How to Use Amazon Alexa on Android

Get things done right from your phone, wherever you are

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

Lifewire / Daniel Fishel

You have Google Assistant or maybe even Bixby on your phone, and it’s got its perks. However, you have heard loads of talk about all the things you can do with Alexa. Although it was once only available to iOS users and a handful of Android devices, Amazon has made the Alexa voice assistant available to almost every smartphone, thanks to the Amazon Android app.

Why might someone wish to use the Amazon mobile app when another assistant is readily available? This 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 it with another Alexa device as a remote control, to access enhanced features or for simplified setup. 
  • In addition, Alexa has myriad “skills” that you can enlist using voice commands.

But in order to enjoy all of these features (and more), you must install the Amazon Android app on your phone. 

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

How to Get Alexa on an Android

How to get Amazon Alexa on an Android device.

As with any app, if you want to install this Amazon app, Android makes it simple.

  • Go to your apps and tap Google Play Store (if you don’t see it, you can tap Search and type in play).
  • Search for Alexa in the Play Store and select Amazon Alexa.
  • Tap the Install button and wait while the Amazon Alexa app downloads onto your device.

How to Activate Alexa

How to Activate Alexa

Once you have installed Alexa on your phone, you will need to set it up.

  1. Tap Alexa in your list of apps to open the Amazon app.
  2. Log in using your existing Amazon account information, including your email address (or phone number, if you have a mobile account) and password. Tap the Sign In button.
  3. Select Create a New Account if you do not already have an account with Amazon. Once you have set up a new account, log in to the app with your email address or phone and password. 
  4. Tap the Get Started button.
  5. Select your name from the list under Help Alexa Get to Know You. Tap I’m Someone Else if your name is not on the list and provide your information. Once you have selected your name, you can customize it, using a nickname, your full name or whatever you prefer Alexa to use for messaging and calling, although you must provide a first and last name.
  6. Tap Continue when you are ready to proceed.
  7. Tap Allow if you want to give Amazon permission to upload your contacts, which can help you connect with family and friends. (You may have to tap Allow a second time on a security popup, as well.) If you would rather not provide permission at this time, tap Later.
  8. Verify your phone number if you want to send and receive calls and messages with Alexa. The app will send you an SMS to confirm your number. Tap Continue when ready or tap Skip if you do not want to use this feature at this time.
  9. Enter the six-digit verification code you received via text and tap Continue.

That’s all there is to it! Now you are ready to start customizing and using the Amazon Alexa app on your phone.

How to Customize Your Alexa App

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.
  2. Tap Customize Alexa (if you do not see this option, tap the Home button at the bottom of the screen).
  3. Choose the device for which you want to customize Alexa from the list of devices. Alternatively, you can set up a new device.
  4. Select settings that apply to you, such as your region, time zone and measurement units.

How Do I Use Voice Commands on My Android?

Alexa Voice Commands on Android

Start using Alexa’s handy and entertaining skills right away.

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app. 
  2. Tap the Alexa icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the Allow button to give Alexa permission to access your microphone. You may need to select Allow again on a security popup.
  4. Tap Done.
  5. To activate Alexa, give her a command or ask a question (use one from this list if you like) such as:
  • “Alexa, find the closest grocery store.”
  • “Alexa, what's the weather like?"
  • “Alexa, what’s on my calendar tomorrow?”

Get the Most out of Alexa

You can do much more with the Alexa app on your Android phone. Take some time to go through the menu and check out the different categories. Scroll through Alexa's skills and browse the Things to Try section. You may wonder what you ever did without the app.