3.3. How to add a Skill to Alexa?

Using Voice Commands

  1. Say “Alexa”. Say the wake command to wake Alexa and she will begin listening for your next command. The default wake command is “Alexa,” but if you’ve changed it to “Echo,” “Amazon,” or some other command, then use the wake command you previously set.
  2. Say “Enable” and the name of the skill you want to add. For example, if you wanted to add the Himalaya Sounds skill, you would say “Alexa, enable Himalaya Sounds skill.” You can also say “disable” instead of “enable” to disable any currently installed skill.
  3. Ask Alexa to recommend skills. You can say, “Alexa, recommend me some skills,” to get some ideas of popular skills. You can even ask Alexa for recommendations on skills from a specific category in the skill store, like games, news, smart home, etc. For example, if you wanted Alexa to recommend some popular game skills, you would say “Alexa, recommend me some game skills.”

Using the Alexa App

  1. Open the Alexa App. It’s the light-blue app with the white outline of a speech bubble.
  2. Tap ☰. It’s in the top-left corner. This opens a pop-out menu on the left side of the screen.
  3. Tap Skills. It’s near the bottom of the menu in the third section of options.
  4. Find a skill in the store. Look through different categories of skills by tapping “Categories” near the top of the screen or search for a particular skill by using the search bar, also near the top.
  5. Tap on the skill you want to add. Tap on the skill you want to add to see more information about the skill.
  6. Tap ENABLE. It’s the large blue button at the top of the page, just under the skill’s rating. This enables the skill on all of your Alexa devices.
  7. Manage your Alexa skills. You can disable or alter the settings of all the currently installed Alexa skills. To manage your Alexa skills: Tap ☰ ; Tap Skills ; Tap Your Skills.

Using the Amazon Website

  1. Go to https://www.amazon.com in a web browser. In your preferred web browser, go to amazon’s full desktop website where you can manage your Alexa’s skills. Log in with the email and password associated with the same Amazon account you used to set up your Alexa device.
  2. Hover the mouse over  Departments ⏷. It’s near the top-left corner of the page just under the Amazon logo. This will open a drop-down menu with additional options.
  3. Scroll down and click  Echo & Alexa. It’s the fourth option from the top of the drop-down menu. This will expand the drop-down menu on the right.
  4. Click Alexa Skills. It’s in the far-right column of the drop-down menu under the “Content & Resources” heading.
  5. Find a skill you want to add. You can search for a particular skill in the search bar or click one of the categories on the left-hand side of the page.
  6. Click on the skill you want to add. Click on the icon or title of the skill you want to add to see more information about the skill.
  7. Click Enable. It’s the yellow button on the right side of the page.This enables the skill on all of your Alexa devices.
  8. Manage your Alexa skills. Click Your Skills to manage all of the skills that are currently installed. It’s near the middle of the page underneath the blue banner. You can disable skills or alter any available settings.