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Amazon Echo Discussion / diagnostic mode
« Last post by jrubin on October 21, 2019, 01:29:39 am »
I have an original echo show that malfunction and was repaired.  I got it back but is stuck in diagnosticmode and I am unable to get back to original screen.  Plugging and unplugging on help.  Unable to reset with pushing mute and low volume.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Stop Alexa guard from automatically turning on off lights
« Last post by jwlv on October 20, 2019, 04:07:35 pm »
That is a feature called "Alexa Guard." It should be off by default unless you turned it on previously. Just go into the Alexa App and turn off Alexa Guard.

Or if you want to use Alexa Guard but not the lighting function, disable every smart light device from the Alexa Guard settings.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Create my own verbal shortcuts?
« Last post by plumptaco on October 20, 2019, 01:46:25 pm »
Thanks @VKSheridan.

Indeed, I tried routines. Unfortunately, routines limit you to executing the predefined "actions" listed in the Alexa app. I'm looking for an approach that gives me the flexibility to map custom phrasing to any command that a given skill can normally act on.

From what I can tell, routines seem similar to IFTTT, actually, in that you're limited to whatever predefined actions are actually offered for each skill. And a good many skills aren't even supported/offered at all.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Create my own verbal shortcuts?
« Last post by VKSheridan on October 20, 2019, 01:00:29 pm »
I think you can create a routine with your shortened phrase.  Like you, I didn’t want to ramble a lengthy phrase or tolerate the slight IFFTT delay to open or close my garage door so I created a routine in my Alexa App.  Now I just say, “Alexa, open the garage door” instead of “Tell (app name) to open the garage door”.....
Amazon Echo Discussion / Echo Show Gen 2 Screen Bleed
« Last post by VKSheridan on October 20, 2019, 12:54:44 pm »
I have a pair of Echo Gen 2 Show devices and enjoy them a bunch.  I bought both at the same time a little over a year ago and they’ve been great.  The one in my living room is used a lot more than the one in my office so I kind of expect a bit more degradation on the living room Show.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t expecting the screen to “bleed” the white letter overlays.  By bleeding, I mean when the Show puts an ad, notification, game result or recommendation up over my background pictures, there are white semi-transparent lines extending from each letter/image to the top of the screen.  The white letters are clear and easily readable but the screen wash they create is a bit annoying.  I’ve rebooted, reset, etc. but the problem persists.  It seems like the video graphic driver for the overlay function is corrupt but I’m not sure.  I can’t blame firmware since both Shows are running the same firmware and I can’t blame hardware as the image is great as long as there is no white text overlaying the image/video.  Anyone else experience this and did you find a solution other than pitching it in the trash and getting a replacement?
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo Auto - First Impressions
« Last post by VKSheridan on October 20, 2019, 12:40:31 pm »
I haven’t used mine much but I’ve already found some differences between the auto and the Dot/Show devices I have.  I can open and close my MyIQ garage door with my home devices but I get “that feature is not available at this time” response from my Echo Auto.  Seems silly so I asked for the status of the door, same response.  Ditto with my front door locks.  One could argue it’s a good security thing but using a passcode like my home devices use could address that.  Hard to unlock the house and open the garage as I approach using my voice instead of an app.  Still digging for other nuances but those are a couple that I’ve seen.  Good news is I think I can turn on my porch light from the car.  Will update more as I learn more.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Stop Alexa guard from automatically turning on off lights
« Last post by Jack on October 20, 2019, 12:21:30 pm »
I have my own routine setup to adjust lighting levels.  When I arm the Burglar alarm system, it automatically starts controlling the lights in the entire house.  How can I disable that feature?
Amazon Echo Discussion / Create my own verbal shortcuts?
« Last post by plumptaco on October 20, 2019, 08:55:22 am »
Is there a way I can create my own verbal shortcuts that issue full commands to different Alexa skills?

I have added a bunch of skills that do very helpful things (e.g., home automation and whole house music), but am finding the specificity of the commands is too much to remember, and thus easy to bumble. Example: "Alexa, ask Connect Control to play Spotify on device 2". What a mouthful.

Is there a skill or IFTTT applet I can add to Alexa to help me simplify verbal commands? I would love to create a mapping of various shortcut phrases that all result in one official long command, like this:

"Alexa, play music everywhere"  --> passes the full command "Alexa, ask Connect Control to play Spotify on device 2"

Thanks for any guidance!

Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa "Tell" Command
« Last post by jwlv on October 20, 2019, 07:37:10 am »
As far as  I know, the announce/tell is broadcast to every Echo device on your account. If you want to say something to one particular Echo, you need to use drop-in. Drop-in is 2-way conversation. But you can say hang up or stop to end the conversation.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa "Tell" Command
« Last post by BigIan279 on October 20, 2019, 04:47:32 am »
I have four Echo Dots 3rd Gen and use the "tell" or "announcement" command all the time to contact me kids especially at dinner time.

However, I have noticed that when I use this command to a specific echo dot - say my daughter's, the announcement is broadcast on all 3 other echo dots. 

How do I only make an announcement to one specific echo dot?
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