Essential Alexa Voice Commands: A Guide to Basic Control

Are you looking for a comprehensive guide to the essential Alexa voice commands for basic control? Look no further! Below are some useful voice command examples that you can use to take full advantage of Alexa’s capabilities. Whether you want to control your smart home devices, play music, or get the latest news updates, Alexa has got you covered. Read on to discover the essential voice commands for your Alexa device.

Basic Control

“Alexa, turn on the lights.”
“Alexa, turn off the TV.”
“Alexa, set the thermostat to 72 degrees.”
“Alexa, lock the front door.”
“Alexa, open the garage door.”


“Alexa, play my ‘Chill’ playlist on Spotify.”
“Alexa, play some jazz music.”
“Alexa, skip this song.”
“Alexa, pause the music.”
“Alexa, volume up.”


“Alexa, what’s the weather today?”
“Alexa, what’s the latest news?”
“Alexa, what’s the traffic like?”
“Alexa, tell me a joke.”
“Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes.”

Shopping and To-Do Lists

“Alexa, add milk to my shopping list.”
“Alexa, what’s on my to-do list today?”
“Alexa, order more paper towels.”
“Alexa, add ‘buy birthday gift’ to my to-do list.”
“Alexa, buy toothpaste from Amazon.”

Alarms and Reminders

“Alexa, set an alarm for 6 AM.”
“Alexa, remind me to water the plants at 5 PM.”
“Alexa, cancel my 4 PM meeting reminder.”
“Alexa, snooze the alarm for 10 minutes.”
“Alexa, what are my reminders for today?”

Smart Home Control

“Alexa, dim the living room lights to 50%.”
“Alexa, set the TV to HDMI 1.”
“Alexa, start the robot vacuum.”
“Alexa, change the A/C to ‘cool’ mode.”
“Alexa, turn on the coffee maker.”