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Learn about Alexa features on your iPhone's home screen...

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Basrawi News Encyclopedia – I wrote: Nermin Salem The user can talk to Alexa on all Echo devices and his iPhone, although Siri is good as Apple added two updates to its virtual assistant in iOS 15.4, but if you prefer to talk with the voice assistant from Amazon, you can Just add the iOS Alexa app widget to the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. Once it’s set up, a single click shows which assistant you’d prefer to talk to.

Almost every smart home device works with Alexa — but for Siri and HomeKit your options are more limited.

And the Amazon voice assistant has a different name and voice option. If you love setting Alexa timers and reminders, turn on the lights and answer questions when you’re at home and wait, you’ll start talking to Alexa on your iPhone when you’re out and about.

How to set up and use Alexa iOS gadget to take Siri’s place on your iPhone or iPad.

Alexa cannot completely replace Siri.

There are some functions that only Siri can do: change the iPhone screen brightness, turn on Do Not Disturb, and so on. Basically anything that changes settings on your iPhone or iPad itself is off-limits to a third-party assistant.

However, there’s a lot Alexa can do that Siri can’t — especially if you haven’t paid attention to whether your smart home device is HomeKit compatible. My house is positively filled with smart plugs, doorbell cameras, and all kinds of devices that Siri can’t talk to — but Alexa can.

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And if you already have the Alexa app, you’re not adding Alexa to your iPhone – it’s in the app. Every addition of an Alexa widget to your home screen actually puts Alexa on in one short tap — but that’s enough to make adding an Alexa widget to your iOS home screen worthwhile.

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