Amazon.com Help: Send SMS Messages with Alexa

31 January, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Yolanda Murray
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Alexa already has its own messaging system, however in order to work both the parties need to have an Alexa setup.

Amazon Alexa is deepening its messaging capabilities by allowing users to send SMS messages. But you'll need to read their number like a cave man: "Alexa, send a text message to 123-456-7890".

You can disable Send SMS through your contact card in the Alexa App.

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Alexa is now able to send SMS messages to contacts in your smartphone, according to VentureBeat.

Now, flip the to toggle next to "Send SMS" to on, and voilà - you can now use a voice command on any Alexa-equipped device, like any of Amazon's own Echo devices, to send text messages.

In order to use the SMS feature, one needs to follow the instructions which appear on a pop-up in the Alexa app.

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Enable "Send an SMS" and accept the Android OS permission. So far, the service is only available for Android users. Alexa app had earlier earned the wrath of its users after it automatically imported contact details. For example, in the US, users can make free voice calls and messages to Alexa-enabled devices, but that's not the case for Indian users. Some Alexa-powered devices, such as the Echo Show have the ability to do video calls as well.

Enabling Alexa SMS messaging is really easy. At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Google launched Smart Displays - new lineups of screen-equipped, Google Assistant-powered speakers by LG, Sony, and others created to rival Amazon's Echo Show and Echo Spot. On a related note, Alexa has always had the first movers advantage since it had a two-year head start with respect to Google Home.

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