Amazon knows a thing or two about smart home technologies. But not all smart tech has to be flashy and complex. The Amazon Smart Plug looks so simple and unassuming that you might overlook it altogether. At least, until you realize just how much it can do.
How Does the Amazon Smart Plug Work?
The Amazon Smart Plug lets you use your voice to control lights, fans, televisions, even your coffee maker! All you need is an Alexa-enabled device, whether it’s the Alexa app on your phone, a Fire tablet, Echo, or anything in between.
You place the smart plug into an electrical socket, and then plug the “dumb” device of your choice into the smart plug. Then you can create a schedule for the plug to turn on and off, or simply control the plug with a voice command.
Transform Normal Lights into Smart Lights
Turn your favorite lamps into smart lights by adding an Amazon Smart Plug to the outlet. This is the quickest and most affordable way to enjoy the perks of smart lighting.
Once everything is synced, you can control your lights from the app before you’re even in the room. This is an especially helpful benefit when you’re away and want to make sure your home doesn’t look dark and empty. You never have to walk into a pitch dark house again.
Pair With Other Devices
What device in your home would you love to control just with your voice? How about “Alexa, make coffee,” or, “Alexa, turn on the fan.” Make your daily routine easier so that you can focus on what matters most.
Here’s a quick guide to utilize the Amazon Smart Plug in your morning regimen:
In the Alexa app, go to the hamburger icon on the upper left > Routines > + icon on the upper right.
Tap When this happens > Schedule > pick a time and Repeat setting (perhaps weekdays only) > tap the Done button at the bottom.
When you’re back on the New Routine tab, tap Add action > Smart Home > Control device > first plug (or whatever the name of the plug that controls your bedroom light is) > toggle on > Next.
This will bring you back to the New Routine tab one more time where you can tap Save in the upper right corner to create your new routine.
How to Set Up Your Amazon Smart Plug
Setting up an Amazon Smart Plug is surprisingly easy. Just follow the instructions below:
- Plug in Amazon Smart Plug and open the Alexa app. If your Alexa app says “new plug found,” go straight to Step 4.
- Tap the Devices icon in the lower right corner of the Alexa app, then click the Plus icon to get started.
- Select Add Device and then select the Plug.
- Plug your lamp, coffee maker, or other appliance into the plug.
- To enable, just say, “Alexa, turn on First Plug.”
Once enabled, try saying something fun like, “Alexa, turn on the family room lamp” or “Alexa, turn on the coffee maker.”
Congratulations- you’re officially on your way to making life easier with the perks of smart technology. Enjoy!
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