How to add new skills to your Alexa-enabled device in 3 different ways

ShutterstockYou can teach Alexa new skills in three ways.

  • You can add skills to Alexa using the Alexa mobile app, the Amazon site on your computer, or even by voice command to the Alexa-enabled device.
  • Alexa can be taught skills like controlling the lights in your home to playing a certain genre of music to playing a game, and more.
  • Alexa can learn thousands of different skills that can customise your use of a device, leading to more efficiency, accuracy, and enjoyment.
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What would happen if you said to your Amazon Echo: “Alexa, open the ‘Wait Wait Quiz’!” Why, you’d hear the voice of NPR’s legendary Bill Curtis introducing the weekly quiz based off, wait wait… don’t tell me, the beloved weekly news game show heard on radio stations (and podcasts) across the country.

That is, that’s what would happen if you’d added the “Wait Wait Quiz” skill to Alexa.

From checking the drive time to your office to lowering the smart light bulbs in your bedroom or playing your favourite song or podcast, there are thousands upon thousands of “skills” you can add to your Alexa-enabled devices, like the Amazon Echo, creating a user experience customised just for you.

Alexa skills are not only convenient and fun, but also quite easy to add.

Here are the three ways to add skills to Alexa.

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How to add skills to Alexa using your computer

1. Sign into your Amazon account and navigate to the Alexa Skills page on your Mac or PC.

2. Search for a skill using the search bar at the top of your screen, browse the editor’s picks, or search via category in the left hand column.

How to add skills to AlexaSteven John/Business InsiderYou can use the Amazon search bar to look for skills or browse through categories on the left hand column of the screen.

3. Click on the skill you want to add, then click the button that says “Enable” on the next page.

How to add skills to Alexa using your mobile device

1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android and tap the menu icon at the top-left.

How to add skills to AlexaIsabella Paoletto/Business InsiderOpen the top menu.

2. Tap “Skills & Games” in the menu.

How to add skills to AlexaIsabella Paoletto/Business InsiderSelect “Skills & Games.”

3. Tap the magnifying glass icon to search for the skill you want.

How to add skills to AlexaIsabella Paoletto/Business InsiderBrowse or search for the skill you want to add.

4. Select the skill, then tap “ENABLE TO USE.”

How to add skills to AlexaIsabella Paoletto/Business InsiderTap the blue enable button.

How to add skills to Alexa using your Amazon Echo

While near your Amazon Echo, say “Alexa, enable…” and then state the name of the skill to be added. Like “Alexa, enable the ‘Wait Wait Quiz.'”

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