Previously, if you wanted to tell Alexa to turn the lights on or off in a room, you had to specify exactly which room. But now, with the new way that Alexa handles groups, you can link specific lights to a specific Echo device.

CONNECTED: How to make Alexa understand you better

For example, you can now enter your bedroom and tell Alexa to «turn on the lights». She will know what kind of lighting you mean without having to say «turn on the light in bedroom «. Here’s how to do it.

Start by opening the Alexa app on your phone and pressing the menu button in the top left corner of the screen.

Select «Smart Home» from the side menu.

Click on the «Groups» tab at the top.

Click Add Group.

Select «Smart Home Group».

Give the group an arbitrary name or select from the list. Then click «Next» at the bottom. Remember that if you already have a device or scene named «Living Room», for example, you cannot name the group «Living Room».

Then select the Echo device you want to associate with this new group.

After that, scroll down and select all the lights and other devices you want to add to the group. Then click «Save» at the bottom.

Your new group will now appear on the Groups tab.

From now on, you no longer need to decide which lights you want to control. Instead, you can just say «Alexa, turn on the lights.» Of course, you can still be specific if you need to. For example, if you want to turn on the living room light while in the bedroom, you can still say, «Alexa, turn on the living room light.» However, if you don’t specify, Alexa will assume that you mean the room you’re in.

Похожие записи