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Amazon’s Echo continues to grow. Its latest upgrade is the ability to make voice calls You Can Now Make Free Voice Calls Using Alexa You Can Now Make Free Voice Calls Using Alexa Anyone with access to Alexa can now make free voice calls. This not only goes for people with Echo speakers, but also people who have the Alexa app installed on Android or iOS. Read More and send messages to other Echo devices in the U.S. You could already use IFTTT to send canned text messages through your Echo, but this update expands that.

To get started with calling, first make sure that your Alexa app is updated through the Google Play Store or the App Store. You’ll notice the new app icon. Then, open the app and sign back into your Amazon account. Enter your name if it’s not filled already so your Echo can use it for outgoing calls. Finally, give the Alexa app access to your contacts so you can contact others, and confirm your mobile number.

Find the new messages tab in the Alexa app to see your messages and available contacts. Your Echo uses 7 Creative Uses for Amazon Echo and Alexa 7 Creative Uses for Amazon Echo and Alexa You’ve seen the ads starring Alec Baldwin, but you're still not sure what Amazon Echo does or whether you need one in your home. We’re about to find out. Read More your phone contacts to find others who also have an Echo associated with their Amazon account. To call someone, make sure you have a contact for them in your phone that contains the same phone number they have on their Amazon account.

To place a call, just say Alexa, call Mark. Your Echo will light up with a green ring during an incoming call, and your phone will chime too. Say Alexa, answer the call to pick it up. If you don’t want to make a live call, say Alexa, message Mom and tell your Echo what you’d like to send. The recipient will hear a chime and see a green ring, and can say Alexa, play my messages to hear them later.

This works for the Echo and Echo Dot, but not the Echo Tap. Of course, the other party must have an Echo as well. You can also call people who use the Alexa app, but why would you do that when you can place a normal call?

Looking to do more with your Echo? Check out the best new skills you should try 18 Awesome New Amazon Alexa Skills You Need to Try 18 Awesome New Amazon Alexa Skills You Need to Try The Amazon Echo's list of skills is growing all the time. Let's take a look at the most useful and silliest skills from the past few months. Read More .

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Do you think you’ll use the Echo call feature, or is it inferior to normal phone calls? Do you know many other people with an Echo device? Let us know what you think down in the comments!

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  1. FARMER ROBERT
    May 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    This article is misleadingly titled, you cannot call "anyone", you can ONLY call other people who have an Echo or the app.

  2. CoolHappyGuy
    May 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    How does this work for multiples within a household. Will wifey and I both be able to make/receive calls?

    • Ben Stegner
      May 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Whenever someone calls you through your Echo, it will ring all of your devices. So if your Amazon account is registered to both of your Echo devices, they'll both be treated as the same device for outgoing calls. If your wife has her own Amazon account linked to the second Echo, it's a separate device and you can make and receive calls to her name/number.

      • CoolHappyGuy
        May 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm

        What if I'm away and she's home. Can I call her using Echo?

        • Ben Stegner
          May 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm

          Each Echo is tied to a phone number. Let's say you have this scenario:

          You have two Echo devices. One is Husband's Echo, one is Wife's Echo. Both are tied to their respective owners' Amazon accounts and phone numbers.

          Let's say your wife's name is Sarah and that's what you have her name as in your phone contacts. Using your Echo, you can say "Call Sarah" and her Echo will ring.

          If you're away, you can use the Alexa app on your phone instead. Open it and go to the Messages tab, then tap Sarah in the list and it will call her Echo. So when you're away, you can call her Echo but you'll have to use your phone to do so.

          Does that make sense?

        • CoolHappyGuy
          May 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm

          Thanks! It DOES make sense. I've searched the Web (including Amazon) and this is the ONLY place that has EVEN TRIED to answer my question.

          Thanks MUO!

        • Ben Stegner
          May 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm

          I'm happy to help! Enjoy Echo calling :)