How to talk to every Amazon Echo in your house at the same time
It's no secret that your Amazon Echo is capable of a multitude of different features, and one of my favorites that seems to have slipped under the rug this year is called Alexa Announcements.
Similar to Google Home's Broadcast feature, Alexa Announcements allows you to use your Echo or smartphone to send a message to all of your connected Alexa speakers. For example, instead of yelling up and downstairs that dinner is ready, you can talk in a normal voice and have Alexa send your message throughout your entire house.
Alexa Announcements can be incredibly handy at times, and thankfully, using it is as easy as can be.
How to use Alexa Announcements from an Echo speaker
To use the feature from another Echo speaker, simply say:
- Alexa, announce that...
- Alexa, tell everyone...
- Alexa, broadcast...
...followed by whatever you want to say.
After you initiate your command, the Echo you're talking to will say "announcing" and then relay the message to all of the Echo speakers that are connected to your Amazon account (excluding the one you spoke to).
How to use Alexa Announcements from your phone
Alternatively, Alexa Announcements can also be used from your phone. If you just got out of the office and want to let your significant other know you're on the way home, tap on the blue Alexa icon near the bottom of the Alexa app and say your message prefaced by one of the three hot words mentioned above.
Alexa on your phone will say "announcing", and all of the Echos at your home will play back your message.
With that said, that's really all you need to know about Alexa Announcements! It's an incredibly easy feature to use, and at the same time, can also be one of the most helpful. If you need more help or want to share your favorite uses for Alexa Announcements, sound off in the comments below!
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.