How to use Alexa to listen to radio stations
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You probably already know that Amazon’s Echo devices can connect to many popular music and podcasting apps like Spotify or Apple Music to keep you entertained. Did you also know that Alexa can also access tens of thousands of local, national and international radio stations for you? Here’s how to get Alexa to play radio stations.
You’ll need to make sure you have the most recent version of the Alexa app on your smartphone, and naturally you need an Amazon Echo speaker or smart display. If you have the latter, you will also get visual information about what you are listening to on the screen.
How to set up Alexa to play radio stations
The process is fairly straightforward and easy, but depending on where you live, you may have different options for Alexa Skills available for playing radio stations.
- Press the Following menu button in the lower right corner of the app.
- To choose Skills and games then search featured categories boxes at the top of the app screen.
- Then use the search function in the upper right corner to search radio.
A list of radio tuning apps available for your region will be displayed, including popular favorites like radio.com and MyTunerRadio, or check out our list of best internet radio stations. In Canada, you can see RadioPlayer Canada or similar options. Click on Activate to use. You can see To throw if you have already activated this skill.
To access your radio stations, just say “Alexa, ask MyTuner to play X92.9 Calgary”, or whatever the station name is. You can also say something like “Alexa, ask radio.com to play NPR,” and it will automatically locate the affiliate closest to your location. Of course, if you live in Topeka and want to listen to the Washington branch, you can just specify that in your request and Alexa will deliver to you.
A word of warning that in some cases Alexa may not quite recognize the station name and you may end up listening to a different station with a similar name, call sign or frequency number. Some Alexa users report that some of these services can be intermittently accurate with voice commands, which is perhaps not surprising given the limited number of frequencies and the high number of radio stations around the world. .
There are all kinds of listening options on an Amazon Echo smart speaker or speaker with a display screen. You can choose music, news, or podcasts, or venture into the burrow of relaxing audio.
These audio options can also be a great alternative if you want something in the background, but without a lot of vocals and lyrics so you can focus on writing the report that’s due at the end of the day. A relaxing audio or internet radio can also be great for drowning the guy in the next booth who talks loudly on his Zoom call.
Browse the full list of skills and games in the Alexa app to see what else you have access to, or just ask your, “Alexa, what can you do? For an updated list of options.