Alexa has 4 new calling features on your Amazon Echou. How to use them

Use these new holiday calling features.

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Just in time for the holidays, Amazon added four new calling functions for you Amazon Echo bring your family your living room, even when they are miles away.

New ways to invite from Alexa can be used to enjoy a remote family vacation together or even a virtual happy hour with friends to celebrate the New Year.

Here are four ways to make calls using Alexa on your Amazon Echo.

You can finally make group calls on your Echo device

It can take one person to call your Amazon Echo. You can now call up to seven people at a time with the new group call feature. Works with audio calls for yours Echo Dot i Echo speakers, as well as video calls if you use Echo Show.

To get started, you’ll need to create and name a group in the Alexa app. Do this by tapping Communicate > tap the profile icon in the upper right corner> select Add a new one > and tap Add a group. You will have to touch from here Enable to start using the group dialing function. Select all you want to add to the group and tap Go on, then name the group (eg My Family).

You can now say “Alexa, call my family” to start the group call.

Use Zoom or Amazon Chime on your Echo Show 8

If you’d rather have a larger group video call, you can use zoom or Amazon Chime on your Echo Show 8 talk to more people. To set up Zoom, you’ll need to sign in to the Zoom for Home app on Echo Show 8. When you’re ready to join the Zoom call, say “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting” and enter the meeting ID.

To set up Amazon Chime, connect your calendar to Echo Show 8 using the Alexa app. Then say, “Alexa, join the Amazon Chime meeting.” If you don’t want to link your calendar, you can also enter a meeting ID to join the chat.

Your Echo show can write what people say

If you’re having trouble deciphering what someone is saying while you’re talking, you can now use your Echo Show to display the caption in real time on the screen. You can use call subtitles during audio, video and drop-in calls. Note that this will only work for one-on-one calls.

The inscription tool was developed for those who are deaf, hard of hearing or in a loud or noisy environment. To enable it, swipe down from the top of the Echo Show screen, and select Settings in the upper right corner. Then scroll down to Accessibility and turn on Call labels.

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Use your Echo Show to make video calls or join Zoom meetings.

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Kids can call on their Amazon Fire tablets

Your children can now call friends and family using theirs Fire tablets. Using the Amazon Kids app, they can make outgoing Alexa and Alexa video and audio calls to approved contacts who have an Echo device or Alexa app.

In the Alexa app you can specify who I can call and they will always have to give parental consent to approve any contacts. You must also give parental consent before calling can be enabled on your child’s Fire tablet.

I can’t receive incoming calls right now, but Amazon said it will be able to do so in the coming months.

For more tips for Amazon Echo, Here’s how to turn your TV into a bigger Echo Show i how to fix these four annoying things that Alexa does. Also, if you have more than one Amazon Echo, you must try this.


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