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Alexa Can Now Create Endless Lists for You

Dave Parrack 18-10-2017

Amazon’s Alexa can now create endless lists for you about anything and everything. From shopping lists to a list of TV shows you want to watch on Netflix The A-Z of Netflix: The Best TV Shows to Binge-Watch Looking for TV shows to binge-watch on Netflix? Here are the best series that are gripping, thrilling, and won't let you take a break. Read More , Alexa has you covered. So while her latest skill is a simple one, it’s guaranteed to delight the list-maker in your life right now.


Some people are obsessed with making lists. This isn’t a rare phenomenon either, so you probably have a list-maker in your life. That list-maker of yours has a new potential friend in the form of Alexa. Because Amazon’s digital assistant is newly skilled at making lists of all kinds. Hurrah!

Alex Can Create Lists for Everything

Until now, Alexa has only been able to handle two lists: a Shopping list of things to buy on Amazon, and a To-Do list for chores. However, Amazon has now expanded this skill to enable Alexa to create lists for anything and everything. From the utterly mundane to the extremely bizarre.

All you need to do is say, “Alexa, create a list”. Amazon’s digital assistant will then ask you what you want to name this list, and once you have named it you can populate it however you like. You can also access your lists via the Alexa app, meaning you’re not limited to using your voice.

The options are endless. You could make separate shopping lists for different stores. A list of things to pack for your next vacation. Christmas lists for every member of your family. A list of countries you want to visit before you die. And even a list of your favorite MakeUseOf authors.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon has expanded Alexa’s list-making capabilities based on user feedback, as this was one of Alexa’s most-requested features. Dedicated list-makers should also note that Alexa’s lists can be synced with third-party apps such as, AnyList, and Cozi.


Alexa Feeds Your List-Making Addiction

We have covered many of Alexa’s new skills over the past 12 months. These include her ability to play baby-making music Alexa Can Now Play Baby-Making Music for You Alexa is now capable of playing music based on different activities or states of mind. Which includes asking Alexa to "play baby-making jazz music". Say no more. Read More , to control Dish TV You Can Now Control Dish TV Using Amazon Alexa The Dish Network has launched a new Alexa skill that lets you control your DVR using nothing but your voice. But is this enough to stop you cutting the cord? Read More , to order takeout Alexa Can Now Order Takeout From Amazon You can now order a takeaway meal from Amazon Restaurants using nothing other than Alexa and your own voice. Which is perfect for those people who are too lazy to cook. Read More , to offer medical advice You Can Now Ask Alexa for Medical Advice Alexa has learned a new skill, and this one turns Amazon's smart assistant into a fount of medical knowledge. Just make sure you get a second opinion, eh. Read More , and to recognize your family’s voices Alexa Can Now Recognize Your Family's Voices Amazon's Alexa now has the ability to recognize different people by voice alone. This means you and your family can all have different interactions with the online retailer's digital assistant. Read More . But Alexa’s ability to make endless lists trumps all of these.

Do you own an Echo device? If so, how often do you interact with Alexa? What skills do you make use of? Are you likely to use Alexa’s new list-making abilities? What skill would you like Alexa to learn next? Do you still prefer Siri? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: Alexa, Amazon, To-Do List.

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  1. likefunbutnot
    October 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Any.Do is an essential skill for my Alexa needs since I seldom open the Alexa app in my devices. Any.Do lets me access and get reminders from outside the world of Alexa and that's very powerful as I move through the world.

    I need Alexa to be better at allowing me to filter which Alexa users can contact my device for voice messaging. I'd also like to see better Alexa access on non-Amazon devices and the ability to add Fire devices to Audio playback groups.