The Best Free Alexa Skills for Amazon Echo Owners

As well as Amazon’s own Echo devices, Alexa is available on a
huge number of different products like thermostats, headphones, and
even vehicles. But to get the best out of Alexa you need to install
some Alexa skills.

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Alexa skills are voice-activated apps that provide you with
pretty much anything you can imagine. And in this article we’re
highlighting the best free Alexa skills available, especially if
you’re a new Amazon Echo owner.

How to Find and Install Alexa Skills

You can easily find Alexa skills either on the Amazon site
through the Echo skills portal
or by using the Alexa app on Android
or iOS.
On either version, hit the sidebar menu and look for Skills. You
can then search and install any skill by hitting the
Enable button.

However, the easiest way to install Alexa skills is to simply
say “Alexa, enable [skill name]” using any
compatible device. That will work for many skills that don’t
require you to log in to another service.

The Best Free Alexa Skills to Install Now 1. CNN

Just say “Alexa, open CNN.”

While you can add a wide variety of news sources to
Alexa’s customizable flash briefing, CNN also offers its own
standalone Alexa skill. You can hear the latest headlines or
information about a specific topic. On any Echo device with a
screen, you can view specific videos and rewind or fast forward
with a voice command.

2. Jeopardy!

Just say “Alexa, play Jeopardy!”

Once you’re caught up on the most recent news, you can dive
right into everyone’s favorite quiz show, Jeopardy!. There are
clues from a wide variety of categories like sports, travel,
history, and more. Just like a real contestant on the show,
you’ll have to answer in the form of a question.

3. Cell
Phone Finder

Just say “Alexa, start Cell Phone
Finder.”

It happens to the best of us—a lost cell phone at the most
inopportune time. But Cell Phone Finder provides a lifeline. After
a short setup process when enabling the skill, you’ll be ready to
go. And when that time comes, just ask Alexa, and your phone will
starting ringing.

For Cell Phone Finder to work even when your phone is on silent
or Do Not Disturb, there is more information on the skill page on
how to add the service’s number to a handset’s emergency bypass
feature.

4. Domino’s
Pizza

Just say “Alexa, open Dominos.”

Snagging dinner doesn’t have to be a chore, especially if
you’re in the mood for pizza. With the Domino’s skill enabled,
you can reorder your last pizza or any other easy order. After
you’ve ordered, you can track each stage of the order, all the
way until it’s being delivered or ready for pickup. If you’re a
fan of Pizza Hut
instead, they offer a similar skill.

5. Big Sky

Just say “Alexa, open Big Sky.”

While the built-in weather skill accessible through Alexa is
accurate, Big Sky takes it a step further. Using the popular Dark
Sky API that powers the popular weather app for iOS and Android and
the Forecast.io site, Alexa and Big Sky provide hyperlocal
forecasts that are tied to your specific street address. With Big
Sky weather, you can also find out specific information like the
chance of precipitation at a certain time of day.

6. Sleep and
Relaxation Sounds

Just say “Alexa, open Sleep Sounds.”

At the end of the day, Alexa can even help you to fall asleep
peacefully. Sleep and Relaxation Sounds features more than 40
different high quality sleep-enhancing sounds to select from. You
can choose from everything from white noise to crickets, city
sounds, and more. To limit the time the sound is active, you can
also set a sleep timer.

And if you’re interested, make sure to take a look at some of
the secrets
to sleeping peacefully
.

7. Skills
Spotlight

Just say “Alexa, open Spotlight
podcast.”

Yes, there is even a skill to help locate other skills. In the
weekly podcast, the hosts discuss some of their favorite Alexa
skills and how to use them.

8. Mad
Libs

Just say “Alexa, open Mad Libs.”

One of the all-time classic games has been brought into the
modern age with the Mad Libs skill. Alexa will ask for different
nouns, adverbs, and adjectives and then will read back the
hysterical results.

9. Relax My Cat

Just say “Alexa, start Relax My Cat.”

Alexa isn’t just for humans. As you may have guessed, the
Relax My Cat skill is designed for your feline friends. The skill
plays relaxing music. And hundreds of cat owners are singing its
praises with great reviews. You can even set a timer for the music
to stop after a specific time frame.

10. 7-Minute
Workout

Just say “Alexa, start 7-Minute
Workout.”

The personal assistant can even help you burn off some calories.
Alexa and the 7-Minute Workout will guide you through an entire
routine of 12 different exercises. If the workout gets too much,
you can pause it and resume at any time.

11. Flight
Tracker

Just say “Alexa, ask Flight Tracker for
[flight].”

All you need is the airline name and flight number, and you can
hear an up-to-the-minute update on any flight. This skill is
perfect for when you’re running out the door on the way to the
airport to pick up a friend or to catch a flight yourself.

12. AnyPod

Just say “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play
[podcast].”

This is the perfect skill for fans of podcasts. Along with being
able to subscribe and unsubscribe to specific podcasts with ease,
you can even request listen to specific episodes. Additional AnyPod
Alexa commands can help you navigate through each podcast by
rewinding, fast-forwarding, and more.

13. Best
Recipes

Just say “Alexa, open Best Recipes.”

When you’re not sure what to make to eat, the Best Recipes
skill can save the day. Just say what ingredients you have to work
with and the skill will provide up to three recipes. You can narrow
down options by meal so you can hear specific choices for
breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can choose to have Alexa read the
recipe to you, or have the recipe sent via email.

14. Blink
SmartHome

Just say “Alexa, ask Blink to arm my home
system.”

One of the best uses for Alexa is to control smart home devices.
If you’re new to the technology, one of the best ways to get
started is with the inexpensive Blink camera system. Battery
powered, the cameras can be placed almost anywhere in your
home.

Perfect for any Echo device with a screen, you can view a live
feed or the last activity from a specific camera. Other Alexa
devices can also arm and disarm the system.

15. Atom
Tickets

Just say “Alexa, ask Atom to buy movie tickets for
today.”

Snagging a ticket to the latest and greatest flick is just a
voice command away with the Atom Tickets skill. You can hear which
movies are playing in theaters near you and purchase a ticket that
is sent straight to email.

Along with being able to buy tickets to premium format films
like IMAX and RealD 3D options, the skill also works with reserved
seating theaters.

Alexa Skills Can Be Useful and Funny

With the huge number of Alexa skills available for Amazon Echo
devices, it might feel intimidating knowing where to start. But
these Alexa skills should give you a firm grasp on what the
powerful voice assistant can truly do.

However, while these skills are designed to be useful, sometimes
you’re just looking for a good laugh. Here are
the funniest questions you can ask Alexa
.

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