Smart speakers aren’t just used for playing music or controlling home technology. Alexa is also a great option to serve as an intercom system that is affordable.
This article will demonstrate how you can make use of Alexa in order to hear other people’s conversations and connect to your home from afar. I’ll also discuss security risks and the ways could you do safeguard your privacy when using Alexa.
Can I Use Alexa to Listen to Another Room?
Yes you can, your Echo speakers provide you with the ability to communicate remotely in other spaces. It is only necessary the presence of at least one Echo speaker (or your smartphone) close by and an additional Echo speaker within the space you’d like to communicate with.
Alexa refers to this feature as drop-in. It also has a feature called announcement which allows you to send a message to all the Echo speakers.
How to Listen in On Alexa
The process of switching over to one Echo speaker and switching to another is very simple. All you need to know is your Alexa speaker that you can find via the device’s webpage in the Alexa app, or through asking “Alexa, what is your device name?”
Once you know your name and the number of the Alexa device you’d like to speak to, you can speak, “Alexa, drop in on [device name].” To talk to the speaker in your kitchen you could say “Alexa, drop in on kitchen.”
The speaker that you insert on will sound that chimes, and the Echo will turn green. This informs your audience that you’re speaking to them.
There’s no way of deactivating the alert, but you shouldn’t try because it’s a crucial security feature. It’s not a good idea to let people drop into your home unannounced!
Can I Listen to Alexa via My Phone?
If you’re not in the vicinity of either of your Echo device, then you are able to make an appearance from your smartphone also. You’ll need the Alexa app installed and connected with your Amazon account.
Go to Devices > ‘Echo’ and Alexa’. Select the speaker you wish to join. After that, click the drop-in button to start the call.
Can I Use Alexa to Listen to My House Remotely?
There are two ways you can tune into your Alexa speakers when you are away from your home.
In the beginning, you’ll be able to make use of your smartphone. So long as you’ve got the Alexa app installed and you are logged into your Amazon account You don’t have to be connected to your home network in order for it to function. Drop in from anywhere on any one of the Echo speakers that accept drop-ins.
The second option is to grant someone else’s Echo permission to come in to your home. This way, you’ll be able to extend your home’s intercom system to other residences.
Make sure to only grant this permission to those you trust. There are many people who can call you via your Alexa and dropping in is best reserved for specific instances such as family members.
It’s also a fantastic way to make use of Alexa in times of emergency. If you have a loved one who has given permission to check in via their Alexa or other device, you can monitor them remotely, even if they’re not able to talk to your Echo device.
How to Turn Off Drop In on Alexa
If you’re concerned about privacy, it’s possible to remove the drop-in function on any or even all your Echo speakers.
I highly recommend this if you don’t want to be in a position to hear the chime, or are doing something that requires complete privacy even in your home.
- Open the Alexa app to Devices -> ‘Echo & Alexa’.
- Select your Echo speaker.
- Use the gear button on the upper right corner to access the menu of settings.
- Select Communications under the General section.
- You can turn off all communication by clicking on”C” to toggle the Communications toggle. Alternately, you can Click Drop In and choose Off to disable the one feature of communication.
If you look at the menu for drop-ins you’ll see that there’s an the option of limiting access to only your household. This is a great option for those who want to have maximum privacy , but without completely removing your intercom system.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you able to call Alexa without their knowledge?
You must give the permission of someone else to log in to your device, which means you’re always protected from the people who want to monitor you using Alexa.
Even if you grant an individual permission, you’ll want to be aware of when they’re coming in. This is the reason your Echo will notify you via the sound of a ring and flashing green light whenever someone with permission is attempting to contact you.
There’s no way to monitor someone’s activities using an Alexa. This is a great thing.
Do you think Alexa have a spy on you?
We’ve all grown concerned about companies monitoring us. With Alexa you’re placing the microphone inside your home. Of course, we’re scared that Amazon could be using the microphone to record us.
The good news is that Alexa does not record until it hears its wake words. You can open the Alexa app and look at the history of their voice to view the latest recordings they’ve made.
Let me add one more point to put this into an overall perspective There are many reasons why your smartphone is likely to be more of a security risk that your speaker. In the end, it’s the microphone that you carry throughout the throughout the day.
Add drop-in and a couple of inexpensive Alexa speakers to create an awesome house intercom. It is also possible to join your Blink camera with Alexa and make use of them in conjunction with drop-in to hear and see (and communicate with) what’s happening within your home.
The only issue with these settings is that they aren’t working in the event that you’re Alexa is not online or is experiencing technical problems. Because the Echo requires to be connected to the internet to the internet, and Alexa must be connected to the internet to connect with their servers. You’ll be unable to use the Alexa intercom if the internet goes down , or the power is cut off. Unfortunately, there’s no suitable solution right now.
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