Echo Show is Amazon’s latest assistant gadget. This time, Alexa has a screen so she can play videos, show you your events, and let you see search results instead of reading them out loud. The voice assistant seems a little inconsistent at first, but the Echo Show has a few advantages over its tubular counterpart. Here’s how to do it.
To set up an echo show, plug in the power cable that comes with the package and connect it to the show. After a while, it will boot up and ask you to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Select your network from the list.
Use the split screen keyboard to enter your Wi-Fi password. The keyboard is designed so that you can take the show with both hands and type with your thumbs. While this can be a little awkward depending on the size of your hands, it’s easier than hunting and pecking.
You will then need to enter your Amazon email address and password using the on-screen keyboard.
If you have two-factor authentication enabled (and you should), you will need to enter a six-digit code generated by your authentication app.
Next, confirm your time zone.
You will be required to agree to Alexa’s terms and conditions. Click Continue.
If there are any updates available (and likely there are), you will need to download and install them before proceeding.
Once the updates have been applied, your echo show will reload. A short video will play explaining what you can do with your new device.
Once the video ends, you will see the home screen. You can swipe down from the top of the screen to open the quick settings menu or go home. The Echo Show can do a lot of what Echo can do, plus some new tricks thanks to the screen. Here are some of the new commands you can try:
«Alexa, show me the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok»: Echo Show can show any movie trailer and play it on the screen.
«Alexa, search YouTube for Danbull»: search YouTube to find the videos or channels you want to watch. The show will display the search results, with a number for each listing. For example, if you want to play a second video, add «Alexa, play number 2» and Echo Show will play that video.
«Alexa, play music from Weird Al»: You can play music with any Echo, but the show has another trick. When you play music on Echo Show, it will display the lyrics of the song during playback.
«Alexa, show me the paella recipe»: using skills such as AllRecipes, Alexa can find recipes for a dish and display it on the screen. You can read the ingredients and view the instructions instead of reading each step out loud.
» Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes.» When you use this basic command in Echo Show, the device will display your timer on the screen so you can see how much time you have left before the timer runs out. If you want to cancel the timer, you can simply swipe the screen.
Echo Show offers many new commands, and the old Alexa commands become even more useful and convenient. If you want to find more things to do with your Show, check the card that came with your device or say «Alexa, what can you do?» Anytime.