How to Use Amazon Alexa App to Set Up Shopping Lists

Use your assistant to help you make all kinds of lists and schedules

Whether it's groceries or things you need to get done, the Amazon Alexa app can create and display your lists on multiple devices. You can use voice commands on an Alexa-enabled device such as the Amazon Echo to make your lists. However, you can also create and manage lists through the app on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.

Instructions in this article apply to iOS 11.0 or later and Android 6.0 and later.

Add Items to Your Alexa Shopping List or To-Do List

To add items to an existing list in the Alexa app:

  1. Launch the Alexa app. The app is installed on your Android or iOS phone or tablet when you first set up an Alexa-enabled device.

  2. If prompted, log in using your Amazon account credentials.

  3. Tap the Menu button, represented by horizontal lines and located in the upper-left corner of the screen. 

  4. In the drop-down menu, select Lists & Notes.

    Amazon Alexa on Android.
  5. If you've never used this feature before, two predefined list types are displayed: Shopping and To-do. If you have used this feature, other options may display. To add to one of the existing lists, select the list name.

  6. Enter the list item using the on-screen keyboard, then tap Done or OK. To return to the previous screen, select the bracket located in the upper-left corner.

    adding items to a shopping list in the Alexa app.

To add to your lists using your voice, tap the Alexa button, located at the bottom of the screen in the center of a row of icons. Alexa will ask, "What can I add for you?" Speak the appropriate syntax to add an item to one of your lists, such as Alexa, add to my To-do list.

Create a New List With the Alexa App

To create a new shopping or to-do list and add items to the list:

  1. Tap Create List located near the top of the screen. 

  2. Enter a name for the new list using the on-screen keyboard, then either tap Done or the checkmark.

  3. Your new list is created and you can add items either by typing or using your voice via the steps outlined above.

    a new list in Alexa app on Android.

Access Your Lists With the Alexa App

After you add to an existing list or create a new one, here's how to access the items within it.

  1. Return to the main Alexa app screen and tap Menu, represented by horizontal lines and located in the upper-left corner. 

  2. In the drop-down menu, select Lists & Notes.

  3. Go to the Lists tab and tap the list that you want to access.

    navigating to Lists in Alexa App.
  4. To mark an item as complete, tap the circle accompanying its name.

    a list in Alexa app.

To have Alexa read what's on your shopping list, tap the Alexa button. Then say Alexa, what's on my shopping list? You can also remove an item or mark it as complete by saying, for example, Alexa, remove eggs from my shopping list.