Use Alexa on iPhone Without Opening App

Ever get a little frustrated from always having to open your Alexa app on your iPhone just to give a command?

Or find yourself wondering if there's a way to chat with Alexa without going through the hassle of manually opening the app each time?

You've come to the right place — In this article, I will guide you through 3 simple methods that will let you smoothly interact with Alexa right from your iPhone — all without you having to 'MANUALLY' open the Alexa app.

Use Alexa on iPhone Without Opening App

A simple way to use Alexa on an iPhone phone without manually opening the Alexa app is to activate Alexa's hands-free mode and use Siri to open the Alexa app.

Keep reading... I will explain how to activate this feature and a couple of more shortcut methods.

3 Ways to Use Alexa on iPhone Without Opening App

Here are 2 efficient ways to use Alexa on your iPhone without manually opening the Alexa App or pressing any button.

Method 1: Use Alexa Hands-free Mode And Siri Together

This guy explained the Alexa hands free mode in-depth

Alexa introduced hands-free mode which allows you to give any commands to your Alexa on your phone without pressing any button.

But the downside is — your phone should be unlocked and Alexa App should be open.

This hands-free feature might seem more beneficial to users with phones that have a Face ID like the iPhone X and newer models or Android devices like the Pixel 4.

Step 1: Turn On Hands-Free Mode

To turn on the Alexa hands-free mode, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Alexa app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the three-lined menu icon located in the upper left corner to open the side menu.
  3. Navigate to Settings > Alexa on this Phone.
  4. Locate the Enable Alexa Hands-Free toggle at the top of the menu and tap it.
  5. The app will request permission to access your phone's microphone and device audio. Tap Turn on, then grant the app the necessary permissions.
  6. Once the permissions are granted, the setting will be activated. You can deactivate it at any time by tapping the Enable Alexa Hands-Free toggle again.

Step 2: Ask Siri to Open the Alexa App

While it may sound unusual, you can instruct Siri to open the Alexa app for you. To make this possible, ensure that Siri is enabled and actively listening.

To check if Siri can perform this action, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Listen for "Hey Siri."

Once you've enabled hands-free mode within the Alexa app, you can now communicate directly with Alexa by speaking, without needing to touch your phone.

For example, when your phone is unlocked, you could say, "Hey Siri, open the Alexa app," and proceed with your desired command.

It's important to note that this method still requires you to be in the Alexa app to interact with the voice assistant. Nevertheless, this is currently the only true hands-free way to use Alexa on an iPhone.

Method 2: Use Siri Shortcuts

Siri Shortcuts is a feature on your iPhone that lets you create custom voice commands to trigger specific actions.

By creating a Siri Shortcut for Alexa, you can ask Alexa to play your favorite music, turn off your lights, or even order pizza without lifting a finger.

How to Create a Siri Shortcut for Alexa?

  1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, and search for "Alexa."
  2. Select the Alexa action you want to add, and record a custom phrase that you will use to trigger the shortcut.
  3. Once you've saved the Siri Shortcut, you can access Alexa hands-free on your iPhone anytime.

Simply activate Siri by holding the home button or saying "Hey Siri," then say the custom phrase you created, and wait for Alexa to respond and perform the action you requested.

Method 3: Use Amazon Echo Dots

You can use an Amazon Echo Dot to activate and control Alexa without opening the Alexa app on your iPhone. This is the most simple yet most effective way to use Alexa on iPhone without opening the app.

You simply need to buy an Amazon echo dot and connect it to the Amazon Alexa app. Once your Echo Dot is connected to the Alexa app, you can start using Alexa without opening the app on your iPhone. Just say the wake word "Alexa" followed by your command.

For example, say "Alexa, what's the weather today?" or "Alexa, set a timer for 5 minutes." The Echo Dot is always listening for the wake word, so you don't need to have the Alexa app open on your iPhone.


In conclusion, there are 3 practical ways to use Alexa on your iPhone without opening the app. You can use Alexa's hands-free option, Siri shortcuts, or Amazon Echo Dot to quickly and hands-free access Alexa.

Try these methods and see how easy it is to use Alexa on your iPhone without ever having to open the app. 👇 LEAVE A COMMENT  👇 and share your thoughts on the method that worked for you

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