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17 Nov '15

Amazon Echo - What Reviews Don't Tell You (Part 5 of 5) - 131 Questions Answered

Posted by TeamDIG.com ➨ Reviews - Questions - Answers
CAN YOU BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS TO ECHO?

● No but the top volume is very loud and you can always move the unit to another room if you needed to. To re-establish the connection all you do is plug it into an outlet and it's ready to go again immediately.

● No, but the sound quality and range of the Echo is so good that you don't really need them unless you are wanting to extend the music to another room.

● No, right now there are no external capabilities either with blue tooth or wired connections.

● I tired it, it requires action on the speaker, so no.

● Unfortunately No.

CAN YOU CHANGE HER NAME?

● No.. I wish you could.. But I think this is just a programming issue they can change if we all request it. I would highly recommend Alexa or who family loves her. We use it for weather ,news ,timers. The kids love getting answers for homework,math,spelling,facts and music. Something I just started doing is blue tooth from my phone to us Spotify and pod cast. They also just added the ability to us audible so now I can listen to all of my digital books. Hope this helps..

● You have a choice of Alexa or Amazon.

● Only to "echo". :)

CAN YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS ON THE ECHO AND, IF SO, HOW IS IT DONE?

● I listen to podcasts through my iPhone in my car almost daily. When I'd like to finish listening to one in the house, I simply say "Alexa - connect to Bluetooth". It's as simple as that.

● Yes you can. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201628750

● Yes. Just make sure TuneIn is enabled. The command will be: Alexa, play (name of podcast) from TuneIn."

● All to donus ask echo to do it

I AM A KLUTZ. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DROP ECHO? ANY ONE WITH EXPERIENCE WITH THIS, WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE TO EXPECT?

● You don't pick it up. You set it down somewhere and leave it. It needs to be plugged in so there's really no reason you need to carry it. Think of it as a regular speaker. Yes, if you dropped it, I would think it would break. However, it hears my commands from 3 different rooms so you might not need to move it either.

● We are very careful not to leave it is a place where it might fall or overheat. We do not move ours.

CAN I USE ECHO AS A SPEAKER FOR MY PHONE ONCE CONNECTED BY BLUETOOTH?

● I've connected Echo to my iPhone. But to no avail. Then again, I have Resound hearing aids connected to my phone. No change, Echo blasts and nth the air rather than streaming video into my electronic ears. As mentioned earler, Alexa needs a LOT of work.

● Yes you most certainly can, i do all the time just open your bluetooth and Echo shows up or just say Alexa connect to my phone and she will reply.. searching in a sneaky voice and its done.

● Yes, it makes a good speaker phone.

KEEPS DISCONNECTING FROM INTERNET AND HAVE TO RESET IT

● I don't have that problem. Is your unit too far from your router or are you having problems with your internet connection. Try bringing the Echo closer to your router and see if you still have the problem. Also you may be having problems if you have a narrow bandwidth (3 or 5 mps) and other people are also using the Internet.

● I'll echo (pun intended) what Tecumseh67 said. I don't have this problem either. I'd try some wifi some troubleshooting.

● I do t have this problem. It sounds like it may be an issue with your internet.

WE ARE LOOKING TO USE THE AMAZON ECHO AS A 'LIGHT' OFFICE ASSISTANT. CAN IT INTEGRATE WITH YOU EMAIL, AND COMPLETE EMAIL/FILE INSTRUCTIONS?

● I did see an "if this then that"(ifttt) recipe that can transcribe emails... I'll check it out further. Yeah for now you need "IF" and its a to-do list hack so it sends the contents of her todo list to upto five pre selected people. It does work.

● Not that Amazon has announced yet, but I'm sure something is on the horizon from either Amazon or an independent developer.

● Simple answer is no.

● Not yet

CAN I SET UP WI-FI WITH MY I-PHONE AND USE IT WITH ECHO?

