Whether you're having issues with your Echo smart speaker and want to factory reset it, or maybe you're giving it away to someone or even selling it. It is actually pretty easily to factory reset your Echo and it only takes a few minutes to do so. Though there are a couple of steps you'll want to take before you start the resetting process. Here, we will walk you through how to factory reset your Echo device - this goes for all Echo's, including the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot and more. The majority of the Echo devices ever launched will work with the reset method below, however, there are a couple of exceptions, which will be noted below. The Echo Show and Echo Spot are not included in this tutorial. Those need a much different reset method, which we will cover separately. This is due to them having screens versus just buttons like you'd find on an Echo smart speaker. Deregister Your Echo Firstly, you'll want to deregister your Echo device from your account. Essentially what this does … [Read more...] about How To Factory Reset Your Amazon Echo Smart Speaker
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Amazon revealed back in September a brand new feature for Echo smart speakers owners – Alexa Guard but did not say when it will actually be usable. Fast forward three months and it looks like the feature is finally making its way to Echo speakers in the United States, CNET reports. As the name suggests, Alexa Guard has been built to make your life more convenient and safe as long as you own an Amazon Echo speaker. Simply say “ Alexa, I'm leaving ” and if you get an answer like “ OK, I'll be on guard ,” your smart speaker should keep your home safe. Once the Guard mode is enabled, Alexa will send so-called Smart Alerts about glass-breaking sounds, smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide alarms detected in your home. Also, Alexa Guard can turn the light on and off to discourage thieves from entering your home. Additionally, if you have an alarm system from Ring or ADT, they can be integrated with Alexa Guard so that your Amazon Echo will immediately … [Read more...] about Alexa Guard is now rolling out to Amazon Echo smart speakers in the U.S.
If you have an existing Apple Music account and own an Amazon Echo smart speaker, we have news that you might find interesting. While Echo smart speakers currently support music streamers like Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Pandora, starting on December 17th, Apple Music will join the club. As noted by The Verge today, starting next month Echo owners with an Apple Music subscription will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists and albums. In addition, Alexa will be able to access Apple Music's curated playlists and streaming radio stations.Echo users who want to listen to Apple Music will have to go to the Alexa app, enable the Apple Music skill, and link their account. That's all that is required. Of course, you do need to have an Apple Music account. Apple is currently offering a three-month free trial to first-time users. After that, the service costs $9.99 a month, $14.99 a month for a family subscription (with up to six lines) and $4.99 monthly for a student … [Read more...] about Apple Music will stream over Amazon Echo smart speakers starting next month
Strategy Analytics have come out with a new survey showing the number of Amazon Echo’s, Google Home’s and Apple HomePod’s that are owned in the US, this was based off of a survey in July/August. The numbers might be a bit surprising actually. According to this study, nearly 61-percent of Americans own some form of an Echo device from Amazon. With the Amazon Echo taking 23-percent, Echo Dot at 21-percent, Echo Plus at five-percent, Echo Spot, Echo Show and Echo Dots Kids Edition at four-percent each. Meanwhile, the Google Home has about eight-percent install base, with the Google Home Mini sitting at seven-percent and the Google Home Max at two-percent. Finally, the Apple HomePod comes in with just four-percent install base. This is likely not all that surprising, given the large number of different devices that Amazon has, running Alexa. And the fact that these devices are routinely discounted pretty heavily, allowing you to pick them up dirt cheap. But to see the … [Read more...] about Survey: At Least 88% Of Americans Own An Amazon Echo Smart Speaker
Last week in this column, we featured a sale on Amazon’s smart home hubs, the Echo and Echo Dot, which were on sale for $84.99 and $39.99, respectively. This week you can get both of those devices, as well as the rest of the Echo family of devices, for even less. If you don’t mind refurbished, you can get an Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and Echo Show for up to $20 off the usual refurb price. The best deal is probably on the Certified Refurbished Echo Plus for $109.99 (usually $129.99). A new Echo Plus costs $149.99. This deal ends on Monday, May 7th. This weekend is your last chance to pick up an Anker PowerLine Lightning or USB-C cable with The Verge’s exclusive discount codes. The PowerLine+ Lightning Cable in the red color is on sale for $9.79 with code VERGE829 and a three-pack of the PowerLine USB-C cables is down to $11.24 with code VERGE863. Check out our post on this deal for full details. Exclusives Smart Home Audio/Visual Computers and Accessories Looking for … [Read more...] about Deals on Amazon Echos, smart speakers, and more smart home devices