The 50 Most Useful Alexa Voice Commands

By Paul McFedries

Part of Alexa For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Alexa is billed as a “virtual personal assistant,” and to earn that title it needs to make your life easier, simpler, and more convenient. Does Alexa do that? If the following 50 voice commands are the evidence, then I’d have to say the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

  • “Alexa, what time is it?”
  • “Alexa, what is today’s date?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the weather like?”
  • “Alexa, play my Flash Briefing.”
  • “Alexa, play my sports update.”
  • “Alexa, how’s the traffic?”
  • “Alexa, what was the score of yesterday’s [team] game?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the definition of [word]?”
  • “Alexa, how do you spell [word]?”
  • “Alexa, what are some synonyms for [word]?”
  • “Alexa, how do you say [word] in [language]?”
  • “Alexa, how many [units1] are in [number] [units2]?” (For example, “Alexa, how many cups are in one gallon?”)
  • “Alexa, what is [number] [operator] [number]?” (For example, “Alexa, what is 123 times 456?”)
  • “Alexa, what is [number1] percent of [number2]?” (For example, “Alexa, what is 15 percent of 235.75?”)
  • “Alexa, tell me about [topic].”
  • “Alexa, ask Wikipedia about [topic].”
  • “Alexa, play some music.”
  • “Alexa, play new music.”
  • “Alexa, play [song, album, artist, playlist, genre, mood].”
  • “Alexa, who sings this song?”
  • “Alexa, pause/resume/next/previous.”
  • “Alexa, set volume to [number from 1 through 10].”
  • “Alexa, play [audiobook title].”
  • “Alexa, enable [skill].”
  • “Alexa, set alarm for [time].”
  • “Alexa, wake me up every weekday at [time].”
  • “Alexa, set a timer for [duration].”
  • “Alexa, set a [name] timer for [duration].” (For example, “Alexa, set a tea timer for four minutes.”)
  • “Alexa, what day of the week is [date]?”
  • “Alexa, what’s on my calendar?”
  • “Alexa, add an event to my calendar.”
  • “Alexa, what’s my next event?”
  • “Alexa, what am I doing tomorrow?”
  • “Alexa, remind me to [task] at [time].”
  • “Alexa, send a message.”
  • “Alexa, call [name, device, or phone number].”
  • “Alexa, video call [name, device, or phone number].”
  • “Alexa, drop in on [name or device].”
  • “Alexa, announce [message].”
  • “Alexa, add [task] to my to-do list.”
  • “Alexa, what’s on my to-do list?”
  • “Alexa, add [item] to my shopping list.”
  • “Alexa, order [item].”
  • “Alexa, reorder [item].”
  • “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”
  • “Alexa, where’s my stuff?”
  • “Alexa, what [business types] are nearby?” (For example, “Alexa, what restaurants are nearby?”)
  • “Alexa, what’s the address/phone number of [name of business]?”
  • “Alexa, discover my devices.”
  • “Alexa, turn on [device, scene, group].”