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Amazon’s newest feature lets you go hands-free in the Alexa app

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You are now able to access Alexa hands-free via the Alexa app.

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Chris Monroe

Whether you’re on the go, or in the home but nowhere near your Amazon Echo, you can still access Alexa in your speaker with just your voice. A fresh Amazon feature now lets you go hands-free in the Alexa app. For example, it’s useful if you need certainly to use Drop In in your Echo device or send a reminder to all the Echo speakers in your property. It may possibly also simply be useful to avoid yelling at your Amazon Echo from another room to play music — just ask your phone to play it in your speaker.

To use the new feature, open the Alexa app in your phone and tap the blue Alexa icon at the bottom of the screen. A window will open that says Use Alexa hands-free. Tap Turn On to start using the new tool.

To go completely touch-free, you can say, “Hey, Siri” in your iPhone ($699 at Apple) or “Hey, Google” on your Android phone, followed by, “Open the Alexa app.” Note when your phone is locked, you’ll need certainly to unlock it before the app could be opened.

You’ll need certainly to update to the latest version of the Alexa app in order to utilize the new hands-free feature. If you still do not see it, have patience because Amazon says it’s still rolling the feature out to users through the end of July. Also, it won’t be available on phones with Alexa hands-free already built in.

Ready for more recommendations? Here are five unexpected uses for the Amazon Echo, how to play your Amazon Echo music from someone else’s Alexa speaker and three Amazon Echo security features to utilize when you leave the house.

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