15 essential Alexa skills that can help make your life easier – Business Insider

December 4, 2021 by No Comments

  • Amazon Alexa skills allow you to customize the artificially intelligent assistant to suit all sorts of needs.
  • You can add new skills to Alexa from the mobile app, a web browser, or even by asking Alexa to add the skill. 
  • Here are 15 of the best skills for Amazon Alexa.
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Alexa, the voice assistant built into Amazon’s family of Echo speakers and smart displays, comes packed with an enormous number of capabilities right out of the box — everything from playing the news to running timers to



But that’s just for starters; Alexa’s not-so-secret weapon is the ability to add new skills. There are around 100,000 skills you can add to Alexa from controlling smart devices in your home to getting wine pairing recommendations.

Here are 15 of the best skills you can teach Alexa right now.    

15 essential Alexa skills

Protect your home with Alexa Guard

Alexa Guard can help protect your home — it uses the microphone built into your Echo devices to listen for signs of a break-in when you’re not home. To enable it, say “Alexa, I’m leaving” and disable it with, “Alexa, I’m home.” You can customize the way it works using the Alexa mobile app. Tap More at the bottom of the screen, then Settings, then Guard. Then tap the button at the top of the screen to set up Guard’s features, like controlling your lights, making barking dog sounds, and more. 

Control your lights with Philips Hue

One of the best reasons to get smart lights is to control them by voice. After installing the Hue bridge and adding one or more lights to your home, enable the Hue skill from the Alexa skills library. Then just say “Alexa, turn on the kitchen light.”

Listen to audiobooks with Audible

The Audible skill is automatically enabled. To hear an audio book read aloud, just say, “Alexa, read [title] from Audible.” You’ll need to already own the Audible book, but you can also ask “Alexa, what’s free from Audible?” There’s a free book each month.

Get veterinary help with MyPetDoc

Enable the MyPetDoc skill and then use it to get answers to pet health questions from an automated veterinarian AI. After enabling the skill in Alexa’s skill library, say, “Alexa, start My Pet Doc” and then answer the questions to explain your pet’s symptoms. You’ll have the option to connect to a live veterinarian (for a fee). 

Get wine pairing advice

If you don’t know much about wine, enable the Wine Pairing skill in Alexa’s skills library and then ask things like “Alexa, ask wine pairing for a wine to go with lasagna.” You’ll generally get a few options and even learn what price range you’ll find. 

Use Alexa like an intercom with Drop-in

You can use Drop-In to call another Alexa device. Like an intercom, the call starts right away, so you can talk to someone in another room. You need to enable Drop-In before you can use it. To do that, open the Alexa mobile app and tap More, then Settings, then Communication and then tap Enhanced Features. Swipe the button to …….

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