Amazon Alexa Calling and Messaging Expands to iPads, Android Tablets

Starting today, users can now make and receive free Alexa audio and video calls, as well as send and receive messages from iPads, Android tablets in addition to Amazon’s own Fire tablets. According to Engadget, the process is easiest on the Fire HD 10, where you only have to ask Alexa to get in touch, without having to tap the home button first. Unfortunately for Canadians, the Fire HD 10 is not available here yet.


Previously, users needed to hang around an Echo speaker to make free calls and messages with Alexa. But now, all you need is the Alexa app. Amazon’s “Drop In” feature also works between tablets and other Echo devices in your home, so you can use your tablet to ask someone a question when they’re on the other end of the house.

For those who aren’t aware, the “Drop In” feature makes the Echo devices work as an intercom that you can activate at any time, whether the devices are in different places in your house or totally different locations entirely.

The iPad Alexa app is also compatible with Drop In, and is available as a free download at the following App Store link.

Download Amazon Alexa for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad [Direct Link]