Amazon Smart Plug works with Alexa – A Certified for Humans Device
Amazon Smart Plug works with Alexa to add voice control to any outlet. Certified for Humans – Struggle-free, tinker-free, stress-free. No patience needed—it’s actually simple. Schedule lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off automatically, or control them remotely when you’re away. Simple to set up and use—plug in, open the Alexa app, and get started in minutes. Compact design keeps your second outlet free. No smart home hub required—set up routines and schedules through the Alexa app. See tips on saving energy and estimate your light’s consumption with the Alexa energy dashboard.
Amazon Smart Plug works with Alexa – A Certified for Humans Device
Never Bird –
Edit: I’ve bought the device a second time and it connected much better with the most recent Echo Dot. I plugged the device into a power strip and use it for my computer charger so it doesn’t overcharge my laptop. I don’t know if they’ve made improvements, but connection worked out great so I’ve upgraded my review from 3 stars to 5 stars.Thoughts:1. I wanted to try using this as a plug for a power strip, but it doesn’t work because there must be some safety feature.2. If the Echo/Alexa has trouble finding your plug, don’t panic. There is a button on the side of the device that you can press for the light to flash and for the plug to be “discoverable”.3. The plugs are named in chronological order (ie. First plug, second plug, etc.) and you can’t edit the names though you can group devices on your Alexa app. So keep track of which plug is which.4. Again, I don’t believe that this device should be used for life saving equipment as it is dependent on your wifi connection and Echo/Alexa adds an additional command step to the sequence of using a machine.I would recommend this product!Previous Review:I waited to review this plug because I wanted to try it out with different devices and at different distances from both Echo/-Dot and my modem.Devices: I tried the plug with a space heater and with a laptop (to avoid overcharging). I plugged it into a power strip with no problem, but do note if you’re using a space heater with an automatic shut off, the plug is going to be shut off just like the rest and you have to turn on the strip and then tell Echo to turn on the plug separately. I’ve decided that the automatic shut off is enough of a safety feature and the Smart Plug is best used for devices that are capable of utilizing a continuous stream of electricity without emergently overloading and need the plug to monitor the usage (e.g. a laptop). ***Please take note of my exception at the bottom of the review!Now for the big item issue: Connectivity.I believe the key is that your Wifi connection needs to be optimized to get the most out of this plug. If you have slightly unreliable wifi (e.g. I live out in the country with plenty of winter storms), plug the smart plug closer to your modem and minimize the distance from your Alexa. I don’t know if this is a must, but it worked for me. If your internet shorts out in, you don’t have to re-setup the plug, but the plug lights might get thrown off for a bit (it will stay red even when it’s on and flash blue at random points). Ignore that. If your Echo/-dot is flashing red as well, the plug is going to be down.Just give the Wifi a second to settle down and you should be set to go. The irritating part is that the Echo resyncs with the Wifi much faster than the plug. I tried to reset it up/give it time and it took hours for it to sync up again, but maybe that was because it was further away from the Echo/modem. Either way, just know that once your wifi has been signed in, as long as you haven’t changed the password, your sign in is set.Other reviewers are correct: the set up instructions are easy to overlook. Either have the instructions next to you so you have the set up password or be near an outlet.1. You go into your Alexa app2. The top left corner has the three lines3. Click on add a device4. Choose plug5. Brand is Amazon,6. Click “Next” to agree to the conditions of use and terms7. Scan the barcode on the back of the plug or from the instructions (You have to get the little box with squiggly lines to be lined up in the sights of the screen) and then follow the instructions. It’s okay if you have to unplug the smart plug for a second to scan the 2D barcode, just plug it back in quickly.8. It will tell you to press the button on the side till the lights flash red and blue (keep pressing till that happens) and then make sure to follow the instructions for signing into your Wifi.***IMPORTANT and MY OPINION: I really wouldn’t recommend that you use this plug for life-saving/emergency equipment even if you think that you have the best Wifi in the world. A plug with a timer or any regular plug is reliant on electricity, but, as aforementioned, this plug requires an extra step of being turned on by Echo/-Dot. If your electricity goes out momentarily, you lose the time waiting for the lights to turn back on, but with the plug you have to additionally ask for Echo to turn the plug back on and/or resync with your wifi.
Hannah Grace Hyler –
The product was easy to install and works perfectly. I would be lying if I said I bought this with confidence because I really thought it would stop working after a week like others I’ve purchased in the past from other brands. However, I absolutely love it. It is a bit bulky for just one plug, but otherwise, it’s great. Will be buying more.
I have several wemo plugs in my home connected to Alexa and they work ok. As some have mentioned, when wemo smart plugs update they can loose connection with the wemo app. The strange thing, when this happens a lot of times Alex can still operate these plugs so it’s not a disconnect with the wifi just the wemo app.I tried to connect a wemo plug in our second home but the app (at least when I tried) wouldn’t allow 2 home locations on the one wemo app. I just setup the Alexa smart plug in our 2nd home and it connected instantly. All I had to do is rename the plug. No pressing buttons or anything. Since I just installed I can’t comment on stability as of yet. I paid half price for the smart plug during Amazon’s discount days just recently.
