With an Amazon Echo Show, you can watch the news, track different locations, and make or receive video calls with other Alexa users.
A Amazon Echo Show is a useful device not only for the home, but also for businesses. Equipped with a built-in screen, the Echo Show can display the latest news, weather and other useful information. You can use an Echo Show to remotely monitor different locations and make video calls with other Echo Show or Alexa users. Here’s how to set up and use an Echo Show for your business.
The touchscreen makes the Echo Show easier to set up than other Echo devices. Instead of the Alexa app, configure a Show device directly from the screen. To get started, place your Echo Show where you want to use it and plug it into a power outlet. The device will start up automatically and be prepared for installation.
Set up your Echo Show
In the first screen, choose your language. Then select your wireless network, enter the password via the touchscreen and tap Connect. After the connection is established, you will be prompted to sign in with your Amazon account. If you don’t have one, create an account on the Amazon website. Otherwise, enter the username and password for your existing account. After your account is verified, tap Continue.
Confirm your time zone and your address. Specify the room where your Echo Show is located. Confirm the default name for the device or enter a different name. Choose a collection of images for the device display and tap Continue.
Your Show then asks if you want to use it to monitor your home, office, or other location. If so, you and other people can watch a live stream from the front camera of the device when it’s turned on and connected. You can watch the stream from another Echo Show or from the Alexa app. Tap Enable to enable the stream; otherwise tap Not Now. Tap Done.
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It will then ask you if you want to enable Amazon Sidewalk, a feature that shares a small percentage of your local internet bandwidth with nearby devices and neighbors. For a business, you may want to do this if you are connecting to wireless devices outside your office, such as a security camera. Otherwise, leave this disabled. You will then be asked if you want to make your Show kid-friendly. Tap No. Amazon will then post some offers your way. Just say no to this one. Your show is now set up.
Customize your echo show
After installation, start talking to Alexa whenever you have a question or request. You want to customize your Echo Show to display specific information. Swipe from the top of the screen until you see the two rows of icons. Tap the Settings icon, then tap the Home & Clock setting. On the Home & Clock screen, select Home Content. On the next screen, make sure the toggle is on for all the content you want to see on the home screen, choose from daily insights, nearby businesses and things to do, helpful tips during COVID-19, news, notifications, productivity recommendations, stocks, trending topics, the weather and your calendar. Turn off the switch for any content you don’t need.
Return to the home screen. Swipe down from the top to see the rows of icons again and access other features you may want to set. Tap the Do Not Disturb icon if you don’t want to hear or see notifications or other interruptions. Tap the Brightness icon to increase or decrease the screen brightness. Tap the Notifications icon to view past news headlines, weather reports, and other alerts. Tap the Alarms icon to set an alarm. Tap the Smart Home icon to control Alexa-enabled smart devices in your office.
Check the location of your Echo Show
If you have live streaming enabled, you can use the Echo Show to watch something or someone in front of the camera. To view the live feed, download and install the Alexa app on your mobile device if you haven’t already. Open the app, tap the Devices icon at the bottom and select Echo & Alexa. Tap the name of your Echo Show, then select the Camera icon. You will now see the live feed. Tap the speaker icon to hear audio from the stream. To speak to someone on the other end, tap the microphone icon (Image A).
You can video call your Echo Show, another Echo Show user, or anyone using the Alexa app. On the other hand, anyone can call your show from another show or from the Alexa app.
To make a call from the Show, swipe down from the top of the screen and select Communicate. Tap the Call option and select the person or device you want to call. To do this from the Alexa app, tap the Communicate icon at the bottom, tap Call and select the person or device. The conversation is automatically transcribed as you speak, so you can see the conversation. Once the call is connected, you can turn the video or audio on or off. Tap the phone icon to hang up (Figure B).