Carrying Alexa with you wherever you go just keeps getting easier. Earlier this year, Amazon made the virtual assistant available to Android users, so that you could take the voice commands of your Echo on the road (or to work, or into stores, or anywhere else you bring your phone). But what about Alexa for iPhone?
If you’re an Apple user looking to ditch Siri in favor of Alexa, you’re in luck. Amazon now also offers an iPhone version of Alexa — you don’t need to find a workaround or Alexa knock-off. Just download the app from iTunes or the app store.
Now that you’ve downloaded the app, you’re ready to start setting up Alexa for iPhone.
- Click on the Alexa icon at the bottom of the screen (a blue semi-circle).
- Click on Allow to get all of Alexa’s functions up and running.
- When prompted to allow Alexa to access your microphone and location, click on Allow.
- Alexa will prompt you to ask some test questions. Try as many as you like.
Now you’re ready to customize Amazon Alexa on iPhone. Have a look at what services she offers and let her know what you’re interested in — not everyone want everything, so just pick and choose the services that fit your life.
You’ll be able to set your preferences for “Music & Media,” “Flash briefing,” “Traffic,” Sports Update,” “Calendar,” “Lists,” and more.
Play with your settings and add as many devices as you like.
That’s it! You’re all set to use Amazon Alexa on iPhone. She’s not so different from Apple’s own Siri, but if you already have access to Alexa elsewhere (maybe you own an Echo and have smart home appliances) the consistency of a single virtual assistant might be comforting.
Have you tried Alexa for iPhone? What did you think? Any advantages over Siri? Let us know in the comments!