Amazon’s Echo Show is a curious beast. It’s basically a smart speaker, but it has a touch screen. It’s not quite a tablet, because it needs to be plugged in, but it can play a variety of movies and music. It’s not a phone, but you can use it to call and Skype. Perhaps most importantly, it can function as the smart, AI-powered hub of your own personal Internet of Things.
One of the great things about it is that you can use Alexa, Amazon’s AI helper, to help you wake up in style with your favorite tunes. Let’s take a look at how to make that magic happen.
Connect Your Music Streaming Service
In order to get your Echo Show to play you some lovely songs to wake up to, you’ll have to connect it to your streaming service of choice. Unfortunately, you can no longer use locally or cloud-stored music, which is a shame, but chances are that you’ve got a subscription to one of the services the device supports.
There are also a reasonable range of radio services supported by the device, so if you don’t feel like picking out the music yourself, or enjoy the lottery that is modern radio, then you can use one of those instead. Here’s how to set up your Echo Show to use your preferred service:
- Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet home screen.
- Tap on Settings.
- Tap on Music.
- Tap on Link New Service.
- Tap on the service that you want to connect, e.g. Spotify.
- Tap on Default Services.
- Tap on the service you want Alexa to play music from.
The Echo Show can be connected to the following services: Amazon Music Unlimited; Amazon Prime; Apple Music; Spotify Premium; Pandora; TuneIn; HeartRadio; Sirius XM; Deezer; Gimme; Vevo; and Tidal.
Setting an Alarm
Thanks to the ever-so-slightly creepy nature of smart devices, Alexa is always listening and ready to help out whenever you call her. To get your alarm set up, you’ll need to enlist her services. Setting up a standard alarm is easy enough. Just say something like “Alexa, set an alarm for 8.30am”. If you don’t specify whether it’s for before or after noon, she’ll even check up to make sure.
If you want a specific song to be played with the alarm, then all you need to do is ask for it. For example, you can say “Alexa, wake me up with ‘In The Morning’ by The Coral at 6am every day”, or “Alexa, wake me up with my Good Morning playlist at 9am every weekday.”
You can also set a radio station as your morning alarm if you want, using one of the radio services mentioned above. There’s also a decent chance that Alexa will be able to play your preferred station without needing any other services or skills being enabled.
It’s just as easy to cancel or change your alarms by asking Alexa to do it for you. And, once you’ve woken up, you just have to say “Alexa, turn off” when you want the alarm to stop. Or, let’s be honest, the more likely option: “Alexa, snooze”.
Have a Nice Day
There’s something special about unleashing your inner Tony Stark and getting an AI to pamper you in the morning. This is doubly true if you’ve already got your home set up with a load of other smart devices. Why not get Alexa to start slowly turning on the lights, to open your smart blinds, and to make you your favorite coffee using your smart espresso machine? You’re only limited by your imagination. And, your wallet, of course.
What’s your perfect, smart-device assisted morning routine? Why not let us know how you start your day in style with the help of Alexa, and which commands you use to make it all happen. Or you could tell us about the best morning playlist you have, your favorite radio station. Go ahead, we’re always listening… just like Alexa.