As well as Amazon’s own Echo devices, Alexa is available on a huge number of different products like thermostats, headphones, and even vehicles. But to get the best out of Alexa you need to install some Alexa skills.
Alexa skills are voice-activated apps that provide you with pretty much anything you can imagine. We’re highlighting the best Alexa skills available, especially if you’re a new Amazon Echo owner.
How to Find and Install Alexa Skills
You can easily find Alexa skills either on the Amazon site through the Echo skills portal or by using the Alexa app on Android or iOS. On either version, hit the sidebar menu and look for Skills. You can then search and install any skill by hitting the Enable button.
However, the easiest way to install Alexa skills is to simply say “Alexa, enable [skill name]” using any compatible device (you can also change Alexa’s name). That will work for many skills that don’t require you to log in to another service.
The Best Free Alexa Skills to Install Now
Just say “Alexa, play Jeopardy!”
Once you’re caught up on the most recent news, you can dive right into everyone’s favorite quiz show, Jeopardy!. There are clues from a wide variety of categories like sports, travel, history, and more. Just like a real contestant on the show, you’ll have to answer in the form of a question.
Just say “Alexa, start MyPetDoc.”
It’s always scary to be a pet parent when your dog or cat is not acting like themselves. But with the MyPetDoc skill, you can quickly receive answers. You can tap knowledge from the skill’s AI-driven knowledge base to answer questions about your pet. Just tell the skill your concern.
If you need more guidance and advice, you can also be automatically connected to a US licensed veterinarian live 24 hours a day for a small fee.
Just say “Alexa, start Cell Phone Finder.”
It happens to the best of us—a lost cell phone at the most inopportune time. But Cell Phone Finder provides a lifeline. After a short setup process when enabling the skill, you’ll be ready to go. And when that time comes, just ask Alexa, and your phone will start ringing.
For Cell Phone Finder to work even when your phone is on silent or Do Not Disturb, there is more information on the skill page on how to add the service’s number to a handset’s emergency bypass feature.
Just say “Alexa, play Twenty Questions.”
Can you stump Alexa in the Twenty Questions skill? Just like the classic guessing game, you’ll think of anything and Alexa will have 20 questions to try to guess it. You can answer any questions with the following—“yes,” “no,” “unknown,” irrelevant,” “sometimes,” probably,” or “doubtful.” See how smart Alexa really is.
Just say “Alexa, open Domino’s.”
Snagging dinner doesn’t have to be a chore, especially if you’re in the mood for pizza. With the Domino’s skill enabled, you can reorder your last pizza or any other easy order. After you’ve ordered, you can track each stage of the order, all the way until it’s being delivered or ready for pickup. If you’re a fan of Pizza Hut instead, they offer a similar skill.
6. Big Sky
Just say “Alexa, open Big Sky.”
While the built-in weather skill accessible through Alexa is accurate, Big Sky takes it a step further. Using the popular Dark Sky API that powers the popular weather app for iOS and Android and the Forecast.io site, Alexa and Big Sky provide hyperlocal forecasts that are tied to your specific street address. With Big Sky weather, you can also find out specific information like the chance of precipitation at a certain time of day.
Just say “Alexa, ask Roborock to start cleaning.”
No one is excited to do household chores like vacuuming. But with a Roborock robot vacuum and the Roborock Plus skill, you can vacuum with a simple voice command. You can start cleaning your whole home or even a specific room. Beyond that, you can stop cleaning, locate the vacuum, check its status, and even send the vacuum back to its charging station.
Just say “Alexa, open Sleep Sounds.”
At the end of the day, Alexa can even help you to fall asleep peacefully. Sleep and Relaxation Sounds features more than 40 different high-quality sleep-enhancing sounds to select from. You can choose from everything from white noise to crickets, city sounds, and more. To limit the time the sound is active, you can also set a sleep timer.
Just say “Alexa, open Spotlight podcast.”
Yes, there is even a skill to help locate other skills. In the weekly podcast, the hosts discuss some of their favorite Alexa skills and how to use them.
