There are so many amazing things you can try with the Amazon Echo Show that will make life even easier in your smart home.
Amazon took the lead in the smart home race when they created the first Echo. The world’s first at-home digital assistant that is activated by voice, gestures, and touch.
Now, Amazon is taking things to the next level by adding two new features and a whole new level of capabilities. A touch screen and a camera is all the Echo needed to become the Amazon Echo Show which is loaded with fun capabilities!
The Amazon Echo Show is available at Best Buy.
Add Skills by Voice
There is no need to mess with the settings or dive into an app when you want to add a new skill to your Echo Show. Simply say, “Alexa, enable [skill name].” The new skill will be activated and you can set it up after that. It is important to keep that in mind for some of these features are considered to be a skill. All skills must be activated first. However, some of these features are not skills. We will let you know if it is a skill.
The New camera adds a bunch of new features to the Echo line-up. But the most important and coolest one may just be video calling. You can video call any other Amazon Echo Show device or any other device with the Alexa app.
The touch screen display on the Echo Show is similar to the ones you’d find on a tablet. This screen allows you to watch videos whenever you’d like. Currently, only Youtube and Prime videos are supported but we believe other video services will be available in the future.
Check Security Cameras
Many security cameras come with the ability to view them from anywhere in and out of your house. Some new smart cameras come with Alexa support, meaning you can control them with Alexa. Using devices like, Ring Doorbell, Netgear Arlo Pro or Nest Cam, you can view their feeds on the Echo Show.
The display on the Amazon Echo Show is connected to your Amazon account. If you upload pictures to your Prime Photos account, you can have them display on your Echo Show. Change the settings and have different pictures show on a regular basis.
Discover New Recipes
Another time that display comes in handy is when you’re in the kitchen. We’ve all struggled with a tablet or smartphone in the kitchen with our hands dirty. We can’t touch the screen to scroll down for the next instruction with our hands covered in batter. Along with introducing you to new recipes, the Amazon Echo Show will scroll down for you, making it easier to follow instructions while cooking.
Control Smart TVs
Did you know that even smart TVs can be connected to your Echo Show? Only certain TV brands will work, like Vizio. But you can connect your Vizio TV to your Alexa and then turn it on or off, up or down, or even use playback controls with your voice and Alexa.
Want to get an alert any time your Echo Show hears something weird in your home while you’re away? You can do that too. Just turn the feature on in the app and tell Alexa you’re leaving. It will listen for any sounds and then send you a notification.
You will need to turn on the Alexa Guard feature to get the sound notification. But you can also get Alexa to cycle through your lights periodically. The lights will have to be smart lights and Alexa compatible. You can then have Alexa turn on and off lights on a set schedule to make it seem like someone is home.
Ok, this one is more of a fun feature and may not get a lot of use. Unless of course, you’re cleaning the room the Echo Show is in and are alone. You can have Alexa show you the lyrics to the song you’re listening to and turn it into a karaoke machine of sorts.
Play your Playlists
Listening to music is easy with the Echo Show. Just like other Echo devices, the Show lets you access your favorite music apps like iHeart Radio, Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. If you have playlists set up in a music app that works with Alexa, you can just ask Alexa to play that playlist.
Do you have more than one Echo device? You can use the Alexa app to group multiple Echo devices together. Play music on all of them, at the same time, to create one massive sound system. The music will be synced as it will play from one device but all of the speakers will put out sound.
Getting restaurant reviews is something we all do when we’re looking for a new place to eat. Hearing how good a restaurant is can be useful but seeing how good it is can be even better. The Echo Show will show you pictures of the restaurant along with the reviews.
Another thing we would like to do is see a product before we buy it. Here is another way the Amazon Echo Show will come in handy. You can see a picture of the product on Amazon before you buy it. Gone are the days of hoping the product is the right one when ordering from an Echo device.
Remember the days when calendars were seen in the kitchen with markings all over them of plans to come? Well, now you can see that calendar again using the Echo Show. You can even have it flip to a specific day by voice or by touch.
