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4 Amazon Echo features that still work with mic turned off

Your Echo nonetheless retains some capabilities even when it is not listening.


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You do not have to say “Alexa” to get every little thing you need out of your Amazon Echo speaker. Really, Amazon’s sensible speaker can perform several tasks for you when the microphone is turned off. 

For instance, say you need to use the Echo as a passive speaker in a single room of the home, otherwise you’re having a non-public dialog and need to make sure Alexa is not overhearing. No matter your purpose, it is good to know what your Echo can and might’t do when it is not actively listening. 

Keep in mind, with the microphone turned off, you will not be capable of interact with Alexa in the identical means, and you will want to make use of the Alexa app to arrange duties. Listed below are the Echo options that also work so long as the Echo’s plugged in.

Your scheduled routines: If you happen to’ve acquired scheduled routines arrange in your Echo system, like turning on the lights at 7 am, they’re going to nonetheless proceed and not using a hitch. Nevertheless, in case your routine requires you to say a command to Alexa to get began — like “Alexa, good morning” — you may have to make use of the Alexa app to activate it.

Your alarms: Even when your mic is turned off, your alarms will nonetheless wake you on the proper time. This might both be good or unhealthy, relying on how you are feeling about your alarms. The excellent news is that you’re going to truly must rise up to turn off the alarm, making it extra possible so that you can keep awake and never hit snooze. The unhealthy information is that you could’t say “Alexa, cease” or “Alexa, snooze” and you will truly must get away from bed.

Folks can nonetheless drop in on you: When your mic is turned off, anybody you’ve got given entry to drop in on you can nonetheless achieve this. Nevertheless, they will not be capable of hear a reply. To speak to them, you may must unmute your microphone. So should you’re involved about your privacy, however nonetheless need to give your family and friends the choice to drop in on you, turning the mic off is a technique to do this.

You may nonetheless play music in your Echo speaker: Whilst you could not be capable of ask Alexa to begin playing a song whereas your mic is off, you may actually use the Alexa app. To get began, open the Alexa app and faucet the Play icon. 

From right here, you may see playlists you’ve got lately performed in your Echo speaker, in addition to your most well-liked music streaming service — for instance, Amazon Music or Pandora. Choose a playlist and select which speaker or audio system you’d prefer to hear on. The music will routinely begin taking part in on the system you’ve got chosen.

For extra Amazon Echo suggestions, try these four Amazon Echo features only Prime members can use, how to use your Echo’s new privacy features and the 10 weirdest things Alexa can do on your Amazon Echo.

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