But you don’t need to go through them all to find the best ones. Read on to check out 25 of the best free and paid Alexa skills to try and enjoy.
The Best Free Alexa Skills
1. Car Chat
Just say “Alexa, open Car Chat.”
Stuck in traffic and getting bored? Make every drive fun by chatting with drivers in other cars around you through your Amazon Alexa or Echo Auto device.
You can also create your posts, set up a profile with your car make and model, and tune in to different channels.
2. Whose Turn Is It?
Just say “Alexa, open Whose Turn Is It.”
Let Alexa be the one to decide whose turn is it to do the dishes, pick a movie, or order pizza.
Simply ask, “Alexa, whose turn is it,” and then pick between two or more people. You can add as many names as you want to the list.
3. The Loud House Challenge
Just say “Alexa, open The Loud House Challenge.”
Your kids will love teaming up with Lincoln Loud to solve puzzles given by his ten sisters in this Nickelodeon adventure.
An immersive audio version of The Loud House, this skill features multiple narratives like gathering supplies for an epic sleepover and remaking a birthday cake that fell on the floor.
4. The Wayne Investigation
Just say “Alexa, open The Wayne Investigation.”
Enter the mean streets of Gotham to investigate the murder of young Bruce Wayne’s parents in this mystery game by Warner Bros. Can you navigate around the story’s dead ends to find the path that solves the crime?
5. Blink Roadside
Just say “Alexa, I need roadside assistance.”
No need to enable this skill, just ask Alexa for help with your flat tire or tire swap, dead battery, gas delivery, or key problems—and Alexa will say, “Here’s Blink Roadside.”
No matter if you’re at home or on the road, Blink Roadside has safe and reliable roadside professionals to help you out. You’ll need to have location and Amazon Pay enabled to complete the service.
6. Charging Station Locator
Just say “Alexa, open Find Electro.”
Ensure your EV will never run out of charge. Just ask “Alexa, Open Find Electro.” Alexa will then send you driving directions to the closest charging station that matches your car type.
7. Interview Practice
Just say, “Alexa, open Interview Practice.”
Upcoming job interviews can sometimes give the best of us jitters. But this skill can prepare you well. Practice from a pool of 500 frequently asked soft skill job interview questions.
8. Financially Well by Kevin Mahoney
Just say “Alexa, ask Financially Well to play the latest update.”
Take steps to achieve greater financial wellness with this podcast by Kevin Mahoney, the renowned financial advisor to millennial couples. Get advice on issues like repaying student loans, and much more.
Just say “Alexa, open Amex.”
The Amex skill lets you access certain information about your eligible cards linked to your American Express online account.
You can ask Alexa to check your balance and available credit, make a payment, get available Amex offers, and more.
Amazon will not retain a voice recording of your 4-digit security PIN.
10. TIME Magazine
Just say “Alexa, open Time Magazine.”
TIME Magazine has been one of the most authoritative and informative guides to what is happening in current affairs, politics, business, health, science, and entertainment.
The TIME Magazine Alexa skill will keep you informed and updated with the top five stories you need to hear every day.
11. Restaurant Finder
Just say, “Alexa, ask Restaurant Finder to find a restaurant in Dallas with Mexican food.”
Get recommendations for restaurants in any U.S. city. Ask for Italian, Chinese, Mexican, American, French, or more—any type of food will bring up many new restaurants to try.
12. The Steak Lovers’ Companion
Just say, “Alexa, open The Steak Lovers Companion.”
This skill from Omaha steaks will help you prepare steaks the way you like them. It asks for details of the steak and then suggests the right timers to set and the next actions to take after the timers sound.
13. Five Minute Workout: Core and Cardio
Just say “Alexa, open Five Minute Workout.”
Alexa can get you moving and energized with this brief workout. This fun routine is packed with fat-burning exercises that will tone your core right into shape.
