Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – New and improved smart speaker with Alexa $29.99

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - New and improved smart speaker with Alexa $ 29.99

 

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  • Meet the all-new Echo Dot – Our most popular smart speaker, with new fabric design, and improved speaker for richer and louder sound.
  • Voice control your music – Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music (coming soon), Spotify, Sirius XM, and others through the improved speaker for richer and louder sound.
  • Bigger, Better Sound – Pair with a second Echo Dot (3rd gen) for rich, stereo sound. Fill your home with music with compatible Echo devices in different rooms.
  • Ready to help – Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
  • Connect with others – Call and message almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.
  • Use another speaker – Connect to your own speakers over Bluetooth or with a 3.5 mm audio cable.
  • Alexa has skills – With 50,000+ skills, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new skills like tracking fitness, playing games, and more.
  • Voice control your smart home – Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices.

Sound quality is the best I’ve heard on a speaker of this size!!! Definitely worth paying a little extra for this one over the 2nd generation model. I’m not going to discuss the functionality as there’s tons of info already out there. One important note: If you set up the Alexa app on your phone, IT WILL IMPORT ALL OF YOUR PHONE CONTACTS. I didn’t think I gave it permission to do so but Alexa did indeed import my contacts! You may have read stories how, WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, Alexa can record what’s being said in your home and then send it to ANY or ALL of those contacts! Yikes! And, I won’t want any of my kids to accidentally send messages to or call people on my contact list. So, if you want to keep your contacts from Alexa and prevent that from happening here’s how I did it:

Before installiing the Alexa app on your phone, export your contacts to a file and save it for later. Then, go back to the phone and delete those contacts (don’t worry, you’ll import them back in later). Now, install the Alexa app on your phone and go through the set up process. At some point, you’ll have the option to allow Alexa to automatically import any additions to your contacts. Please “disable” that option. After you’re done with the installation, you’ll notice there are no contacts in your Alexa app! Now, you can import your contacts back into your phonebook using the file that you initially created and you’re good to go!

If you already installed the app but want to delete your contacts from Alexa, it’s not too late. Simply export your phone contacts to a file and save for later. Then, delete the contacts from your phone. Now, open the Alexa app and click “Contacts.” On the Contacts page, click on “Import Contacts” and enable it by moving the button to the right side. This will cause Alexa to replace your existing contacts with the now empty phonebook. After a few minutes, your Alexa contacts will be gone. Go back and disable “Import Contacts” to prevent Alexa from importing them in the future. You can now import the contact file that you created back into your phone.

Of course there may be some contacts you do want to use with Alexa. I simply added them manually by clicking “Add Contact.”

I hope this info is helpful as I wasn’t able to find an easy way to manage Alexa contacts.