What Can I Say?

A few things you can ask Alexa

The following list provides a few of the Alexa default commands. A few dependent are upon device type and paid subscription services. By enabling third party skills additional voice commands become available.

Adjust speech volume

  • Alexa, volume [up/down]
  • Alexa, increase the [bass/treble]

Music & Radio

  • Alexa, play music
  • Alexa, play [classic FM/Magic]
  • Alexa, play some [Disco]
  • Alexa, play [song title]


These work similar to traditional alarm clocks with the option to snooze the alarm for nine minutes. Recurring alarms can be set to repeat daily, weekly, weekdays only or weekends only. The alarm sounds on a specific device.

  • Alexa, set an alarm for [time]
  • Alexa, set a repeating alarm for Tuesdays at 8am
  • Alexa, what are my alarms?
  • Alexa, snooze
  • Alexa, stop
  • Alexa, delete all alarms


These are similar to a traditional egg timer and must be created on a specific Alexa device via voice command. When the event occurs an alarm will sound until stopped by the user.

  • Alexa, set a 10-minute timer
  • Alexa, set an egg timer for 3 minutes
  • Alexa, list timers
  • Alexa, what are my timers?
  • Alexa, delete all timers
  • Alexa, stop
  • Alexa, turn off timer


These are similar to alarms. When the reminder occurs Alexa will remind you on a specific device.

  • Alexa, create a new reminder
  • Alexa, remind me to water plants
  • Alexa, remind me to call mum tomorrow at 9 AM
  • Alexa, what are my reminders?
  • Alexa, delete all reminders


  • Alexa, add [task] to my to-do list.
  • Alexa, add [item] to my shopping list
  • Alexa, add kitchen towel to my shopping list
  • Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?


  • Alexa, answer/hangup
  • Alexa, call mum
  • Alexa, message mum
  • Alexa, announce that I’m leaving the office


  • Alexa, what’s the [yellow] flashing light?
  • Alexa, what’s the definition of [word]?
  • Alexa, what’s the weather like today?
  • Alexa, what time is it in [foreign city/country]?
  • Alexa, whats [25%] of [379.55]?
  • Alexa, what is [1/8] of [2/9]?
  • Alexa, tell me my horoscope?
  • Alexa, flip a coin
  • Alexa, give me a random number?
  • Alexa, what’s in the news?
  • Alexa, what’s the weather for tomorrow?
  • Alexa, when is sunset?
  • Alexa, what can I say?
  • Alexa, tell me a joke?
  • Alexa, tell me about [Boris Johnson]?
  • Alexa, how many ounces are in a pound?
  • Alexa, which profile is this?
  • Alexa, tell me a limerick
  • Alexa, roll the dice
  • Alexa, pick a number between [1] and [999]
  • Alexa, where’s my nearest coffee shop?

Photos (Screen devices)

  • Alexa, take a photo
  • Alexa, show my photos

Contacts (Screen devices)

  • Alexa, show my contacts
  • Alexa, next
  • Alexa, show contact [account name]