Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Alexa for Xbox app will launch games, play music and show you the front door

Amazon is launching an Alexa for Xbox app, which will bring a range voice controls to the Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One consoles.

The app, which is yet to become available, will enable Xbox owners to turn on their consoles, launch games, and play music, as well as offering the chance to view their Ring video doorbell or consult their Amazon shopping list.

Amazon’s new app builds upon the existing Alexa Skill, which launched in 2018. That enables console owners to launch games and apps, turn off the console and control media playback. The skill required users to say “Alexa, tell/ask Xbox…” The standalone app will not.

Alexa for Xbox app

Gamers will still need an additional Alexa device, such as an Amazon Echo speaker in order to use the app, but here’s some of the commands Xbox owners will be able to use when the app arrives.

Alexa for Xbox brings our top features to your TV. Just ask Alexa to play music, view your Smart Home cameras, manage your shopping list, and more.

Things to Try:
“Alexa, launch <Game Name>.”
“Alexa, turn on <Xbox Name>.”
“Alexa, play a song by <artist name> on <Xbox Name>.”
“Alexa, show me the front door camera on <Xbox Name>.”
“Alexa, show me my shopping list on <Xbox Name>.”

Amazon confirmed the app, still listed as ‘coming soon’ on the Microsoft Store, via a press release on Wednesday. The company says the app will also enable users to check email, calendars and weather reports. The app will be available for users globally in the coming days, Amazon says.

Alexa for Xbox


Microsoft has embraced Alexa over the last year or so, having ramped down its own voice assistant ambitions with Cortana. Cortana is now more of a PC-based solution, rather than a direct challenger to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.