● Setting up wifi with your phone is only for operating it to run apps as well as echo app,therefore, you can skip setting up wifi with your phone and just using your data. On the other hand, whether you use wifi or cellular data to operate your phone, you still need to set up your wifi with the echo app in order to use Amazone echo features.

● IPhone can send audio to the echo via Bluetooth not WiFi

● I connected my echo to my home wifi with my iPhone

CAN YOU HAVE ALEXA (AMAZON ECHO) STOP THE AUDIOBOOK AT THE END OF A CHAPTER, BY SAYING SOMETHING LIKE "ALEXA, STOP AUDIOBOOK AT END OF CHAPTER"?

● She will play the audiobook but for me she only stopped when I said Alexa stop. She did not stop at the end of the chapter but she is very good at keeping your place. So the fact she doesn't stop at the end of the chapter, for me, is not an issue.

● Yes, you can make Alexa save exactly where you want to stop and save.

● Yes I just tried it and it did work

WHAT AUTOMATION WORK BEST WITH THIS DEVICE. WILL OR DO THEY HAVE ONE FOR THERMOSTAT CONTROL ALONG WITH LIGHTING

● Echo is compatible with select Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, and Wink-connected devices to control lights and switches. New features are added from time to time to increase its utility. Not sure about adjusting home thermostats remotely, but that would be a nice feature.

● As of right now they don't have an automation scenario with thermostat control, but they do have lighting through Wemo and Phillips Hue. It is also possible to create your own if you are a
programmer and have access to their SDK.

IS THERE ARE SUBSCRIPTION COST?

● There is no subscription cost associated with the 3cho. However if you want to use features such as prime misic, pandora one, or other premium services that have costs you will have to pay for those. But if you done want or use those you will not have to pay for them.

● No. This does tie in with other services that have a subscription or purchase (such as listening to audio books through Audible, or streaming prime music from Amazon), but you can use the basic features without those.

● No, there is not a subscription cost

I AM NOT ABLE TO USE MY HANDS SO IF I ASK ECHO TO TURN ON MY TV AND CHANGE THE CHANNELS WOULD IT DO THAT?

● If you use a supported home automation switch/plug such as a Wemo smart plug for your TV, you could turn on the TV via voice command through Echo, but I don't think you could change channels. I have made the suggestion to Amazon for integration with Logitch's Harmony hub/remote, so perhaps at some time in the future they will add that capability.

● Echo doesn't control other devices so it won't turn on your tv

WHEN USING THE PHONE APP FOR LISTS CAN TWO PEOPLE HAVE TWO SEPERATE SHOPPING LISTS WHEN USING ECHO.

● While you can add a second Amazon user to your household to switch between music and Audible libraries, unfortunately the Shopping List and ToDo List are communal features; there is no way to create separate lists at this time.

● I think that the Echo can only set up one shopping list per profile. But you can set up a secondary profile that will keep a list for that person.

● No, just one at a time. I was very sorry to discover this.

CAN I TALK TO ALEXA (AMAZON ECHO) IN SPANISH?

● I don't believe so. She responds to English commands, but tomorrow, during the day when everyone is awake, I will try and see if she responds to Spanish. That is a really good idea. We need more hard core programmers to add functions to Alexa so she can speak in other languages and respond to everyday conversation.

● Today I asked Alexa if she speaks Spanish and she replied "For now... I only speak English." lol


CAN I UNPLUG AND TAKE THE AMAZON ECHO TO ANOTHER ROOM?

● The Echo has to be plugged into the wall and be WiFi accessible wherever you put it. You can plug it in anywhere as long a you can get a signal from your router.

● Yes you can. I have taken it outside, to other rooms, wherever I can reach the wi-fi

● Yes, it will search for WIFI when found it will say hello.

● Yes, it just needs to still be on your wifi

● You might have to run setup again ...

● Yes you can.

IM NOT SURE I WANT TO DO THIS, BUT I WAS WONDERING IF I CAN CONNECT ECHO WITH EXTERNAL SPEAKERS OR WITH MY BOSE RADIO OR BOSE FREE STANDING SPEAKERS.

