How To Use Alexa As An Intercom

In this day and age, there is technology for everything. If you find yourself wanting to update your home, having smart devices around that you can use as intercoms to talk between rooms might be something you are interested in doing.

Instead of walking around the house to tell your family it’s time for dinner, you can set up Alexa devices as intercoms. But in order to use technology to solve this issue, you will need to know how to use Alexa as an intercom.

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How To Use Alexa As An Intercom

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The first step to using Alexa as an intercom system is to know the name of the devices in each of your rooms. I have found the easiest way to know the names of the devices is by naming each device by the name of the room it is in. Either way, knowing the names is key.

You can find the names of your devices by opening the Alexa App and navigating to Devices in the lower, right-hand corner of your screen. There is then an option to view Amazon devices on your network through the Echo & Alexa feature. If you select the Echo & Alexa button, you will see a list of all of the offline and online devices. You can then change the assigned name by tapping the name of the device you want to change, navigating to Device Settings, and then selecting Edit Name. 

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If you have devices that are Alexa enabled but not from Amazon, you will need to select them one by one to view their names.

Once you know your device’s name, you can then use your Alexa as an intercom by saying “Alexa Drop-In on *device name*”. For example, If I had an Alexa device in the living room called “Living Room”, I’d say “Alexa Drop in on Living Room.” At that point, the device in that room will light up green and start ringing. You will then be able to hear anything inside that room and anyone in there will be able to hear you in the room you are in. You can then end the connection by saying “Alexa, hang up”

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On the other hand, if you want to use Alexa as a one-way intercom you can. Alexa has an announcement feature that will send out a voice message to all Alexa devices at once, without hearing what is going on in other rooms or needing to talk to anyone. You can do this by saying “Alexa Announce”. Then state a message and Alexa will send a chime out on all your Alexa devices and then your message will be played. 

This intercom feature on Alexa-powered devices is a really efficient and fun way to communicate around your house.

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