An Amazon Echo is a great way to get started building your smart home, you can use it to control loads of other devices around the house. Before you get started setting up your Echo Spot, you’ll need to have an Amazon account. If you don’t already have one, you can set up an Amazon account here.
There are a few steps you need to go through before you can start chatting with Alexa. We’ll take you through them one by one. The Echo Spot has a touchscreen, so you can just tap your selections or scroll up and down if you need to.
When you turn your Echo Spot on for the first time, you’ll hear Alexa say “Hello, ready for setup” and you’ll need to pick a language. Just tap the language you’d like to use.
Next, you’ll need to connect it to a network. Pick the name of your network from the list. You might need to scroll up to find your network.
Tap your network name, and type your password.
Tap the blue tick to connect.
Log in to your Amazon account by entering your E-mail or Phone and Password. Then tap the blue tick.
You’ll see a welcome screen asking you to confirm that it’s found the right account and that you agree to Amazon’s ‘Conditions of Use & Sale’. Tap the link if you want to read through them, then tap Yes, That’s Me.
Your Echo Spot should find the correct time zone, confirm it by tapping the blue arrow.
Your Echo Spot will know when you’ve signed in - Tap Continue.
You can rename your device by tapping the name and typing a new one, or tap the blue arrow if you’re happy to continue with this name.
That’s your Echo Spot set up and ready to go, and you’ll see a short video showing you what Alexa can do.
Now that it’s set up, here are a few things to try asking Alexa.
Alexa can give you the weather forecast for anywhere in the world, just try asking “Alexa, what’s the weather like in Manchester tomorrow”.
Asking “Alexa, what’s the news” will give you a quick rundown of the main news stories.
You can also choose which news sources Alexa uses. Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet, then tap the three lines at the top left and go to Settings > Flash Briefing. From here you can tap on the news sources you’d like Alexa to use for your updates.
Whether it’s a shopping list or your household to-do list, Alexa can keep track of all of it. Just say “Alexa, add bacon to my shopping list”, and if you need a reminder of what’s already on there, just say “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”.
Alexa can be super-helpful for setting alarms and timers. You can use Alexa to set your morning wake up alarm, or to help you avoid cooking disasters, for example - “Alexa, remind me to put the potatoes in the oven in 30 minutes”.
There are loads more things Alexa can help with, take a look at our Complete guide to Amazon Echo to find out what else she can do.
Hopefully, that's helped you get started with your Amazon Echo Spot. If you'd like help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.
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