How to voice and video calls with Alexa and Amazon Echo

How to voice and video calls with Alexa and Amazon Echo

If you know an Amazon Echo in your home already, how useful it can be. In addition to turning on the lights, the music is played, and whether the weather, you can also make calls with your Echo devices, and video calls—even if people that you don’t have an Echo device of its own.

Here is how it works:

The devices are able to?


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  • Echo-Show
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  • Echo-Spot
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  • Echo Plus
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  • Fire-tablets (fourth generation and later) with Alexa-app
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  • Compatible with iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets with the Alexa-app

How do I get a phone call with Alexa?

The first thing you need to do is enter Alexa access to your contacts. Head over to the, the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone and tap the call & Messaging tab in the bar at the bottom of the screen (the second icon from the left that looks like a chat bubble). If you have not yet activated, the app permission to access your contacts and register your phone number. (This is for the caller ID purposes. If you opt-out, will be given their calls as “Unknown”.)

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Alexa needs access to your contacts, to make phone calls before you can start.

Once you are done, you will be immediately able to make calls and messages to your friends and family, the Echo devices. Then, a call is as simple as asking Alexa to call someone. For example, if you want to call your mother, just say: “Alexa, mom a call.”

What if the person doesn’t want me to call about a Echo?

If you try to call someone who has an Echo, Alexa will automatically ring, provided you have registered for the call and messaging in your Alexa-app).

If the recipient is not an Echo-device (or it is not enabled), Alexa will do one of two things: call the Alexa app on your phone (if it was set up, calls to be received), or select the number with the contact associated with it. If there are multiple numbers attached to a contact, it will ask you what you want to call. You then say “mobile” or “home phone” and Alexa is the appropriate number.

I Can call a number not in my contacts?

Yes, you can call a number that does not speak in your contacts, the number of Alexa (for example, “Alexa, call 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0”).

call abroad?

echoes a call can be in any country supported by Alexa to Alexa-calling & Messaging, but non-Echo fixed-line and mobile calls are limited to the United States, Canada and Mexico.

I Can call any number?

Alexa will be able to dial most of the numbers, but there are a few notable exceptions:


  • emergency call numbers (e.g. “911”)
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  • Premium-rate numbers (such as the “1-900” numbers or toll numbers)
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  • All local X-1-1-numbers or abbreviated speed dial numbers (such as “211,” “411”, etc.)
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  • International numbers (outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico)
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  • dial-from-letters-numbers (e.g., “1-800-FLOWERS”)

Wif I don’t have a Echo?

you don’t actually need to make an Echo, a call from Alexa. If you open the calling & Messaging tab on the mobile app, you can call someone on your contacts list. You simply tap the name of the person you wish to call. If you see an Echo device, you, icons for voice and video calls at the top. If not, you can use by tapping on one of your other figures to Alexa Calls to a landline or mobile phone number.

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you can make a call to someone in Echo, or mobile phone directly in the Alexa app.

How do I end a call?

Easy, “Alexa, end the conversation” or “Alexa, hang up.” To Echo Spots, and Echo, which Shows you on the red phone icon on the screen.

How can I call a video?

When you make a call, a sound card, or the Echo-Spot, it will call by default, a video, so if you were using Apple’s Facetime or Google Duo. If you don’t want to be on camera, just say “Alexa, turn off the video and tap the camera icon on the screen.

How do I answer an incoming call?

If a call comes in, your Echo will play a ringing and his ring glows yellow. To answer the call, just say: “Alexa, to answer the call.”

Can I block numbers?

you can block numbers only if they are in your contacts list (but don’t worry, you are not spam always any calls on your Echo). Go to the Call and Messaging tab, in the Alexa-app, tap the contacts icon in the upper-right corner, and then open the three-dot menu in the right corner of the next screen. You will see an option for “Block contacts.” Select it and then select each contact you want to block.

Can I have a Echo in my house?

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you do not mention other echoes in your house—you can just drop on you.

A function called ” Drop In may. members of the household immediately, the connection to the Echo devices in other rooms To activate it, tap “Set up Drop-In” banner at the top of the calling & Messaging screen. Then tap on profile settings and open the Drop “Allow-In” toggle blue. (You can also) Alexa, drop, say, “-in” and close the setup via the voice.You will now be able to use your Echo as a intercom of questions to drop to an Echo in another room. You need to call it, exactly according to the name, though, so make sure that you remember what are called their echoes in other rooms.

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Released on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 21:17:00 +0000

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