As smart speakers become more readily available in houses these days, it’s good to know how to make sure your church’s content can be accessed through your own device. If you have an Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap, check out this article to see how you can set things up. The following is based off the instructions from our wonderful client Truth For Life.
Note! Not every church has their content set up through a Podcast, let alone the podcast system used by Alexa - TuneIn. If you can’t find your church’s podcast there, reach out to your church leadership to request it.
To listen to your church’s app content on an Amazon Echo (using Alexa) that has set up the Smart Speaker setup, you first need to enable your church’s “skill” with the Amazon Alexa app you used to initially set up your Alexa Echo, Dot, or Tap.
Then, you’ll need to direct Alexa to your church’s content. Therefore, all voice commands must start with:
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name]”
To hear the daily program, say:
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] to begin today’s program” or
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] to listen to Levi Lusko” or
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] to reset the playlist”
To search for a particular message by name, say:
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] to find the message titled [title].”
To listen to a message that was broadcast on a specific date, say:
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] to play the message on [date].”
To listen to a message on a specific topic, say:
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] to find messages on the topic of [topic].”
If you’d like to know the title or the date of the message you’re currently hearing, say:
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] ‘What’s the title of this message?’”
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] ‘What’s the date of this message?’”
If you’re listening to an archived message and you want to return to current programming, say:
“Alexa, ask [Skill Name] to reset the playlist.”
Using Standard Amazon Alexa Commands
Once the message begins playing, all other standard Amazon Alexa commands will work normally, including: