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Facebook Portal Alexa Commands – Step by Step Guide

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How to: Facebook Portal Alexa Commands
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When Facebook Portal was released in 2018, it was met with criticism because of the privacy scandals the brand had been involved in. However, many of us are now embracing the video communication device, especially now that video calls have become a necessity. But is that all that there is to Facebook Portal? And is it worth spending the extra dollars just to have better video calls?  Thankfully, there’s more to Facebook Portal. One thing that it has going strongly for it is its integration with Alexa. The convenience of having the features of Facebook Portal and Alexa in one device is almost irresistible. If you have a Facebook Portal, or you’re thinking about getting one, then keep reading to find out more about the Facebook Portal Alexa commands. 

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What is Facebook Portal? 

Facebook Portal is a smart display product from Facebook Inc. It was created to give an enhanced video calling experience to its users. The idea is that, if you can’t physically be somewhere, Facebook Portal can let you have a great video call that makes you feel like you’re actually there. 

What is Alexa? 

Alexa is a virtual assistant from Amazon that allows you to have a customized smart home experience. You can use voice commands to instruct Alexa to do just about anything. Alexa can also control other smart devices that can connect to it. 

How Alexa works with Facebook Portal

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Facebook Portal devices come with Amazon Alexa built-in so that you can use your device by issuing voice commands.  Alexa works in the same way on Facebook Portal as it does on other devices. You can listen to the news, get weather reports, play music, or set timers with Alexa. Alexa on Facebook Portal can also control other smart devices in your home. Just like with other Alexa devices, saying “Alexa”, will wake Alexa up to start listening to your commands. 

Currently, Facebook Portal has two voice assistants. Alexa is one of them, and the other is “Hey Portal.” “Hey Portal” is used to control things on your device like time, video control, calling, or camera effects. For all other things, you can use Alexa. 

 How to Enable Alexa on your Facebook Portal

To use Alexa on Facebook Portal, you will first need to connect to Alexa following these steps: 

  1. Go to Settings on your device 
  2. From there, tap on Accounts
  3. Next, select the option that says, “Amazon Alexa”. 
  4. Now enter your Amazon account details to log in and connect to Alexa. 

Now that you’ve enabled Alexa on your device, you can give Alexa commands to control your other smart home devices, play music, or give you the news. For local device tasks like calling, time, or brightness control, you will need to use Portal’s local voice assistant. 

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