Alexa, the digital assistant on Amazon Echo devices, continues to get smarter as more Skills and other features become available. One feature that is useful for managing your schedule is adding your calendar.
When it was originally launched, we showed you how to add your Google Calendar and later how to add your Microsoft Outlook Calendar. Now, for those of you who run in the Apple universe, here’s a look at how to link your Apple iCloud Calendar with Alexa. The following will work with all Echo and Alexa devices.
Note: To connect your iCloud Calendar with Alexa, you need to turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) first. You will also need the Alexa app installed on your iPhone or iPad
Connect iCloud Calendar with Alexa
If you already have 2FA enabled tap “Continue” on the next screen or follow the instructions on how to enable it now.
The next step will prompt you to create an app-specific password for the Alexa app. The steps are listed on the screen. The gist of it is going to appleid.apple.com and clicking “Generate Password” in the Security section. Make sure to save the password for future use – it isn’t the same as your Apple account password.
Then you’ll need to type in your Apple ID and the password that was just generated and sign in.
Next, check the iCloud calendars you want to connect with Alexa. Then you’re done. Your iCloud Calendar is now connected with your Echo.
If you have multiple calendars, you’ll want to go back to Settings > Calendar in the Amazon app and choose the one you want new events added to.
Now you’ll be able to have Alexa read your upcoming activities by asking – here are a few examples:
- “Alexa, what are my plans for the weekend?”
- “Alexa, am I busy on Wednesday?
- “Alexa, do I have plans on June 12th?”
To add an event you can say “Alexa, add event to my calendar.” Then continue with the instructions that Alexa walks you though. If you don’t have your Echo device nearby, you can see upcoming events you’ve added by pulling up your iCloud Calendar either via the app or iCloud.com.
What is your calendar service of choice to use with your Echo device? Leave a comment below and let us know.