New to voice-activated smart speakers?
We’ve got you covered. Here’s your Starting Point. From basic training, to advanced skills, the more you know the more you will enjoy Companion 24/7.
Learn how to plug in your system, walk through the basic skills and test your call for help in this short video.
Introducing Companion 24/7 Starting Point
It’s so simple to operate your new devices. Just speak in your natural voice.
If you have never tried it before, we’ve made it easy with our Companion 24/7 Starting Point online flash cards. Start with the first card then click the arrow on the right side of each card to advance to the next card. By the time you move through all the Starting Point cards, you will be able to use most of the most popular skills for your smart speakers.
ECHO DEVICE TIPS
If you have chosen Amazon Echo devices, you will be working with Alexa. Here’s we show you how to get started using your device. Walk through each of these steps so you don’t miss something important. When you have completed the Basic Training, you can move to intermediate skills.
LEARN THE WAKE WORD
Like many people, Alexa doesn’t pay attention until she hears her name.
When you say her name, she wakes up. That’s why it’s called a “wake word.”
To get your smart speaker’s attention, say her name “ALEXA” (pronounced: UH-LEK-SUH)
ASK A QUESTION OR GIVE A COMMAND
Once you say the wake word, Alexa, you will see a blue light. That means she is paying attention.
Alexa will listen for 8 seconds to see if you have a question or command for her. If she doesn’t hear anything, she will go back to sleep.
If Alexa doesn’t seem to be listening, she may have been muted. You will see an orange, purple or red light if you lose network connection or have muted your Echo. Press the button to unmute.
STOP / ADJUST VOLUME
You can stop Alexa at any time by saying “ALEXA STOP”
To adjust the volume, say “ALEXA, VOLUME UP” or “ALEXA, VOLUME DOWN”
To be sure you can hear her, let’s start by saying:
“ALEXA, VOLUME 8”
NOW, LET’S PRACTICE THE BASICS
Say “ALEXA, WHAT TIME IS IT?”
Let’s turn down the volume.
Say “ALEXA, VOLUME DOWN.”
Now let’s play music:
Say “ALEXA, PLAY BIG BAND MUSIC.”
Say “ALEXA, STOP”
All the wonderful things that Alexa can do are called “skills.” Let’s try a few more skills.
Say “ALEXA, WHAT IS THE NEWS?”
When you want her to stop, say “ALEXA, STOP.”
NOW, LET’S HAVE SOME FUN
Here are 10 fun things to try with Alexa:
1. ALEXA, GOOD MORNING
2. ALEXA, HOW ARE YOU?
3. ALEXA, TELL ME A RANDOM FACT
4. ALEXA, OPEN RADIO MYSTERY THEATRE
5. ALEXA, OPEN MAGIC DOOR
6. ALEXA, OPEN SONG QUIZ
7. ALEXA, TELL ME SOME GOOD NEWS
8. ALEXA, HELP ME GO TO SLEEP
9. ALEXA, OPEN GUIDED MEDITATION
10. ALEXA, OPEN VIRTUAL NURSE
Congratulations! You now know the basics of using your Echo device.