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Echo Technical Support / Re: Please help
« Last post by Debi on January 20, 2020, 06:33:31 pm »
Thanks, Ok, I've read a little but am not sure how to switch it on
Echo Technical Support / Re: Disable Censorship?
« Last post by renegade600 on January 20, 2020, 02:16:31 pm »

p.s. Please do not go into morale-mode and explain why censor is good and stuff, this is really nothing I want to discuss. Thanks.

so you too want to censor comments with that statement!!!   IMO, you are being hypocritical. 
Echo Technical Support / Disable Censorship?
« Last post by Akuma no Tsubasa on January 20, 2020, 07:56:19 am »

it is now about 4 weeks that I have an Alexa Dot 3 and it can be quite fun, but the hyper restricted and extremely censored system to abide laws and over-political-correctness is killing the fun and also functions. Often Alexa will shut off because of possible censor-problems on totally normal lines of text, bleep stuff out.

I mean I am an adult person, almost 40 years. Shouldn't I be able to determine myself if I can survive hearing the bad F-word?

For example, and the final reason to find a way to disable censorship: I was just asking Alexa to announce my arrival and she shup off instantly as if I had used a bad word. I told her in german "Alexa, kündige meine Ankunft an.". No reply, just the sound for badwords and off. Same if I ask for music, quotes, movie titles etc. that contain words that Amazon thinks they are bad.

The most thing you read is COPA and stuff but seriously, those do not disallow a button to disable those "features" as there are actually people on this planet that don't have kids for example or are just mature and intelligent enough to not get heart attacks on bad words.

Also that censor is mega random. If you make Alexa say "ficken" it gets bleeped out. If you make her say any other version like "Man, ist das ein Ficker" she speaks it totally fine.

Since we have SDKs and stuff at our hands, I still hope there is a way to patch that system to stop all of this and have more fun with Alexa.

kind regards,

p.s. Please do not go into morale-mode and explain why censor is good and stuff, this is really nothing I want to discuss. Thanks.
Echo Technical Support / Re: Please help
« Last post by renegade600 on January 20, 2020, 06:20:38 am »
go into the device settings and make sure esp is turned on . 
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: alexa helping with my recipes
« Last post by Laurel on January 19, 2020, 09:34:26 pm »
It looks like there is a skill that might do what you want. I haven't tried it, but take a look here. If it looks suitable, enable the skill on your app.
Echo Technical Support / Please help
« Last post by Debi on January 19, 2020, 05:41:54 pm »
Ok, I had an echo for my birthday in September,  fantastic,  I love use it all the time, plays my Audi books music as I go to sleep, 2 teenage boys are like, i want one, so Christmas comes Santa brings them one each, but now noone can use their alexa as they all randomly react to commands on other alexa, so I'm woken up by their music, or they turn my music off,
Please help
Smart Devices and Gadgets / Re: IFTTT
« Last post by StevenR on January 19, 2020, 03:34:21 pm »
As far as I know, IFTTT is only available as an action in routines not a trigger (at least I can't see an option for this in the app).
This means that a routine can trigger one of your IFTTT applets but you can't have an IFTTT applet trigger a routine, which sounds like what you want to do.
Amazon Echo Discussion / alexa helping with my recipes
« Last post by evansmb on January 19, 2020, 03:29:55 pm »
Is  there a way to enter  our recipes in alexa ahead of time and have it read the steps to you while we are in the kitchen cooking.   I know it will find a recipe on the internet and read it to you, but that isn't quiet what I'm trying today. I want to enter family recipes, that don't exist any where on the net.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Samsung TV and HDMI ARC
« Last post by jvk of md on January 18, 2020, 12:16:33 pm »
I tried searching every where for an answer to this but seems I maybe the only one having this issue. I am new to the Echo DOT, Alexa and Smart Homes but learning fast.

Any way my issue, I have a Samsung Smart TV with a Fire TV stick and a Yahama YAS-108 sound bar connected to the HDMI ARC port. Alexa can do all the things it should except control the volume on the HDMI ARC port. I can mute and un-mute but cannot change the volume with voice control. Alexa accepts the command and replies with "OK" but nothing happens.

Thanks for your help


2 possibilities... a yamaha skill so you can say "alexa ask yamaha to set volume at xxx  or a samsung smartthings skill which also req's the smartthings hub
Smart Devices and Gadgets / IFTTT
« Last post by jack2u on January 16, 2020, 08:02:20 pm »
Can anyone tell me how to incorporate IFTTT into my Routine actions? I noticed that IFTTT was an option under a routine I had viewed on youtube. I would like to be able to have a unique text number group trigger a voice action on alexa.
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