If you’re like me you’ll know it’s great getting something for nothing, which isn’t always the case these days. Even when you buy an Amazon Alexa you’re having to pay for Amazon Prime just so you can use it for most of its functions and that doesn’t sit right with me!
So I’m putting this list together to show how you can use your Amazon Alexa without paying out a penny! If you’re thinking about getting your own Alexa, don’t hesitate, they’re so much fun!
Using your Amazon Echo without Prime can seem like an impossible task and trust me I was more than frustrated when I got my own Echo and found out I couldn’t even listen to music on it without an Amazon Prime account!
If you have Amazon Prime on Alexa you’ll be able to access Amazon Echo Prime music and listen to whatever you want, however, not everyone has that luxury to be able to afford it each month and that’s why I’m making this post!
How Can I Use My Amazon Echo For Free?
I hope this is the main reason you came to this blog post, now not all the way on this list are going to be amazing and some of them might seem like common sense to you, but not everyone will know about them and that’s the beauty in a post like this, we hope all learn something new! I mean most people would be thinking is Alexa free with Amazon Prime anyway and the answer is yes.
Listening To The Radio
I love to listen to the radio and on the Alexa it’s free. Just say for example “Alexa play Radio One” and it’ll play it for you. You don’t need to have an Amazon Prime account for this, it’s free and you can listen to it as much as you want, getting your music fix along with everything else! It’s also great to put on in the morning to wake yourself up.
Singing Happy Birthday
If it’s that time of year and you need Alexa singing happy birthday, she’ll happily do it for you. I know not everyone likes to sing happy birthday and that’s why the Alexa Echo helps out. The best part is you don’t have to pay a penny for it! Just say to your Alexa device “Alexa, sing happy birthday” and away you go!
White Noise Machine
One of the many things the Alexa Echo can do for free is white noise, most people use this to help them to sleep, that’s why I use it. You get a basic sound for a couple of hours without Amazon Prime and with Amazon Prime, it carries on going until you ask it to stop, personally I like to have it stop after a couple of hours, but that’s just my personal preference. If you want this to happen just say, “Alexa play white noise”.
If it’s been one of “them” days and you fancy hearing some terribly awful jokes, just say “Alexa tell me a joke” and you’ll soon hear something terrible which will surely have you laughing and half the time you laugh and they’re not even funny!
News and Information
If you want any of the latest news and information from around the globe all you have to do is ask. Alexa is clued up on everything that’s going on in the world and more than happy to share that information with you! Just say “Alexa what’s the news”. You can always ask for the weather as well!
Connect To Devices
You can connect your devices to your Alexa for free, this means if you want to turn your lights off or to a different colour by asking Alexa, you can do! This can also be set up and controlled through the Alexa app on your phone so make sure you’re familiar with that as well.
Make Funny Noises
You can ask Alexa to make various funny noises, for example, “Alex make a fart noise” or “Alexa make a dog noise” and she will more than happily make such noises, it’s all a bit of fun!
I’m not sure why this exists but I think it’s pretty cool, you can whisper to your Alexa and she will whisper back, I mean it’s good if someone is sleeping in the next room I suppose!
Make Calls On Your Alexa
This isn’t something I’ve tried to do yet, however, I know a lot of people do use Alexa for this and they say it’s amazing and helps them out so much, so next time you feel like calling someone, maybe ask Alexa to help?
Get Cooking Tips
Alexa is a wealth of knowledge and cooking is just one of the things she knows all about! Ask her for cooking tips, conversion amounts and if you’re looking for a new recipe she’ll be willing to lend a hand!
Make Shopping Lists
You’ve all heard the horror stories about Alexa buying random things that the children have shouted out. Well, you can ask Alexa to put a shopping list together and put parental locks in place so your children can’t randomly buy stuff. It’s handy and you’ll never forget what you need to buy!
You can ask Alexa to remind you about all sorts whenever you want, she’ll remind you to do all sorts. I’m sure you have seen the advert where people whisper to her asking her to remind them to buy more alcohol or chocolate! I do it all the time and find it so useful!
Amazon Alexa Prime Account
If you have an Amazon Prime account it’s going to be a lot more fun for sure. You can listen to as much music as you want, make your own playlists and even download the Amazon music app so you can make your own playlists and ask her to play them for you. You also get upgrades, like more options when using the white noise function, which is great if you need a specific noise when sleeping.
I know a lot of people will be getting an Echo dot for Christmas and that’s when I got my first one if you’re getting it for a loved one make sure they’re going to really use it before purchasing one, think they’re going to want to hear terrible jokes and Alexa fart all day? In that case, it’s a gift for them!