Set an Alexa emergency contact NOW – it could save you or a loved one's life

AMAZON Alexa is useful for many things but did you know you can't ask the virtual assistant to ring the emergency services?

Luckily, you can ask Alexa to call a specific person who could help and if you live in the US you can set up an emergency contact.

Once you've designated a person to this role, Alexa will contact them for you if you ask for emergency assistance.

How to set up an emergency contact with Alexa

You'll need to go to your Alexa app and open the Communication tab.

Then click the Contacts button.

Find the person you want to be your emergency contact and make sure you've added their US phone number.

Tap their name and then tap "Add as an Emergency Contact".

Now that's been set up, if you say “Alexa, call for help” it should ring and text your selected contact.

If you have a device that supports Alexa Communications then your contact should be able to ring you back on that.

Obviously, if you do need serious emergency assistant it is always better to ring the emergency services straight away if you can.

Alexa's emergency contact feature is useful for someone who can't reach their phone at the time of the emergency.

What is Alexa?

If you’ve never heard of Alexa, here’s what you need to know…

  • Alexa is an "intelligent" personal assistant built by Amazon.
  • You can find her on several different devices, including Amazon's Echo speakers.
  • Alexa responds to voice commands, and can talk back to you.
  • She can perform thousands of different tasks, including telling you about the news or weather.
  • But she can do more complex things too, like ordering a pizza or arranging an Uber taxi pick-up.
  • To activate Alexa, you need to say "Alexa" to an Amazon Echo speaker.
  • Because she's powered by artificial intelligence, Alexa is constantly getting smarter.
  • Alexa will also get more used to your voice, and better understand what you want her to do over time.

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Do you have an Amazon smart speaker? Let us know in the comments…


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