If you would like your Alexa to play a doorbell Announcement and announce that someone is at your home, she's now got you covered! This article will tell you how to opt-in to this feature and answer frequently asked questions about announcement notifications.
How do I opt-in to get doorbell notifications through my Alexa?
Opting-in to the Announcement feature in your Alexa is easy. Just follow the instructions below:
- Download the latest Alexa app.
- Tap the Devices tab at the lower right-hand section of your screen.
- Tap All Devices.
- Tap the security camera or doorbell camera you wish to be notified about.
- Turn on the Doorbell Press (for doorbells) or the Motion toggle (for security cameras).
Note: Each Echo device will need the communication and Announcements setting enabled, and the Do Not Disturbed feature turned off.
How does my Echo device let me know that someone is at my door?
When a motion alert is triggered on your Ring device, your Amazon Echo will flash yellow, send an audible chime and announce that someone is at the front door (or back door/side yard/etc. depending on what you've named your Ring device.)
Note: If you have multiple Echo devices, all of the devices will make the announcement. You can adjust this through the Alexa app on your mobile device.
I already get announcement notifications on my Ring app. If I set up an Announcement from Alexa, will I receive duplicate Announcements on my mobile device?
No. Announcements are only applicable to Echo devices and are not available on your Ring app.
Can I select separate Announcement for each of my Ring devices?
Yes. You can select a separate Announcement for each device
Do chime announcements expire?
Yes. Chime announcements expire as soon as they are played on your Echo device. They are not queued for future retrieval and the notifications do not have to be cleared. If I disable or turn off the camera's motion detection on my doorbell, will I still receive chime announcements when the doorbell is pressed?
Yes. Doorbell button presses are considered separate events from motion events. Regardless of the state of your camera, doorbell presses will be announced.
If an Announcement played while I was not at home, is there a way to view the history of Announcements?
Not on your Echo device. You cannot ask Alexa the history of Chime announcement events or view a list on the Echo Show. You can, however, log in to your Alexa app where there will be a card that indicates when a chime announcement is delivered.
Where are Announcements currently supported?
Announcements are currently supported in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France & Spain.
Is there more than one sound available?
Yes. There are a number of sounds available to choose from.