In addition to playing music, controlling a smart home, and refreshing your mood with jokes, Alexa can also help you order things from Amazon. Whether you want to order coffee, buy groceries, or refill your medications, Alexa does the work with your voice commands. Here’s how to set up and use Alexa Voice Shopping to make purchases on Amazon.
Before using Alexa Voice Shopping, you must add a valid payment method to your Amazon account. You also need a smart device like an Amazon Echo with access to Alexa. The voice assistant uses the default payment method and shipping address from your Amazon account to complete the order.
What can you buy with Alexa?
After setting up your Amazon Echo device, you can invoke Alexa to shop for products on Amazon and shop for groceries through Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods (in select cities only). You can also refill your prescriptions through Amazon Pharmacy. With Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods, and Amazon Pharmacy, you must visit each storefront to confirm availability in your area.
Set your payment method in 1 click on Amazon
Alexa uses your 1-Click payment method for voice purchases. Follow the steps below to set 1-click payment as the default in your Amazon account.
- Open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Faucet After in the lower right corner.
- Select Settings.
- Faucet Account settings.
- Select Voice purchase.
- Open the Payment method menu.
- Select the Change payment method button to open your saved payment methods on Amazon.
- Tap a button next to a relevant card or add a new one and select Continue.
- Select the billing address from the next menu.
Manage Alexa voice purchase controls
The default Amazon Echo setting leaves the doors open for anyone to order from your Amazon account through Alexa. You have the option to limit access to only recognized voices or set a voice code to prevent unauthorized purchases via voice commands.
- Open the Voice purchase menu in Alexa (see steps above).
- Select Purchase controls.
- Choose from one of four options.
- Press the button next to Only recognized voices so that Alexa only allows users who have signed up with Voice match to your Amazon account to make purchases.
You can also set up a voice code to allow anyone with a 4-digit code to shop using Alexa on your Amazon account.
- From Purchase controls menu, select the button next to Anyone with a voice code.
- Enter a 4-digit code and press to safeguard in the upper right corner.
Alexa asks for a 4-digit code to make voice purchases. You can change the voice code from the same Purchase Orders menu.
Place a voice command with Alexa
Now that you’re ready to use Alexa to shop on Amazon, use the following commands.
- “Alexa, order sugar again.”
- “Alexa, buy Atomic Habits on Audible.”
- “Alexa, add milk to my Whole Foods cart.”
Alexa can also narrow search results based on customer ratings and notify you of great deals on Amazon.
- “Alexa, what’s the most popular cat food?”
- “Alexa, what are my offers?”
Alexa will read Amazon recommended product names, overall customer ratings, and top customer reviews to help you make a purchase decision. You can say “next” to check out the next product on the list or say “buy now” to start the checkout process. Alexa asks for a 4-digit code to confirm your command (if you’ve set it up). Once you give confirmation, Alexa places your order and shares the estimated delivery date.
You can also ask Alexa to check specific product details and price on Amazon. Alexa uses product descriptions, FAQs, reviews, and other information to answer your questions.
Manage your orders with Alexa
To track your order, you can ask “Alexa, where’s my package?” And it will let you know when the items are due to arrive at your location. Once you receive the product, you can use Alexa to leave feedback to help other buyers.
Alexa can also say or show the titles of items you’ve ordered, track delivery notifications, and product returns.
- Open Settings in Alexa (see steps above).
- Select Notice.
- Faucet Amazon purchases.
- Enable relevant options for order updates, returns, delivery notifications, and purchase recommendations.
Your wish is Alexa’s command
It doesn’t get any easier to shop for household items, holiday gifts, food, and medicine on Amazon. You can also turn off Voice Shopping on Alexa if you’re concerned about unintended purchases.