You can make calls with your Amazon Alexa – this is how it works

ALEXA isn’t the only person you can talk to on an Amazon Echo device.

How to use the smart speakers like a phone to call your friends and family.

You can make calls with Amazon Echo devices


You can make calls with Amazon Echo devices

You can use the drop-in feature to call another Echo smart speaker in your home or a friend’s home anywhere in the world.

Alternatively, you can try calling the smartphone or home phone of contacts in the US, UK, Canada, and Mexico.

On some phone networks, you can even receive incoming smartphone calls through your Echo device.

Find out how to do all of these things below.

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How to set up Alexa Drop In

Drop In is different from a voice call in that you can drop in at any time instead of waiting for an answer.

It works like an intercom, so you can just make an announcement without expecting an answer.

To use the feature, you need at least one Amazon Echo device and the Alexa app.

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You must sign up for Alexa Calling and Messaging.

Open the app and click on the Conversations icon, which is a text bubble.

Follow the on-screen instructions and enter your details.

Drop In should be set up by default, but to make sure it’s enabled go to Settings.

Then select a speaker from the list and under General you should be told that Drop In is enabled.

You can also use settings to ensure Drop In is only available in your household.

You must give certain contacts the opportunity to stop by if they are from another household.

Find the contact’s name in your Conversations tab and click Contact can drop by anytime.

How to use Amazon Echo Drop-In

To use the feature, say “Alexa, drop by.” [contact name]”.

Or you can use the Conversations tab in the app.

Select a conversation with the contact and tap Drop In in the blue bar at the top.

They only have this option if they have you activated as someone who can come over.

Alternatively, you can go to your contacts and select the drop in button under their name.

Turn on Do Not Disturb if you don’t want Drop In to be used for a while.

Use Drop In as a home intercom

To call different speakers in the house individually, you must give them all different names.

For example, if you are calling a room called “Bedroom 1,” you can simply say “Stop by in Bedroom 1” and the device in that room will ring.

Alternatively, you can use the new Announcements feature and say things like “Alexa, send” or “Alexa, tell dinner is ready” and every connected smart speaker and nearby listener should get the message.

How to use Alexa to make a call through an Echo smart speaker

It is very easy to call a smartphone or a house number via Alexa on your home WiFi.

You must have set up the contact in your Alexa app and then you can say, “Alexa, call.” [name]”.

You can also tell Alexa whether you want to call a contact “home” or “work,” and you can even say a cell phone number out loud if you haven’t saved the contact.

Your Alexa app will also show you which contacts have Echo devices that you can call.

Alexa can’t call the following:

  • emergency services
  • dial-by-letter numbers
  • premium numbers
  • Three-digit numbers

When you receive a call, your speaker should glow green and a ringtone will sound.

Alexa tells you who’s calling and you can answer or ignore verbally or through your app.

If you have multiple Alexa smart speakers, you can make them all ring by setting all calls to come through your app instead.

In the UK, EE and Vodafone users can bring incoming calls to their smartphone through an Alexa speaker.

Your handset will ring and you can get Alexa to answer with a verbal prompt instead.

Set this up in your Alexa app via Settings then Communications.

You can use the feature like an intercom to make household announcements


You can use the feature like an intercom to make household announcements

What is Alexa?

If you’ve never heard of Alexa, here’s what you should know:

  • Alexa is an “intelligent” personal assistant developed by Amazon.
  • You can find them on various devices, including Amazon’s Echo speakers.
  • Alexa responds to voice commands and can answer you.
  • It can perform thousands of different tasks, including news or weather reports.
  • But she can also do more complex things, like order a pizza or arrange an Uber cab pickup.
  • To activate Alexa, you need to say “Alexa” to an Amazon Echo speaker.
  • Alexa speaks 15 language variants including French, Portuguese, Hindi and Spanish.
  • Powered by artificial intelligence, Alexa keeps getting smarter.
  • Alexa will also become better accustomed to your voice and better understand what you want her to do over time.
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