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An amazing new way to use Amazon Alexa

The battle for home voice assistant supremacy is heating up, as Amazon’s popular Alexa products push to innovate as Google Home makes waves and rumors swirl around a possible Apple-made rival product.

In a big move, Amazon rolled out Alexa Calling & Messaging, a new way for people with Alexa devices and apps to communicate with each other through both voice and messages.

Here’s how to get started with using Alexa Calling & Messaging:

1) Update the app

If you haven’t already, make sure you have the latest update of the Alexa App. It will prompt you to sign into your Amazon account. You may be required to reset your password, so just follow the instructions to do so.

2) Get going

The Alexa app will take you to a screen with a “Get Started” button. These next steps are straightforward and include telling the app who you are, verifying your phone number, and entering a confirmation code.

3) Use your voice

Start communicating by using one of these voice commands with your Alexa device: “Alexa, send a message.” “Alexa, make a call.” You can see your Alexa-enabled contacts by choosing the stylized person-shaped icon at the top of the Conversations section of your app. Alexa will ask who you want to call, so say “Dad” or “Amy” or whatever the name of the contact is. This name will need to match what you have in your contact list.

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