Alexa Commands

Here’s the Alexa “Welcome Email” that they send.

As for the list of commands: Ask Alexa…  

  • “How are you?”
  • “Why are you called Alexa?”
  • “Who inspires you?”
  • “What are you reading?”
  • “Do you like hockey?”
  • “How are you?”
  • “Why are you called Alexa?”
  • “Who inspires you?”
  • “What are you reading?”
  • “Do you like hockey?”



  • “Tell me a pirate joke”
  • “Tell me a different joke”
  • “Surprise¬†me”
  • “Tell me a winter joke”
  • “Sing a country song”
  • “Tell me a limerick”
  • “Can you rap?”
  • “Flip a coin”
  • “Tell me a story”



  • "Alexa, what’s the weather?
  • “Will it rain tomorrow?”
  • “How’s the weather in Calgary this weekend?”
  • “What’s the temperature in Fredericton?”



  • “What are Newton’s three laws of motion?”
  • “What is 100 divided by 16?”
  • “Who is the Prime Minister of Denmark?”
  • “What is the population of Ottawa?”
  • “Alexa, why is the sky blue?”


Music and Radio

  • “Play the song Ahead by a Century”
  • “Play music by Adele”
  • “Play the newest Garth Brooks album
  • “Alexa, play CBC Radio” 
  • “Play ESPN Radio”
  • “Play the Radiolab podcast”
  • “Play music from the 90s”
  • “Play music from the 60s”
  • “Play country music”
  • “Play rock music”
  • “Play indie songs by Arcade Fire”
  • “Play pop music from the 80s”
  • “Play 70s music by Gordon Lightfoot”
Music Controls
  • “Turn up the volume”
  • “Rewind 15 seconds”
  • “Repeat this song”
  • “Stop the music”



  • “When is the next Canucks game?”
  • “Tell me a hockey joke”
  • “What’s the score of the Senators game?”
  • “Who is your favourite hockey player?”



  • “Alexa, add ‘feed pets’ to my to-do list”
  • “Alexa, add milk to my shopping list”



  • “Alexa, set a reminder”
  • “Alexa, set an egg timer for 3 minutes”
  • “How much time is left on my egg timer?”
  • “What timers are set?
  • “Cancel my timer”
  • “Alexa, set an alarm for 6:00am”
  • “Wake me up in the morning”
  • “Set a weekday alarm at 7:00am”
  • “What alarms are set?”
  • “Snooze…”¬†(9 minute snooze)


Flash Briefing

  • “Alexa, play my flash briefing”


Useful phrases

  • “Turn up the volume”
  • “What time is it?”
  • “What’s up?”
  • “What can I say?”
Star Trek
  • "Live your long and prosper"
  • “Tell me a Star Trek joke”
  • "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."
  • "Warp 10"
  • "Set phasers to kill"
  • "beam me up."
  • "define rock paper scissors lizard spock."
Star Wars
  • "Alexa, I am your father."
  • "Alexa, use the force."
  • "Alexa, that’s no moon"
  • "Alexa, who shot first?"
  • "Alexa, execute Order 66"
  • "Alexa, may the force be with you"
Movie Fun
  • "Alexa, I want the truth."
  • "Alexa, what’s the first rule of Fight Club?"
  • "Alexa, is the cake a lie?"
  • "Alexa, is there a Santa?"
  • "Alexa, what would Brian Boitano do?"
  • "Alexa, where is Chuck Norris?"
  • "Alexa, what’s the first rule of Fight Club?"
  • "Alexa, how do you know so much about swallows?"
  • "Alexa, who is the mother of dragons?"
  • Alexa, is Jon Snow dead?"
  • "Alexa, what are the laws of robotics?"
  • "Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya."
  • "Alexa, surely you can’t be serious."
  • "Alexa, are you Skynet?"
  • "Alexa, "Winter is coming."
  • "Alexa, open the pod bay doors."
  • "Alexa, who you gonna call?"
  • "Alexa, are we in the Matrix?"
  • "Alexa, klattu barada nikto."
  • "Alexa, why so serious?"
  • "Alexa, your mother was a hamster!"
  • "Alexa, do you feel lucky punk?"
  • "Alexa, what is his power level?"
  • "Alexa, play it again Sam."
  • "Alexa, you talkin’ to me!"
  • "Alexa, I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up."
  • "Alexa, inconceivable!"
  • "Alexa, what is best in life?"
  • "Alexa, Take off eh!"
  • "Alexa, who loves orange soda?"
    "Alexa, where’s the beef?"
  • "Alexa, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?"
  • "Alexa, I’ll be back."
  • "Alexa, I want to play global thermonuclear war."
  • "Alexa, do you want to build a snowman?"
  • "Alexa, I want the truth!"
  • "Alexa, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"
  • "Alexa, supercalifragilisticexpialodocious."
  • "Alexa, who loves ya baby!"
  • "Alexa, what happens if you cross the streams?"
  • "Alexa, show me the money!"
  • "Alexa, party on, Wayne!"
  • "Alexa, volume 11." (caution: very loud)
  • "Alexa, witness me!"
  • "Alexa, what is the second rule of fight club?"
  • "Alexa, what is your quest?"
  • "Alexa, do you know Hal?"