David Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon.com Inc., showcased the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker during a launch event at the company’s Spheres headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA, on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
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In a thread on Reddit over the weekend, several Amazon Echo owners have complained about unwanted commercial messages from Alexa. Sometimes, if you ask Alexa about the weather, for example, it can give you weather and then ask if you want an idea of what to buy.
It happened on my Echo as well. When I test it by asking Alexa the time, Alexa tells me the time and then adds: “By the way, I can help you celebrate. Would you like to hear some ideas for birth themes. Japan? ”; It doesn’t happen all the time, just often.
However, it happened enough for everyone to speak up about it.
These are the types of unwanted advertising that seem to be annoying to some people. I’ll show you how to turn them off, but first to reiterate why they can exist in the first place: Amazon could price its Echo speakers lower than some of its competitors by using it. as a way to help you buy more things from Amazon.
It’s similar to how Amazon can sell such affordable Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets. By selling at the original or lower price, Amazon brings you into its service and product ecosystem, in the hope that you’ll buy more through Amazon with that add-on.
Tired of those extra ads? Here’s how you can turn them off.
How to stop Alexa from asking you to make a purchase
You can stop Alexa from asking if you want an idea of what to buy by changing some of the Alexa app notification settings on your phone. Here’s what you do:
- Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone.
- Select Settings.
- Click Notifications.
- Select Shop on Amazon.
- Turn off the option “get personalized offers and deals based on your shopping activity.”
- Also turn off “request review for products you’ve purchased” if you don’t want those announcements.
- Turn off the receive notifications option for “Order Updates (Inc. Register & Save.)” If you don’t want to receive notifications about saving money by subscribing to monthly shipping.