Alexa app to access your contacts.
Click On The Menu
Click on the three-dotted menu button on the top-right of the screen to move on.
The dropdown menu appears, which has the option on ‘import contacts’ in it. Click on ‘Import contacts’ to allow Alexa to import all contacts from your mobile phone to the Alexa device. If you do not see the ‘Import contacts’ option right away, it could be due to the inactivity of the icon. Activate it by clicking on the toggle button beside ‘import contacts’ and go on to add your contact directly.
It Is Done
Once the previous steps are done, you can go on to make calls and messages to your contact from the Alexa device directly. You can also block or unblock your contacts from the Alexa device and stop receiving their calls or messages on Alexa.
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How To Edit Or Update Contacts?
To edit contact, you can directly make the changes in the contacts app and then go on to the Alexa app to view the changes. The contacts, once updated on the contacts app, will be visible in the Alexa app as well. In the contact icon on the Alexa app, you will find an option to edit the contacts. You can edit any contact from there, and Alexa will be updated in the altered information directly
How To Add Individual Contacts?
You can add individual contacts on the Alexa device as well with the help of the contact feature on the Alexa app. For this, you need to click on the menu icon on the top-right corner of the screen followed by the ‘add contact’ option. You must tap on ‘save’ once you are done adding the contact to allow it to be updated for Alexa to use.
How Do You Use The Contacts On Alexa For Communicating?
Once the contacts are added to the Alexa app, you can communicate with them as per the feature of the device. You can click on each contact to see how you will be able to communicate with them. For the contacts who have an Alexa account, you will be able to see the call, message, and drop-in icon below their names. Click on ‘allow drop-in’ to allow these contact to reach out to you directly through their Alexa device.
For those who are in your contact but do not have an Alexa account associated with their numbers, only the stored information and their contact details would show on the contact list. You will not be allowed to contact them directly through your Alexa device.
How To Link Your Echo Show To Your Alexa Device?
To link, you echo show or any other amazon device with Alexa. You need to follow the steps as below:
- You need to open the Alexa App
- Click on the ‘Devices’ option
- You need to select the Alexa and Echo device
- Click on the Echo device that you wish to pair your Alexa
- Click on ‘Select Alexa Gadget’ and select the Alexa device you want to pair.
- The pairing will be done automatically, and you will be notified about it.
All this said you can directly add your contacts on Alexa and utilize the call and messaging features. You can directly import your contacts to your Alexa device from your mobile phone with the help of the Alexa app. On installation of the Alexa app, you can directly click on the options on the screen along with the ones mentioned above to add the contacts, edit them or also edit them manually on the Alexa device. Once some contact has been added or updated on the contact list, the Alexa device will automatically update them. You can use the contacts to message and call. If your contacts have an Alexa account, you would be able to call or message them directly from your Alexa account. While for others who do not have Alexa accounts associated with their contact number, you would only be able to see the contact information and not be able to contact them from the device.