Keep track of your fitness by asking for your daily Fitbit progress—such as if you hit your sleep goal, and how many steps you’ve taken. Or just get a quick update on the stats you care about the most.
15. Sweet Dreams: Sounds & Meditations for Sleep
Just say “Alexa, open Sweet Dreams.”
Have trouble falling asleep? You can ask Alexa to play sounds like rain, surf, a stream, a forest, a canyon, a desert, or a brook.
Or you can hear short guided meditations like Falling Asleep, Soften and Relax, Breathing in Waves, or Review the Day.
The Best Paid Alexa Skills You Should Try Out
16. Bamboo Learning Plus
Just say “Alexa, open Bamboo Learning Plus.”
Gift your kids a fun, game-like experience, that has them learn in creative new ways.
Starting with a 14-day free trial, the Bamboo Learning Plus subscription reflects the standard US K–5 curriculum—with full access to all basic, grade level, and advanced activities, and 50 audiobooks.
Just say “Alexa, I want to talk to a doctor.”
With Teladoc, you can connect with a doctor 24/7 on your Alexa-enabled device. You can have virtual visits related to non-emergency health needs, like experiencing symptoms of a cold, flu, or allergies.
The cost per visit can be as low as $0 per visit with insurance or $75 without insurance.
18. Ask My Buddy
Just say “Alexa, Ask My Buddy to send help.”
Get help when you need it from those closest to you. Simply say, “Alexa, Ask My Buddy to send help,” and your contacts will be notified via a text message, email, and a phone call to check on you right away.
Upgrading to the paid premium features will also let you describe what type of help you need after you send the help alert.
19. Escape the Airplane
Just say “Alexa, open Escape the Airplane.”
Thrills await you in this sequel to Escape the Room, one of the best Alexa party games. Here you’re trapped in the air on a plane and need to make it out alive.
To amplify the fun, you can buy the personal game master feature to get hints and an extra push.
20. Song Quiz
Just say “Alexa, open Song Quiz.”
Have a blast challenging your friends and family in this fun music quiz which has you guessing the titles and artists of songs from the 60s to 2010s.
Subscribe to become a Song Quiz VIP and get access to thousands of more songs, playlists, and new music.
21. Jurassic World Revealed
Just say “Alexa, open Jurassic World.”
Take a trip to Isla Nublar with podcaster Janet Best to report on the fate of the dinosaurs as the island’s dormant volcano roars to life.
This engaging adventure is playable in six chapters—the first is free, and you can buy the additional five premium chapters.
22. Reading Sidekick
Just say “Alexa, let’s read.”
Alexa can help your kids grow into confident, independent readers. With Reading Sidekick, Alexa and your child will take turns reading. Alexa will help your children if they struggle, and encourage them when they succeed.
You need to have an active Amazon Kids+ subscription and turn on Amazon Kids on your Echo device.
23. Samuel L. Jackson: Celebrity Personality for Alexa
Just say “Alexa, introduce me to Samuel L. Jackson.”
Alexa’s first celebrity voice, Samuel L. Jackson will give you the weather, play your favorite music, tell jokes, and more. Enjoy interesting interactions with the hilarious and candidly blunt Hollywood star.
24. Relaxing Sounds: Relaxing Jazz
Just say “Alexa, play Relaxing Jazz.”
The perfect blend of smooth and relaxing jazz music for meditation, yoga, tai chi, healing—or when you want a break. It comes with a premium subscription for unlimited hours of music.
25. Alexa Together
Alexa Together is many skills rolled into one—it’s a subscription service to help your aging loved ones feel more comfortable and confident to live independently.
Alexa Together creates a connection between you and your loved one on your Echo device. You can set up Customized Alerts, 24/7 Urgent Response, Remote Assist to help them out, and even Fall Detection.
Enjoy a Smarter and Better Life with Alexa Skills
Alexa’s skills help us out in every aspect of our lives. So use the best of these skills to learn, relax, care and share, solve everyday problems, and have fun with friends and family.
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