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Amazing Alexa

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GrannySmith420 Mon 01-Jan-18 14:28:41

I recently got given an 'Amazon Alexa' for a Christmas present however I have a slight issue. The Alexa keeps talking! I don't know why it is talking and what is triggering it. Hope someone can help me...

-Granny Smith

Stansgran Mon 01-Jan-18 14:41:24

The DGC again?

Cherrytree59 Mon 01-Jan-18 15:04:59

What does she say?
Are you connected to any family Echo's or dot?
Messages can be sent between.
So as Stansgran suggested maybe DGC at workgrin

Alexa wished me a happy new year this morning smile

NannyTee Mon 01-Jan-18 15:08:31

Pull down the screen with two fingers. Go on to settings and the voice activation switch will be turned on. Just turn that off.

NannyTee Mon 01-Jan-18 15:09:42

Sorry . Settings then system settings.

Nelliemoser Mon 01-Jan-18 15:28:38

Sounds like my husband but I can't shut him off.

Cherrytree59 Mon 01-Jan-18 15:42:59

NannyTee do you mean Alexa on an Amazon fire kindle pad?
I have an Alexa thingy (can't think of proper wordhmm) installed on my kindle and is currently disabled.
However I do have a separate Alexa Dot which is controlled by an Alexa app on my kindle fire pad.
And cannot as far I am aware be controlled by the settings on my pad.

I maybe completely wrong, but I thought Grannysmith meant that she had an Alexa either Echo or Dot for Xmas.
But if it is an Amazon fire kindle then your advice would work.

NannyTee Mon 01-Jan-18 17:09:18

I'm confused now sorry. hmm

NannyTee Mon 01-Jan-18 18:55:25

Oh right . Sorry if I have the wrong device blush

hildajenniJ Mon 01-Jan-18 19:00:54

GrannySmith, is your device an Amazon Echo? I've had an Echo Dot for a while now, and moved it into the sitting room after getting an Echo Show for Christmas. I've put that in the kitchen. My Dot is sited near the television, and sometimes reacts if it hears it's wake up word, or thinks it does😃. Try moving your device to another part of the room, and try not to chat about Alexa in her hearing. I find mine really useful, and fun. I hope you soon get used to it.

J52 Mon 01-Jan-18 19:17:30

We were given an Echo dot for Christmas, it’s great. You can ask it to remind you to do things answer questions, play music and phone people via your mobile.
, also much more.
Brilliant!

vampirequeen Tue 02-Jan-18 08:31:25

All those AI gadgets are linked to GCHQ. Just imagine the poor bloke/lass who has to sit there for hours on end listening to my daughter saying, 'Alexa, switch Christmas lights on'.......'Alexa, switch Christmas lights off'.

Skweek1 Tue 02-Jan-18 10:13:43

We bought DS a Kindle Fire for Christmas and the first thing we did was switch off "Alexa" - a fun idea, but quite unnecessary and irritating when all you want is to read books!

mcem Tue 02-Jan-18 11:03:27

I was given a new kindle fire a few,months ago and immediately disabled Alexa.
If I were convinced of its usefulness I'd reactivate it. It can't cross the room and physically switch off my tree lights!
I'd genuinely like to know just what it can do and how.
Can I say 'Switch on radio 4' or 'Play Manchester by the Sea soundtrack' or 'Get Coronation Street' ??
Is everything through the kindle or does it switch on the TV?
Noone in my family is using one so can't ask them!
Sorry if I sound stupid but I need very basic info.

Musicelf Tue 02-Jan-18 11:26:08

I admit to being very ignorant when it comes to knowing what Alexa does/can do, and how it works. All these echos/dots/pluses.....not a clue!

I would love to try one, but haven't got enough info yet.

