Alexa calling and messaging is available across the Echo family. You can ask Alexa to call or message anyone with a supported Echo device, or the Alexa App on their smartphone.
I use it a few different ways but each one has helped me gain a little bit more independence, I can now make and receive calls without any help !
I will take you through the different ways I use my different Echo devices or the Alexa app on your Smat phone to keep in contact.
Firstly you have to download the Alexa app and give it access to your contacts, this is to see which of your contacts have Alexa setup and so who you can contact.
Echo to Echo Calling
So here is an example of how I can ring my sister from my Echo dot in Northern Ireland to her Echo device in Scotland.
The call will also appear on her phone via the Alexa app so even if she is not at home she could still answer via the Alexa App on her phone.
Messages can also be sent this way, they will show up as text in the app or will be read out by Alexa.
For more info on Alexa calling click here
Echo to Mobile Calling
Drop-in / Intercom
In this example I am using my Echo dot to call to the Alexa app on my Dad’s Smartphone .
Dad does not own any of the Amazon Echo devices and has just downloaded the Alexa app to his phone for free, this gives him full access to all of the Alexa features.
He can also use the Alexa app the other way and call my Echo devices, so if I am home alone I can answer the calls by simply saying “Alexa, Answer “
Drop In is an optional feature that helps you to instantly connect, hands free, with other Echo devices. You enable simply by saying, "Drop in on Kitchen."
This could be useful for an elderly person or someone who is not tech savvy as you could talk to them without them having to answer.
This is a great way to get attention if you need it when you are in bed, it has replaced an "always on" (baby) monitor I used to have. As it only listens when I ask it to it means I can watch TV without it piping into the other room
For more info on Drop-in click here .