Just say “Alexa, launch This Day in History.”
Take a deep dive into history with this great skill from The History Chanel. You can find out a historical event on the current day or even any other day on the calendar. After hearing the event, you can even ask the skill to provide more information.
10. Mad Libs
Just say “Alexa, open Mad Libs.”
One of the all-time classic games has been brought into the modern age with the Mad Libs skill. Alexa will ask for different nouns, adverbs, and adjectives and then will read back the hysterical results.
Just say “Alexa, ask Wine Gal to recommend a wine for prime rib.”
Always have the perfect wine ready to go with the MySomm skill. Just ask Wine Gal, the skill’s personal wine sommelier, for a recommendation with your meal. You can find out what pairs with hundreds of different foods.
12. Calm My Cat
Just say “Alexa, start Calm My Cat.”
Alexa isn’t just for humans. As you may have guessed, the Calm My Cat skill is designed for your feline friends. The skill plays relaxing music. And hundreds of cat owners are singing its praises with great reviews. You can even set a timer for the music to stop after a specific time frame.
13. 7-Minute Workout
Just say “Alexa, start 7-Minute Workout.”
The personal assistant can even help you burn off some calories. Alexa and the 7-Minute Workout will guide you through an entire routine of 12 different exercises. If the workout gets too much, you can pause it and resume at any time.
14. Amazon Storytime
Just say “Alexa, open Amazon Storytime.”
Make bedtime or anytime a breeze with the Amazon Storytime skill. Designed for kids 5-12, children can hear one of a collection of more than 100 short stories with full-cast recordings. Kids can select from a story category, like bedtime or silly. They can also spin the magic story wheel for a surprise.
15. Flight Tracker
Just say “Alexa, ask Flight Tracker for [flight].”
All you need is the airline name and flight number, and you can hear an up-to-the-minute update on any flight. This skill is perfect for when you’re running out the door on the way to the airport to pick up a friend or to catch a flight yourself.
Just say “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play [podcast].”
This is the perfect skill for fans of podcasts. Along with being able to subscribe and unsubscribe to specific podcasts with ease, you can even request to listen to specific episodes. Additional AnyPod Alexa commands can help you navigate through each podcast by rewinding, fast-forwarding, and more.
Just say “Alexa, open Allrecipes.”
Never wonder what’s for dinner when using the Allrecipes skill. You can search for recipes by ingredient, keyword, or dish name. The skill also provides new recipes, local deals, a perfect pairing, and personalized suggestions.
When it’s time to get started, the skill will give you a shopping list and step-by-step instructions. You can also save a recipe in a personal cookbook to access later.
18. Blink SmartHome
Just say “Alexa, ask Blink to arm my home system.”
One of the best uses for Alexa is to control smart home devices. If you’re new to the technology, one of the best ways to get started is with the inexpensive Blink camera system. Battery powered, the cameras can be placed almost anywhere in your home.
Perfect for any Echo device with a screen, you can view a live feed or the last activity from a specific camera. Other Alexa devices can also arm and disarm the system.
19. Atom Tickets
Just say “Alexa, ask Atom to buy movie tickets for today.”
Snagging a ticket to the latest and greatest flick is just a voice command away with the Atom Tickets skill. You can hear which movies are playing in theaters near you and purchase a ticket that is sent straight to email.
Along with being able to buy tickets to premium format films like IMAX and RealD 3D options, the skill also works with reserved seating theaters.
20. Security Siren
Just say “Alexa, start Security Siren.”
The Security Siren skill is something you’ll hopefully never have to use. But it can definitely help you in an emergency. Just ask Alexa, and you’ll hear a loud security siren to scare off any intruders.
It’s a great, easy-to-access way to help improve your home security. For even more security, your Echo device can harness built-in features like Alexa Guard.
Making the Most of Great Alexa Skills
With the huge number of Alexa skills available for Amazon Echo devices, it might feel intimidating knowing where to start. But these Alexa skills should give you a firm grasp of what the powerful voice assistant can truly do.
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