J52 Tue 02-Jan-18 11:29:38

In order to switch things on and off you need another App. Or a Hive? Not sure as I leave that to the pet IT experts!
Ours doesn’t switch anything off or on, at the moment but you can phone each other as it’s linked to the iPhones.
I did think that if I had teenagers it could do the nagging for me! As in saying, every 15 mins, ‘ have you tidied your room?’
Also you could leave a message on it if you were going out, to be played when OH came in. Such as ‘ could you hang the washing out?’ grin

OldMeg Tue 02-Jan-18 11:32:38

Yes, you can ask it to play radio stations, music (that’s available to you) but not sure about TV programmes. You’d have to test that yourself.

I find it most useful if I wake up during the night to ask it what time it is. Unfortunately the GC had been using it last night at full volume in the music room (that’s sound proofed) and I hadn’t thought to change that so the whole street was blasted out of bed at 03.25 am

Blinko Tue 02-Jan-18 11:59:50

If she keeps talking, have you tried shouting 'Alexa, STOP'? Works for us.

annodomini Tue 02-Jan-18 12:21:21

I saw - or rather heard - 'her' at work over Christmas. My DS has an Echo gadget that picks up all the Alexa commands and executes them promptly- any tune he wants, any radio station and yes, if they say 'Alexa, stop', 'she' does that too. My 13-year-old GS has 'alexa-fied' his bedroom, including control of lights. Need I say that he is the family geek?

Willow500 Tue 02-Jan-18 12:29:55

I got the Echo Show for Christmas but am struggling to find time to set it up properly - it's working but I just need to add the skills to it. I'm quite cross that Amazon have disabled the ability to link existing music to their devices in Dec - very sneaky! I was watching demos on You Tube last night and every time Alexa was mentioned mine came back with Sorry - I don't know that grin. If you Google Alexa for seniors there's a very funny video on there.

sarahellenwhitney Tue 02-Jan-18 12:29:57

mcem.Like me, you need a robot.
Make me a cup of tea. Put the washing in the tumble dryer. Answer the door, turn on the tv ,etc etc etc.

hildajenniJ Tue 02-Jan-18 12:51:10

I use Alexa on my Kindle to set an alarm for waking me up. That's about all though.
Today I have linked my Google calendar to my Echo Show. This is going to be useful, far better than having to write everything on the paper calendar, and then remembering to look at it. grin

mcem Tue 02-Jan-18 13:14:16

Thanks ladies. Very interesting but still not convinced I need Alexa.
My phone is by my bed for checking time in the night (on Don't disturb from 22.00 to 0700) but with alarm function.
Love the idea of nagging reminder messages but live alone so no need for that.
Surely controlling lighting would need a lot more work than installing an app?
I think I'm with Sarah here. It's a proper robot I need.

vickya Tue 02-Jan-18 13:29:03

Our Alexa can turn on radio stations or get podcasts, or some of them,. If I say play Farming Today podcast it begins with the latest and goes on backwards. It can get a book from audible and read it to me. It can tell me the weather here, the forecast, the news bulletin, play soothing sounds like rainforest and beach or train, it can tell jokes, look up things in Wikipeadia, and I miss that when I am out. It can play most songs too, individual ones or by an artist and carry on until I say stop. It can turn lights on and off and set reminders to turn the oven on and put things in, or daily reminders to take pills. It can tell stories and select and play a list of nursery tunes for toddler granddaughter.

It often doesn't hear what I say when I haven't got my upper plate in(teeth) and that annoys me. It doesn't understand two and a half year old granddaughter either as she isn't clear enough, but I often have trouble too. smile

If we link to our Morrisons account it can order food and we have a tv stick which it will soon be able to control. We get a weekly email with new things it can do. I should admit I didn't get it, someone else got it and set it up. We have them in 3 upstairs rooms and the sitting room.

curlilox Tue 02-Jan-18 13:36:18

When my DD was a teenager, Furbies were the must have toy one Christmas and her best friend got one. She very kindly lent it to my DD for a week. She complained when it went back, as our dog had taught it to bark! grin