And she’s surprisingly handy there…
The Alexa app is a daily go-to for most of us — and in case you didn’t know, you can also access Alexa directly in the Amazon app too!
You’ll now find Alexa access via a floating Alexa icon in the Amazon app. Tap it, and you can request things by voice, just as you do with your Alexa devices and the app. It’s great for shopping, of course, but also other things.
To check it out, follow these steps…
- Go to the Amazon app (the brown one, not the blue Alexa app) and look for a floating icon that looks like a quote mark in a blue and white circle. It usually hangs out on the bottom right part of the screen.
- The first time you use it, you’ll need to enable permissions and allow it to access the microphone. Just like the Alexa app, it promises to only access the microphone when in use, by tapping the button or using the wake word. You’ll know it’s listening when a blue listening bar shows up at the bottom of the app.
- Then, command away! Some go-to shopping commands I like are “Alexa, show me my shopping list” or “Alexa, show me Caesar salad dressing” to see buying options on Amazon or even “Alexa, show me the best-selling books for fall.” You can also check for status updates on delivery orders.
- Not in shopping mode? You can use the feature just like you would your Echo at home, asking things like “Alexa, what’s the weather forecast?” or “Alexa, play Yacht Rock radio.”
Pro Tip: You can use Alexa voice commands via the Alexa button in the Amazon app even if you don’t have an Alexa device at home. It’s a great way to bring friends and family who don’t have Echos yet into the Alexa fold!