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Best Alexa Easter eggs to try out on your Amazon Echo

Spend the weekend prodding Alexa with silly questions - Calling her "computer" is only one of many delights

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Amazon’s smart home voice assistant keeps getting smarter and smarter as new features and capabilities are added, but Alexa has also become more of a joy to use thanks to nerdy little perks. Here are the best Amazon Alexa Easter eggs.

You’ve been able to change the Echo’s wake word to “computer” for several years now, in a wondrous homage to Star Trek of course. Previously, the only words you could choose to address her by were “Alexa”, “Amazon”, or “Echo” and while “computer” might seem the most generic of those terms, the added context makes it a fun option for Trekkies everywhere.

But Alexa has hundreds of amusing Easter eggs hidden in her cloud-powered brain, and if you ask the right questions, you’ll get some grin-inducing responses. Here are some of the queries you absolutely need to try with your Echo.


We’re guessing Alexa’s engineers must be huge sci-fi geeks. And no, that’s not a surprise. She’s loaded to the brim with a seemingly endless array of classic quotes, spanning everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and 2001: A Space Odyssey to Star Wars and The Matrix.

And just like with the new wake word, Alexa also has a smattering of Star Trek references within. Just try asking for “Tea, Earl Grey, Hot,” or for her to “Set phasers to kill.” She has plenty of newer nerd media skills, too: see if she knows who the mother of dragons is (Game of Thrones), or demand, “Witness Me!” That’s Mad Max: Fury Road, of course.

Ready for some fun surprises? Run through this list – and be ever wary of her response about Skynet. (And, of course, change your wake word as needed.)

  • “Alexa, what is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?”
  • “Alexa, open pod bay doors.”
  • “Alexa, are we in the Matrix?”
  • “Alexa, what are the three laws of robotics?”
  • “Alexa, speak like Yoda.”
  • “Alexa, use the Force.”
  • “Alexa, do you know Hal?”
  • “Alexa, self-destruct.”
  • “Alexa, winter is coming.”
  • “Alexa, set phasers to kill.”
  • “Alexa, I am your father.”
  • “Alexa, are you Skynet?”
  • “Alexa, beam me up.”
  • “Alexa, execute order 66.”
  • “Alexa, what happens if you cross the streams?”
  • “Alexa, who you gonna call?”
  • “Alexa, witness me!”
  • “Alexa, who is the mother of dragons?”
  • “Alexa, Tea, Earl Grey, hot.”
  • “Alexa, let’s play Global Thermonuclear War.”

Tech fun

Although Amazon would obviously love for you to stay within its ecosystem as much as possible, Alexa doesn’t exist in a vacuum. She knows that you may use other devices – after all, the Fire Phone didn’t exactly set the smartphone world ablaze now, did it?

Alright, so asking her about the iPhone only ends up getting you a pro-Amazon response in the end, but in general she’s pretty cordial about her direct competitors. Just ask her about Siri or Cortana. Or, if you want to play a particularly mean joke on her, just say, “Alexa, Simon Says, I love Google.”

Ouch. Luckily, Alexa won’t hold a grudge. Ask her these tech-related questions for some surprising results.

  • “Alexa, do you know Siri?”
  • “Alexa, who is better, you or Siri?”
  • “Alexa, what do you think about Google Now?”
  • “Alexa, Simon says, I love Google.”
  • “Alexa, can you pass the Turing test?”
  • “Alexa, what do you think of the iPhone?”
  • “Alexa, Mac or PC?”

Gaming quirks

Alexa’s gaming knowledge isn’t quite up to her levels of sci-fi geekdom, but the few game-related easter eggs she will play along with are pretty great. The most obvious of them is the classic Konami code (listed first below), which triggers “Super Alexa” and somehow manages to reference a League of Legends-related meme along the way.

Asking “Does this unit have a soul?” recalls one of the best moments of Mass Effect 3, while the classic Portal query of “Is the cake a lie?” is ever a sweet treat. If you’re big on gaming, these are the questions you ought to fling Alexa’s way.

  • “Alexa, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start.”
  • “Alexa, does this unit have a soul?”
  • “Alexa, is the cake a lie?”
  • “Alexa, do a barrel roll!”
  • “Alexa, roll for initiative.”
  • “Alexa, all your base are belong to us.”

And bonus Mr Robot

And lastly, if you ever watched the latest season of Mr. Robot, you might have caught Alexa’s prominent cameo. You too can ask Alexa about when the world is supposed to end, and if you ask her about the show, she’ll even reference her own appearance. Bit full of herself, eh?

  • “Alexa, when is the end of the world?”
  • “Alexa, what do you think of Mr. Robot?”
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Andrew writes features, news stories, reviews, and other pieces, often when the UK home team is off-duty or asleep. I'm based in Chicago with my lovely wife, amazing son, and silly cats, and my writing about games, gadgets, esports, apps, and plenty more has appeared in more than 75 publications since 2006.

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