How to Ask Alexa: “Read My Emails”

She can read a full email, reply to it, archive it, or delete it for you

What to Know

  • Link your email account to Amazon Alexa.
  • Use the voice command “Alexa, read my email.”
  • Alexa reads the sender/subject line of each message and offers to read the full email, delete it, or move onto the next.

This article explains how to have Alexa read, archive, delete, or reply to emails on an Echo Show, Echo Dot, or other Alexa-compatible device.

How to Link Alexa to Your Email Account

This feature works only with Gmail and a few Microsoft email accounts. Before Alexa can read your emails, you must link your email account with Amazon Alexa:

  1. Open the Alexa mobile app and tap More in the lower-right corner.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Calendar & Email under the Alexa Preferences section.

    More, Settings, and Calendar & Email
  4. Select your email provider (Google or Microsoft).

  5. Tap Yes, That's Me to confirm the account owner, or tap I'm Someone Else and choose your profile name.

  6. Make sure the Email switch is enabled, then tap Next. The switch should be solid blue with a dark blue dot.

    Google and Microsoft, Yes, Thats Me, and Email switch in the Alexa app

    Disable the Calendar switch unless you want to connect your calendar to Alexa as well.

  7. A web browser opens, and you must log in to your email account. You're then prompted to give a variety of email account access approvals to Alexa. Tap Allow.

    This approval lets Alexa read, compose, send, and permanently delete emails from your account. If you tap Deny, these features won't work.

  8. When you get to the Account Added screen, tap the X in the upper-left corner.

  9. Tap Continue to set up Alexa voice recognition, or tap Maybe Later.

    Allow, X, and Continue in the Alexa app settings
  10. To manage your connected email accounts, go back to More > Settings > Calendar & Email, then tap Accounts.

  11. Tap your email under Linked Accounts.

  12. From this screen, you can unlink the account or connect a calendar. Tap the Signature switch to add Sent via Alexa to your emails.

    Accounts, Linked Account, and the Signature Switch in the Alexa App Settings

How to Ask Alexa to Read Your Email

Use your Alexa device (such as an Amazon Echo) or the Alexa smartphone app to check your emails with the following voice command:

  • “Alexa, read my email.”

Alexa tells you how many unread emails are in your inbox from the last day as well as how many emails are remaining and marked as important. Starting with the most recent message first, she reads the sender and subject line, then asks if you want her to read the full email, delete it, or move on to the next unread email.

You can tell Alexa to archive your email message, even though she doesn't specifically give you that option. Just say, “Alexa, archive it.”

Can Alexa Send Emails?

Alexa cannot compose brand-new emails for you. She can only reply to received emails in your inbox. If you would like to reply to an email, just say, “Reply.”

You have the option to compose a verbal email, then Alexa asks if you would like to send the reply. If you say yes, she sends the email for you and include the Sent via Alexa signature tag (if you opted to set that up).

Be thoughtful but quick with your replies. Alexa won't wait long for responses, and you need to speak very clearly.

How to Stop Alexa From Reading

After Alexa announces what's in your inbox, you can tell her to stop after she asks whether you want your first email read or deleted. An easy command for this is “Alexa, stop.”

It's a little trickier to stop her once she starts reading the emails for you. If you decide part of the way through an email or group of emails that you want Alexa to stop reading them, you must wait until she finishes reading the current email before you can give a verbal command. If using the Alexa app, you can tap the X on the screen to make her stop.

If you accidentally delete an email, you can still manually retrieve it from your email trash can. Your email provider's retrieval time limits do apply.

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