Amazon Prime Day was no less than a festival, when swarms of shoppers logged in to grab delicious deals available on Amazon. Among a zillion products sold, we noticed that people were more excited to bring home Amazon Echo devices as these smart voice enabled speakers were offered at extremely low price. In normal days, Echo would cost you $179, but on Prime Day you could pick up at meagre $89. This creates a situation wherein one household has more than one or two Echo devices, which can now be used as intercom. If you have Echo devices, you can use Amazon Echo as an intercom with Drop In.
To use Amazon Echo as an intercom, first you need to enable Drop In, a feature Amazon has rolled out on all Echo devices. Normally, Drop In feature comes enabled on Echo devices, but if you want to check, you can follow a couple of steps. Once Drop In is enabled, you can use your Amazon Echo as an intercom.
How to Use Amazon Echo as an Intercom with Drop In
Enable Drop In on Echo Devices
Step #1: Launch Alexa app on your smartphone.
Step #2: Now tap on menu button (those three horizontal lines) from the top left corner.
Step #3: Next, you need to select Settings (cogwheel) from drop-down list.
Step #4: Choose an Echo device you wish to enable Drop In on.
Step #5: Tap on Drop In.
Step #6: Here, you need to choose either ‘On’ or ‘Only my household’. If you select ‘Only my household’, you can drop-in calls from your own Echo devices only.
Following above steps, you can enable Drop In on all your Echo devices.
Enable Drop In for your own Contact Profile
Before you go ahead and start using Drop In, you need to enable Drop In for your own Contact Profile. By doing this, you are giving permission to yourself to drop in on your Echo devices.
Step #1: Open Alexa app on your smartphone.
Step #2: Now tap on Conversations tab from the bottom of screen; this tab is seen in the middle. If Conversations tab is already selected, jump directly on to third step.
Step #3: Next tap on Contacts icon from the upper right corner (Contacts icon is seen before the icon of creating new message).
Step #4: Tap on your name, i.e. My Profile.
Step #5: Here, you need to toggle the button next to “Contact can Drop in anytime”.
Step #6: A pop-up appears on your phone screen flashing a message; simply tap on OK button.
Now you are all set to use Amazon Echo as an intercom.
How to Use Echo as an Intercom
Amazon Echo is the best seller product in Amazon Prime Day sale; so much so that there are more than one Echo devices in a single household. This enables users to use Echo as an intercom. There is a single command you need to send to Echo: “Alexa, drop in on Kitchen Echo or Bedroom Echo”.
Make sure that you say the name of that particular Echo device. After the connection is established between both Echo devices, you can start talking to each other. Remember, you don’t have to use any button as the microphone is hot for the entire conversation.
In case you want to discontinue this use of Echo as intercom, you can switch over to use it to make a phone call and send message with Alexa.
If you are using Echo for the first time, you might find it difficult to interact with Alexa given her weakness for recognizing voice. No worries; you can improve your Amazon Echo interaction by voice training.
Finally, to stop the conversation (whether it is a drop-in or a call), just say, “Alexa, hang up” and your conversation will end.
Apart from your household, you can use ‘Drop In’ feature to talk to other contacts; simply say, “Alexa, drop in on Scott”. Remember, this works only if other users have enabled Drop In for you and have granted you permission.