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Easily Use Your Smart Speaker for Multitasking

January 23rd, 2021

If you have a smart speaker like a Google Home or an Amazon Alexa, you already know how great they are for taking music or podcasts on the go. However, did you know they have other features, too? Alexa can do all sorts of things, from quizzing you with Jeopardy questions to helping you reorder essentials from Amazon. 

One of Alexa’s handiest features is that it allows you to set a timer—perfect for when you need to grab something from the oven in twenty minutes but want to fold laundry upstairs in the meantime. What you may not realize, though, is that both Google Home and Alexa allow you to name your timers.

This is a game changer for when you’re multitasking on chores. Need to let something soak for five minutes and remember to switch the laundry over in forty minutes? Have chicken baking in the oven while noodles boil on the stove? Your device has you covered.

All you have to do is say, 

“Alexa, set a [noun] timer for [time].”

Alexa (or Google Home) will then set your timer, leaving you to complete your tasks. For example, you could say, “Alexa, set a cookie timer for 13 minutes,” and then, “Alexa, set a laundry timer for 35 minutes.” If you’re not sure how much time is left, you can then ask, “How much time is left?” Your device will then tell you how much time remains.

There are a number of other commands you can use with these timers. You can also tell your device to “pause” or “resume” a timer, or to add or remove time from the timer. If you’ve turned your home into a network of smart lights, you can also set a timer for turning the lights off or on for a certain period of time. For a full list of timer commands, check out Amazon’s customer help page.

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