The touch display can also give you a view of the weather outside before you head out for the day. Just like on a tablet or smartphone, the weather display will give you all of the information you need and read it aloud. You can stop the reading aloud by simply touching the display.
The Amazon Echo Show comes with a 5MP front-facing camera. This camera can be used for many things like video calls and more. But maybe one of the most useful is using it as a baby monitor. Once you have two devices, you can set one in the nursery and check in on that one with another Echo Show.
That very same camera can also be used when shopping. Simply ask Alexa to add something to your shopping list or to buy the item by simply holding it up to the camera. Say, “Alexa, scan.” and it will scan the item and give you the option of ordering it through Amazon.
Connect via Bluetooth
Inside the Echo Show is a decent set of speakers. Those speakers can be used to play your music or the sound in the videos. You can also connect another device via Bluetooth to the Echo Show to play whatever you’d like to play.
Have you ever asked someone to remind you to do something and then that person forgot to remind you? That problem is gone when you have an Echo Show. You can ask your Echo show to remind you about anything. All you need to do is say “Hey Alexa, remind me…” and set a time and date. Once set, you will be reminded and Alexa won’t forget to remind you.
Not all features are as appreciated as others but this one will make for a fun time and could come in handy. Introducing, Dropping In with the Amazon Echo Show. Dropping In lets you connect to other Echo Show devices without being invited. To drop in on someone you’ll need to be on their accepted list and they will get a warning that you’re coming in. They will have a few seconds to say, “Alexa, hang up.” to close the virtual door on you. But this feature could come in handy if your elderly parents aren’t answering the phone. We use it a lot to communicate through our home like a modern-day intercom.
Some of us are visual creatures meaning we need to see something in order to understand it better. Echo devices have always been able to read off lists like shopping lists or to-do lists. The Echo Show will not only read these lists to you as well as show them to you on the display.
Flash Briefings have become an important part of the start of an Echo owner’s day. Using the Echo Show for Flash Briefings will not only give you the latest news and info, but it will also play short videos along with them. Your flash Briefings are now a lot like a personalized news show just for you.
Get Movie Times and Info
Want to see a movie but don’t know what to see? The Echo Show will not only display movie times near you but also give you info on the movie. You can read the full synopsis of the movie and even see some ratings before you make the final decision.
Watch Movies at Home
Smart home assistants are getting more and more popular. That popularity brings demand and that brings supply. Not only can you control your Amazon Fire TV with the Echo Show and your voice. You can also control some cable providers like Dish Network, all with your voice and Alexa.
Call and Text
Echo devices have become a great way to stay in contact with other Echo owners through the Alexa app. You can call and text other Alexa users and the Echo Show is no different. It’s a great way for family and friends to have a group chat or call without clogging up our phones.
Manually Control the Camera
The camera comes with an always-on setting, which to some could be seen as an invasion of privacy. Luckily, you can manually control the camera through the settings. Change a few settings to make it so the camera only comes on when you need it to or ask for it to turn on.
Another benefit of having the Echo Show is that you are off to a great start building your smart home. Amazon can help you along the way even more by allowing you to get discounts on another smart home tech. You can get devices like the Arlo Security Camera, Wemo Smart WiFi Plug, or the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit.
The smart home is rapidly expanding. Smart lights are in almost every home across the country. You can control most smart lights with your Echo Show.
Speaking of controlling smart tech, you can also control smart thermostats with Alexa as well. You will need to connect your smart devices to Alexa through the app. Set up is a breeze and it helps us get one step closer to the future.
There are many different routines you can set up with Alexa. One of those routines is a cleaning routine. However, you will need a smart vacuum that is Alexa compatible. Then, you can set things up so that your Echo Show tells your vacuum to get started cleaning without you having to say anything.
