Last year, Amazon launched the Echo Show with touch-screen, for the first time allowed users to make voice calls through their devices Echo. Shortly after, Amazon released another feature called Drop-In, with which a person can “pass” for devices Echo of their friends and family when you want. This function is different from a normal voice call because it allows you to connect automatically, always and when your contact also has. For those with multiple devices Echo in their homes, this can double as an intercom system or as a monitor for the baby. Although this raises some potential privacy concerns, Amazon has done a pretty good job to make sure that you have as much control as possible over who can shop around for your life. However, by default the feature is not enabled on any of your contacts, so you have to know how to turn on Drop In Alexa to to manually grant access to your devices.
Step 1: Download the app
First, make sure that you have the application of Alexa installed in your device Android or iOS (and that is the latest version). Drop-In should work with all devices Echo available currently, although, obviously, you will need both devices Echo different to make it work: with the application, sometimes you can visit other devices, although you can’t receive a call for Drop-In (but you can receive voice calls). After you download and activate the application you are prompted to configure the calls and messages from Alexa. If not, tap the text balloon at the bottom of the login screen and enter your contact information.
Step 2: Enable Drop-In on your devices
Typically, the devices Echo will Drop In automatically activated, but it is important to verify that this is the case of yours. Go to the icon in the upper-left corner of the app Alexa and opens the drop-down menu. Choose device Settings and select each of your devices Echo.
In the settings of the device, Echo, find the section that says Communications. This will have a section of Drop-In. Make sure that is enabled. You can choose between enabled, disabled and alone in your house.
After activating the Drop-In on all your devices Echo, you’ll be able to communicate with devices in your home especificándole to Alexa the Echo appliance that you want with your voice. If that is the only thing you need, you are ready! But you can also turn on contacts outside of the home if desired.
Step 3: turn Drop In on your profile
To connect with Drop In through the applications of Alexa and others to do the same, you also need to enable Drop-In in your profile. It is very simple. Simply choose the bubble of communication in the bottom of the application for Alexa and then choose the icon from Drop-In to the top. Then a message will appear to explain how to activate Drop In on My profile. When you’re there, make sure that the section of Drop-In is enabled.
Step 4: Activate the Drop-In to your contacts and ask them to do the same
This is the time to activate the Drop-In to other contacts. Re-select the icon of communication, choose Contacts in the top right corner and select the contacts you want to talk about. You will see that they have the “Calls and messages from Alexa” under your name if you have a device Echo or an account on Alexa, which means that you can activate Drop-In for them. Under Permissions, make sure that the option to Allow Drop-In is selected for the contacts to which you want to give permission to communicate with the device in your home.
It is important to call your contacts and ask them to do the same with your contact information; otherwise the communication will be one-sided. In addition, if you want to set up Drop Ins to your children or family instead of simply devices, here you can create contacts for them and turn on those Drop Ins to be able to call them by name.
Step 5: Start calling
When the configuration is ready, just mention the word activation of your device and ask them to connect via Drop-In with the person that you want. You can also make a call from the page of Contacts.
When someone will look through the Drop-In, the ring of light of your Echo will emit a pulsing green, a beep will sound and will connect automatically, so you will be able to listen to any thing that is in the scope of the device. If your contact and you use devices with a screen, the video will appear somewhat distorted for a few seconds, giving you the chance to get more presentable. Take into account that you can turn off the video at any time with a voice command or from the screen.
If you do not want to receive calls through the Drop-In (after all, who wants their friends to know what they are doing every second of the day?) you can activate the do Not disturb mode on your Echo to block the function Drop-In until you deactivate it.
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