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How to Use Alexa's New Named Timers

June 16, 2017

Amazon just made timers a lot more convenient.

The Amazon Echo has always allowed you to ask Alexa to set a timer for you, and it’s even supported multiple simultaneous timers. This was great, but could cause some confusion if you have multiple timers going at once, as you were never sure what ones were finishing at what times. Now you can do this easily by naming your timers when you create them.

The video above is really the best resource, but I can say “Alexa, set a 15 minute bacon timer” and it will set a timer for 15 minutes and remember that this timer was for bacon. So if I later ask “Alexa, how much time is left on my timer?” she will say:

You have 1 timer, Bacon, with 7 minutes left.

This gets more powerful when you have multiple timers going at once. Let’s say I set 3 timers, “bacon”, “eggs”, and “waffles”. When I ask “how much time is on my timers” Alexa will say:

You have 3 timers. Bacon with 14 minutes remaining, Eggs with 9 minutes remaining, and Waffles with 2 minutes remaining.

And if I’m only curious about one of my timers, then I can ask Alexa “how much time is left on my eggs timer?” and it will respond:

Your Eggs timer has 9 minutes remaining.

I can also cancel each timer individually by calling it out by name (“Alexa, cancel my bacon timer”) and Alexa will let you know what timer is done when each one completes.

BEEP BEEP BEEP Your Waffles timer is done BEEP BEEP BEEP

This is a wonderful addition to the Alexa and is something I have found I use all the time.