Now that you can make calls and send messages with the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, users have been wanting to use the devices as home intercom systems. The upcoming Echo Show, which will be released tomorrow, has a Drop-in feature that will facilitate intercom-like communication, but buying a $230 device for every room isn’t feasible for most. Thankfully, Amazon has announced that they’re adding the Drop-in feature to all Echos and Echo Dots, which will turn them into full-fledged intercoms.
The new Drop-in feature will be rolling out in the next few days. Once it’s available, you’ll be able to go into the Alexa app and enable Drop-in for your own profile. That will allow you to start a call from one of your Echo devices to the other, without someone on the receiving end needing to answer the call.
To use the feature, you just say “Alexa, drop in on [device name].” The device name is the one you’ve set for a particular Echo or Echo Dot within the Alexa app. Alexa thankfully seems very flexible with the names. One of my devices is named “E1 – Echo (Living Room)” and saying “drop in on the living room” results in Alexa identifying the correct device. Alexa tends to read back the full name of the device back to you, to verify you’re dropping in on the correct one, so it’s probably best to give all of your devices simple names if you plan to use this feature.
Trying to use the Drop-in feature now results in Alexa instructing you to enable the feature in your profile in the Alexa app, but that option is not available yet. An update to the Alexa should roll out soon with all the options you need. The update will also allow you to drop in on one of your devices through the Alexa app. So, you can be out and about and bark out requests to your loved ones at will.