Ever since Amazon first introduced calling and messaging capabilities for Alexa, you’ve been able to use the Alexa app on a smartphone to send and receive calls and messages in place of an Echo device. Now Amazon has extended that capability to tablets as well. Amazon Fire tablets, Apple iPads, and generic Android tablets can now all use the Alexa app to join the conversation with Echo devices and smartphones. The new capabilities are not yet available on my latest generation Fire HD 10, so it seems like the update is still rolling out.
Once the ability is available on your tablet, you’ll be able to open the Alexa app and configure its new calling and messaging capabilities. I’m told you’ll be asked for your phone number in order to import contacts, so it sounds like you may need to have first set up calling on a smartphone before you can use it on a tablet, but I’m not certain.
Since the Fire HD 10 has hands-free Alexa capabilities built into the tablet, you’ll be able to place calls and send messages without lifting a finger. On other Fire tablets, simply hold the home button and speak your request to Alexa. For iPads and other Android tablets, you’ll need to open the Alexa app and select the conversation tab to use Alexa’s calling and messaging capabilities.