Some Alexa features are known as “skills”. A skill is when you use an app or a third-party device to create a command. Automatic is a skill that uses a dongle. The dongle must be plugged into your car’s OBDII port. You can then ask Alexa to find your car, get the fuel level, how far it is driven and more.
Order a Pizza
Domino’s has an Alexa Skill as well. Simply add the Dominos skill to your Echo Show, then set up your easy order. An easy order is your go-to order, for example, extra pineapple. You can then ask Alexa to order your dominos easy order and then it will order and track your pizza. You can do the same with Pizza Hut if you’d prefer.
Starbucks has a skill just like Domino’s and Pizza Hut as well. You must have the Starbucks app and have placed a mobile order in the past. If so, you can connect your Starbucks app to your Echo Show and then tell it to order that same order at any of the 10 last Starbucks locations you’ve visited.
Connect your Fitbit account to your Echo Show to get a full report of how well you did the day before, how well you slept, and so much more.
Kayak is a website that people use to compare travel prices. You can now do that on your Echo Show with the Kayak skill. Simply ask Alexa where you can go for a certain amount of money or just ask about travel costs to a specific place.
Hail a Ride
Uber and Lyft both have skills that allow you to order a ride from your Echo Show. You also get to sound fancy when you do it. Simply say, “Alexa, ask Uber to get me a car.”
Want to know how long the security lines are at the airport? Activate this skill and then start asking for wait time at specific airports and terminals.
Do your kids like bedtime stories? You can have Alexa read a bedtime story to your kids with the Short Bedtime Story skill.
You can also have Alexa play ambient sounds to you while you sleep. There are many different sounds that can be played like a thunderstorm, rain, babbling brook, chimes, rain on a tent and so much more.
Ted Talks Through Amazon Echo Show
TED Talks are still popular and you can listen to them with ease on your Echo Show. Simply ask Alexa to ask TED for a specific genre of TED talks or just play the latest episode.
Alexa can be your personal trainer with the help of the 7-Minute Workout skill. Alexa will walk you through a good workout whenever you want.
Want to know when the nearest Best Buy opens up tomorrow? You can ask Alexa. Your Echo Show has all of the information you need from local businesses.
Alexa doesn’t have any kids but it can help you with yours. There is a skill called What to Expect which provides you with weekly or daily tips and advice for parenting.
Ask a Friend
You can set up the Ask My Buddy skill to get help when you need it. This is not to be a substitute for 911. How it works is simple, Alexa will send a text message to a friend that you have preset in the service asking for help.
Not all cars are created equal, some cars have Alexa skills available. Check with your car manufacturer to see if you can lock, unlock, or even remotely start your car with your Echo Show. Most new Hyundai, Ford, or Tesla cars have this feature available.
WikiHow is a website that offers so many different step-by-step guides for many different things, Now, you can get those walk-throughs on your Alexa Show with the WikiHow skill.
You can play Jeopardy on your Echo Show. Actually, you could do it on any Echo device but it is easier to see the clues on the Show than just hear them on a Dot.
Trailers and Movies
You can use the Fandango skill to watch trailers and then buy tickets at nearby theaters.
We have all come across those times when we have two things to cook with different cook times. The Echo Show allows you to make multiple timers so that you can cook everything correctly.
The Echo Show has a fun feature known as Light Bar. This light bar utilizes the screen to make a colored border around the screen as a visual indicator. The colors are already set but it is good to know what they mean. Blue means Alexa is processing your request, red means the microphones and camera are turned off, orange means there is connectivity issues, and purple means Do Not Disturb is turned on.
Alexa Guard turns your smart speaker into a security device, or at least, an extra level of security. This skill will have your speaker listening for glass breaking, smoke alarms going off, and more. Your Alexa will notify you through the app if it hears something suspicious.
Send a Hug
You can now send a “hug” to your family and friends who also have Alexa speakers. This is a great way to let someone know you’re thinking of them even if you can’t be there. We won’t spoil what happens when you send someone a hug because it is worth trying. Just ask Alexa to send a hug and follow the prompts.
