Amazon has added a much-requested feature to its Alexa digital assistant: the option to send a text message (via SMS) using an Echo – or a supported independent speaker, like the Sonos One. Here’s how to set it up.
The process couldn’t be more simple. Just open the Alexa app on your smartphone and register for Alexa Calling & Messaging, then head into your Profile – by navigating into the Conversations tab, followed by Contacts – and enable Send SMS.
That’s all there is to it. But we should note there’s a big caveat: the feature is limited to the States at present. Oh – and it’s also restricted to smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, though it should reach iOS in the future.
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Amazon was quick to point out that the one number the tool can’t reach is 911, so find yourself in distress, you’ll need to rummage around for your phone or opt for a different method of communication (like screaming) to seek assistance.
Now all we need is support for WhatsApp.
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