How to Use Amazon Alexa to Send and Receive Text Messages

How to Use Amazon Alexa to Send and Receive Text Messages

New technology and its benefits are really awesome, one let us avoid going out to pass a message and the other let us send it remotely. Then we have devices like Amazon Echo which can enable anyone to control all the household items with voice commands. Like, no need to write or type anything, just say Hey, Alexa do this or that for me and it will follow your words. That's awesome. As we are talking about messages here, Alexa can also help you to send and receive text messages with your loved ones. This is so simple for this AI-enabled software.

To help you easily activate and Set Up Alexa's SMS services, here we are showing a simple guide:

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How to Set Up Text Message with Alexa

Before using Alexa's messaging features, you have to sign up with Alexa's Communicate feature:

  1. Launch Alexa mobile app from your smartphone (whether iOS or Android).
  2. Tap the Communicate icon on the Alexa app (a speech bubble icon at bottom of the app). 
  3. Allow Alexa to access your contacts.
  4. Verify your phone number with the Alexa app.
That's it, now your Alexa app is ready to send and receive messages with or without using your Amazon Echo device and you can now simply say a voice command to send a text message with Echo device or directly from Alexa app.

How to Use Amazon Alexa to Send Text Messages

Sending a text message using Alexa is really simple and fun, here's how to do it in a few seconds:

  1. Be near to your Echo device and say "Alexa, send a message."
  2. Now say the Recipient's Name when Alexa asks you.
  3. Dictate/Say your message when Alexa asks for the message/text. When you are done, pause for a few seconds.  
  4. Respond "Yes" when Alexa asks if she should send your message.

 Alexa now will send your message to your selected contact instantly.

NOTE: You have to say a correct name from your contact list as Alexa is a machine/software and she can't recognize a person based on the nicknames or other common names that are not listed as your contacts.

How to Use Amazon Alexa to Receive Text Messages

Receiving your text messages on Alexa is really simple, all you have to do is just be near to your Echo device and say:

"Alexa, play my messages."

That's all, she will play your recently received messages for you.

Besides this, Amazon Echo will show you a notification light (yellow light on the top ring-icon on Amazon Echo device), and also a notification sound will be triggered whenever you receive a text message on Alexa or as we say on Amazon Echo device.

This is the best and smartest way to send or receive text messages using Alexa and Amazon Echo.

Terms and Conditions

There are a few terms and conditions before you can actually send and receive text messages using your Alexa and Amazon Echo device:

  • Amazon Echo device should be Powered On
  • You should make sure that your Echo device is connected with a working Wi-Fi

If everything is connected and verified at your end, go for it. It will work fine.

How to Send a Message from One Echo to Another

There are an option and feature in Amazon Echo devices named "Alexa Messaging" it works for you when you are looking to leave a text message from your Echo to another Echo device. All you have to do is just say "Alexa, Send A Message" and select a recipient, say your message and let Alexa send to another echo or your contact number. In short, yes, you can send a message from one echo to another.

Can Alexa Receive Text Messages?

Of course, she can. Alexa is a software-cum-machine that enables you to automate everything in your home, office, and wherever you want more abilities using technology. Alexa can receive text messages and even send text messages to anyone you want.

Can Alexa Notify Me When I Get A Text?

For sure, Alexa will notify you whenever you get a text from anyone and it will trigger a notification sound and a yellow light on the upper ring-icon on the Echo device.

Can Alexa Call 911

Undoubtedly, Amazon's Alexa can't dial 911 or 999 to call for emergency services. As 911 is a short-form number, Alexa is not capable of calling such numbers but it can help you in an emergency situation to call a trusted person or organization with a full mobile or landline number.

How to Delete Alexa Messages

Deleting a message or a full conversation on Alexa is easy:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your device.
  2. Tap on the Communicate icon.
  3. Swipe left on the Conversation you want to delete and select Remove.

So? what else you want to know and understand about Alex and the Amazon Echo device? let us know in the comments.

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