How to Use Amazon Alexa on Android

Get Amazon's voice assistant on your Android phone or tablet

Illustration of a person asking Alexa (on their phone) to find the closest grocery store

Lifewire / Daniel Fishel

Amazon has made the Alexa voice assistant available for almost every smartphone thanks to the Amazon Alexa app for Android. Even if you already have Google Assistant or Bixby on your phone, Alexa is worth checking out, especially if you have compatible Amazon devices like the Echo Show.

The directions below should apply no matter who made your Android phone or tablet: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

Why Use Alexa on Android?

Why might someone wish to use the Amazon Alexa mobile app when another assistant is readily available? Here is a sampling of ways that you can use voice commands with Alexa:

  • Connect with family and friends by calling or messaging anyone with the Alexa app or an Amazon Echo device. 
  • Manage your smart home, turn on lights, check the locks, or adjust your thermostat from any location. 
  • Pair your phone with another Alexa device as a remote control, to access enhanced features or for simplified setup. 
  • Download Alexa voice command skills and create your own skills.

How to Get Alexa on an Android

All you have to do to use Alexa on Android is download and set up the Amazon Alexa app:

  1. Download and install the Amazon Alexa app from the Google Play Store.

  2. Launch the Amazon Alexa app and log in using your existing Amazon account information, then tap Sign In.

    Select Create a New Account if you do not already have an account with Amazon.

  3. Select your name from the list under Help Alexa Get to Know You, or tap I’m Someone Else and provide your information.

    You can customize Alexa to use a nickname, your full name, or whatever you prefer for messaging and calling.

    Download the Alexa app for Android and sign in with your Amazon account.
  4. Tap Allow if you want to give Amazon permission to upload your contacts, which can help you connect with family and friends. If you would rather not provide permission at this time, tap Later.

    You may have to tap Allow a second time on a security popup. You may also be prompted to verify your phone number if you want to send and receive calls and messages with Alexa.

  5. Tap Next on the following screens for an overview of the app interface.

  6. When you get to the Alexa app home screen, swipe Up to explore the different things Alexa can do.

    An overview of the Amazon Alexa app for Android

How to Customize Your Alexa App

Taking time to customize Alexa on your phone will help you get the results you want when you begin using voice commands:

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone and tap Devices at the bottom.

  2. Tap All Devices.

  3. Tap Alexa on this Phone.

    Go to Devices > All Devices > Alexa on this phone to customize your Alexa app settings.

On the following screens, you can customize your region, time zone, and preferred measurement units.

How Do I Use Voice Commands on My Android?

To start using Alexa voice command skills right away:

  1. Tap the speech bubble in the bottom-center of the app to turn on Alexa voice commands.

  2. Tap Allow to give the app permission to record your voice.

    You may need to select Allow again on a security popup.

  3. Tap Done.

    Tap the speech bubble icon to begin using Alexa voice commands on your Android phone.

To activate Alexa, tap the speech bubble and give a command or ask a question such as:

  • “Alexa, find the closest grocery store.”
  • “Alexa, what's the weather like?"
  • “Alexa, what’s on my calendar tomorrow?”
  • "Alexa, tell me a joke."

How to Make Alexa Your Default Android Assistant

To make Alexa your phone's default assistant so that you can access it by pressing the Home key:

  1. Open your phone's Settings and tap Apps.

  2. Tap the three vertical dots in the top-right corner, then tap Default apps from the drop-down list.

    Go to Settings > Apps > Default apps.
  3. Tap Device assistance app.

  4. Tap Device assistance app again.

  5. Tap Alexa.

    Go to Device assistance app > Device assistance app and tap Alexa to make Alexa your default voice assistant.