At the beginning of 2021, Amazon implemented an option for Alexa to control some of your smart home devices. However, this doesn’t mean total control on all your home devices.
Alexa’s powers are still limited, but the updates will surely be groundbreaking after launching this feature.
Which devices can I link to Alexa?
Smart Home devices that are compatible with Alexa can be connected. Some of these are Smart light bulbs/home lights (Philips Hue Bulbs),switches, thermostats.
Note: To set up Alexa to turn off your smart devices, you’ll need the Alexa app installed on your mobile device. The app is available for both iOS and Android, if you don’t have it installed already.
The feature that we are looking for in the app is named ‘Hunches’, so follow these steps to find it:
To make the app easier to use, and to have direct access to your devices in one room, it would be best to create groups based on rooms (or you can create groups based on devices - you could create a ‘Lights Group’), and put the devices from each room in the correct room. Let’s take your office as an example: you can create a group named ‘Office’, and add a list of devices that are located in this room - TV, big light, desk light, thermostat. You leave your office - just say ‘Alexa, Office out’.
Follow these steps to create groups:
After you create your groups, you can start giving voice commands to the digital assistant, using the names you’ve given the groups. If you buy a new device you want to connect in a certain group, just do the same process all over again, but instead of creating new groups, add the newest device to an already existing group.
If you like using other smart home devices like Google Home, check out how to fix the 'Could Not Connect to Google Home Mini' error issue you might get while setting up your Google home on your phone or tablet.
Another new feature is Alexa’s ‘Energy Dashboard’ feature, offering you details about how much energy has been spent in your home. You can use this feature for your entire home, lights, plugs, and you can see reports on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The calculations may not be precise and exact, since Alexa does not have insight into every item in your home that might be spending energy.
There is also a ‘Browse Device’ feature, giving you insights into how much energy an individual device has spent in the past week or month.
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