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



How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Name

You can indeed change the name 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 word is the name you call out when you want the popular voice assistant to wake up and start listening for a follow-up command / question.  It’s how you “get … Continue reading How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Name



Echo Dot Gen 2 Smart Speaker Factory Reset Instructions

You may wish to factory reset Echo Dot because you wish to sell your old one to another. Or perhaps you just want to link it to a different Amazon account, or to a different wireless network.  So, to that end, in order to reset your Echo Dot to factory default condition, perform the following steps.  Resetting unlinks the Echo Dot from its current Amazon … Continue reading Echo Dot Gen 2 Smart Speaker Factory Reset Instructions



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



Amazon Echo Best Features List

The Amazon Echo speakers, including the Tap, Dot, as well as the original Echo feature are jampacked with an ever-growing list of helpful features and skills; all to help make our hectic days a little less so.  Some of the most useful features we’ve discovered with our two Echo Dot speakers follow. This piece describes … Continue reading Amazon Echo Best Features List