How to create custom Alexa commands for Amazon Echo using IFTTT

Amazon echo is a voice-activated cloud-connected smart speaker with an artificial intelligence named Alexa, packed inside along with streaming music and reading headlines and giving you the weather forecast.

Alexa has a growing role in the smart home to controlling smart gadgets like Philips Hughes color-changing bulbs and Belkin Wemo switches but Amazon echo also has a channel on IFFT a free online automation service that helps you sync it up with web services and other smart home gadgets.

you can control these other gadgets by creating your own custom commands which is a great feature.

 Here’s how you can do it:

Setting up your Amazon echo: First you’ll need to set your Amazon echo up, to do this just plug it in and download the Alexa app to your Android or iOS device depending the phone you are using, the app is easily available

Now you need walk through the pairing process which would hardly take just a couple of minutes.

If you haven’t already created an account then you have to go the official website but if you have an account just skip this one.

Sign up and login and Once you’re all signed in you’ll be able to activate that Amazon echo channel.

Now it’s the time to craft a recipe that’ll have Alexa in it.

Since You’re all logged in, You just need to click on recipes on the IFFT home page,

After this, you will see an option “create recipe and click on it click, Here you’ll see the template, if this is the trigger part of the equation you are good to go. 

This will trigger your recipe and it’s going to be Amazon echo, so just click on the blue icon and then select Amazon Alexa which is the channel for Amazon echo.

 Here you will be able to see number of different trigger options, This usually happens when the timer goes off or when you add something to your to-do list.

But if you want to add a specific phrase, click on select, read the specific phrase as you’re already triggered, say “Alexa trigger my recipe”.

Now that when you have got the Amazon echo trigger setup, let’s move to the side of the equation which is the main action.

when you tell Alexa to “trigger my recipe “  Is for your purposes. 

Now Let’s go with the Nest Learning Thermostat, Most people like this alot because this is not supported in Amazon Echo.

 Amazon Echo unfortunately doesn’t have a custom thermostat integration that’s where Nest come to power and it really shines.  It helps devices that don’t normally work together.

There’s plenty more you can do with Amazon Echo and Nest.