Just say "Alexa, drop in on mom"
In case you're not familiar with Alexa drop in, the feature works like a two-way intercom between you and an Echo speaker. With drop in, you can “call” an Echo speaker, communicate through it, hear (and, for Echo Show users, see) what’s happening around it — all without anyone having to answer the call.
Want to pop in to say hello to a family member? You can easily “drop in” on his/her Echo from your Echo by saying "Alexa, drop in on (contact name such as mom)." If you both have Echo Show smart displays, it'll be a video drop in, which is really nice :)
Pro Tip: Your Echo's light ring will turn green during your drop in.
2 essential drop-in pro tips:
Pro Tip #1: Be thoughtful about giving out drop-in privileges. Because anyone who has them can virtually "show up" in your home. You'll be relieved to know that only those who you proactively give drop-in privileges can drop in on your Echo speakers and vice versa. If you do want to give drop-in privileges to someone (Mom, for example), follow these steps:
- Open the Alexa app
- Navigate to the "Communicate" tab from the bottom navigation bar
- Tap the person icon in the upper right corner
- Search for "Mom" (insert your contact name)
- Under Permissions, toggle on "Allow Drop In"
Pro Tip #2: Turn on do not disturb to prevent drop-ins. Just say "Alexa, turn on do not disturb" to make sure you don't get any drop-in visitors while you're sleeping!