If you’ve got a living room, you probably spend a lot of time there, which makes it the perfect home for your(at least ). And while you may use Alexa to in the house or , there are other benefits to keeping an in the living room.
For example, Alexa can turn your living room into a home theater, and can even let you control all your smart home devices from your couch. We suggestto prevent outsiders from having access to your household Alexa — while a rare occurrence, it is a . Here are the best uses for an Amazon Echo in your living room.
Your Echo can provide surround sound
If you’ve got an Amazon Echo, you canfor when you’re watching movies. Note that you do need to have compatible hardware. This works best if you have in your living room or an .
To get started, open the Alexa app and select Devices, tap the Plus icon and select Set Up Audio System. For the best results, you’ll need an Alexa-compatible smart TV or Fire TV to help prevent any lag issues. This also determines whether you’ll select Stereo Pair (connect multiple speakers) or Home Theater (connect speakers to Fire TV) to continue setting up your devices. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish pairing your speakers with your TV.
Alexa can control your lights
Whether it’s plugging your lamp into a, installing a or simply using a , Alexa can help you . This is especially useful when it’s dark and you can’t seem to find the light switch in the middle of the night.
For whichever smart device you have, you’ll need to connect it to your Amazon Echo using the Alexa app. To get started, open the app and tap Devices, then select the Plus icon and tap Add Device. Select the device you’re setting up and follow the onscreen instructions.
Lock and unlock your front door from your couch
If you like to keep your doors locked, even when you’re at home,can be useful for locking and unlocking your door with just your voice. Even better, you can connect it to your Echo speaker so you can ask Alexa to control your lock without moving from the couch.
For example, you’d say, “Alexa. Lock the front door.” For security reasons, typically a smart lock twill lock the door in response to voice commands, but will only unlock it with a PIN code.
Family game nights
Playing the same board games over and over can get boring. Fortunately, your Echo device is chock-full of fun games you can play, from trivia to investigation games. Some of the games are already integrated into the Echo speaker, but many are Alexa skills that you can enable in the Alexa app.
The games are great for family nights when you’re staying home — especially with the temperature cooling down. For some starting ideas,.
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