Accessibility Features for Alexa

The Alexa app and Alexa-enabled products include several features for customers with accessibility needs related to vision, hearing, mobility, and speech.

Vision

  • Support for the large text setting on Android (not available on iOS).
  • Audio instructions for various steps of the setup on Amazon Alexa devices.
  • Use the Alexa app with supported screen readers:
  • Customizable device settings to enable 'wake up' and 'end of request' sounds on compatible devices, in the Alexa app. Select the Devices icon "", your device, and then select Sounds.
  • To change 'wake up' and 'end/start of request' sounds, TalkBack, or VoiceView say:
    • "[Play/Don't play] [end/start] of request sound."
    • "[Enable/Disable] transcripts."
    • "Turn [on/off] VoiceView."
  • Adjustable volume with voice or touch on Amazon Alexa devices.
  • High contrast in the Alexa app for better visibility.

Hearing

  • Echo devices can be paired with supported Bluetooth speakers (sold separately) Echo Device Speakers.
  • Adjustable volume for timers, alarms, and media playback on compatible Amazon Alexa devices.
  • Music playback controls for your device (play, pause, next, back) in the Alexa app (not available for all products).
  • Alexa Captioning displays text captions of supported responses from on compatible Echo devices. To learn more about Alexa Captioning, go to Use Captioning on Echo Devices with a Screen. To toggle Alexa Captions, you say, "Turn [on/off] Alexa Captions."
  • On Echo devices, a visible light indicator changes color to signal various Alexa actions. For more information, go to About the Light Ring.
  • On Echo devices with a screen, on-screen indicators provide information about various Alexa actions.

Mobility

  • Support for keyboard navigation in the Alexa app and web browsers, including during device setup.
  • Far-field speech recognition with Echo devices.
  • Amazon Tap is portable with up to 9 hours of playback.
  • Control supported smart home devices (sold separately) with your voice. Learn more here: https://www.amazon.com/alexasmarthome.

Speech

  • Customize wake words for compatible Alexa devices. For more information, go to Change the Wake Word.
  • Add items to lists with text input inside the Alexa app.
  • Press and hold to talk available on the Alexa Voice Remote (sold separately).
  • Select question tiles, or type your request with the Tap to Alexa feature on the Echo Show. For more information, go to Using Tap to Alexa on the Echo Show.
  • Provide feedback on your speech commands on the Home Screen or by going to Settings in the Alexa app, selecting Alexa Account, and then History.
  • Regular updates to Alexa that improve speech recognition and add new features.
  • Third-party skills allow you to use your voice to access and use apps that makes Alexa more capable.

We're always looking to improve and want to hear about your experience using accessibility tools with Alexa. To give feedback, use the Feedback form in your Alexa app or email device-accessibility@amazon.com to give feedback.

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