Yay, your aunt/mom/sister-in-law gifted you an Amazon Echo (or Echo Dot) and now you love asking Alexa to report the weather or jot down your grocery list for the week. But did you know you can also rely on Alexa to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest news of the day? Meet the Alexa Flash Briefing, which takes all of two minutes to activate and set up. (Spoiler alert: You can even get a daily update from PureWow.)
To get started, log in to your Amazon account. Visit alexa.amazon.com and click Skills in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. There you’ll see a variety of flash briefings—aka news reports from reputable sources—to enable on your Alexa device. (As an alternative, you can also activate flash briefings by downloading the Amazon Alexa app and tapping the drop-down menu in the upper left corner and selecting Skills.)
Whoa, there are so many flash briefings to choose from. Yep, there’s one from NPR, ESPN, The New York Times and more. (FYI, as we mentioned, we just launched a flash briefing ourselves called Good News from PureWow.)
But how do I set it up to play on my device? That’s the easy part. Simply click on the briefing you’d like to listen to every morning and select the button that says Enable. You’re done. (For the record, you’re allowed to choose more than one.)
Guys, I feel so informed. Shout out to multitasking. There’s nothing quite as efficient as hearing the headlines while you shower, right?