Amazon Echo 2qb Speaker shot in the test centre sound room
Smart speakers

How do I enable an Alexa skill?

Alexa skills add extra exciting and useful functionality to Amazon's smart speakers and displays - here's how to set them up.

Amazon Echo Dot Speakers shot in the test centre sound room
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Discover the best Alexa skills to make your home smarter

Discover the best Alexa skills that will entertain and create a smarter home, all with the sound of your voice.

An Amazon Echo Dot speaker on a table alongside a phone and plant to illustrate things you didn't know you could ask Alexa
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10 things you didn’t know you could ask Alexa

Uncover hidden features and unleash Alexa’s full potential with our look at those commands you’ve probably not used yet.

An Amazon Echo Dot sat on the kitchen counter next to some ingredients to illustrate how to change the alexa wake word
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How to change the ‘Alexa’ command word

Farewell Alexa! Learn how to change the command word on your smart speaker with this easy-to-follow guide.

A Google Nest speaker on a table against a bright blue wall to illustrate how to change the Google command word
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Why can’t I change the Google Home wake word?

Wondering if you can change the Google Assistant wake word? We uncover everything you need to know.

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Smart speakers

Bluetooth speakers vs smart speakers

From their design, portability and audio capabilities, to their networking features, smartphone app options and extra functions – this guide explains everything you need to know before buying a new speaker.

Amazon Echo (4th gen) vs Google Nest Audio
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Amazon Echo vs Google Nest Audio: which smart speaker is right for you?

Find out what the differences are between the two smart speakers, from hardware and design to features and capabilities.

Echo 4th gen and Echo Dot 5th gen side by side
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Amazon Echo vs Echo Dot: comparing the two most popular Alexa smart speakers 

They may look identical, but there are differences between Amazon’s main Echo and smaller Echo Dot spherical speakers, ranging from smart home tech to audio abilities.

A smart speaker sat on a coffee table next to a phone and a plant to illustrate what is a smart speaker
Smart speakers

What is a smart speaker and how do they work?

What makes smart speakers different to Bluetooth speakers or smart displays? We explain what they are, how to set them up and what they can do for you.

Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen), Echo Show Kids and Echo Pop on marble plinths
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Amazon’s new Echo Pop is its cheapest smart speaker

Amazon has unveiled a range of new smart speakers and displays at attractive prices.