One of our favorite features with ‘Alexa Show Mode’, says the article’s author, is the ability to use Amazon’s “Drop-In” feature, which allows you to use the audio function directly to other Alexa devices. This is a good alternative to walking and talking to someone and is especially useful for limiting interruptions when working from home. And on which devices can we enable Alexa Show Mode?
Alexa Show Mode is compatible with select Windows 10 devices, including Lenovo Yoga, IdeaPad and ThinkPad, and is also available on select tablets and Fire software versions.
Launched in 2019, Echo Show combines all the features of Alexa’s virtual assistant with a ‘touch’ screen. Now you can transfer all these features to selected PCs and tablets using Alexa Show Mode. ‘Alexa Show Mode’ turns compatible PCs and tablets into a smart monitor.
Like the Echo Dot and Echo Show devices, the PC will now be capable of hands-free assistance, and will be able to interpret voice commands for streaming audio playback, volume controls, video, conferences with members of the family, set reminders, and open the doorbell viewer to see who’s at our door.
What are the Alexa Show Mode restrictions? As of June 2021, Alexa Show Mode has been available on all Windows PCs in the US, UK, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, India, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany and Australia. More and more locations will launch throughout the year. Also, Alexa needs a microphone to work.
Some older desktop PCs exclude built-in microphones, so an external microphone will be required. To date, Alexa also supports most computer playback functions, including screen adjustments, volume adjustments, and voice and video calls to other Alexa devices. Lastly, Alexa Show mode can only accept one activation word – “Alexa”.
To enable Alexa Show Mode on a PC, download the Alexa app for Windows 10 from the Microsoft store. From there, approach the PC and say “Alexa, open display mode” or open the Alexa application on the PC and click the “Show Mode” button. To activate Alexa Show Mode on a Fire Tablet, approach the tablet and say “Alexa, switch to Show Mode”. Alternatively, touch the top of the device’s home screen, swipe down and slide the “Display Mode” switch to the “On” position.
From there, treat the Fire Tablet as you would a standard Echo device, saying a wake-up phrase. With each wake-up phrase, a blue bar will appear on the screen, indicating that Alexa is in listening mode. To disable Display Mode, swipe from top to bottom on the screen and slide the Display Mode switch to the “Off” position.
Alexa Show Mode really shows its full value on tablets, where a keyboard for input commands is not always immediately accessible. It also works well for PC users who don’t always sit close to their PCs or phones to make calls. If you’re an avid Amazon user with a compatible Lenovo Yoga tablet, IdeaPad, ThinkPad or Fire TV, defaulting to Alexa should be automatic and easy, says the article’s author.