Amazon Alexa devices can now send you notifications

A little over a month ago, Amazon announced that notifications would be coming to Alexa devices like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. The feature is now live, at least for Amazon’s own shopping notifications. Notifications from Alexa skills don’t seem to be available just yet.

Amazon has published a new help page for notifications on Alexa devices. When you receive a notification, all of the compatible Alexa devices will beep once and give some form of visual indicator that a notification is available. For the Echo and Echo Dot, the light ring will pulse yellow, just as it does if you have an unheard message. For the Amazon Echo Show, a banner will be displayed at the top of the screen and a notification card will be added to your home screen rotation.

To hear your notification you can say “Alexa, read my notifications” or “Alexa, what did I miss?” You can move forward and back among your notifications by saying “Alexa, next” or “Alexa, previous” and you can delete all notifications by saying “Alexa, delete all of my notifications.

You can manage notifications within the Alexa app by going into Settings and selecting the Notifications option within the Accounts area near the bottom. Right now, only an option to enable Amazon shipping notifications is present. When enabled, your Alexa devices will alert you when an Amazon order has shipped.

Alexa skills will also be able to send notifications to your Alexa devices. The first Alexa skills expected to implement notifications are the AccuWeather and Washington Post skills, as well as upcoming Just Eat and Life360 skills.

None of the notifications will be enabled by default. Users will have to opt-in to all notifications, including the Amazon shipment notifications. If you do decide to enable notifications, it’s a good idea to also enable Alexa’s Do Not Disturb options and set a schedule so that notifications do not wake you up at night.

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3 comments
  1. Dustin Carpenter says:

    says notification when out for delivery, not when shipped or will it do both?

    • Dacker says:

      Personally, I’m more interested in being notified when my package has been delivered. In most cases, it’s in my mail boxand that kind of notification will let me know that the mail has actually been delivered so I cannot only get my package but I can also pick up my regular mail.

  2. Miriam spotts says:

    Turned on shipping notification,yellow ring is showing and says I have a shipment coming. I do not have shipment coming and tried turning off notification in settings but yellow ring will not go out. Help please!

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