Your Amazon Echo can now send text messages for you — here’s how to do it

Amazon Echo

Alexa has learned a new skill: sending text messages. 

On Tuesday, Amazon introduced the ability to send text messages from your Echo device to anyone in your contacts.

All you have to do is say, “Alexa, send a message.” Alexa will then either send your message as a regular text, or over Alexa messaging (if it’s to another Alexa-enabled device). The new feature works using any Alexa device, like the Echo Dot or Echo Show, but it only users with Android phones will be able to enable text messaging — at least for now. 

Here’s how to set it up:

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When you open the Alexa app on your Android phone, you should be greeted with this screen letting you know the new feature is available (text messaging isn’t available on iPhones yet).

You’ll have to give Amazon some permissions, like accessing your contacts.

To turn the feature on, click the conversations button at the bottom of the screen.

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