● NO And that's the only down fall of ECHO it is not expandable. Other than that I'm still learning the system, but what I know of it I Like it very much. My only other complaint is I bought it the Friday before the big one day sell for full price, which for the quality is worth the money only the have it go on sell for $129 (my luck).

● No

DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF THIS WILL WORK IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. I HAVE ONE IN THE USA & LOVE THE AMAZON ECHO AND WOULD LIKE TO SEND ONE TO MY FAMILY IN THE PHILIPPINES

● It functions fine, but the account the Echo is associated with needs to be US-oriented to be most useful. They will also need to append their location to requests that use zipcode to determine the answer...like time and weather. We live in Vienna, Austria, and just set ours up this week. I have a US account from when I lived in the US and use that...

● No

DOES THE AMAZON ECHO HAVE ETHERNET ?

● Not sure what your asking, but the Echo doesn't network with your other computers. It connects to the internet and Amazon servers with your wireless network.

● No the echo device is a modern wifi only connect. It is meant to be lean and mean. The only cord is the power cord.

● Has no Ethernet PORT. Connects wirelessly to home wifi networks. Connects quickly--no drama.

● Mine doesn't and I don't know if that's an option. Sorry

● Connects wirelessly to the internet via WiFi

● Wifi only

● Wifi

I LIVE IN TWO HOUSES, CAN I TAKE THE AMAZON ECHO FROM ONE HOUSE TO THE OTHER?

● I believe both houses would have to be in the US and you would need wifi and of course internet capability at both places but "she" should probably remember the initial settings and connect automatically?

● Yes, you sure can! My husband and I just went on vacation and took the Echo with us. I hooked it up as soon as I had the wifi password. Everything worked perfectly.

● Absolutely. I've taken mine to the beach, the mountains, and even hotels.

DOES THE AMAZON ECHO COST TO ADD TO WIFI? WONDERING IF IT ADDS COST TO INTERNET BILL?

● No, there is no cost to add wifi. Comes with wifi like any modern computer device.

● It did not change our bill at all. Easy to add and no change to our bill.

● No, if you have wifi it will not cost anything more to use echo.

● No Echo connects to your existing in home wifi

● It all wireless it like adding a new device.

● No additional cost to add it to your wifi

DOES THE ECHO HAVE TO BE PLUGGED IN CONSTANTLY, OR DOES THE AMAZON ECHO HAVE A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY?

● Yes, it has to be plugged all the time. There is no recharable battery inthere. But still it's a awesome gadget. I hope in future they will make a one like that :)

● Has to be plugged in. Does not have a rechargeable battery.

● Yes it needs to be plugged into a duplex outlet.

● It has to be plugged in to the wall no battery

● It has to be plugged in

● No battery

GET A REQUEST FOR ECHO

● I have no idea what you are asking. I can tell you the echo is a lot of fun to use and is the easiest alarm clock, will give you the news, play games, spell for you and do math for you. These are just some of the features I like about it.

● Not sure what you are asking? If you are asking if you can get a request or an invite for Echo, that is no longer needed as Echo is now publicly available and anyone can order.

I SET THE TIMER FOR 10 MINUTES. I TOLD ALEXA (AMAZON ECHO) "ALEXA PLEASE CANCEL TIMER SET FOR 10 MINUTES " SHE SAYS IT'S NOT SET BUT THE ALARM GOES OFF. WHY?

● I just did this and it worked fine. Are you sure the timer was actually set? Try it again and make sure Alexa tells you the timer is set. Hope this helps. BTW, unless you had multiple timers set, you only need to say 'alexa, please cancel timer'.

● Did Alexa confirm the I initial request for the timer?

● Say: Alexa, cancel alarm.