Right now works great. I have a dog & cat that cover their heads until I tell Alexa to turn light off. But I’m not so crazy anymore about using Alexa. There are only a few apps that I give certain permissions on my phone. I was cleaning up junk stuff on phone and somehow (I could have done on accident) but there was a conversation that the device recorded & it shouldn’t have. There’s been alot of ppl hacking info so if I decide to get rid of her, light switch won’t do me any good.
barry lorberbaum –
Talk about easy integration! Literally plug it in wait for a few seconds and Alexa tells you it’s ready to go! It works perfectly every time when given the command to turn on or off. My only regret is that I wish I had bought more when these were on prime day
So I’m kind of new to the amazon device family. We just got our echo a few months ago. I’ve been a prime member for over 10 years so I’m familiar with how amazon has changed life as we knew it (for me anyway). I saw the amazon smart plug when I was searching for any brand smart plug that had Alexa control with it. It’s been in my cart saved for later for at least a month! I finally decided to just pre order it so that I could review it and hopefully help other people that are like me and have fallen way behind in the tech field. For reference I’m an almost 34 year old mom of 2. This means that my 8 year old stole my iPad, iMac, and I haven’t had a computer of my own in about 4 years! So I do everything from my iPhone. I’ve had some weird issues with our echo and my Alexa app that it will just randomly pause a song so I’m not sure what that is about.ANYWAY! I received my new amazon smart plug the day it was released (so glad it’s not like a new iPhone or PlayStation where people camp out ahead of time or do people still do this??). It was easier than I expected but harder than was described in the listing because my Alexa didn’t just recognize it.Setup:Since my Alexa didn’t recognize it on its own, I had to unplug the smart plug and quickly scan the code on the back of the plug, then plug it back in fast so that when it scanned for it it would see it plugged in. After that it was very simple. I was able to plug in my baby monitor and then tell Alexa to “turn off plug one” and it turned off! It is so cool!Future:I think homes will end up being built with these right into the electrical system. Maybe they already are.Comparing:With so many different brands offering smart plugs with Alexa integration I can’t see myself buying any more than 1 for $25. Too many are 2 for $20. While it’s nice to have the amazon support backing this up, I just can’t afford to fill my home with them at such a high cost comparative to other brands that do the same exact thing.Overall:If you can afford to fill your plugs with these then do! This smart plug is easy and awesome! But if you’re on a tight budget like I am, I would try a different brand first and see if those will work just as well.Every time I purchase something online, I always check the reviews. I count on others to help me choose the best option. My reviews are always my honest opinion and I try to include photos if possible.If my review has helped you in any way, please click the “helpful” button below so that I know! If you have any questions feel free to ask! Thank you!
I literally love these things. I love that they work with my Alexa app on my phone. I love not having to fight to reach things that are out of my reach. (short girl problems) I wanted something I knew would work with all of my Amazon devices. And no fighting to get them to work. Plug it in and it’s recognized as soon as you open the app. I purchased three of these. I have one hooked up so far. Make sure you turn the device on physically, then from there on out, the app turns it on with one tap. This would make a good thing to use when leaving for vacation. Beyond pleased with this purchase!!
Michelle Mobley –
I purchased this following the purchase of my first Dot on Prime Day. I have a corner in my little pad that hosts two accent lamps and one Dyson fan. The wall outlet in this corner is governed by a light switch that is clear across the room. As a mobility challenged disabled Veteran, doing the up-and-down was often painful. I added a spliter to accommodate the three items. Now all I need to do is ask Alexa to turn on the Smart Plug, from comfort of my heated, vibrating recliner (that I also bought from Amazon). I still have to turn on the fan…from the Dyson app on my phone. This 21st Century stuff is awesome.
Very easy to set up I have a lamp next to my sofa and the sofa is a down cushion sofa so it’s pretty comfortable and it’s much easier just to hit the button or tell Alexa to turn it on then to always have to stand up I know that sounds lazy but I don’t care hahah. Works great
I have a little bone pile of dead wifi plugs – I believe that everything in my house should be able to be controlled by my voice. My Echo has become so integrated into my life that it seems somehow crude that I should be expected to turn on my own lights like a caveman, when I could simply ask Alexa to “turn off the cement mixer.”So, in my quest to have a completely voice activated house, I buy different wifi plugs. It is a bit like dating, there is an initial time where everything is perfect. But eventually I can no longer turn it on and it disconnects and stops listening to me. Sure, I could probably improve my odds with some sort of therapy, but it always seems to end in heartbreak, and the plug is eventually added to a growing pile of ex’s.But Alexa still loves me throughout the process, and the Amazon plug seems to be the only thing that is committed to the long-term relationship. Even after months of self-centered commands to the plug to pay attention to my needs, my plug turns on when I want it to, and turns off when I ask it to. I could not be happier.Can’t wait until the technology is scaled up for robotic pets or wives.