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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: "By the way" unwanted and unneeded
« Last post by renegade600 on October 31, 2020, 10:53:51 pm »
I think I have only heard it around five times this year, the latest was a couple of weeks ago.  Not sure if it can be turned off.  I just tell it to stop or ignore it.   I just hope it won't get worse.  I guess I should start sending feedback every time it does it. 
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: "By the way" unwanted and unneeded
« Last post by scottrods on October 31, 2020, 08:11:40 pm »
I don't remember what the echo was spewing at me one day and I caught her mid sentence and said "Oh Stop it!".... and never another "by the way" moment. Not sure how that made it work permanently, but I was a bit exasperated by that time too...
Amazon Echo Discussion / Set a routine action by day of the week
« Last post by kalanikaau on October 31, 2020, 05:53:02 pm »
Newbie here, so please excuse my ignorance.
How would I go about adding to an existing routine who's actions which are determined by the day of the week?
Specifically, I'd like light A to illuminate (or if already on to remain on) on Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday and to have light B to do the same on Monday-Wednesday-Friday. In other words, I'd like for the lights to alternate being on and off.
Mind you I don't want to set a time when the action occurs, just by the day of the week.
The trigger word for this routine is "Alexa, good night"

Hmm...November 1st and no replies yet....
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Welcome aboard!
« Last post by kalanikaau on October 31, 2020, 05:38:11 pm »
Aloha from Hawaii and
Mahalo for allowing me to join this forum!
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: "By the way" unwanted and unneeded
« Last post by Elijah_Baley on October 31, 2020, 02:47:42 pm »
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Tried that. It does not help. This has nothing to do with Alexa's initial response but it has to do with Alexa adding things that it believes I "might" be interested in. I just want the answers I ask for.

Thanks for trying.
BTW: Searches on the internet all make it seem that this is not going to get fixed and it is the desired behavior. I have noticed that a lot of the time "By the way..." is followed by a shopping suggestion or a blurb that wants to read some Amazon content. Often it is unrelated to the question asked or anything else in the recent interactions with Alexa.
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: "By the way" unwanted and unneeded
« Last post by AlanH on October 31, 2020, 02:06:08 pm »
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Amazon Echo Discussion / "By the way" unwanted and unneeded
« Last post by Elijah_Baley on October 31, 2020, 11:50:12 am »
I want to turn off all the extra "by the way" crap Alexa has been adding to the answers and responses. When I ask something like "What time is it" or "What is the temperature" all I want to hear is the answer no "By the way I have..." or "By the way did you know.." or any such extraneous information. The only to interrupt the noise is to say something like "Alexa, shut up" or "Alexia, stop." I do not want any such useless drivel being spewed by my Echo devices.

I have gone into settings and turned off everything that even remotely sounds like it could be the cause of this unwanted behavior but I still have not found any way to permanently silence this unwanted noise.

Thanks for pointing me to a solution.
Echo Technical Support / Problem with switching light groups off
« Last post by Kirill_Ge on October 31, 2020, 09:20:10 am »


I have an issue controlling light groups (lifx and smart life).

I am using Alexa web interface because Alexa app is not available in my region.

I can create groups of lights in Alexa, can switch them on, but cannot switch them off. Alexa is saying that such action cannot be done with this device. It worked perfectly for several weeks till now. Devices can be switched off separately by voice command, and can be switched off by groups from their apps.

Tried rebooting Alexa, resetting Alexa and lights (full re-install), changing language, clearing cache, updating firmware, deleting all groups and creating new ones in Alexa and in lights apps, ..nothing helped to switch off groups.

Sent a mail to Amazon support, but maybe someone here can help me out too.

Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa and Smart Life
« Last post by renegade600 on October 29, 2020, 04:44:32 am »
did you disable then reenable the smart life skill in the alexa app?
Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa and Smart Life
« Last post by metalmachine71 on October 28, 2020, 09:08:17 pm »
So my mother recently moved and when I was hooking all her Alexa stuff back up I started having issues. Got her Echo and her echo dots all hooked up and functioning perfectly but when I tried to connect the Tan Tan smart plugs nothing worked. I was able to get smart life to find them and get them connected to various devices and it works fine turning them on and off in the smart life app but when I try to have Alexa discover them, no go. It discovers 5 devices but they are all under the names of what they were at the old house. I tried deleting them all and rediscovering the sockets but they still come up under the same old names and they also show “offline”. Any suggestions to this issue? Thank you all in advance for any help.

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