Alexa can’t call 911 on its own, but it can help you in a crisis by using third-party skills and external hardware. For example, Amazon’s Echo Connect connects your Alexa device to a landline, enabling you to dial 911. Alternatively, some Alexa skills, such as Ask My Buddy and My SOS Family, enable you to submit notifications through various apps. It is important to remember, however, that these skills do not explicitly contact 911.
With Echo Connect, you can dial 911.
Amazon no longer sells the Echo Connect, which appears to be a flop in the Alexa system family. However, if you already have one or want to buy one on a secondhand website like eBay, it might be the perfect solution. The first version of Echo Connect was a small box that could be connected to your landline and used as a speakerphone for your Echo devices.
Follow these steps to set up Echo Connect:
- Connect your Echo Connect to a wall outlet close to your modem or phone jack.
- Using a splitter adapter on the telephone jack to build two links if you need to plug in a normal telephone handset alongside Echo Link.
- Next, open the Alexa app on your smartphone.
- Select the Settings option.
- Choose the option of Adding Device, followed by Amazon Echo.
- To finish, select Echo Connect.
Once you’ve completed the steps above, you can ask your Echo devices to dial any landline or cell phone number, including emergency service numbers like 911. When Echo Connect is activated, say “Alexa, call 911” to make a 911 call.
Alexa Skill will help you out.
Alternative methods of obtaining assistance are available, although they do not directly contact emergency responders. In the case of an emergency, Alexa skills such as Ask My Buddy and My SOS Family make it simple to contact others. Now, we’ll show you how to set up the Ask My Buddy feature for your Alexa system. Please keep in mind that this will not directly notify 911 or emergency services.
My Buddy Account setup
- To get started, go to askmybuddy.net.
- Click the Register button if you don’t already have an account.
- To register, enter your first name, last name, email address, mobile phone number, and password in the fields provided.
- After you’ve registered, you’ll be asked to enter your login details. Enter your email address and password to register.
- At the top of the list, select the Contacts tab.
- Add any new contacts you’d like to be notified about. When you’re done, click the Save Changes button.
- You can either log out of the service or close your web browser at this stage.
We can add the skill to your Alexa device now that your Ask My Buddy account has been established. Please keep in mind that the free version of Ask My Buddy can only alert up to five contacts in English at a time, and you can only send out ten alert messages per month.
To set up Ask My Buddy with Alexa, follow these steps:
- Ask Alexa to open the Ask My Buddy skill by saying, “Alexa, open the Ask My Buddy skill.”
- Alexa will notify you that a message has been sent to your Alexa app, so go to your phone and open the Alexa app.
- There should be a card on the Home tab that says Action Required — Ask My Buddy. Continue by tapping it.
- You’ll be asked to log into your Ask My Buddy account.
- Alexa will remember that the connection was effective once you’ve connected your accounts. In the upper left corner of the screen, click the Done button.
You can now ask Alexa for assistance by saying something like, “Alexa, ask my buddy to send help,” or “Alexa, ask my buddy to contact Michael,” after you’ve set up Ask My Buddy. The service will now send a text message and make a phone call to the people on your contact list to let them know there’s a problem. It’s best to go through a system like this with a few people in advance so that your contacts know what to do when they get the message.
Request that Alexa dial non-emergency numbers.
Alexa may make non-emergency phone calls by simply asking. Alexa won’t be able to dial 911 or contact emergency services, but it will be able to contact one of your contacts and connect you via voice. You might say something like, “Alexa, call James,” if your Alexa app has access to your contacts. You may also tell Alexa to dial a specific number, such as “Alexa, dial 201-867-5309.”
Alexa Guard should be activated.
Enable Guard with Alexa to improve your home protection and receive emergency updates while you’re away from home. Guard is really simple to set up. Go to the Alexa app’s Settings and choose Guard. It will ask you a few questions to help it understand which features you like, such as detecting breaking glass noises or listening for other unusual sounds.
Following your Guard’s customization, Alexa will begin sending alerts to your smartphone whenever your smart system detects and recognises odd noises. Guard can also be used in conjunction with other Alexa-enabled security systems to provide more comprehensive coverage. You can find out what the surveillance camera is seeing, manually set off an alarm, call the police, and do other things that will keep your home safe and secure depending on the gadgets you connect to your smart system.
You can still use Alexa’s alarm feature if Guard doesn’t help your current home security system or you don’t have another available. When an intrusion is detected, Alexa will be able to sound an alarm. Within this feature, you can choose between an air horn, police sirens, and tornado sirens