Your guide to Alexa

Now that you've set up your Echo Show 8, you can make video and voice calls to friends and family, read the news, display the weather, and set timers and alarms. Visit the Alexa guide for even more examples of things to try. You can also learn about the helpful things Alexa can do during COVID-19 here


Video calling and messaging

Make video or voice-only calls to friends and family who have the Amazon Alexa app or use Drop In to connect with another Echo with a screen. You can also make announcements across Echo devices, like calling the family for dinner or reminding the kids to go to bed. Learn more about Alexa Communication.



Hands-free music and entertainment

Catch up on today’s news highlights or ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, TV shows, and more. Discover more music from providers like Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, and others. With Amazon Music, watch your screen come alive with song lyrics. You can even personalize your Echo Show 8 to display photos using Amazon Photos.





Control your smart home

Echo Show 8 connects to and controls smart lights, cameras, plugs, and more. Switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the coffee maker on your way to the kitchen, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger. Learn more.





Your new kitchen companion

Watch recipe videos, set timers and alarms, and add items to your shopping list. You can also cook along to step-by-step recipes, ask Alexa for the best temperature to roast your veggies, or satisfy your curiosity about the food you’re making.



Alexa skills

Skills are like apps for Alexa. Use skills to listen to the news, find recipes, control your smarthome, and more. Just say "Alexa, help me get started with skills." You can also create your own custom Alexa responses and skills in minutes by using Alexa Skill Blueprints.





Explore privacy features

Alexa and Echo devices are designed to protect your privacy. Echo Show 8 is built with multiple layers of privacy protection and controls. You can turn the microphone and camera off with a press of a button, and the built-in shutter lets you easily cover the camera.

To learn more about how Amazon and Alexa protect your privacy, visit the Alexa Privacy Hub or ask, "Alexa, how do I review my privacy settings?" to get started.



More to try

Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features so be sure to check out our Alexa guide for the latest updates.

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