How to Share Your Shopping List with Amazon Alexa

David Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Inc., will present the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker at a unveiling event at the company’s Spheres headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

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Amazon announced Tuesday that you can now ask the Alexa voice assistant through your phone or an Amazon Echo to share your shopping list with friends or family.

It is especially useful now, during the holidays, in case you want to share your child’s gift list with someone. But it’s also useful if a family member is in the store and you want to create a quick list of items to pick up, or for those with visual impairments who want to create and share a list of voice commands.

Here’s how to use Alexa to send someone a shopping list.

How to Share Your Shopping List with Amazon Alexa

  • First you need to make a shopping list.
  • You can do this in the Alexa app for iPhone or Android, by tapping “more” and opening the “Lists and Notes” menu item and adding items under “Shopping”. Or you can just ask Alexa to add items to your list by saying “Alexa, add soap to my grocery list.”
  • Then share the list by opening the Alexa app and tapping the Alexa button at the top of the screen and then saying “Alexa, share my shopping list.”
  • Alexa will ask who you want to share it with. Then say the name of your friend or family member.

That’s the gist of it. Your family member or friend will receive a notification on their phone and on their Amazon Echos to alert them that you’ve shared the list. And they can see it and buy whatever you want.