Sunrise in a city

Make waking up easier

Just leave it to your morning Alexa routine

Picture this: your Alexa alarm wakes you up to your favorite song. When you dismiss the alarm, your lights turn on gradually and your room warms to the perfect temp. Then, a nice voice tells you the top stories of the day while your coffee starts to brew. Is this real life? It is with an easy-to-set-up Alexa routine!

Do This Now: Set up a morning Alexa routine (takes 90 seconds or less)!

  1. Navigate to Routines in the Alexa app (tap the hamburger icon and select "Routines")
  2. Tap the "+" icon in the upper right corner to create a new routine
  3. Tap "When this happens" > tap "Alarms" > tap "Next"
  4. Tap "Add action"
  5. Choose your actions -- such as "Music" to turn on a playlist or "Smart Home" to dim on your smart lights or turn up the temperature on your smart thermostat
  6. Set an Alexa alarm by saying "Alexa, set an alarm for 7am tomorrow"  (or "Alexa, wake me up to Creedence Clearwater at 7am tomorrow" for a music alarm!)
  7. When the alarm goes off in the morning, dismiss it by saying "Alexa, stop" to kick off your new routine!

New Feature Pro Tip: You can now gradually brighten your smart lights as part of your Alexa routine. Tap/click here for step-by-step instructions.

Presented By Nutella Creations
"Alexa, open Nutella Creations!"
A new family breakfast tradition, Alexa-style

A stack of pancakes, jar of Nutella and Echo speaker on the kitchen counter
Treat yourself to a delicious (and fun!) breakfast with the new Nutella Creations Alexa skill! If you've never thought about having Nutella with your breakfast, today is the day that's going to change.

Say "Alexa, open Nutella Creations" to hear about 9 Nutella-inspired breakfasts. From French toast stars to blueberry & buttermilk pancakes to banana crepes, the recipes are delicious, surprisingly creative and easy.

Pick a recipe & preview how to make it. The skill will briefly run you through each step. You can always say "more recipes" if you'd rather pick a different one.

For ingredients and detailed instructions, get the recipe via text. When asked whether you'd like the recipe texted to you, say "yes!" and follow the prompts to provide your phone number. You'll receive a link to a list of ingredients and the step-by-step instructions you'll need to cook up your Nutella breakfast!

Be sure to play one of Nutella's super fun memory games while you cook. And get the kids involved, too! I just played the hazelnut game, and it was great. In order to unlock the games, first explore one of the recipes (be sure you listen to all the steps). Easter Egg: you can say "Alexa, game" any time in the skill to launch the memory game.

Dress up your Echo Dot like... Pikachu!

This is definitely the most creative way I've seen an Echo Dot displayed. And it definitely made me laugh :)

HT to Reddit user Auto-Brad.
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