Using Alexa to listen remotely means if you can give commands to Alexa from a far-off place, and she will still respond to you.
This means even if the Alexa enabled device (like any Alexa enabled smart speaker or Amazon Echo devices) is kept in another room or a far off place from you, will you be able to talk to the device?
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Usually, when talking directly to an Alexa enabled device, you have to be in its vicinity so it can recognize your voice. Physical obstructions like walls act as barriers, and the device may not be able to respond to you as it hasn’t heard you well.
However, there is still a way in which you can talk to them remotely. Read on to know-how.
Further reading: What Is Alexa And What Does Alexa Do?
How To Use Alexa Remotely?
The key to access Alexa remotely is by actually accessing the Alexa-enabled device through a third-party app like an Alexa app and not directly into the microphone of the device itself.
Along with the Alexa app, there are other such apps that let anyone access Alexa (along with Alexa enabled device) remotely (or from anywhere).
Apps To Listen To Alexa Remotely
The two apps through which you can listen to Alexa remotely include:
- Alexa app by Amazon
- Reverb for Amazon Echo
Through these two apps, the Alexa enabled device can hear you clearly from a far-off distance too. You may need to access Alexa remotely when you are not in your house and want to make sure if you turned off the lights or not.
In such circumstances, you can open the Alexa app and ask Alexa to switch them off, provided you also have smart lights (Alexa enabled) installed at your home.
How To Use The Reverb App For Accessing Alexa Remotely?
Go to the Play Store and search for ‘Reverb for Amazon Alexa.’ Download and install it on your mobile device. Open the app and sign in through your Amazon account. Once the sign-in process is completed, it is ready to control the Alexa.
On the top of the screen, you will see a blue mic that is used to give commands. Hold it while giving commands and release it when you are done.
When you don’t have access to your phone, you can also use Reverb from the web. Through Reverb, you can communicate with Alexa like you usually do with Alexa. You can ask questions about today’s weather, the latest news, play music and audiobooks, and everything else that Alexa can.
Using Alexa App To Access Alexa Remotely
The Amazon Alexa app is almost known to everybody who has an Alexa enabled device. You may be using it to add your speakers, create a group, or set multi-room music. However, you can also use it to access Alexa enabled device from almost anywhere and anytime.
As you open the Alexa app, you can see a microphone, blue in color, at the bottom middle of the screen. You can use this to communicate with Alexa. You will see a blue wave, which means Alexa is listening.
After that, you can command Alexa like usual. However, you will be restricted to certain commands only. For instance, you can’t command to set alarms remotely.
Using Remote Control
Want to stay away from your mobile device? Don’t want to use any of the apps to talk to your Alexa enabled device? How about a remote? If you are unaware, Amazon sells a voice remote for Alexa that lets you talk to your Echo (or any Amazon smart device) through it.
This means you don’t have to download any Alexa app, nor you have to stay stuck to your Alexa enabled device to communicate with it. This remote control costs around $29.99 and works nearly the same as a TV remote. You may only need to use your mobile device and Alexa app for a minute.
The remote connects to Echo via Bluetooth. For this, visit the Alexa app, go to ‘settings’ and ‘device settings.’ From the listed connected devices, tap on Echo Remote. Now it will ask you to add batteries to your remote. After this, you will have to press and hold the Play (center) button on the remote for 5 seconds and follow other on-screen instructions.
This will pair your remote with your Echo device. Once paired, you just press the microphone button on the remote to talk to Alexa within the Bluetooth range. You may not access it after very far away but at least within anywhere in your house.
The remote also includes buttons that let you change the current song, increase or decrease the music, skip the song, etc.
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Using Amazon Shopping App
You may already know you can talk to Alexa through the Amazon shopping app as well. However, did you know you can command her from the Amazon app for anything other than just ordering products?
Yes, Alexa on the Amazon shopping app not only responds to your commands related to shopping but everything else too. It can help you turn your music on through Amazon music, access any of Alexa’s skills will search the internet for you, and much more.
So, even if you are not near the Alexa enabled device, you can just open the Amazon shopping app to talk to it remotely.
This was all about how you can use Alexa to listen remotely. Here is a pro tip as well. Alexa not only listens to your commands but also records them. If you are unaware of them and don’t want others to listen to those recordings, you can delete them. For deleting them, you need to visit the Alexa app and check for the voice logs there.
Also, you should be careful while using the Drop-In feature. Mute your device microphone whenever you are talking about something confidential. As Alexa is always listening, one should be familiar with settings and permissions set on Alexa to stay protected.
However, the ability to talk to Alexa even from your office is great at times when you are a forgetful person. It may help you lock your door, set your thermostat temperature, turn on/off lights, and much more.