Know all about placing and receiving phone calls with your Amazon Echo device. Read the article and get all the details.
Amazon echo is now offering calling and messaging service which is Alexa powered. This will be a new way of contacting your friends and family who also own Echo devices or have installed Alexa app on their iOS and Android devices. The best of this feature is that it is completely free to use and it can work over wi-fi and cellular data both.
What Is Amazon Alexa Calling?
Amazon Alexa calling is Alexa to Alexa calling and messaging service that has been started by Amazon in the month of May. The feature was rolled out at the time of rolling out the new Echo speakers the Echo Show. This new speaker comes with a display screen and is focused around the audio and video calling by the users. For extending this same functionality to other devices of Echo, Amazon has made specially calling feature for Alexa.
What You Need For Using This Feature?
For making calls you will need an Amazon account, a phone number that is valid and the Alexa app on the device which is running on Android version 5.0 or higher or iOS version which is 9.0 or higher This service will be set with the help of Alexa app. After setup, the service can be used with an Echo and Echo Dot devices.
How Does Amazon Alexa Calling Work?
Firstly, download Amazon Alexa app either from Apple app store or Google play store depending upon your device that you are using. Open the app for signing up for the Alexa service, after that choose the conversation icon which is at the home screen and follow the on-screen instructions. Then you will be asked for confirming your name, enabling the access to your contact list and verifying your phone number via SMS. Your phone address book will be used by Alexa for finding the people having Alexa app or Echo devices.
Placing A Call
For making a call through Alexa app, you will need to choose the conversation icon at the home screen and then click on contact icon at the upper corner. This will show you all your contacts who have Alexa app or any Echo device. After this click on contact and then an option for making a call will come up. For making a call you will need to say that Alexa, call and name of contact. The contact must be listed under the contact screen of Alexa app and you will be required to say the name of the person same as it is appearing in the app. Otherwise, Alexa will not be able to understand. All the incoming calls and messages will be delivered to Alexa app and all the supported Echo devices.
Sending A Voice Message
For sending a voice message through the Alexa app, you will need to choose the conversation icon on the home screen. The conversation screen will show all your existing conversations. For starting the conversation, you can also click on start conversation icon and choose the desired contact. A separate pop-up screen will come irrespective of the method that you are using. Click on the blue color microphone button at the bottom of the screen for sending a new voice message.
Sending A Text Message
For sending a text message from Alexa app, you will need to choose the conversation icon on the home screen. The conversation screen will show all your existing conversations. For starting the conversation, you can also click on start conversation icon and choose the desired contact. A separate pop-up screen will come irrespective of the method that you are using. Click on the keyboard button near the microphone at the bottom of the screen for sending a message.
What Else Can You Do?
That’s it. But Amazon is also. planning to add the feature of call waiting and call transfer between the devices, placing the calls on hold and placing a three-way call. It will be interesting to see when these features will be added to Amazon Alexa calling.