Amazon revealed last week that Alexa will soon be gaining several new abilities. One of those new capabilities, which is Alexa’s ability to remember things, is now starting to roll out, according to TechCrunch. Once your Alexa devices receive the update, you’ll be able to ask Alexa to remember dates and other pieces of information and be able to recall them whenever you’d like.
The most basic way to use Alexa’s new memory feature is to have the voice assistant remember important dates. If you say Alexa, remember Joe’s birthday is May 25th,” Alexa will respond by saying “Okay. I will remember that Joe’s birthday is May 25th.” At any point after that, you’ll be able to ask “Alexa, when is Joe’s birthday?” to received back the remembered answer.
Alexa’s memory is not limited to dates. You can basically have it remember almost anything as long as you use the format “Alexa, remember [description of thing to remember] is/in [thing to remember].” Then just use the description to recall the thing to remember. Amazon has given the following as examples of things Alexa can remember:
- Alexa, remember that my niece’s T-shirt size is a medium.
- Alexa, make a note that Amy is going to China in October.
- Alexa, remember that Laura’s dog’s name is Bruno.
- Alexa, remember that I kept the extra blankets in the attic.
- Alexa, remember Matthew’s teacher’s name is Ms. Sally.
Whatever you ask Alexa to remember will be linked to your own Amazon account, so you’ll be able to recall the information from any of the Alexa devices registered to your Amazon account. This feature, as well as others that will be released later this year, are part of Amazon’s effort to make Alexa more personal.