The best Smart Home Alexa Skills
Amazon has the largest ecosystem of smart home products, and it even owns some of the biggest names in smart home devices like Ring, Eero, and Blink. The chances are that if you have a smart home device, there is an Alexa Skill available. From bulbs to vacuums and cars to printers, this is an area where Alexa really shines.
Ring is an Amazon company well-known for its high-quality smart cameras, doorbells, and other home security devices. When you connect your Ring account to the Alexa Skill, you'll be able to ask Alexa to show you feeds from your various cameras and arm or disarm lights and security systems. If you use the Alexa Guard feature, you can connect your Ring security system to keep you notified of alarms or security breaches.
This skill lets you use Alexa to control your Ring smart home devices and see live camera feeds and recorded footage in the app or on your Echo Show or Fire TV devices.
Like Ring, Blink is another Amazon smart home security company. It makes several affordable smart home security cameras that we highly recommend, particularly if you're not a fan of its Ring products. This skill works similarly to the Ring skill in that it allows you to monitor and control your Blink cameras through Alexa.
Ask Alexa to show your security camera footage or to turn off any of your Blink cameras with this skill.
Wyze is another manufacturer of quality, affordable smart home security technology, and this skill lets you access and control it all via Alexa. Wyze makes various indoor and outdoor cameras, lights, and even smart doorbells and door locks, all of which will work with this skill.
Use Alexa to control your Wyze smart home devices.
If you have any Eufy smart home products like lights or robot vacuums, you'll want to be sure to download this Alexa Skill. Our favorite use of this skill in my home is to ask Alexa to tell "Gene," our Eufy robot vacuum, to start cleaning (Eufy sounded like Eugene, which became Gene).
This is another useful Alexa Skill to enable if you have any smart home devices manufactured by Eufy.
These days the smart home extends into the garage and out to the driveway, where your beloved automobile lives. Many car manufacturers have Android and iOS apps that let you do things like unlock your vehicle, start your car, or turn on the heater, and nearly as many have Alexa Skills for these functions as well. We picked Toyota here on a whim, but there are similar Alexa Skills for Audi, Ford, Chevrolet, Lexus, Genesis, Ram, and many more.
Have Alexa ask Toyota to start your car, unlock your car, or see how much gas you have in the tank.
You may not have realized it, but you can ask Alexa to print things like to-do lists, recipes, or crossword puzzles as long as you have the HP Printer skill enabled. Now you don't have to go to your computer or pull out your phone. Just ask Alexa! There are similar skills for Epson and Canon printers.
Alexa can speak to your HP Printer to print out shopping lists, coloring pages, or other documents.
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