Do you know what a virtual assistant is? Chances are you’ve probably known about Siri, iPhone’s virtual assistant. You can use a virtual assistant to ask questions that you need answered, such as “Where’s the closest gas station” or “What does the word extraterrestrial mean,” and you’ll get an answer.

Virtual assistants can launch apps and send messages, which is super useful for those moments when you can’t hold your phone or are multitasking. It’ll also reads whatever you need read to you. There are so many virtual assistants that you could find one that you like. If you have an Android device, then it’s super easy to pick and choose your virtual assistant.

What is Alexa?

You’ve probably heard of “Alexa” sometime in the present. You may have seen the humorous Alexa commercials on television or all of the Amazon devices that allow you to have easy access to Alexa. Alexa is Amazon’s virtual assistant. Alexa has a female voice, and if you have an Amazon Echo or a different Alexa enabled device, then you’ve heard the voice. Amazon also places Alexa in other gadgets, such as headphones, speakers, and GE lamps. If you use Alexa in your house, then she can dim lights, lock doors, and control other devices.

Using Alexa on Android

There are many reasons that you would benefit from using Alexa on your Android. Setting up is pretty easy so you don’t have to worry.

1. First, download the Amazon Alexa app from the Google Play Store.

2. When the app is done downloading, launch the app on your device.

Log in

3. If you have an Amazon account log into the app with those log in credentials. If you don’t have an Amazon account, then select “Create a New Account” and use credentials that you’ll remember next time that you need to log in.

4. Under “Help Alexa Get to Know You” select your name so that Alexa has your information. If you want to provide your information, tap “I’m Someone Else.” You can use this opportunity to use a nickname instead of your full name if that’s what you prefer.

Amazon needs permission

5. You’ll have to give Amazon all of the permissions that it asks you to so that you can use all of the features of Alexa. Amazon needs permission to have access to your contacts so that you can connect with family and friends, through calling or messaging. You can tap “Later” if you don’t want to do this.

6. Tap on Next so that you can go to the next screen for information about the app interface.

7. When you’re on the home screen, swipe up on the screen and it’ll let you know all the different things that you can do with Alexa.

Customizing Your Alexa App

You should customize what you need so that you can have the experience that you want to with your virtual assistant. Here’s how you get to the customization segment of the app.

1. Launch the Amazon Alexa app.

2. At the bottom of the screen, tap the choice that says “Devices.”

3. Then, on the next screen select “All Devices.”

4. On the “All Devices” screen, select “Alexa on this Phone.”

time zone

5. On the next screen, you’ll see all of they ways that you can customize the app. There’s your region, time zone, and put your preferred measurement units, so that when Alexa gives you responses, then it’s in way that you can understand.

Making Alexa Your Default Android Assistant

The default virtual assistant on your app might be something other than Alexa. If you want your default virtual assistant to be Alexa, then here’s how you change that setting.

1. Launch the settings app on your device. The app resembles a gray gear.

2. Select the Apps option on the settings menu.

3. In the upper right corner of the Apps menu, you’ll see an icon that looks like three vertical dots. A menu will appear beneath that.

4. On that menu, select “Default Apps.”

Device Assistance App

5. In the Default Apps menu, select “Device Assistance App.”

6. Select “Device Assistance App again on the new screen.

Alexa on the options list

7. Tap Alexa on the options list.

Alexa should now be customized and your default app on your device.