Stumped on which Alexa skills you should add to your Amazon Echo speaker? Well, you don’t need to sweat bullets over it as we’ve combed through the entire skills store to find the best ones for you. Here goes our list of the best Amazon Alexa skills that are worth using.
- Roomba: Control Your Robot Vac
All WiFi connected Roomba vacuuming robots are now integrated with Alexa device support. You can control your Roomba with the Echo by enabling the Roomba skill. Once enabled, you can ask the virtual assistant to start or stop your vacuuming robot by saying, “Alexa, tell Roomba to start/stop cleaning”.
- Skill Finder: Find More Skills
It’s an easy and quick way to find cool new skills you might not know about. All you need to do is simply say, “Alexa, tell Skill Finder to give me the Skill of the Day”. Alternatively, you can even discover skills on a category basis, e.g. you can say, “Alexa, tell Skill Finder to list the top skills in the games category” and you’ll be presented with the most popular gaming-related integrations.
- Plex: Manage Your Media
Plex is one of the best Alexa skills, letting you control your media library without lifting a finger. In case you make use of Plex Media Server and have an Echo device in your living room, you can ask Amazon’s little angel to play films and tell you what’s next on your Plex deck.
- TrackR: Find Your Phone
If you’ve lost your phone in your home and there’s no one around to call your phone, you can use your Echo to find it. If you’ve a TrackR account, you can say, “Alexa, find my phone” and your handset will immediately ring at full volume.
- Hive: Control Your Heating
Alexa’s Hive skill allows you to control the temperature of your home via your voice. For instance, you can say, “Alexa, tell hive to boost my heating for 2 hours”. Using this skill, you can even change the color of your light to blue, purple, pink, green, red, yellow or orange.
- Hue: Control Your Lights
There’s nothing much cooler than using your voice to turn lights on and off in your home and the Philips Hue skill for Echo enables Alexa to do just that. By using the skill, you can ask Alexa to turn on, off or dim specific lights or all the lights in a certain room. You’re also able to change the scene of your room by saying, “Alexa, turn on <scene name> in the <room name>”.
- Spotify: The Best for Music Streaming
Spotify is one of the best streaming services out there and with Echo, premium subscribers can speak what they want to be played. As soon as you enable the Spotify skill, you can say, “Alexa, play Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen on Spotify”. You can make Spotify the default streaming service by navigating to the Settings > Music and Media section in the Alexa app.
- 7-Minute Workout: Get a Guide Workout
The 7-minute workout skill provides you a set of exercises to enhance energy, increase metabolism, lower stress, and even remove fat. To get started, you need to say, “Alexa, start 7-minute workout” and you’ll be guided through the entire routine.
- Sky Sports: Never Miss a Goal
Want to know how your favorite football team is doing? Just ask Alexa and she’ll deliver all the latest news and scores in her lovely accent.
- National Rail: Get Train Updates
Take your train travel experience to new heights with the National Rail skill for Alexa. Using the skill, you can plan your journey, set up your commuter route, and find out if your train is running on time via a simple voice command. All you need to do is just say, “Alexa, ask National Rail to plan a journey” or “Alexa, ask National Rail to check my commute”.