How to Use Amazon Alexa App for Games

Bored? Alexa can perk things up

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Alexa offers a wide variety of games, letting you play with just the sound of your voice. Ranging from popular quiz shows like Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to old favorites such as Twenty Questions and Truth or Dare, these entertainment skills are often used through an Alexa-enabled device like the Amazon Echo.

They can also be enabled and played on your smartphone or tablet from right within the Alexa app itself, letting you enjoy these features while on the go. Follow the tutorial below to start playing games through the Amazon Alexa app.

  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. 

    The home screen on the Alexa app for iOS.
  4. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Skills & Games option.

    The main menu in the Alexa app for iOS.
  5. Several Alexa games will now be displayed, found under the following headings: Staff Picks and Alexa, What Are Your Games Skills? Swipe left to browse these games, selecting skills that may interest you. This will provide more information including a detailed summary, player reviews, age ratings and more. It will also display the syntax needed to play that respective game.

  6. If you find a game that you'd like to play, first tap on its ENABLE button to activate it within your Alexa skills profile. Some games will prompt you to sign in to your Amazon account a second time for linking purposes.

  7. Once a game skill is enabled, tap the Alexa button - located at the bottom of the screen in the center of a row of icons and represented by an aqua blue circle with a speech bubble inside of it. 

    The Jeopardy skill profile in the Alexa app for iOS.
  8. A black screen should now be displayed, with a multi-colored volume input indicator at the bottom. Speak the appropriate syntax to begin playing the game, such as Alexa, Play Jeopardy!

    

    An in-game screenshot of the Jeopardy skill for Alexa on iOS.
  9. The game will now begin on your Android or iOS device.