WILL THIS WORK IN AUSTRALIA

● As long as you have an Amazon account you should not have any problem. However streaming music through prime might be a problem if you don't have a US based prime subscription. It is best you contact customer service or tech support before making the purchase

● Other than the AC power issue, I see no reason why it shouldn't. As long as you have a WiFi network that connects to the internet, it should work. It is really just a portal to a web service you can administer.

IS THERE AN IOS (APPLE) APP WHICH WILL WORK WITH ECHO?

● The only app I know of is iTunes amazon echo app for the iPhone, and the android app I use on my Samsung galaxy. Both apps are free.

● Maybe. As far as I know, Echo was developed without any phone system in mind. Go to your app store and search for it.

● Yes, the echo a Yes, the Echo app on iTunes.

● Yes. Amazon has the Amazon Echo app.

● Yes, Amazon Alexa.

● Yep

CAN ECHO BE LINKED WITH AMAZON FIRE?

● I have the fire phone and it is linked to the echo. It means, you do the download of the echo app into the fire and then all the settings through it. Not the other way round: you do instructions to the echo through the fire but you cannot give instructions to the fire through the echo.

● No it cannot be connected to amazon fire stick for the TV!! I tried already. Silly right?

● Yes, works great! Love them both..

IS THE AMAZON ECHO POSSIBLE TO HAVE TWO OR MORE ECHOES ON THE SAME ACCOUNT? WE HAVE A HUGE HOME AND WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE OR MORE FOR OUR LARGER ROOMS.

● I'm not sure about that. The sound is really good, though, so you really only need one. You can also control it from an app on your phone.

● As far as I know yes like one upstairs and downstairs

● Yes you can. Have different names for each one.

DOES T ALSO SPPORT MAGIC LIGHT TO TURN ON AND OFF LIGHTS?

● Not sure. But maybe in the future. These are the systems that are compatible with Amazon Echo at this time. They are working on adding more devices. Echo can control devices such as lights and switches from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, and Wink: http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?node=11874301011

● I use the Phillips Hue

CAN ECHO REMEMBER WHERE IT STOPPED IN A PLAYLIST AS OPPOSED TO CONSTANTLY STARTING WITH THE SAME SONG? I ALWAYS HEAR THE SAME SONGS ON LIST

● No, it always starts at the same song, so I ask her to play my list, then when the song starts I say, Alexa, shuffle, then I say Alexa, next! No big deal for me.

● Yes if you use "Alexa pause" and then later "Alexa continue"

CAN I LISTEN ON ECHO TO AUDIOBOOKS FROM MY LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY USING OVERDRIVE?

● Think u have to use audio book through Amazon. Yes confirmed have to use Audible.com or Kindle unlimited both owned my Amazon of course. But echo is a Bluetooth device so you could stream it from another smart device.

● I haven't tried but if it is loaded on to your kindle you should be able to access it through the echo.

CAN MY KIDS USE ECHO TO ASK SCHOOL QUESTION LIKE 2+2=4

● Yes. You'd just need to "wake her up" first. "Alexa, what's 2 plus 2?" And if you ask her for a definition, be prepared to tell her when to stop because she will give you the full definition.

● Echo can answer that question and more...It is a wonderful tool for aiding children in learning

● Yes echo can do all math questions.

IS THERE A WAY TO USE THE ECHO AS A SPEAKER WITH A WIRELESS MICROPHONE FOR KARAOKE?

● I have done a lot of reading on the Echo, but have never seen that capability described. However, that said, it does not mean that it is not possible.

● Not that I am aware of. But as Don said, anything is possible and may show up as a future feature.

WILL ECHO WORK IN CANADA

● Since it is connected via the Cloud I would assume as long as you are connected to Wi-Fi it will work anywhere.

● It works off the wifi, so I don't see why not. As long as you can get internet and have wifi it will work

● It should work anywhere as long as it's on your WIFI system.

CAN MULTIPLE ECHOS IN A LARGE HOUSE SYNCHRONIZE TO PLAY THE SAME MUSIC?

