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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Sharing access to Echo dot devices.
« Last post by Unboggle the mind on February 28, 2023, 11:48:13 am »
Thank you for your advice. I was able to switch the echo devices in my home to a second Amazon account which is great; however, so as not to disrupt the set up on the devices at my parent's home, I had planned to leave those login credentials as they were.

The problem I have now encountered is that  my Amazon Prime Account cannot be brought over to the new account. Amazon have said I would have to cancel my current subscription, (losing the existing paid for package of approximately 9 months) then buy a new Prime subscription for the new account, thus being unable to bring across any prime movie & subscription purchases which seems really unfair and something I'm not prepared to do.

The WiFi password in my parent’s home has been changed by another (difficult) family member, hence why it made more sense to just leave the existing setup and secure my own devices and account.

I know that in some instances you can join a wifi connection if a device is in close proximity to the router, but would that work for echo devices? If so, I could then just set up the echo devices on the new account and allow access to my parent’s devices that way.

A point to note is that this difficult family member works in IT and certainly is more knowledgeable than I. I just don't want to make changes that will mean the devices are of no use in the home if restrictions are put in place to stop new (or reset) devices joining the network.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Dim Echo Show 5
« Last post by jwlv on February 25, 2023, 04:33:07 pm »
Alexa, go home. Alexa, go to home screen, or something similar.
But since Amazon controls your home screen, it'll eventually show something else. Like Alexa For Your Day, sports scores that you never asked for, some advertisements, or whatever Amazon fancies for that day.
I used to love the idea of having a screen on my Echo devices. At one time, I've had eight Echo Show devices. But they've turned out to be a vehicle for Amazon to spam you with useless junk. Every few weeks they add some new "feature" to the home screen. You can turn it off through the settings, but a couple of things they won't let you turn off. I have three remaining Echo Show 5's. I'll be getting rid of them when they offer me a trade-in.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Dim Echo Show 5
« Last post by evanskl on February 25, 2023, 07:13:42 am »
Is there any way to have the Echo Show screen go back to night clock screen while playing sleep sounds?  I’m attempting to create a routine.

Echo Technical Support / Re: Reminders that confirm completion?
« Last post by renegade600 on February 23, 2023, 11:51:00 pm »
don't know of any.   I don't believe there is a way at this time.    Did you check blueprints in the alexa app to see if there was a way to do it from there?
Echo Technical Support / Reminders that confirm completion?
« Last post by goco on February 23, 2023, 03:40:05 pm »
In developing comprehensive programs for in-home dementia patients, I’ve recently been exploring development of custom skills based on individual patients’ needs.  A question that has come up is in regard to the currently-available reminders and the limited number of options those reminder skills currently (seem to) have.  Are there any reminder skills that will wait until a user has confirmed that he/she has completed a particular reminder before presenting the next reminder? For example, if a user needs to be reminded to drink water at 8AM, 12PM, 4PM, and 8PM, are there currently any reminder skills that would periodically (more than twice if necessary) repeat with a prompt like “have you had your 8AM drink of water yet?” until the user answers “yes”?         
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Extremely High Data Usage in standby.
« Last post by gjjb66 on February 15, 2023, 06:07:18 am »
This seems to be a dead thread since 2018, however, in Feb 2023 I having this issue.

Last 2 months I went from far under using my 350GB limit to nearly not making a new 450GB limit.

I see all my echos (I have around 9) are using like 7GB per month (split as much UP as DOWN ???).  The Echo that has the hub (big round one is the biggest pig at almost 30GB for the month.

Why do much UP?  And Down?
 I'm barely making my 450GB by the 30th day so monitoring has been a constant job as I narrowed it down. 

Any recovering victims out there with possible solutions?
Echo Technical Support / Trouble Adding Contact for Drop In
« Last post by tmallardi on February 11, 2023, 10:03:22 am »
I'm trying to setup and Echo Show 10 for an elderly parent.

I've created a new Amazon account.

I've registered the device to the new account.

I've downloaded the Alexa app on iPhone.

Logged in to IOS Alexa app with new account

I went into settings and enabled Communications,

I've enabled Drop In

However, when I attempt to add a contact whose cell number is confirmed to have an Amazon account, the Enable Drop In option does not appear under Permissions.
I know for a fact that the contact I'm trying to add, has a phone number registered on Amazon.

Not sure what step I'm missing...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Sharing access to Echo dot devices.
« Last post by jwlv on February 07, 2023, 06:18:38 pm »
A work-around is to use a separate Amazon account just for the Echo devices. You don't need to have a credit card on file for the account. Its sole purpose is to set up the Echo devices. If you choose to have Prime (for music or whatnot), you can pay for it on the account and then immediately remove the credit card afterwards.

It will be a pain to setup all of the Echo devices again if you have many of them.

Another solution (for US residents) is the Alexa Together service that costs $19.99/month. This is Amazon's answer for elder care. More info here -->
Amazon Echo Discussion / Sharing access to Echo dot devices.
« Last post by Unboggle the mind on February 07, 2023, 05:48:50 pm »
Hi there. I'm brand new to this forum, so please excuse me if my query appears on here elsewhere.

I gave my parents several echo dot devices which they have been using for the last few years. The devices run on my account, enabling me to call/drop in if they do not answer the landline or cell phone. My parents and I live in separate homes.

In order to assist one other relative to contact my parents, I have recently allowed them to access my parent’s devices using my login credentials. However, I realize that whilst I trust this relative to use my credentials for the sole purpose of calling to check in on my parents, this means that they can also access my Amazon account to browse my personal buying history, make purchases and drop in to any of my online devices in my home as well if they so choose.

I have looked at a workaround and can't seem to find anything that protects my privacy whilst we both have another means of contacting my parents in their home.

Amazon Household wouldn't work for me as all users would need to live in the same household.

Can anyone help with this dilemma? I'm really not sure if there is a solution, so if I have missed anything I would be grateful for any advice.

Thank you so much.

Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexca routine - change volume before and after routine
« Last post by Joachim47 on February 05, 2023, 08:25:35 pm »
These are idiosyncracies in the code that should not require a work around. I find the concept used by Hue to define previous state for lights an elegant feature that could be applied to volume and other state changes more broadly. Nonsense is not something we should accept these days of AI beginning to substitute us where ever its deemed to be adding efficiency in processes and speeding up progress.
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