How to Force a Firmware Update on the Amazon Echo Alexa Smart Speakers

Technically speaking, there’s currently no way to force an immediate firmware update on any of the Alexa Echo smart speakers from Amazon.  Further, these speakers typically update quickly by themselves as new firmware is released, within a couple hours, or at worst, a couple days.  But you may want to update your device immediately, particularly … Continue reading How to Force a Firmware Update on the Amazon Echo Alexa Smart Speakers



How to Adjust Volume on Amazon Echo 1st Gen Smart Speaker

You may control the volume of the sound output on the Alexa smart speaker by Amazon, in multiple ways. You can ask the speaker to raise and lower the volume, or you may rotate the outer ring at the top of the speaker. Details follow.   How to voice command the Amazon Alexa Echo Gen … Continue reading How to Adjust Volume on Amazon Echo 1st Gen Smart Speaker



How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Wake Word

You can indeed change the wake word that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers such as the Echo Dot, respond to when you say it.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The wake word is the name you utter when you want the smart speaker to wake up and start listening for a follow-up command / question.  It’s how you “get her attention,” … Continue reading How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Wake Word



Spotify Alexa Commands for Controlling Spotify from Echo, Tap, and Dot Speakers

Through the Alexa home assistant and supported smart speakers, you can control your music listening on Spotify with your voice!  Ask Alexa to play a song, and album, or a public or one of your own playlists.  Yes, the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap speakers do indeed work very well with Spotify, giving your access … Continue reading Spotify Alexa Commands for Controlling Spotify from Echo, Tap, and Dot Speakers



How to Change Alexa Wake Word

You can indeed change the wake word that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers respond to when you say it.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The wake word is the name you utter when you want the smart speaker to wake up and start listening for a follow-up command / question.  It’s how you “get her attention,” so to speak.  This setting … Continue reading How to Change Alexa Wake Word



How to Reboot Amazon Echo Gen 2 Dot Smart Speaker

You may wish to reboot your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot speaker if it starts behaving strangely, becomes non responsive to questions and commands, emits unusual sounds, and so on.  However, before attempting any extensive troubleshooting, always try a speaker reboot first. This often clears up many problems such as Wi-Fi connectivity issues.  Plus, trying a reboot initially avoids … Continue reading How to Reboot Amazon Echo Gen 2 Dot Smart Speaker