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Echo speaker on bedside table

You can now set alarms & timers on a specific Echo speaker!

Just say "Alexa, set alarm for 6:15am on Bedroom Echo!"

Now, you can set your morning Alexa alarm while you're washing up for bed in the bathroom. No matter what Echo device you're speaking to, Alexa will set the requested alarm on your Bedroom Echo.

Previously, you could only set an alarm on the Echo that you were speaking to.

Timers, too! This super handy new feature also works for timers. Say "Alexa, set 10 minute timer on Kitchen Echo" to any Echo in your home to set a timer in the kitchen.

Say "Alexa, stop" to any Echo in your home to turn off ringing alarms & timers. The next time you get up before your alarm goes off and can hear it ringing from another room, just say "Alexa, stop" to any nearby Echo speaker to turn it off. You don't even need to specify "Bedroom Echo" -- Alexa is now smart enough to figure it out! Also works for turning off timers :)


Do This Now: Give your devices easy-to-remember names

In order to easily set timers and alarms on specific Echo devices, you need to remember their names. I like naming my Echos by room: Kitchen Echo, Bedroom Echo, etc.

Here's the simple step-by-step:

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Tap "Devices" on bottom navigation bar
  3. Tap "Echo & Alexa" at the top
  4. Tap the Echo device you want to rename
  5. Tap the "Edit Name" blue text right below the current name
  6. Type the name and tap "Done" on the keyboard
  7. Set timers and alarms on your newly named Echo speaker!

New Alexa skill can be your hub for messages & emails

The new Alexa skill from Ping will read all your messages and emails to you out loud (although it's currently only available for Android users).

Ping's service is especially useful for people with long commutes in the car who want to be able to get their messages handsfree on the road. The full service costs $20 per year and requires having the Ping app downloaded to your Android phone.

You can already have Alexa read your emails for free, and some messaging apps have Alexa skills. What's great about the Pingloud Alexa skill is that in a single Alexa command, you can get an update on all your messages and emails across apps (Texts/SMS, WhatsApp & Facebook messages, all email types and more).

Tap/click here to read more about this cool new skill.
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