Amazon Echo (1st Generation) User Manual

Amazon Echo (1st Generation) User Manual

  1. Plug in your Echo
    Plug the included power adapter into Echo and then into a power outlet. A blue light ring will begin to spin around the top. In about a minute, the light ring will change to orange and Echo will greet you Amazon Echo.
    Amazon Echo (1st Generation) User Manual - Plug in Echo
  2. Download the Echo App
    Download the free app to your phone or tablet. Start the download process in your mobile browser at: www.amazon.com/echosetup

Opening the app will immediately start the setup process. During setup, you will connect Echo to the Internet, so you will need your Wi-Fi password Amazon Echo Amazon Echo (1st Generation).

Amazon Echo (1st Generation) User Manual - Plug in

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Amazon Echo Getting to know Echo

Amazon Echo (1st Generation) User Manual - Getting to know Echo

Microphone off button
Press this button to turn off the microphones. The light ring will turn red. Press it again to turn the microphones back on.

Light ring
The color of the light ring indicates what Echo is doing Amazon Echo (1st Generation).
When the light ring is blue, Echo is ready for your requests.

Volume ring
Turn the dial clockwise to increase the volume. The light ring fills in as the volume increases.

Action button
You can use this button to turn off the alarm and timer. You can also use this button to wake up Echo.

Amazon Echo (1st Generation) Getting started with Echo

Where to put your Echo
Echo works best when placed in a central location, at least eight inches from any walls. You can put Echo in a variety of places—on a kitchen counter, the end table in your living room, or a bedroom nightstand Amazon Echo (1st Generation).

Talking to Echo
“Alexa” is the word you say to get Echo’s attention. Say this “wake word” and then tell Echo what you want to do. You can change your wake word to “Amazon” from the Echo App.

Echo App
The app helps you get more out of your Echo, and is available for Fire OS, Android, iOS, and web. You can use the app to manage your lists, music, settings, and see an overview of all your requests.

Things to Try
The Things to Try card included in this guide provides examples of things you can ask Echo. Keep this card to help you get started.

Give us your feedback
Echo will improve over time, giving you access to new features and ways to get things done. We want to hear from you about your experiences. Use the Echo App to send us feedback or e-mail [email protected].

Things to Try

News, Weather, & Traffic
Customize these features in the Echo App.
Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?
Alexa, play NPR.
Alexa, what’s the weather?
Alexa, will it rain tomorrow?
Alexa, how is my commute looking?

Alarms & Timers
Alexa, set the alarm for 7 a.m.
Alexa, set the timer for 45 minutes.
Alexa, snooze.

Calendar
Link your calendar on the Echo App.
Alexa, what’s on my calendar tomorrow?
Alexa, when is my next meeting?

Lists: To-do & Shopping
Alexa, add milk to my shopping list.
Alexa, I need to make a birthday cake.
Alexa, what’s on my to-do list?

Lists: To-do & Shopping
Alexa, add milk to my shopping list.
Alexa, I need to make a birthday cake.
Alexa, what’s on my to-do list?

Questions & Answers
Alexa, tell me a joke.
Alexa, how tall is the Empire State Building?
Alexa, how many ounces are in a cup?
Alexa, what’s the definition of serendipity?
Alexa, when is Mother’s Day?
Alexa, Wikipedia: Abraham Lincoln.
Alexa, what is the time in Moscow?

Prime Music
Play music from the Prime catalog for free.
Alexa, play some Prime Music.
Alexa, play some relaxing music.
Alexa, play my Jimi Hendrix station.
Alexa, add this to my library.

Sports
Alexa, did DC United win?
Alexa, what is the score of Cubs game?
Alexa, when do the Seattle Seahawks play next?

Music
Alexa, play my Coldplay station from Pandora.
Alexa, like this song.
Alexa, play Ho Hey by The Lumineers.
Alexa, play a Miranda Lambert station.
Alexa, play music by Bruno Mars.

Discover & Buy Music
Alexa, what song is this?
Alexa, what was Bob Dylan’s first album?
Alexa, buy this song.

Shows, Podcasts, & Radio
Alexa, play the program Radiolab.
Alexa, play ESPN Radio.
Alexa, play Z100 on iHeartRadio.

Audible Audiobooks
Alexa, play the book The Hunger Games.
Alexa, read my audiobook.

Connected Home
Use Hue and WeMo devices with Echo. To
get started, go to Settings in the Echo App.
Alexa, turn on the coffee maker.
Alexa, dim Hue lights to 30%.

Use These Anytime
Alexa, pair my Bluetooth.
Alexa, stop.
Alexa, volume five. (1–10)
Alexa, cancel.
Alexa, repeat.

For more examples, go to Help in the Echo App.

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