An Echo Dot on kitchen counter next to a vase of flowers

Every once in a while, Alexa does something unexpected

Now you can ask "Alexa, why did you do that?"

The next time Alexa plays a song out of the blue, "wakes up" even though you didn't say her wake word or does anything else that you can't make sense of, just ask “Alexa, why did you do that?”

For me, understanding why Alexa sometimes behaves in unexpected ways provides an even greater degree of comfort with having Alexa in my home.

Pro Tip: You can also say “Alexa, tell me what you heard” to find out what she thought you said. So if you ask for a knockwurst recipe and Alexa starts telling knock-knock jokes, you can find out exactly what she heard :)

3 Essential (And Easy!) Alexa Privacy To-Do's:

  1. Understand how to delete recordings of your Alexa voice commands. Say "Alexa, delete what I just said" or "Alexa, delete everything I said today." You can also auto-delete recordings of your Alexa interactions after a set amount of time and delete recordings from a specific time period.

  2. Make sure only essential skills can access your data. Don't use that weather skill anymore? Remove its access to your address

  3. Decide whether you are okay with having your data used to improve Alexa. You can easily opt-out, ensuring that no human will review your data

NEW feature: Echo Show can now scan barcodes

This handy new feature makes it super easy to add the specific products you like to buy to your Alexa shopping list.

Just say "Alexa, scan this to my shopping list." The screen pictured above will show up on your Echo Show, and you'll be ready to scan!

Tap/click here to read more.
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