How to Set up Your Own Alexa Flash Briefing

Get customized news updates from your favorite sources

Flash briefing is an Alexa skill that comes built-in to Amazon smart speakers. You can customize your Alexa flash briefing to get personalized news stories, weather reports, and updates from your favorite websites.

Instructions in this article apply to all Alexa-enabled speakers including the Amazon Echo, Echo Show, and Echo Dot.

What Is a Personalized Alexa Flash Briefing?

When you set up your Amazon Echo device, Alexa uses the information you provide to tailor her responses to your location. When you say “Alexa, play my flash briefing,” Amazon's virtual assistant will provide a detailed local weather report for the day before playing the default news feed for your region. For example, the default in the U.S. is NPR, while the default in the U.K. is BBC.

You can extend your flash briefing by adding more feeds. Most major and local news outlets have their own Alexa flash briefing feeds, as do websites like EPSN.com. There are thousands of flash briefing feeds, and not all of them are news and weather-related. You'll find feeds that provide daily fashion advice, vocabulary words, and guided meditations.

In addition to audio feeds, there are also text feeds that Alexa can read to you and video feeds for Alexa devices with a screen. During your briefing, you can say “Alexa, next” and “Alexa, go back” to skip ahead or replay the previous feed.

The Amazon Alexa Developers website has instructions for creating feeds that other users can add to their Alexa flash briefing.

How to Customize Alexa Flash Briefings

You can edit your flash briefing and add more feeds using the Alexa app for Android, iOS, and Fire OS devices:

  1. Open the Alexa app and tap the Hamburger Menu in the top-left corner.

    Tap the Menu icon in the top-left corner of the Alexa app.
  2. Tap Settings.

    Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Flash Briefing under Alexa Preferences.

    Scroll down and tap Flash Briefing under Alexa Preferences.
  4. You'll see a list of your Alexa feeds. To add more feeds, tap Add Content.

    Tap Add Content to add more feeds.
  5. Scroll through the options and tap the feed you want to add. You can also search for feeds and sort by relevance, customer rating, or date added.

    Scroll through the options and tap the feed you want to add.
  6. Tap Enable to Use.

    Tap Enable to Use.
  7. Tap Settings.

    Tap Settings.
  8. Customize the feed's settings to your liking, then tap Manage Flash Briefings to return to the Alexa app settings.

    tap Manage Flash Briefings to return to the Alexa app settings.

    Some feeds do not have additional settings to configure.

  9. Your feeds will play in the order listed. Tap the toggle switch next to each feed to enable or disable it. To change the order of your feeds, tap Edit in the top-right corner.

    Tap the toggle switch next to each feed to enable or disable it.

How to Add Alexa News Flash Briefings

If you're only interested in news, you can add flash briefings from the Alexa skills menu:

  1. Open the Alexa app and tap the Hamburger Menu in the top-left corner.

    Tap the Menu icon in the top-left corner of the Alexa app.
  2. Tap Skill & Games.

    Tap Skill & Games.
  3. Tap the Categories tab.

    Tap the Categories tab.
  4. Tap News.

    Tap News.
  5. You'll see a list of the top trending news skills. Tap See More to view all of the available options.

    Tap See More to view all of the available options.
  6. Tap the news flash briefing you want to enable.

    Tap the news flash briefing you want to enable.

    Not all news skills are flash briefing feeds. Look for “Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing?” under the skill name.

How to Change Your Weather Flash Briefing

Alexa's weather reports are based on the address associated with your Echo device. To change your weather location settings:

  1. Open the Alexa app and tap Devices.

    Open the Alexa app and tap Devices.
  2. Tap Echo & Alexa.

    Tap Echo & Alexa.
  3. Choose your Echo device.

    Select your Echo device.
  4. Tap Device Location to set the location for your smart speaker.

    Tap Device Location to set the location for your smart speaker.

    If you just want a quick weather report without playing your entire flash briefing, say “Alexa, what's the weather like?”