Alexa will lose track of devices if you rename them, but you can set up your smart home in one fell swoop. Ry Crist / CNET
If youhave made a habit of changing the names and locations of your Smart devices " controlled by Alexa - smart " lights , smart " sockets and so on - without updating Alexa , you don 't need me to tell you what the hell this can do. Try telling your Amazon Echo to turn on a smart light using a device name that Alexa doesn ' t recognize and you will see what I mean. "Sorry, " Alexa will say: "I didn 't find a device named [its new name].
Do it enough often and your smart home will become almost unusable.Unraveling such a mess can be a daunting task, and before long you'll find yourself ignoring Alexa completely, controlling your smart home with a myriad of apps on your phone instead.
Smart home control only without rks when Alexa knows the name of your devices. Chris Monroe / CNET
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Well, you're in luck, sort of. There is a solution, but it 's quick and dirty. If that sounds risky it's because, well, it's: You will need to delete your entire smart " home and start over, and you will lose any coins or routines you set up. But if not, the process is straightforward and should only take a few minutes. When it's done (and you've rebuilt your parts and routines in application), you can start controlling Alexa again.
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You will need to use Alexa 's desktop portal
First put your phone down and grab your laptop - this must be done on the desktop version of the Alexa website. Then go to Alexa " 's web interface (yes , that's one thing), then do the following:
1. In the left menu, click Smart Home .
2. In the main pane, click on Devices .
3. Scroll to 'at the bottom and click on the box labeled Delete all .
4. In the pop-up window, click on Delete to confirm.
5. On the next page, click on the box titled Discover .
Now rejoice : Alexa pinged all the different services you linked (Philips Hue, Smart Life, etc.) and updated them all with the current names of all your devices.
There are, like mentioned, a downside. This will erase all groups including rooms and groups of speakers, as well as the routines you have created. That said, there's a good chance that if you're having the kind of issues that require a nuclear option like this, they both need to be revamped anyway.
You'll have to maybe also atomize something else.
I recently discovered a little quirk about Amazon Echoes - they remember it. As in, if you unplug an Echo device and throw it "in a drawer , only to retrieve it later and reconnect it to your smart home, it remembers the names of the devices on your network when it was last connected . This can wreak havoc in your smart home. The only way I have found to fix it is to neutralize the defect itself - reset it " to factory settings (follow the link for detailed instructions on older devices).
On the third and fourth generation Echo and Echo Dot devices, press and hold the action button for 25 seconds (the light ring will flash orange and then turn off). 'will turn off). The light will turn on again, this time in blue. Wait until it turns orange to indicate that it has returned to setup mode.
To reset Echo Show devices to factory settings, press and hold the Mute and Volume down for 15 seconds or until an Amazon logo appears.
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