You should never rely on the internet for your health care needs unless it is to video call your doctor or utilize your hospital’s website features. However, Alexa can offer you quick, generic nutrition tips in the kitchen. These tips could help you change up your recipe slightly or ensure you add something to the meal you’re making.
There are many different charities that need our help. Alexa makes donating easier. Simply tell Alexa to donate whatever amount you want to donate to whatever charity you want to donate to, and it will be done. However, it is important to know that this will be your money donated and there are currently 270 charities available to choose from.
Help Alexa Learn
Alexa Answers is a crowd-sourced skill. The goal is to have people all around the world contribute their knowledge to the skill. These answers are to questions that Alexa doesn’t have the answer to yet. You can even earn badges based on the number of questions you’ve answered and how many other users have utilized your answers.
Alexa has some weird responses sometimes. There is now a way to find out where those answers came from. You can ask Alexa “why did you do that?” and she will explain. Every relationship is made better with open communication and this is that for Alexa.
Get Nerd Humor
Alexa is officially a geek with Geek Humor. Geek Humor is a skill that, when activated will have Alexa telling jokes from the science category.
Are you in need of a jolt to the brain in the mornings to get the wheels turning? Alexa has your back. A game of 20 questions can be played with the Twenty Questions skill. This is the classic game; however, you are playing against a computer that has access to the internet. Good luck!
Healthy Habit is a skill that can be easily accessed daily. The goal of this skill is to give you a healthy suggestion to utilize today. This is a great way to challenge yourself to be slightly healthier with each passing day.
You can now set up voice profiles for Alexa. This way mom will get the answer that pertains to her and dad will get an answer that pertains to him when they ask about the calendar.
The announcements skill allows you to turn your home filled with Echo devices into a house with an intercom system. Telling the entire house that dinner is ready has never been so easy on your voice.
Your Capital One credit cards can now be managed with Alexa. You have to set up the skill as well as create a pin number to get into the skill.
You can use the Xbox skill to turn on or off your Xbox. Open a game and record a moment all with the use of your Echo Show.
Did you know your Echo Show can play sounds from various smart speakers around your home? This skill can be turned on while you are away so that it sounds like someone is home, doing chores.
On This Day
On This Day is a skill that will have Alexa teaching you about history. Simply activate the feature and then ask for your morning brief.
This skill will help you determine just how bad the pollen is today. This way, you know exactly why you’re suffering.
Find My Phone
There is a skill that allows Alexa to find your phone for you. This skill might come in handy, though most people never let their phone out of their sight.
Ordering flowers to be delivered has never been easier. All you need to do is ask Alexa to ask 1-800 flowers to send flowers to whomever you’d like. You will be charged for the flowers.
Home Advisor is a network of trusted home maintenance companies. You can have one of them call you by asking Alexa to find you one for what you need.
This one might be great for new parents. KidsMD will help you discover the right dosages of medicines to give to children and common ailments.
Want to go out this weekend but have no clue where to go or what to do? StubHub on Alexa can help you find local events and activities.
You can now access the latest stock market news by asking Alexa to ask Opening Bell for whatever stock news you’re interested in.
Twitter is not known for its friendly atmosphere. However, you can have the latest tweets from your stream read aloud to you with Twitter Reader on Echo Show.
Job interviews are never fun to prepare for. Your Echo Show can help you prep by asking you questions that are pulled from a database of interview questions.
Magic Door is a skill that tells your child a magical story. But this story isn’t for bedtime as it is interactive and will require answers from your child to keep moving.
Question of the Day
Want to learn something new every single day? Question of the Day is a skill that will add a random trivia question to your daily routine.
We all have been there, we forgot to make a reservation or needed to make one fast. Alexa can help with the Open Table skill.
Maybe you don’t know what restaurant you want to go to. That is okay. Restaurant Explorer will give you a list of restaurants based on the zip code you give it. You can then ask for more information when you hear a restaurant that sounds worth trying.
