Amazon has added yet another new feature to Echo devices called Alexa Announcements. It allows you to broadcast your voice through all of your Echo devices simultaneously. By simply saying “Alexa, announce that…” and speaking your announcement, all of your Echo devices will give off a chime followed by a playback of your recorded announcement.
Instead of saying “Alexa, announce that…” you can also say “Alexa, tell everyone…” or “Alexa, broadcast…” instead. Alexa does not speak the announcement in its voice, but instead plays a recording of the speaker making the announcement.
The feature is smart enough to know where the Alexa command ends and where the announcement starts. So whether you say “Alexa, announce that I’m home” or “Alexa, announce I’m home,” only the “I’m home” portion of your recorded announcement will play in either case. If you want to ensure the message is perfectly cropped and clear, you can say “Alexa, make an announcement” and you’ll be asked to speak the announcement separately as a second step.
Alexa seems to also pay attention to the content of the announcement. If, for example, you say “Alexa, tell everyone that dinner is ready,” Alexa will sound a dinner bell, in addition to the regular chime sound, before playing your announcement. That is the only special announcement alert sound that I’ve found so far.
There is no way to exclude a particular Echo device from all announcements or from a specific announcement, however, if an Echo device has Do Not Disturb enabled, then it will not broadcast the announcement. After an Echo device plays an announcement, the recipient can say “Alexa, repeat” or “Alexa, what was that” within a few seconds to hear the announcement a second time if they missed it the first time.
Playback of announcements is limited to Echo devices, which includes the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and the Echo Look. You can make announcements from those devices but you can also make announcements from other Alexa devices, such as the Dash Wand and Alexa mobile app. Unfortunately, you cannot make or receive announcements through Fire TV devices using the voice remote.
Other special announcement sounds include a rooster sound when you say “Alexa, tell everyone to wake up” and lullaby music when you say “Alexa, tell everyone to go to bed.” Thanks Cheryl for mentioning these two in the comments!
Announcing “I Love You” will play kissing sounds, announcing “It’s time to go” will play cartoon running sounds, and announcing “Happy Birthday” will play cheering sounds.