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.