Why you should be using Alexa on your smartphone

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You need the Alexa app for Android or iOS to set up any of the Amazon Echo speakers, but once you’ve got your Echo in place, you might not give much thought to the program on your phone—not when you can do so much with voice commands aimed at your smart speaker.



a woman holding a cell phone: When you don't want to ruin your chill morning vibe or stop devouring a bagel by yelling at Alexa, you can use your phone.


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When you don’t want to ruin your chill morning vibe or stop devouring a bagel by yelling at Alexa, you can use your phone.

If you’re ignoring the app, though, you’re missing out. It’s much more than just a setup utility for the Echo speakers, and it just got a major overhaul that means it’s more intuitive to use than ever.

Get to know the home screen

Open up the Alexa app and tap Home to get to the home screen (if you’re not already on it). This displays a useful overview of

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