● If you are listening to the internet radio maybe so but that would be a question for amazon to answer. i have one echo unit and it is very useful and handy to have

● I don't know, but would be curious as to what the answer is. I LOVE my Echo!

CAN YOU HARDWIRE ECHO?

● No. It is wifi only.

● No ethernet. Just wireless internet. You could use the hotspot on your cell phone.



CAN YOU CONNECT THIS TO YOUR MAC SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE HER PLAY YOUR PLAYLISTS AND CAN YOU CONNECT TO BLUETOOTH?

● If your MAC has bluetooth, you should be able to pair it to the Echo. I pair my iPod Touch to it and I play my Playlist from it.

● Yes, about the Mac. You will need Wifi to play Echo.

WILL THE AMAZON ECHO WORK IN INDIA?

● I don't see why not. It is basically a portal to the cloud, so as long as you have a WiFi connection to the Internet, it shouldn't matter where you are.

● Cord is for 120 volt service (us ) style- with an adapter I do not see why it would not work, Assuming you receive Amazo music in India.

CAN YOU CONNECT WITH A PHONE

● The answer is yes. I can change the volume and stop or play music through the app on my phone. You can also use the app the track other info.

● Yes, you just have to download the echo app.

● Yes through the iPhone App

● Yes, via Bluetooth.

● Bluetooth yes

DOES THE ECHO WORK WITH A NON-US (GERMAN) AMAZON PRIME ACCOUNT?

● Amazon does NOT ship the echo outside the U.S. It would work, just need someone to reship it to you from the U.S.

DID YOU HAVE TO ADD WI-FI ?

● I already had Wi-Fi...but you need to have wifi...that's how echo communicates for information...Greg

● This device requires WiFi in your home or wherever you plan to use t.

● You will need to have WiFI in your house to use Her.

● Yes, the Echo Connects to wi-Fi.

WHAT IS THE VOLTAGE OF THE POWER SUPPLY? 110V OR 110-240V?

● From the power brick. "Input is 110 to 240 V - 0.6 amp Hz."

● 110volts in USA You will need a converter use overseas


WILL THE AMAZON ECHO WORK WITH MY IPHONE'S HOT SPOT WHEN I'M AWAY FROM WIFI?

● I know someone that does that, and it seems to work just fine for her. I personally have not tried it because I don't own an iPhone.

● Have not tried that but there isno reason why it should not work

CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CONNECTED TO MY ACCOUNT?

● Yes. When you order and receive it comes set up as a second.

● Yes; I do. And you can connect them to more than 1 account.

● Yes, I have one at home and one in the office.

● Yes. I have two.

DOES ALEXA (AMAZON ECHO) RESPOND TO MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE?

● English only and not usable it other countries outside U.S. is what I read.

● At this moment the echo only knows english


DOES CONECTING ECHO TO VERIZON INTERNET SERVICE COST MONTHLY?

● The Echo connects to your Home Wireless. There is no additional charge for connecting the Echo device. It like connecting another device to your Home Wireless, like you iPad or iPhone. It uses very little data.

● No. Wi-fi needed for operation, not a separate service. I love my Echo!

WHAT IS THE PART NUMBER FOR THE POWER PLUG

● Will this help you? Power Adapter for Amazon Echo Power Adapter for Amazon Echo

● FA-1501400USA


CAN I USE THE PANDORA MUSIC IN MEXICO

● I don't see why not. Amazon is world-wide. I just asked Alexa, and she says you'll need to register your Pandora account through your Alexa app.

● I don't know. You might want to check for any local stations on the Pandora app.

CAN I PLAY MUSIC FROM SPOTIFY?

● The only way would be through Bluetooth from your phone or iPad. It does Pandora and Amazon Prime Music natively though.

● Per an article Feb 2015 PC Mag - Amazon Echo Update Adds Voice Control for iTunes, Spotify

● No

● No

WILL VOICE COMMAND WORK ON PLAYLISTS IN YOUR AMAZON MUSIC?

● I believe so. I am using Pandora right now and it works great. It will read amazon audible books and amazon prime music .

