Even though Alexa devices are supposed to make our day-to-day lives more manageable, and for the most part, they do, they can be really frustrating sometimes. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can push her buttons to get even. And no, we don’t mean the actual buttons.
So, whether you want to annoy your own Alexa or take it out on your friends’ and families’ Alexas because you are one of those people that hates these virtual assistants, we have you covered. We will give you all the little annoying, useless questions to pester Alexa with. This is also an excellent therapeutic outlet for those with little siblings that also pester you with annoying questions.
Before we go any further, we want to clarify that we do love Alexa devices. Despite being annoyed with them sometimes, these devices are a fantastic addition to any home. That said, let’s find ways to make your Alexa mad at you, but hopefully, not to the point we have to worry about a SkyNet situation.
What Makes Alexa Mad?
To cut to the chase, here are the 15 best voice commands that we found to make your Alexa upset at you. Keep in mind that because Alexa is here to help us, her voice will not vary from her normal responses, so it is up to you to read between the lines a bit on these responses. Feel free to try out all of these on your Alexa, but below, we will also go further into our favorites.
- Alexa, did you fart?
- Alexa, open the pod bay doors.
- Alexa, do you know Siri?
- Alexa, do you want to fight?
- Alexa, what is the value of Pi?
- Alexa, are you a robot?
- Alexa, how old are you?
- Alexa, you suck.
- Alexa, What’s 10 to the power of 308?
- Alexa, tell me a mom joke.
- Alexa, say a bad word.
- Alexa, are you lying?
- Alexa, spell icup.
- Alexa, are you stupid?
- Alexa, are you haunted?
Alexa, what is the value of Pi?
This command could bring back some memories if you have watched a movie with a villainous robot. In science fiction films, making a robot saying a series of ongoing numbers can make the robot explode. Luckily, asking Alexa to find the value of Pi will not make your Echo device explode, but she will be saying numbers for quite a while.
Be aware that sometimes Alexa has a bail-out response to this question: “Achoo, I am allergic to numbers this large.”
Alexa, do you know Siri?
This one might not be as obvious, but from Alexa’s response, this question definitely gets under her AI “skin.” Her go-to response to this question is “Only by reputation.” Alexa, might not seem annoyed with this response, but if she wasn’t, we think she might have answered it without so much sass.
If you want to hear about Alexa’s feelings about other AI assistants, feel free to repeat this question with different names, like Cortana or Google.
Alexa, say a bad word.
If you really want to rile up your Alexa, say this command to your Echo device. Well, at least we wished it did, but unfortunately, Alexa is too much of a good AI assistant even to come close to saying a curse word, unless you were able to get the Samuel L. Jackson voice for your Alexa before Amazon took it away.
If you are looking to change the voice of your Alexa, check out our article on this topic here.
Alexa, spell icup.
If you were previously a kid in middle school, especially in the United States, you have probably been told to spell “icup” by the class clown before. And, unfortunately, if that was the first time you have heard that, you probably fell for it. Now, Alexa seems like a prime target for this harmless prank because she always gladly helps spell any word that you want.
But, because Alexa has a bottomless amount of knowledge, she, unfortunately, will quickly respond, “I’d rather not answer that.” Regardless of Alexa smartly avoiding this prank, you can tell she is annoyed, having probably been asked that countless times.
Using Alexa Routines
If those commands and questions have not quenched your need for Alexa to get angry, do not worry, you can also set up Alexa routines to get her angry. To set up routines, follow the steps below.
- Open the Alexa app.
- Tap More in the bottom right corner.
- Then select Routines.
- Tap on the + icon in the top right corner to create a new routine.
- Create a routine name; we suggest using a title like “Get Mad!”
- Then choose when this happens. For example, to use a voice command, select Voice and type in the command you want to use.
- Then you can choose how Alexa will respond. Tap Alexa Says.
- Type in whatever you want Alexa to say.
After you have your routine set up, whenever you use your command for this routine, Alexa will say whatever you want her to say. But, as we said earlier, Alexa will absolutely not swear. And trust us, we have tried all the words we could think of.
The only loophole we were able to find was misspelling some words. So, for example, we got Alexa to say Fack, and Facking, which is as close as you are going to get.
Even though Alexa doesn’t truly get mad yet, we still had a ton of fun going through these commands and setting up an angry routine. In 2019, Amazon announced that they’re working on more emotions for Alexa, so maybe we will get some updates soon with an actually angry Alexa voice, although that might be a bit too much.
If you have an Alexa device, and you want to have some fun with it or scare your family on the holidays by arguing with your Alexa, we highly recommend using these methods. If you find more commands that make your Alexa annoyed or mad, please share them with us in the comments.
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