How to Use Amazon Alexa App to Set Up Shopping Lists And More

Use your assistant to help you get groceries plus get other things done

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Amazon's Alexa app has grown by leaps and bounds since it was first released, providing levels of convenience never before thought possible. One area where the virtual assistant really shines is in its ability to create lists to help you get organized.

Whether it's a cart full of groceries or a schedule of things you need to get done the next day, the Alexa app can help you create these lists and view them on multiple devices. While you can use voice commands on an Alexa-enabled device such as the Amazon Echo to access this feature, our tutorial focuses on creating and managing lists through the app itself, allowing you to utilize these skills directly from your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. 

Follow the instructions below to get started.

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

  1. Launch the Alexa app, which should have been installed on your Android or iOS phone or tablet when you first set up your Alexa-enabled device.

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

  3. Tap the Menu button, represented by two-and-a-half horizontal lines and located in the upper left-hand corner. 

    A screenshot of the Alexa app's main screen.
  4. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Lists option.

    A screenshot of Alexa's app menu.
  5. If you've never used this feature before, two predefined list types will be displayed: Shopping and To-do. If you have, then there may be other options shown as well. To add to one of the existing lists, first select its name and then tap the plus (+) button. 

    A screenshot of the Alexa app adding an item to a list.
  6. Next, enter the list item using the on-screen keyboard and tap the Done or OK button. To return to the previous screen, select the bracket located in the upper left-hand corner. 

Using Alexa's Voice Commands

You can add to your lists just using your voice. To add with your voice, tap the Alexa button, located at the bottom of the screen in the center of a row of icons. You will then be asked the question "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."

Creating a New List With the Alexa App

  1. If you'd like to begin adding items to a new list, tap the Create List button located near the top of the screen. 

    A screenshot of Alexa app creating a list.
  2. Enter the desired name for your new list using the on-screen keyboard and tap the Done or OK button. 

    A screenshot of creating a new list in the Alexa app.
  3. You'll now be taken directly to your new list and can begin adding items accordingly, either by typing or using your voice via the steps outlined above.

Accessing Your Lists With the Alexa App

Now that you've added to an existing list or created a new one, it's time to access the items within it.

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

  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Lists option.

  3. Your lists should now be displayed. Tap the one that you wish to access.

    A screenshot of the Alexa app displaying the contents of a list.
  4. All items within the respective list will now be shown. To mark an item as complete, tap the circle accompanying its name. 

Using Alexa's Voice Commands

You can have Alexa read back to you what's on your shopping list. To do so, tap the Alexa button, located at the bottom of the screen in the center of a row of icons. Speak the following syntax: "Alexa, what's in my shopping list?" You can also remove an item or mark it as completed by saying the following: "Alexa, remove eggs from my shopping list."