'Does Alexa work with a Samsung Galaxy S10?': Yes, it does — here's how to make Alexa your new digital assistant

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderAlexa works on the Galaxy S10 as a digital assistant when you edit your app settings accordingly.


Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant, known for being the voice of the company’s Echo smart speakers, isn’t just on your kitchen counter – it’s available for your Samsung Galaxy S10 as well.

If you’re a fan of the way Alexa works, you can install the Alexa app for your phone and either use it in addition to the built-in Google Assistant, or replace Google as the default assistant.

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How Alexa works with your Samsung Galaxy S10

1. If you haven’t already, install the Alexa app from the Google Play store.

2. Sign into Alexa using your Amazon account.

3. To give Alexa a command, tap the ring-shaped button in the centre bottom of the screen. You don’t need to say Alexa’s name as a wake word. You can just tap and give the command.

Alexa 11Dave Johnson/Business InsiderTap the ring button at the bottom of the Alexa app to issue a command.

If you simply want to have the option of using Alexa, you can just launch the Alexa app whenever you want to use it as a voice assistant. However, it’s also possible to replace Google Assistant with Alexa as your phone’s default assistant.

How to set Alexa as the default assistant on a Galaxy S10

1. Start the Settings app and tap “Apps.”

2. Tap the three vertical dots at the top right of the screen and then tap “Default apps” in the pop-up menu.

Alexa 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderOpen ‘Default apps’ from the Apps menu.

3. Tap “Device assistance app.”

4. On the Device assistance app page, tap “Device assistance app” and then choose “Alexa.” Confirm you want to make the change by tapping “OK.”

Alexa 3Dave Johnson/Business InsiderChange the default assistance app and tap OK. You can come back to Settings and change it anytime you want.

After making this change, when you long press the Galaxy S10’s Home button, Alexa will launch instead of Google Assistant. You don’t need to say Alexa’s name to wake it – just press the button.

Unfortunately, even if you set Alexa as the default assistant, you can’t wake Alexa by name when the Alexa app isn’t running – you need to start it with a long press on the Home button, or by opening its app.

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