● Yes. It works with all my playlist that I have on my phone.

● Yes!

CAN I SYNC MULTIPLE ECHOES TOGETHER? EXAMPLE: HAVE ONE IN MY KITCHEN AND SET A TIMER. WHEN THE TIMER GOES OFF I WOULD HEAR THE AMAZON ECHO ON 2 DIFFERENT ECHOES?

● I do not believe this is possible. But it would be an amazing functionality upgrade request to make.

● No

CONNECT WITH WINDOWS 10 LAPTOP

● All you have to do is call customer service and they will walk you through any problems or issues.

● I didn't connect my echo to a computer, only my phone app.

● It's on a phone app. Will work on windows phone.

WILL THIS UNIT EVER BE ABLE TO BLUETOOTH TO SOMETHING ELSE? EXAMPLE: BLUETOOTH FROM ECHO TO SOMETHING ELSE.

● Echo doesn't use Bluetooth unless I'm mistaken. Everything is done over wireless network. What were you trying to use with it?

● Love it, would buy another one if needed

DOES THE AMAZON ECHO SPEASK SPANISH

● No I believe it does not but it does seem to easilly handle dialect easily in people where english is not native to them

● Nope only English For now!

● For now --- only English

WILL ALL THE FEATURES WORK IN MEXICO?

● Yes, this is controlled by wifi and the cloud. If you can get wifi reception in Mexico, the Echo will work.

● As long as you can hit a wi-fi it will work anywhere...

CAN YOU CONNECT IPOD NANO TO THIS DEVICE?

● There are no plug in ports of any sort on the Echo.

● You can connect devices through Bluetooth.

● If it has blue tooth, you can connect

● No

220 VOLT ??

● It must have something to do with the electrical current running into the house or in the house of the customer.

● 110 volt. It has a standard American plug.

● No plugs into a normal 110 outlet

AMAZON ECHO DEVICE ONLY WORKS WITH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE? THE AMAZON ECHO DOES NOT WORK IN SPANISH ?

● Right now it only works in English but I think eventually it will be able to work in Spanish!

● English only

WILL THE AMAZON ECHO WORK WITH ITUNES?

● You can download your ITunes music to your computer and add it to your playlist.

● Yes. It does. The Echo is the pretty amazing!

● Absolutely!!!! Works like a charm!!

WHAT MATERIAL IS THE OUTSIDE MADE OUT OF?

● Plastic, nice looking product though and very heavy duty.

● I believe it's ABS plastic.

● A nice, hard plastic. Bob

● It's all metal

DOES THE AMAZON ECHO UNDERSTAND SPANISH OR RECOGNIZE A SPANISH ACCENT?

● Spanish, no. Spanglish yes. My father in law has a heavy Spanish accent & poor sentence structure. Alexa does just fine with it.

● NO

IS THE ECHO COMPARABLE WITH MY MAC?

● No computer required. ECHO is independent of any. ECHO app can be accessed via web browser or via mobile app.

● If compared to the mac

CAN YOU CHANGE HER NAME?

● From the instructions I see the wake up word is either Alexa or Amazon.

● So far, that doesn't seem to be an option.

CAN I SET AN ALARM TO WAKE ME TO MY FAVORITE NPR RADIO STATION?

● Unfortunately you cannot. You are limited to the devices alarm tone only.

● Yes

CAN ALEXA (AMAZON ECHO) LEARN TO GIVE ME THE DAILY LOTTERY NUMBERS

● I just asked her and she said she couldn't find the answers.

● Maybe

● No

CAN ECHO READ BOOKS? IF SO, HOW?

● Yes if you use audio books you have purchased.

● Yes, but you need to link the audible app.

CAN ALEXA (AMAZON ECHO) TALK IN SPANISH?

● At the moment Alexa cannot speak Spanish.

● No. Currently Alexa is english only.

IS THERE A MONTHLY OR REOCCURRING FEE?

● No.

● No