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The Benefits and Challenges of Using Alexa Hands-Free on Windows 10

How to Set Up, Use Alexa Hands-Free on Windows 10

Have you ever wished you could use Amazon's voice assistant Alexa on your Windows 10 PC or tablet? Well, now you can. With the Alexa app for Windows, you can access Alexa's features and skills without an Echo device nearby. You can also use Alexa hands-free, which means you can just say "Alexa" and start talking, just like you do with an Echo device. In this article, we will show you how to install, set up, and use Alexa hands-free on Windows 10.

How to Set Up, Use Alexa Hands-Free on Windows 10

What is Alexa and why use it on Windows 10?

Alexa is a voice assistant that can help you with various tasks and skills. You can ask Alexa questions, request information, check your calendar and other personal services, control your smart home devices, play music and podcasts, set reminders and alarms, and access thousands of skills from different categories. You can also customize Alexa with your own routines, which are sequences of actions that Alexa performs when you say a specific phrase.

Alexa can work with Windows 10 PCs and tablets without an Echo device. All you need is an Amazon account and the Alexa app for Windows. The app allows you to use Alexa either by clicking a button or by saying "Alexa" via a hands-free mode. The hands-free mode is more convenient since you don't have to open the app or click anything to activate Alexa. However, it may consume more battery power since the app is always listening for the wake word.

Alexa can offer more features and compatibility than Cortana, the built-in voice assistant of Windows 10. For example, Alexa can work with many more smart home devices than Cortana. Alexa also has a larger and more diverse collection of skills than Cortana. Moreover, Alexa can integrate with other Amazon services such as Prime Music, Audible, Kindle, and Shopping.

How to install and set up Alexa on Windows 10?

To get started, you need to download and install the Alexa app from the Microsoft Store. Here are the steps:

  • Open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 10 PC or tablet.

  • Search for "Alexa" in the search box.

  • Select the "Alexa" app from Services LLC.

  • Click on "Get" or "Install" to download and install the app.

  • Launch the app from the Start menu or the taskbar.

The first time you launch the app, you need to set it up. Here are the steps:

  • Click on "Get Started" to begin the setup process.

  • Sign in with your Amazon account and agree to the terms and conditions.

  • Choose whether to use Alexa hands-free or by clicking a button. The hands-free option allows you to trigger Alexa by voice, but it may use more battery power. The button option requires you to click on the blue circle in the app to activate Alexa. You can always change this option later.

  • Allow Alexa to access your microphone when prompted. This is necessary for Alexa to hear your voice commands.

  • Select whether to launch the app on sign-in to this computer and pin it to the taskbar. These options make it easier for you to access Alexa whenever you need it. You can also change these options later.

  • Click on "Finish Setup" to complete the process.

How to use Alexa hands-free on Windows 10?

To use Alexa hands-free on Windows 10, make sure that the app is running in the background or minimized. Then, say "Alexa" followed by your question or request. For example:

  • "Alexa, what's the weather today?"

  • "Alexa, play some jazz music."

  • "Alexa, add milk to my shopping list."

  • "Alexa, turn on the living room lights."

  • "Alexa, tell me a joke."

You can also ask Alexa to open other apps on your PC or tablet. For example:

  • "Alexa, open Netflix."

  • "Alexa, open Word."

  • "Alexa, open Chrome."

If you want to adjust the settings and preferences of Alexa, open the app and click on the menu icon in the top left corner. From there, you can access your lists, reminders, alarms, routines, skills, settings, feedback, help, and sign out options.


Alexa is a powerful and versatile voice assistant that can enhance your productivity and entertainment on Windows 10. With the hands-free mode enabled, you can access Alexa's features and skills without touching your PC or tablet. You just need an Amazon account and the Alexa app for Windows. Download it today and see what Alexa can do for you.


  • Can I use any microphone for Alexa hands-free?Yes, you can use any microphone that is compatible with your PC or tablet for Alexa hands-free. However, some microphones may have better sound quality and noise cancellation than others.

  • Can I change the wake word for Alexa?No, you cannot change the wake word for Alexa on Windows 10. The wake word is always "Alexa". However, you can change it for your Echo devices if you have any.

  • Can I mute or disable Alexa?Yes, you can mute or disable Alexa if you don't want it to listen for commands. To mute it temporarily, click on the microphone icon in the bottom right corner of the app window. To disable it completely, go to Settings > Wake Word > Turn off Hands-Free Mode.

  • Can I use Cortana and Alexa together?Yes, you can use Cortana and Alexa together on Windows 10. You can even ask one assistant to open another one by saying "Cortana, open Alexa" or "Alexa, open Cortana". However, some features may not work well across both assistants.

  • Can I update or uninstall the Alexa app?Yes, you can update or uninstall the Alexa app from the Microsoft Store. To update it manually, go to Microsoft Store > Downloads And Updates > Get Updates > Update All. To uninstall it completely go to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features > Search For "Alexa" > Uninstall.


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