Personal security in the digital age has found a new ally in virtual assistants like Amazon’s popular device, Alexa.


This function is particularly useful for individuals living alone or older adults, segments of the population that may find themselves in vulnerable situations.

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The most modern devices are Echo Show, Echo Show 8, Echo Dot (3rd generation), Echo Dot with a clock, and Amazon Echo Show 5.

To take advantage of this feature, users must follow a series of simple steps:

Once the contact option is configured in Alexa, it is possible to designate a specific contact as an “emergency” within the app. After this selection, the selected person is notified of his new appointment, Ensuring you are informed and ready to take action when necessary.

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Commands available to request help include: “Call my emergency contact”; “Call my contact for help”; “Call my help contact” and simply “Help”.

For those who want to take full advantage of Alexa’s capabilities, enabling commands is a simple process.

Users can start by saying ‘Go to settings’ or scroll down from the top of the screen and select ‘Settings’. In this menu it is necessary to select ‘Accessibility’ to activate the desired functions.

Once these steps are completed, “Alexa, add ‘dinner with friends’ to the calendar”, “Alexa, how do I make a Routine?” Specific requests such as may be made. or “Alexa, enable my Good Morning routine.”

If Alexa is not responding to commands, it is recommended that you follow a series of steps to fix the problem.

First, make sure you are using the original plug of the device and check the internet connection. It is also important to check that the device is not in silent mode. If the problem persists, pressing the Action button on your Echo device can re-enable Alexa’s response.

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This content was rewritten with the help of artificial intelligence, based on information from La Nación, and reviewed by the journalist and an editor.

Source: Exame

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