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The Smart, The Fun, The Surprising: Best Alexa Commands to Spice Up Your Life

by Soraya Herbert | Nov 04, 2019

There’s a brutal truth about life we have to break to you: the routine can be plain boring! Finding little ways to bring joy to mundane things can often be the difference between a “fine” and a “great” day.

Using Amazon Alexa home skills can bring a little pep in our step. To give you some ideas of how to use tech’s “it” girl to add an extra laugh to your day, we gathered a list of the best Alexa commands.

AMAZON ALEXA COMMAND BASICS

Let’s start with the basics. Alexa’s home skills are a lot of fun. Because truth be told, telling someone to do something is sometimes much more enjoyable than doing it yourself.

Here are the 5 best Alexa commands we love:

  1. “Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes”

    • Following a recipe and need to set a timer? Say goodbye to burnt cookies.

    • (Pro Tip: You can set more than one timer at a time)

  2. “Alexa, wake me up at 6 am to 90’s music”

    • Have a hate/love relationship with your alarm clock? Not anymore.

    • (Pro Tip: Just include the same of a song, artist, of type of music when setting an alarm)

  3. “Alexa, what’s the weather today?”

    • Every Texan knows the weather can change in a matter of minutes. Don’t get fooled by an early morning breeze and get stuck with a sweater in the Texas heat.

  4. “Alexa, what is the latest news?”

    • Conference calls don’t have to start awkwardly. This is a great way to keep up with the latest and start your calls smooth and impressive.

  5. “Alexa, what’s on my schedule today?”

    • Leaving post-it notes on your bathroom mirror is so 2008. Get on that next level of productivity by creating to-do lists, syncing your schedule, and requesting calendar reminders.

ALEXA HOME SKILLS FOR THE NEW DECADE

Start 2020 by channeling a futuristic attitude and partaking in the Smart Home craze! Not only is it one of the easiest, least expensive ways to smarten up your home, we’ve recently made our GVTC Elevate remote compatible with Alexa so you can enjoy your streaming experience that much more. We know it can be a pain to switch between Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Cable, etc.., but you can now get Alexa to do all the dirty work for you while you get the popcorn ready.

Here are our top 5 clever and funny Alexa commands:

  1. “Alexa, turn the channel to ESPN”

    • Forget scrolling through your TV Guide manually, make Alexa save you the hassle with a simple voice command.

  2. “Alexa, turn off the lights”

    • There’s nothing worse than lying comfortably in bed and realizing you have to get up to turn off the lights. With the help of some smart bulbs and your Amazon Echo, you can stop nominating your spouse to get up and control your lights from anywhere, anytime.

  3. “Alexa, record the latest episode of Top Chef”

    • Thanks to GVTC Elevate, you can stop adding recording your favorite shows to your to-do list. No more forgetting and missing out on that precious me-time, GVTC Elevate and Alexa has got you covered.

  4. “Alexa, Drop-In on the kid’s room”

    • This is a great way to spy on the kids or let them know dinner is ready without losing your voice. Just name each Alexa device on the Alexa App, enable the Drop-In feature, and have ears on every wall in the house. Even Sherlock Holmes would be impressed…

  5. “Alexa, at what time does The Bachelor on ABC come on?”

    • Finally heard of a show worthy to replace Game of Thrones Sundays, but have no idea when to tune in? Alexa is your friend! Too bad you can’t watch together and discuss whether that one scene was cool or just really weird.

FUNNY ALEXA QUESTIONS TO KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY

We’ve covered commands that make our lives simpler and make everyday tasks more enjoyable, but what if we’re just craving a good time or a laugh at the end of a stressful day? Use the following clever commands to have some plain old meaningless fun with Alexa, she’s just cool like that.

  1. “Alexa, flip a coin”

    • One of our favorite and easygoing ways to make meaningless decisions, like whether to have Spaghetti Bolognese or beef tacos for dinner.

    • (Pro Tip: If you hesitate on Alexa’s answer at all, then go with the other choice)

  2. “Alexa, make monkey noises”

    • Your kid made you laid down the law on no cookies before dinner? Break the tension and their tantrum with some silly and unexpected animal noises

  3. “Alexa, flatter me”

    • Let Alexa soothe your broken heart by fishing for a compliment. The positive reaffirmation will give you a little confidence boost, while simultaneously making you laugh that at the fact that it’s coming from a device.

  4. “Alexa, tell me a dad joke”

    • Dad jokes are one of life’s guilty pleasures. Whether you need new material or just feel like chucking over a corny joke, this human-like trait of Alexa is a fun way to pep up your day. Just don’t expect an apology if her jokes are better than yours!

  5. “Alexa, play that song that goes {It’s bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S}”

    • Alexa will help you find that one song to reminisce about your glory days, without laughing at how bad you may sound or suggesting you keep your day job. Hear that, mom?

There you go, folks! Life may be hard, but you’re now equipped to fight back with 15 of the best Alexa commands. Because deep down, we all want to feel like we’re living in the future and find better, more fun ways to go through life’s everyday shenanigans.