The Amazon Alexa app can now connect directly to your electric appliance’s power supply, letting you remotely charge it up and charge other devices on the go.
As a bonus, you can now use the Amazon Alexa Remote to control your appliances with ease, too.
To use the new feature, you’ll first need to download the Amazon app for your Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV, or Amazon Echo Dot, as well as Alexa’s new remote control for your electric equipment.
Once that’s done, head over to the Amazon Store and install the app to start.
To start, head to the top of the page and choose the “Alexa Remote” option.
Then, you will see a section labeled “Alexas Home,” which will contain all of the necessary settings for you to use Alexa.
You’ll need to select the “Charge” option and select a USB-powered device to charge, such as a solar panel, battery, or even an electric guitar amp.
To begin charging your electric gadgets, simply tap the “Add” button at the bottom of the screen.
You will need to set up a charge and power cycle to make sure your devices are ready to go.
After that’s completed, the app will connect directly from your Amazon account to your home’s electricity supply, where you’ll be able to charge it remotely.
Once your devices have been charged, simply hold the “Start” button on your Amazon remote and watch the appliance’s screen to begin powering up.
You can then quickly switch to the “Charging” mode and use Alexa to control the charging.
After you’ve started charging your devices, you should see a notification on the Alexa app when the appliance is ready to charge.
If your device isn’t fully charged yet, it will take a little while to fully charge.
Once fully charged, you may need to go to the Alexa App Settings to update the device’s settings and choose your desired charging mode.
To check the status of your charging, simply select the device that’s charging in the list.
The app will then give you a brief message to check its status.
If you’re unsure whether or not your device is charging, you could also check the Alexa Store to see if it’s currently charging or if it has already been charged.
You may also see an indicator in the bottom-right corner of the device showing how much charge is remaining.
Once the device is fully charged and ready to use, you won’t need to connect it to a USB cable again, although you will need a USB hub.
Simply connect the device to your USB-connected computer, and you’ll have your device charged automatically.
If you’re not sure whether or how to charge your devices before starting, check out our guide to charging your Amazon appliances.