30+ Useful Amazon Alexa Skills and Features

We are in 2020 and Amazon Alexa is still the superior smart home ecosystem. Alexa has truly invaded our homes when it comes to speakers, TVs, microwaves and we can’t forget the Echo wall clock. Alexa is pretty much everywhere. 

So, if you are thinking about purchasing an Echo, then you have come to the right post.  This is a full post of the 30+Useful Amazon Alexa skills and features for new and current users. 

So, with no further delays here we go! 

Useful Amazon Alexa Skills and Features 

1. Use Routine  

Amazon routines allow you to combine a bunch of actions in one command. Your companion app will let you get started with two preset routines, a Goodnight, and a Good morning routine. But you can create any routine you like and customize any routine with specific actions that happen upon your command. 

2. What’s in the News? 

I created my favorite news sources for this one, so now when Alexa is asked, I get a news overview every morning.  

3. Control Your Smart Home 

Use your echo device to control any smart home device you have connected. I do this a lot with our Smart TV, so I don’t have to stop what I’m doing to just change the channel or turn the volume down. 

4. Ask Your Echo, what’s up! 

This is a fun useful Amazon Alexa skill to get your assistant to tell you something new and random. 

5. Stream Radio & Podcast 

Your Echo gives you access to a ton of radio stations and podcast, all you have to do is ask Alexa to play your favorite station or podcast. This is a bonus; you can also listen to your Kindle books. 

6. Better Audio Controls 

Get deeper with your audio controls. The companion app allows you to further adjust the volume on any device you have. You can tweet the bass, mid and treble .

7. Connect Your Phone 

Just simply ask your, assistant, to “connect my phone” and it will use Bluetooth to do so. If you haven’t set it up yet, just follow prompts to easily do so. Now you can listen to your tunes on a better speaker than your smartphone. Don’t forget to say “disconnect from my phone” when you are done.  

8. Audio and Video Calls 

This also requires your phone connection so your assistance can make calls to most mobile and landline numbers in the US, Canada, and Mexico at no additional cost. Plus, if you have an Echo display, you will be able to make a video call. 

9. Enable Notifications  

Yes, you can receive notifications via your Echo device. If you have a speaker it can light up to inform you that a package has shipped or arrived and if you have an Echo display the screen will show you a notification. 

This is all set up in the settings section of   your companion app.  

10. Hail A Ride 

This useful Amazon Alexa skill enables the Lyft or Uber skill to simply ask your assistance...