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ferlew | 17:19 Thu 14th Jan 2021 | Technology
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I was given an Alexa echo by my son as part of my xmas present.
In general, I find it very useful and it's saving money on phone calls to my son and grandchildren.
However, there are times I have missed a call from them because if I'm watching tv, or in another room, I don't hear the tone it makes when someone "drops in".
My question is this: Is there a way of making it use a different sound to announce drop ins? Maybe something like the 'ring ring' of a telephone, or similar.
Fingers crossed someone may have an answer for me.

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there are several ways of communicating via Alexa 1)make an announcement - this is useful if you'vegot more than 1 alexa. I made an announcement this morning via my nearest alexa that it was time to get up, and she announced to my husband and daughter in their respective bedrooms my message. I'm not sure if you can do it to a device in someone elses house. It just...
13:26 Fri 15th Jan 2021
there are several ways of communicating via Alexa
1)make an announcement - this is useful if you'vegot more than 1 alexa. I made an announcement this morning via my nearest alexa that it was time to get up, and she announced to my husband and daughter in their respective bedrooms my message. I'm not sure if you can do it to a device in someone elses house. It just broadcasts only
2)drop in - opens a channel between 2 alexa devices, either in your house or another house. It's like a 2 way baby monitor - they can hear (see if you both have an echo show) you and you can hear them. I could drop in to my parents living room, and they probably wouldn't know. I don't want to do that, as it means they could drop into me or my bedroom at any time and as you have discovered it's not a particularly loud notification so I could be doing something/saying something I don't want others to hear. You can turn this off
3)make a call - like ringing someone else and they can decide whether to answer or not
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Passed on the info re 'calling' rather than 'dropping in'.
I didn't mind the drop in other than I couldn't hear it that one time, but to be fair they did say they could hear I had Repair Shop on the tv, and closed the drop in.
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Right, they just 'called me' on it, much better, we'll go with that in future.
woohoo!
barry1010 ^^^ good idea but don't forget there are thousands employed during the day to 'listen' in.

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