Alexa Features

Alexa makes your life easier, more meaningful, and more fun by letting you voice control your world. Alexa can help you get more out of the things you already love and discover new possibilities you've never imagined.


Learn more about news
News & Info
Learn more about staying in touch
Calling, Announcements
& Drop-in
Learn more about the care hub
Multi-Lingual Mode


Learn more about productivity
Learn more about shopping
Learn more about routines
Learn more about Information
Smart Home


Learn more about multi-room audio
Music, Podcasts & More
Learn more about Entertainment
Movies & TV
Learn more about fun and games
Fun & Games

Getting Started with Alexa

learn more about the Alexa App

Alexa app

The Amazon Alexa app is a quick, easy way to try Alexa on your phone, as well as set up and manage compatible devices.

Download the Alexa app
Setting up your device

Setting up your device

You can set up your Alexa-enabled device in a few simple steps through the Alexa app.

Learn more about setting up your device

Featured partners

Alexa Skills bring you great experiences from top partners you know and love, as well as more for you to discover. Play games, listen to podcasts, meditate —there's something for everyone. Explore more skills here.
Learn more about Spotify skill
”Alexa, ask CBC for today's news.”
Learn more about Sleep sounds skill
“Alexa, ask Sleep Sounds for thunderstorms.”
Learn more about ring skill
"Alexa, open Question of the Day."
Learn more about npr skill
"Alexa, open Sportsnet NHL Trivia."
Learn more about Bedtime Stories skill
“Alexa, start Bedtime Stories.”
Learn more about headspace skill
"Alexa, open Feel The Pressure."
Learn more about song quiz skill
”Alexa, open Song Quiz.”
Learn more about headspace skill
"Alexa, open Akinator."


Q. What is Alexa?
A. Alexa is Amazon’s voice AI. Alexa lives in the cloud and is happy to help anywhere there's internet access and a device that can connect to Alexa. Making Alexa part of your day is as simple as asking a question. Alexa can play your favourite song, read the latest headlines, dim the lights in your living room, and more. Alexa wants to make your life easier, more meaningful, and more fun by helping you voice control your world—both at home and on the go.
Q. What's the difference between Alexa and Echo?
A. Alexa and Echo work hand in hand—so you don’t have to use your hands. While there are lots of Echo devices, there’s only one Alexa. Alexa puts the smart in Echo smart speakers, screens, and wearables. Alexa lives in the cloud, which means you can ask Alexa for help wherever you find Alexa —in Echo, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and other Alexa Built-In Devices. Alexa is even in the Alexa app on your smartphone.
Q. What is the difference between Works with Alexa and Alexa Built-In?
A. “Works with Alexa” devices are those you can control using the Alexa voice service, such as a smart light bulb, thermostat, or plug. “Alexa Built-in” describes third-party devices that let you access the Alexa voice service. For example, you can control a Works with Alexa device using your voice by saying “Alexa, turn on the light” to an Alexa Built-in device (or an Amazon device with Alexa, such as an Echo smart speaker or smart display).