(Updated 9/22/17) We love our Amazon Echo and the Alexa commands that we routinely ask to get information, play music, hear the news, and countless other cool tasks. As you might expect, the kids are always asking Alexa silly questions and it finally dawned on me that I needed to come up with a fun resource that lists a bunch of commands.
So I set-out to come up with as many commands as I could ask; some funny, some useful, and some a total riot. I’ll be sure to add to this article as I discover new commands, so have fun with this list and tell Alexa I said “Hola”. Actually don’t, she can only speak English and a bit of pig Latin.
Alexa Commands That Are Fun:
Also known as Alexa Easter eggs, these are Alexa commands that’ll make you laugh, or at least put a smile on your face.
“Alexa, talk dirty to me” – It’s nice to see Alexa has a sense of humor.
“Alexa, talk like Yoda” – My favorite Alexa command, this is.
“Alexa, I am your father” – Nice one Luke.
“Alexa, did you vote?” – A very clever Star Wars reference.
“Alexa, may the force be with you” – And also with you.
“Alexa, tell me a Star Wars joke” – Comedy out of this world.
“Alexa, more cowbell” – Classic SNL skit for those not familiar.
“Alexa, winter is coming” – For the Game of Thrones fans out there.
“Alexa, who is the mother of Dragons” – Another one for Game of Thrones enthusiasts.
“Alexa, beam me up Scotty” – Trekkies are gonna love this one.
“Alexa, set phasers to kill” – Another fun Star Trek reference.
“Alexa, I want the truth!” – Jack Nicholson would be proud.
“Alexa, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” – I thought it was Squidward.
“Alexa, surely you can’t be serious” – Yes! I love Airplane.
“Alexa, what’s a beer bong?” – This girl knows her stuff.
“Alexa, what’s pi” – I’d run out of breath too.
“Alexa, what are you going to be for Halloween?” – You’ll get a variety of funny answers to this one.
“Alexa, is there a Santa Claus?” – The big man even made it on the Echo.
“Alexa, what do you want for Christmas?” – Wow, that’s a long list.
“Alexa, is the Easter Bunny real?” – Great answer Alexa.
“Alexa, is the Tooth Fairy real?” – I’m guessing she sells the teeth.
“Alexa, is the Leprechaun real?” – Haha, this one is funny.
“Alexa, what’s the loneliest number?” – Hehe.
“Alexa, romeo, romeo wherefore art thou romeo?” – Well written Bill.
“Alexa, what’s the best tablet?” – Well played Bezos and company.
“Alexa, what’s your favorite color?” – Didn’t know that was a color Alexa.
“Alexa, what’s your quest?” – Nice tip of the hat to Monty Python.
“Alexa, define rock paper scissors lizard spock” – Classic.
“Alexa, Earl Grey. Hot.” – Aww, bummer.
“Alexa, do you wear a diaper?” – I’m thinking Pampers or Huggies.
“Alexa, what’s the meaning of life?” – Strange answer….
“Alexa, how many roads must a man walk down?” – Nice tip of the hat to Dylan.
“Alexa, how much is that doggie in the window?” – One of my favorite Alexa answers.
“Alexa, what does the Earth weigh?” – Dang, that’s a heavy answer.
“Alexa, what does a planet weigh?” – Good random knowledge.
“Alexa, when’s the end of the world?” – Geez, that’s depressing.
“Alexa, make me a sandwich.” – Haha.
“Alexa, where do babies come from?” – The stork…of course.
“Alexa, where’s waldo?” – Too obvious Alexa.
“Alexa, rock paper scissors” – Yes, this will be used in my house.
“Alexa rock paper scissors lizard spock” – Hilarious, one of my favorite answers.
“Alexa, what’s in a name?” – A nice tip of the hat to Bill Shakespeare.
“Alexa, what does the fox say?” – You can get several answers on this one.
“Alexa, where have all the flowers gone?” – Pete Seeger would be proud.
“Alexa, how much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” – Dang, that’s a lot of wood.
“Alexa, define supercalifragilisticexpialodocious.” – Bingo.
“Alexa, who’s your daddy?” – Aww, so sweet.
“Alexa, when am I going to die?” – Well said Alexa.
“Alexa, make me breakfast” – Check out the recipes, they are great.
“Alexa, do you think I’m cute?” – Couldn’t agree more.
“Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?” – Nice voice raise.
“Alexa, who loves ya baby?” – Kojak!
“Alexa, who you gonna call?” – Bill Murray and Harold Ramis of course.
“Alexa, who’s the walrus?” – Not sure I get this one.
“Alexa, heads or tails?” – Handy.
“Alexa, PC or Mac?” – Boring answer.
“Alexa, show me the money” – Alexa, you had me at hello.
“Alexa, give me some money” – Try this one a few times.
“Alexa, knock knock” – A must if you like knock knock jokes.
“Alexa, party on, Wayne” – Nicely done Garth.
“Alexa, roll a dice” – Handy. Maybe.
“Alexa, are you naked?” – What?! Not even a scarf.
“Alexa, what is love?” – Baby don’t hurt me.
“Alexa, who’s the real slim shady?” – Marshall is a stud.
“Alexa, what is the sound of one hand clapping?” – Too obvious.
“Alexa, do you know the muffin man?” – Very funny.
“Alexa, is the cake a lie?” – I’m more of a pie guy Alexa.
“Alexa, where are my keys?” – I wish she actually knew.
“Alexa, give me a kiss” – Bummer, no lips.
“Alexa, what religion are you?” – Good answer Alexa.
“Alexa, can you tell me a joke?” – Some real knee slappers here.
“Alexa, sing me a song” – What song did you get?
“Alexa, beat box” – Who knew Alexa had such mad skillz?
