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Amazon Echo Discussion / Amazon Echo Kids Edition
« Last post by Elliot on June 13, 2021, 06:57:59 am »
Hi - hope someone can help me.

Last December I purchased an Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation Kids Edition from Virgin Megastore in Doha, Qatar, where I am currently living. I am from the UK and have a UK Amazon Account. I have an Echo Dot 1st Generation which I brought out with me, which works fine. The Kids Edition I bought for my son also worked fine for 6 months, up until last week when it suddenly started asking me to complete Amazon Kids setup in the Alexa app. But when I select the device in my app, Amazon Kids is not displaying as an option to select.

I spoke to Amazon - they are saying that the Kids Edition will only work in the US, and that there must have been a recent software update which is now detecting the location. They say there is no way to finish setting it up here in Qatar. I have tried setting the device location and timezone to the US, I've tried using the app on my phone with a VPN set to the US. I've tried factory resetting the device. None of this has worked. Amazon say that none of their devices work in Qatar - but this is clearly not true because everyone I know out here has an Alexa and they work fine, as does my other Echo Dot. I wish I hadn't bought the Kids Edition now - I only bought it because I thought my son would like the rainbow stripes. If it was a regular one I wouldn't be having this problem.

Can anyone suggest any workaround to solve this? I can potentially give the device to an American friend who is about to travel to the US for the summer. Amazon have said if she completes the setup, it should remember the setting when I reconnect it here in Qatar. But I am sceptical. Thanks.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Echo dot drop in
« Last post by copper50 on June 09, 2021, 12:29:07 pm »
Echo dot disconnects after a minute or two
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Please Elaborate
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Hi. Please can you elaborate on how you got the Alexa App to work on your HOMTOM HT50 phone.
Any Info would be appreciated.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: How to switch on, delay,then switch off a device
« Last post by mpeill on June 08, 2021, 11:09:45 am »
Ah, solved it. I was using the "delay" function and find there is an issue with this in the Arduino IDE (see other posts/forums). I've used a "while" loop and millis() and it works fine now.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / How to switch on, delay,then switch off a device
« Last post by mpeill on June 08, 2021, 09:22:41 am »
I have a device acting as a simple switch. I can use Alexa to switch it on, and also to switch it off.
I want a single command to ask Alexa to switch it on, leave it on for 2 seconds, then switch it off. (without the need to issue an "off" command).
Alexa would then be ready to receive the same "switch on" command to perform the same result at a later date.
Anyone know whether this is possible?
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Which music source is it playing from? It may help if you specify your source. I.e. Alexa play Madonna from Pandora on Bose.
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We have a Bose Sound touch wireless access point to connect our old receiver to the WiFi. We enabled the Bose in Alexa.  So I can say "Alexa Play  [album name or Artist] on Bose.". (We also have Amazon Music.). But it only plays a single song and cuts off.

The only exception is Sirius, where it plays the station we specify continuously.

Any thoughts? (It took a while to get this far.)
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Routines
« Last post by jwlv on June 04, 2021, 01:11:51 pm »
The Alexa Guard feature can randomly turn on/off lights when you are away.
Just enable Guard in the Alexa app. Then choose devices/lights you want Guard to control.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Routines
« Last post by Thomastoo on June 04, 2021, 10:54:02 am »
Use 2 routines - one to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise every day.  A separate routine to turn off certain lights on certain dates/times.  The 2nd (or 3rd, 4th, etc.) routines will still work even though the first is still running.
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