We all could use a little help every now and then. Life Hacks is a skill that will give you a life hack each day so that you can live your life a little easier.
Have you ever wanted to try meditation but have no clue where to start? Guided Meditation is a skill that will guide you through your first meditation and as many meditations as you’d like.
Audible is a very popular audiobook app that is also available on the Echo Show. It’s pretty self-explanatory but you will need to set up your Audible account in order to access your downloaded books.
Radio Mystery Theater
There was a time when families would sit around the radio and listen to a mystery. They would try and solve it together before the narrator got to the ending. You can bring those times back with the Radio Mystery Theater skill.
MySomm is a skill that will help you find the perfect bottle of wine for whatever occasion you have.
Do you know what the right temperature every cut of meat should be to know it has been cooked thoroughly? MeatButler does and can tell you when you need to know the most.
Animal Workout is a skill for the kids. This skill uses animal sounds and games to help keep kids active and healthy. They will love to play it and you will love the amount of energy they exude from it.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Many of us remember this quiz game show. The questions all come from school lessons that are taught from 1st through 5th grade. The question is, how much do YOU remember?
Song Quiz is a fun skill that allows you to connect to other players from around the world. The goal? To name the song before the other player does. You can also make it so you play against people in your house or family and friends.
Star Wars: Choose Your Destiny
This is an interactive game for kids. They can follow along and even help their favorite characters run missions and choose their destiny.
Get Me Up
There are some of us who have a more difficult time getting up and out of bed. This skill will nag you and nag you until you get out of bed. Beware, you may end up hating your Echo Show after this skill.
You can add the top headlines of the day to your Flash Briefing with the CNN skill. This skill can be further customized by adjusting your Flash Briefing settings.
This Day in History
The History channel has a skill for Alexa as well. This skill will tell you about the major events throughout history that happened on today’s date.
Some people want to stay up to date with their Twitter accounts. The Twitter skill allows you to link your account to Alexa so it can read your latest tweets to you.
Mastermind is a skill that will announce your caller IDs as you get calls coming in. However, this is a paid skill that costs $15 to add to your Alexa and more features are coming as well.
Alexa is not against holding a conversation with you. All you need to do is say, “Alexa, let’s chat.”
Show Me Something
Alexa Show is capable of showing you things if you’d like. Just ask Alexa to show you something and you’re on your way.
Your Alexa Show can display trailers for new movies very quickly. All you need to do is ask Alexa to show you the trailer for (insert movie here).
Your show can also show you the latest movie times near you. Just ask for movie times for a specific movie or in general.
Find Movies at Home
Alexa works with Fire TV as well. Simply use your voice to pause, fast forward, rewind, or even find something to watch.
Your Alexa Show can also show you movies by a specific actor. Simply ask Alexa to show you movies with (insert actor name here).
Alexa on TV
You will need an Alexa enabled TV to do this command. However, it is nice to ask Alexa to turn on or off your TV.
You can ask Alexa to play music based on a mood. For example, maybe you want party music or relaxing music. Just ask for it.
You can ask Alexa to add things to your cart and it will appear in your Amazon cart. You can even ask Alexa to make the purchase for you if you’re ready to buy it.
Alexa has no issue sharing things with you that you might have missed, specifically, missed notifications.
Musical Flash Briefing
You can add music to your flash briefing. Just say, “Alexa, enable Today in Music.”
You can ask Alexa to share quotes with you if you’d like. Alexa has a whole internet database to find the best quotes for the best situations.
Alexa is also capable of doing math. Even the more complex problems. All you need to do is ask.
Flip a Coin
Alexa can even help you come to a final decision. Just ask Alexa to flip a coin.
Alexa also has access to a dictionary. That means you could ask Alexa for any definition and you will hear it very quickly.
Check the Score
Alexa can also give you the score for whatever game you want to stay up to date on.
The Amazon Echo Show is available at Best Buy and is sure to be a fun and useful addition to your home!