Amazon Alexa

Your own voice assistant

Focals come with Alexa built-in. To start using Alexa, all you need is an Amazon account.

Sign in with Amazon through your Focals app and press and hold the button on Loop to wake Alexa.

You can ask Alexa anything, but here are some things to try:

  • Ask for a joke
  • Search for businesses and restaurants nearby
  • Set an alarm, reminder, or timer
  • Ask for a translation
  • Create a to-do or shopping list
  • Ask for a Flash Briefing or Sports Update
  • Play a game


Most Alexa skills work with Focals. You can learn more about skills and personalize things like Flash Briefings and Sports Updates with the Alexa app.

The Alexa circle displays with a greeting that says 'How can I help?'

Press and hold the button to wake Alexa anytime

A media player displays with the Flash Briefing for CBC News.

What’s my Flash Briefing?”
Alexa will play the news and Sports Updates from Focals.

A Shopping List created with Alexa displays on the Now view.

Add eggs to my shopping list

Manage shopping and to do lists with Alexa or the Alexa app.

List reminders will automatically appear on your Now view when you enter a store or your workplace


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