Things to Try

Get to Know Alexa

"Alexa, good morning"

Alexa is your virtual personal assistant who can put a smile on your face.

 Ask Alexa...

  • "How are you?"
  • "Who inspires you?"
  • "What's your favourite film?"
  • "Give me a cricket sledge"

Questions and Answers

"Alexa, why is the sky blue?"

Ask about science, math, geography, and culture.

 Ask Alexa...

  • "What are Newton's three laws of motion?"
  • "What is 100 divided by 16?"
  • "What is the population of Australia?"

Listen to Music

"Alexa, play music"

Hands-free voice control for all your favourite music.

 Control the music

  • "Turn up the volume"
  • "Rewind 15 seconds"
  • "Repeat this song"
  • "Stop the music"

  Play by decade

  • "Play music from the 90s"
  • "Play music from the 60s"

  Play by genre

  • "Play country music"
  • "Play rock music"

  Play by artist

  • "Play music by AC/DC"
  • "Play songs by Kylie Minogue"

  Make specific requests

  • "Play indie songs by Arcade Fire"
  • "Play pop music from the 80s"


"Alexa, tell me a joke"

Knock, knock. Alexa knows lots of jokes.

 Ask Alexa...

  • "Tell me an Australian joke"
  • "Tell me a cricket joke"
  • "Tell me a different joke"

Radio Stations and Podcasts

"Alexa, play ABC Radio"

Alexa can tune into the radio and play podcasts.

Fun with Alexa

"Alexa, can you beatbox?"

Alexa has many ways to keep you entertained.

 Ask Alexa...

  • "Tell me a limerick"
  • "Flip a coin"


"Alexa, what's the weather?"

Ask about local, national, and international weather.

 Ask Alexa...

  • "Will it rain tomorrow?"
  • "How's the weather in Sydney this weekend?"
  • "What's the temperature in Wellington?"

Kindle Books

"Alexa, read my Kindle book"

 Ask Alexa...

  • "Stop reading in 30 minutes"
  • "Pause"
  • "Go back"
To view your Kindle books, go to Music, Video & Books > Kindle Books

Flash Briefing

"Alexa, play my flash briefing"

Listen to news and content from popular broadcasters. Customize your Flash Briefing in the Alexa app: Settings > Flash Briefing

To-do Lists

"Alexa, add feed pets to my to-do list"

View and manage your list in the Alexa app: Home > Lists

Shopping Lists

"Alexa, add milk to my shopping list"

View and manage your shopping list. Home > Lists


"Alexa, set a daily reminder"

Alexa can help remind you about things.


"Alexa, set an egg timer for 3 minutes"

Set timers and also give your timers names.

 Ask Alexa...

  • "How much time is left on my egg timer?"
  • "What timers are set?
  • "Cancel my timer"


"Alexa, set an alarm for 6:00am"

Alexa can wake you up and also let you snooze.

 Ask Alexa...

  • "Wake me up in the morning"
  • "Set a weekday alarm at 7:00am"
  • "What alarms are set?"
  • "Snooze..." (enjoy 9 more minutes of Zzz...)

Useful Phrases

 Ask Alexa...

  • "Turn up the volume"
  • "What time is it?"
  • "What can I say?"

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