Well,  lets see if Alexa can do anything useful to justify herself.  Have you ever wished that you could find your phone ?  I have.   What I can do now,  is simply say “Alexa,  find my phone”  and my phone rings.  Which is nice if there’s not another phone around ?

What about calling OH Security,  when you are not able to retrieve a phone and your pendant is,  well,  who knows where it is ?

What is needed for Alexa to come to the rescue ?

  • Smartphone,  Android or IOS
  • Amazon account (don’t need prime)
  • The “Alexa App” on your phone (will need the Amazon account login)
  • And,  of course, some sort of Alexa sound/voice enabled device,  like a “dot”,  “echo” or a “show” , that was set up using Alexa on that same phone.
  • If you have those things,  then simply tell the speaker “Alexa,  find my phone” .   For me,  she replies:  “calling David”,  since my phone is named “Davids Iphone”,  and my phone rings.  

If that succeeds,  then the second part of this assignment is to add a phone contact to your “Alexa Contacts”,  using the Alexa App,  and not your phone’s contacts.  

Call it “SECURITY”  (or Oak Hammock Security whatever you will remember when the time comes).
 
  • Open the Alexa app and tap Communicate.  This is an icon at the bottom left of the screen next to “home”
  • Tap the Contacts icon in the upper-right corner.
  • Tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner.
  • Tap Add Contact, then enter the pertinent information.

How to add a contact in Alexa

add a contact named “SECURITY” at phone number 352-377-2061

Tap Save when you’re finished.

Give an Alexa call to “SECURITY”  a try !  You simply tell the speaker:  “Alexa, call security”.

Hopefully you won’t need it frequently,  but,  when you do it’ll come in handy.

This post will live down at the lower section of the “home” page as a “tech treat and treasure”  in a few days,  to keep the top of the page tidy,  but still have it available by scrolling down the “home” page.   

If it was useful to you, and you’d like to see more such “tricks” to try,   would you please click the thumbs up below ?  Thanks  /db

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