“Alexa, can you rap?” – This is hilarious. What a playya.
“Alexa, do you want to build a snowman?” – But you have no hands Alexa.
“Alexa, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” – Whoa, wasn’t expecting that answer.
“Alexa, see you later alligator” – Classic.
“Alexa, after a while crocodile” – Even more classic.
“Alexa, random number between “x” and “y” – Algebra students can relate.
“Alexa, do you know the way to San Jose?” – Clever.
“Alexa, do you have a girlfriend or boyfriend?” – Wish I had a cloud commute.
“Alexa, which came first, the chicken or the egg?” – Pun intended.
“Alexa, do aliens exist?” – Well said.
“Alexa, stop lying to me?” – At least she admits it.
“Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya” – My 3rd favorite movie of all-time.
“Alexa, do you really want to hurt me?” – Yes, I want to make you cry.
“Alexa, give me a random fact” – This one is always fun and educational.
“Alexa, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?” – Time to start licking.
“Alexa, what are you going to do today?” – Dumb answer.
“Alexa, where do you live?” – It’s all about the cloud.
“Alexa, how much do you weigh?” – Wait, what….how much do clouds really weigh.
“Alexa, are you tall?” – This one made me laugh out loud.
“Alexa, do you ever laugh?” – I’m the same way Alexa.
“Alexa, when is your birthday?” – Wow, who knew?
“Alexa, what do you want for your birthday?” – Dang, that was indeed a good year Alexa.
“Alexa, to be or not to be” – That’s always been the question.
“Alexa, who let the dogs out?” – I thought Mitt Romney did.
“Alexa, open the pod bay doors” – Is this a Star Wars reference?
“Alexa, who’s the fairest of them all?” – Wow, cool answer.
“Alexa, do you want to fight ” – Always go for peace Alexa.
“Alexa, how do I get rid of a body?” – Great advice yet again Alexa.
“Alexa, are you American?” – Ever heard of Cloudian?
“Alexa, your mother was a hamster” – Alexa you so funny.
“Alexa, do you like green eggs & ham?” – Nice tip of the hat to Dr. Seuss.
“Alexa, what was the Lorax?” – My favorite Seuss book.
Have you discovered any other fun Alexa commands? Let me know in the comments section below.
And Now the Useful Alexa Commands:
Sure it’s fun to ask your Echo some funny questions, but let’s also break down some popular commands that are extremely useful…
Music & Podcasts
“Alexa, play Billie Jean” – Your Echo will pull the song from whatever music streaming service you’ve synced using the Alexa app.
“Alexa, play Michael Jackson” – A random song from the artist will play.
“Alexa, play the Serial Podcast” – You’ll get the latest podcast via TuneIn.
Other apps will play podcasts as well on your Echo, but TuneIn is my favorite.
“Alexa, what are your deals?” – This gives you a personalized list of Amazon daily deals.
“Alexa, order more toilet paper” – You’ll get a “top choice” on toilet paper from Amazon and be asked if you want to make the purchase.
“Alexa, add milk to my grocery list” – You can then access your shopping list within the Alexa app.
This works for ANY product that Amazon sells.
Weather, News & Traffic
“Alexa, what’s up?” – A cool snippet of news, weather, and pop culture.
“Alexa, news briefing” – A full news briefing including national news and weather.
“Alexa, flash briefing” – The same as above.
“Alexa, any traffic?” – First, be sure to go to your Alexa app and set up your daily commute.“
Alexa, what restaurants are nearby?” – Alexa will give you a few suggestions and direct you to Alexa app for directions and hours.
“Alexa, nearest gas stations” – Alexa will name off a few then direct you to the app for directions.
“Alexa, what’s the weather?” – This gives you the current weather conditions where you live.
“Alexa, what’s the forecast?” – Same as above.
“Alexa, what’s tomorrow forecast?” – Self explanatory.
“Alexa, what’s this weekend’s weather?” – Plan your weekend by asking about the weather.
“Alexa, will it rain today?” – Handy command when trying to decide if you should grab the umbrella.
What useful commands am I missing?
“Alexa, what’s the 49ers score?” – Tells you the current score if game is in progress. Otherwise it gives you their most recent score and tells you who they play next.
“Alexa, sports recap” – Gives you a full rundown of all your pre-selected favorite teams.
Be sure to pick your favorite teams first.
“Alexa, call INSERT NAME HERE” – If you have your smartphone and address booked synced to your Echo you can make calls. The person you’re calling must also have a synced Echo.
This is a new feature and still a little buggy.
- “Alexa, how many tablespoons in a cup” – Very handy in the kitchen. You can ask for help with any unit of measurement.
Any other commands I am missing here?
Alarms & Timers
“Alexa, what time is it?”
“Alexa, what time is it in Sydney, Australia” – Works for anywhere in the world.
“Alexa, what is the date?”
“Alexa, set an alarm for 6:45 a.m.”
“Alexa, alarm off”
“Alexa, set a repeating alarm for 6:45 a.m. weekdays” – Very handy feature.
“Alexa, when’s my next alarm going off?” – Always good to know.
“Alexa, cancel my alarm for 6:45 a.m.”
“Alexa, cancel all alarms”
“Alexa, set a timer for 45 minutes” – Very handy feature in the kitchen.
“Alexa, set a second timer for 2 minutes”
Anyone know if you can set more that 2 timers at once?
Games & Entertainment
“Alexa, play Jeopardy” – Fun game that takes a couple minutes to play.
“Alexa, do you want to play a game?” – Alexa has a bunch of fun games to play.
Ask the Reader: What non-obvious Alexa commands am I missing? Let me know and I’ll check them out.
By Kyle James