How to make Alexa say what you want

Since we moved into our new studio setup, we couldn’t help but get our hands on the new Amazon. Echo Dot 4th generation (Add Aff link). I matched it up and installed the best skills to automate and keep the team productive, but it wasn’t. To add a bit of spice, I customized Alexa to give weird responses to the usual commands like good morning and turn on the studio lights, etc. While the experiment drew laughter from the entire team, it gave me another interesting topic to write about. So if you want to get into mischief with your friends and family, this is the right time.

What are Alexa skills?

Of the methods below, most of you may have trouble adding skills to Alexa, so let’s get acquainted with Alexa skills first. Skills are basically apps that can be installed on Alexa to enhance its capabilities. These include productivity skills, audio exercises, games, etc. You can easily install any skill by saying, Alexa, enable “this skill” and disable it in the same way. One of these skills can be used to make Alexa say what you want.

How to make Alexa say what you want

Sometimes Alexa isn’t the most efficient at detecting skills using your voice. In that case, you can also enable them using the Alexa app on your phone. So before we dive into the skills that allow you to make Alexa say a custom message or whatever you want, here’s a quick guide to installing them. Download the Alexa app and open it from the menu. Now from the home page, tap navigation skills to open the skills and games database.

Once you get to the skills and games section, tap the magnifying glass search icon in the upper right corner from the screen. Write skill you are looking for and Hit enter. This will show you the search results for skills that match the keyword.

Tap enable to add the skill to Alexa. Now that we know how to add skills, let’s move on.

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1. Simon says

Simon Says is a famous method that many use. Basically speak what you want, but in the form of repetition. Think of him as a child you are teaching who imitates you word for word. To activate all you have to say is ‘Alexa, Simon Speaks X’, where x is the word or phrase that you want Alexa to repeat after you. Here is a shows on YouTube that you can consult.

2. Text to speech (skill)

As the name suggests, this ability allows you to literally put words in Alexa’s mouth. If you are confused about what I am saying, it simply allows you to add text in a browser that can be a word, phrase, or even SSML for developers. You can enable the skill by searching for Text to Voice as suggested above or Click here. The first step is visit the website on your mobile browser or PC. You can also type https://texttovoice.io in your address bar and hit enter.

You will get a pairing window. To get the PIN, say: “Alexa, ask TTV for my PIN.”. Alexa will say the PIN twice, making it easy for you to sign up and type it in. Once you’re done, click pair.

On this screen, write any custom message or longer text messages, click save and just say ‘Alexa, ask TTV to speak‘. That’s it, now sit back and enjoy what you have written.

3. Alexa routines

Routines are an easy way to automate your daily tasks with Alexa. We’ve already talked in depth about creating routines, so check it out for a step-by-step explanation. To add a wake word and have Alexa say something you’ve customized, here is a simple procedure you can follow.

Firstly, open the Alexa app and find More in the lower right corner of the screen. Now tap on Workouts to view or add workouts.

Next, we will create a new routine. You can do that for tapping the + sign in the upper right corner. This will open the new routine edit page. Click on Enter the name of the routine to give it a unique name.

In this step, we will add an activation word, that is, the phrase we speak to activate the personalized message. For example, Alexa, Hello, could be a trigger word. To add a wake word, touch When this happens and select voice.

Next, think of a phrase that triggers your personalized message. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll keep it as Alexa, Hello. Once done, press next in the upper right corner of the screen. You will now see the page for the new routine again. Moving on, we’ll add a custom message in the last step. For that, select add action by tapping the + sign.

Now Tap on Alexa Says and select Custom. This is where you can type any phrase / word you want Alexa to say.

Once you have finished writing your custom message, tap Next and then Save in the upper right corner of the screen to save the workout. You may see a message asking which device to reply from. Select Echo dot, or your phone (yes, you can too) and that’s it. Now say the trigger word and it will be ordered.

Closing Remarks: Make Alexa Say What You Want

These were 3 easy methods with which you can make Alexa say what you want. It allows you to create a trigger with a custom message and a trigger word. Also, you can do a lot more, like play a song, listen to a joke, etc. If you don’t want to complicate it, try Simon Says and have Alexa repeat after you.

Read also: How to set up a daily routine on Amazon Echo Dot with the Alexa app

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