If you want a quick and easy way to find out when that rice cooker you ordered will arrive on your doorstep, you can now ask Alexa.
It’s hard to believe that the Amazon Echo didn’t have this ability from the start, but in any case, the company recently tacked on this feature, allowing you to track your packages without even clicking a single button or tapping on a screen at all.
To do this, there are a handful of phrases that you can say:
“Alexa, where’s my stuff?”
“Alexa, where’s my package?”
“Alexa, when will my package arrive?”
Essentially, any combination that you use mentioning your Amazon package will result in Alexa giving you the details you want to know. Alexa will proceed to give you the date that the order was made, and when it’s expected to arrive.
Unfortunately, it only gives you the details of one package, so if you have multiple orders you’re waiting on, Alexa seems to only provide you with one of them. No matter what voice commands I tried to use (I tried using the plural form too), Alexa would only provide me with details of the package that would be arriving first.
However, you can go into the Alexa app on the main page where it shows your recent voice command and tap on “View order details”.
From here, it will open up either the Amazon app if you have it downloaded, or it will open your phone’s web browser to the Amazon website, where you’ll be able to view your order and see when all of your packages are expected to arrive on your doorstep.
This Alexa skill only works for packages sent from Amazon, so if you have a UPS, USPS, or FedEx delivery from a place other than Amazon, the Amazon Echo won’t be able to give you the tracking details, unfortunately, since it simply links to your Amazon account and can quickly fetch your orders and tracking info.