Not sure what your Amazon Echo and Google Home can do? Here are some hidden features and things you didn’t know you could do with your smart speaker or display.
Smart speakers and displays from Amazon and Google offer a wealth of features. And yet, most people only use them for basic tasks like listening to music or checking the weather.
Of course, it’s hard to discover what these speakers can do. Most smart speakers are designed to have an invisible interface. Just speak a command and your music starts playing, or your timer starts counting down. This is great for using the commands you know, but it makes it very difficult to discover the ones you don’t.
Smart displays like the Amazon Echo Show and Google Home Hub can be just as frustrating, even with a touch screen, as neither platform has figured out a really good way to show users new features. So, we’ve found some of the most useful—and least gimmicky—ways to use your smart hubs that you might have missed.
Check Your Calendar on a Smart Display
Talk to People in Other Rooms
Turn Your Smart Display Into a Photo Album
Control Your TV Without a Remote
Link to Smart Home Devices
Use Routines to Perform Multiple Tasks at Once