Amazon’s smart speaker, Echo, is a fun and useful device for your home that acts like a digital assistant you have on your phone, like Siri or Cortana. But it does a lot more than that. It can be a hub for home automation and control your Nest thermostat, Philips Hue lights, play music via Bluetooth, and more.
The more you use your Amazon Echo, over time, it will get smarter as it collects and analyzes your voice data. However, if you get a brand new one, and want to make it smarter out of the box, here’s some things you can do.
Make Amazon Echo Smarter
Use Voice Training. The first thing you can do is train Alexa, the name of the Echo’s virtual assistant, to understand your voice better. Launch your Amazon Echo app on your device, and select Voice Training. The go through the steps and read each of the 25 phrases out loud.
This allows Alexa to get a better sense of your voice cadence and pronunciation. And, you can go through this process as many times as you like.
Set your Location. For the most personalized information that pertains to your local area, it’s best to make sure Alexa knows where you are located. This is an obvious one, but the Echo doesn’t come with your location set by default.
To set your location, open the Echo app and go to Settings > Your Echo’s Name > Echo Device Location.
Provide Feedback. Every time you say a command or ask your Echo something, a card appears in the Echo app. These cards provide more detailed information about what you asked Alexa, but you can also use them to let Amazon know if Alexa heard your query correctly or not.
Like in the example below, Alexa can’t make it out when I ask about groovyPost. So I select “No” where it asks if Alexa heard me correctly or not.
Over time the Echo will get smarter the more you use it and the more Amazon adds new features and capabilities.
Do you have an Amazon Echo? Let us know what you think about it and how you use it in the comments below.