Voice technology has come a long way. With smart assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, and so forth, daily chores and tedious tasks are now a cakewalk. You come home from work and the light turns on and the coffee machine starts to brew.
You don’t have to worry about the washing machine staying on or whether you forgot to turn the kitchen lights off when you’ve already hit the bed. Smart voice assistants are now your personal butlers, thanks to voice technology.
And the best part about it all is that you don’t have to own an Echo device or an Amazon smart speaker to experience the magic Alexa makes. You can set Alexa up on Windows 10 instead, and she’ll help you out through your daily schedule as she does in the Echo.
Here’s our guide on how to set Alexa up on Windows 10.
If you have an Acer, Lenovo, or HP, chances are that you have Alexa already built-in your PC by default. If you don’t, you need not worry because here’s a guide to help you set Alexa up on your Windows 10. We’ve got you covered!
First and foremost, scoot over to Microsoft Windows.
- Open Microsoft Store
- Search for Alexa
- Click ‘Get’ and proceed to install
- Type ‘Alexa’ on the Windows Search Bar on the bottom left corner of your screen
- Sign in with your Amazon account!
It’s simple — use your voice! Say the wake word aloud, and Alexa shall be up and running in no time. This depends on whether your personal computer has hands-free access or not. Alexa’s skills are for free, and from Alexa herself.
There’s a quick way to figure out this whole process
- Open Alexa for Windows 10 menu.
- Click on ‘Settings.’
- Check the ‘Wake Word’ option.
If you don’t see a wake word option, then your PC doesn’t have hands-free access. You might have to click the Alexa button to ask your queries or get tasks done.
You can do almost everything on your Windows 10 with Alexa like in your Echo. However, you won’t be able to access music apps like Spotify, Pandora, or TuneIn on your PC through Alexa. Neither shall you be able to access Alexa calling and messaging features.
So, what are the commands that can still work on Windows 10 with the help of Alexa?
You can command Alexa to do tasks like:
“Alexa, what’s my flash briefing.”
“Alexa, when’s Memorial Day?”
“Alexa, add peanut butter to my shopping list.”
‘Alexa, remind me to visit grandma on Monday.”
She will show you your flash briefing, answer dates to popular events, and even set up your reminder just like she did on your Amazon Echo device or others!
“Alexa, play 90’s hip hop.”
“Alexa read me The Great Gatsby.”
‘Alexa, turn it up.”
“Alexa, open the Open Road playlist.”
From songs to books, Alexa has got you covered. Ask her to read you out a story on warm Sunday afternoons, to turn up the volume to your favorite song. You name it, and it’s done.
“Alexa, what’s the temperature at home?”
“Alexa, turn off the lights.”
“Alexa, lock the door.”
“Alexa, turn on the coffee maker.”
You don’t have to worry whether the kitchen’s light is on, on whether you forgot to turn off your gas stove. With smart home automation possible with the help of voice technology, Alexa will take care of all your daily chores without you breaking a sweat!
You don’t have to spend a fortune or burn a hole in your pocket trying to get Amazon Alexa devices if you can’t afford them at the moment. Just turn on your PC and follow these simple steps, and you can treat yourself to a hands-free voice-centric Alexa experience!