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Tips for getting the most out of your smart speaker

Alexa can do almost anything. Whether you use Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple Home Kit, you likely know there are more things that your device can do for you but you just don’t know where to start. We happen to be Alexa people so we’ve gathered a few uses for Alexa that you might want to try.

For beginners:

Weather, timer, reminders
These are the easiest and most common things people use Alexa for.
Simply say these commands:

“Alexa, what’s the weather in Bluffton, South Carolina?” You can ask about the weather today or on the weekend, here or in another place.

“Alexa, set a timer for 45 minutes.” This is handy for cooking or to remind you when to leave the house.

“Alexa, on Saturday at 9 a.m, remind me that it’s my anniversary.” This is a great marriage saver.

For music lovers:

Play all your favorite music sources

Open the Alexa app on your phone and tap the three-lined icon in the top-left corner of the screen.

Then tap Settings, then tap Music.

Click the + sign and select the music service you want to link and follow the instructions. You can link a variety of accounts including Spotify, iHeart, Amazon Music or even the Sirius account you listen to in your car.

To make life easier:

Create a routine (for MORE Advanced users)

Here is one LOCAL Lifer’s Routine: “Alexa, Good Morning,” then Alexa says:

“What’s up, early bird? Time to get that worm. Today in Hilton Head Island, it will be 85 degrees with a chance of showers. The first event on your calendar is an editorial meeting at 9 a.m. In ESPN News, (read the sports highlights).
Here’s what’s up with The Skimm, (reads the news headlines)”.

To set up a Routine:

Open the Alexa app on your phone and tap the three-lined icon in the top-left corner of the screen.

Tap Routines, then the + sign at the top right.

Tap “When this happens” and pick an action (the above Routine picked Voice and typed Good Morning). Then Add Action and add the various actions (the above Routine picked Weather + Calendar + News)

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