How to Set Up Alexa Intrusion Alert

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Want to scare off conscious intruders with loud music and ominous announcements? Here’s how to set up the Alexa Intrusion Alert.

Do you know your memes? You may have heard of the Alexa Intrusion Alert same.

It started when someone created a routine that starts when they say “Alexa, intruder alert”. The routine was set to announce “Resistance is futile, it’s time to die” before playing the Imperial March from Star Wars.

The original spawned a whole series of copycat intruder alerts. While an Alexa intruder alert isn’t the most sophisticated security measure, it may be enough to scare off an intruder who didn’t know someone was home.

Here’s how to set up an Alexa intruder alert in your own home.

Configuring the Alexa Intrusion Alert

There are several steps to create your intruder alert on Alexa. You will need to create your routine, configure triggers for your Alexa intruder alert, add the actions you want the Alexa intruder alert to perform, and finally, record your routine.

Let’s take a look at these steps one by one.

1. Create a New Alexa Routine

The first step is to create a new Alexa Routine.

To create a new routine in the Alexa app:

  1. Launch the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Faucet After.
    more
  3. Faucet Routines.
    alexa routines
  4. In the upper right corner of the screen, tap the + (add) icon.
    alexa add a new routine
  5. Select the + (add) icon next to Enter routine name.
    alexa enter routine name
  6. Enter a name for your routine and press Next.
    alexa routine name

2. Creating a Trigger for an Alexa Intrusion Alert

Now that you’ve created and named a new routine, it’s time to set up your Alexa intruder alert trigger.

To add a voice trigger for your Alexa intruder alert:

  1. Tap the + (add) icon next to when it happens.
    alexa when this happens
  2. Faucet Voice.
    alexa voice
  3. Type the phrase you want to say to trigger the intruder alert and press Next.
    alexa trigger phrase

To add a smart home trigger for your Alexa intruder alert:

  1. Tap the + (add) icon next to when it happens.
    alexa when this happens
  2. Faucet smart home.
    alexa smart home
  3. Select from the list of connected devices.
    alexa smart devices
  4. Follow the instructions to choose the behavior that will trigger your intrusion alert and press Next.
    alexa smart home trigger settings

To add an Echo Button trigger for your Alexa intruder alert:

  1. If you have an Echo button that you want to use to trigger your intruder alert, tap echo button.
    echo button alexa
  2. Press the button you want to trigger your intruder alert and press Next.

3. Added actions for Alexa intrusion alert

Once you have configured the trigger for your intrusion alert, you need to configure the actions your routine will perform. You can add multiple actions.

To add voice actions to your Alexa intruder alert:

  1. Tap the + (add) icon next to Add action.
    alexa add action
  2. If you want Alexa to speak, press Alexa says.
    alexa says
  3. Select Custom to enter your own phrase.
    custom alexa say
  4. Type the phrase you want Alexa to say and press Next.
    alexa says custom
  5. Faucet Next again to confirm.
    alexa says confirm

To add voice actions broadcast to all speakers:

  1. Press the + (add) icon next to Add action.
    alexa add action
  2. Scroll down and tap Messaging.
    alexa messaging
  3. Select Send announcement.
    alexa send an announcement
  4. Enter your announcement message and press Next.
    alexa announcement
  5. Select the devices on which you want to read the message or select All Devicesthen touch Next.
    alexa announcement devices
  6. Faucet Next again to confirm.
    alexa confirms the announcement

To add musical actions to your Alexa intruder alert:

  1. Tap the + (add) icon next to Add action.
    alexa add action
  2. Scroll down and tap Music and podcasts.
  3. Type the name of a song. You can choose the provider from which the song will be played and set a timer for the duration of the playback.
    alexa choose song
  4. Faucet Next.

To add music actions playing on all speakers:

  1. Tap the + (add) icon next to Add action.
    alexa add action
  2. Select Custom.
    personalized alexa
  3. Type in a phrase that you would normally use to stream music to all your devices.
    alexa custom music
  4. Faucet Next.

To add sound actions to your Alexa intruder alert:

  1. Tap the + (add) icon next to Add action.
    alexa add action
  2. Faucet Sounds.
    alexa sounds
  3. Choose one of the categories.
    alexa sound categories
  4. Tap on the sound you want.
    alexa select sound

To add a smart home action to your Alexa intruder alert:

  1. Tap the + (add) icon next to Add action.
    alexa add action
  2. Press on smart home.
    alexa smart home action
  3. Select All Devices or tap the type of device you want to use.
    alexa smart home devices
  4. Tap the device you want to use.
    alexa smart home device
  5. Apply the desired settings and press Next.
    alexa smart home settings

4. Choose Output Devices for Your Alexa Intrusion Alert

If you have more than one Alexa device, you’ll need to decide which device your intruder alert will be broadcast to.

To choose output devices for your Alexa intrusion alert:

  1. Press on Choose device.
    alexa choose device
  2. Choose a device or select The device you’re talking to.
    alexa choose a response device
  3. You will only be able to select one device, but if you have set up music or announcements to play on all speakers, these will still work.

5. Record Your Alexa Routine

Finally, you will need to record your routine.

To save a routine in the Alexa app:

  1. Make sure you are happy with the order of your actions. If you want to change the order, tap on the parallel lines and drag them to rearrange them.
    alexa routine change order
  2. Faucet to safeguard in the upper right corner.
    alexa backup routine

Your Alexa intruder alert is now ready to go. Say your trigger phrase or perform the trigger action you specified and enjoy the chaos!

Get more from Alexa

Knowing how to set up an Alexa intruder alert is just the start – there’s so much more you can do with your smart speaker.

You might want to connect your Microsoft Outlook calendar to Alexa so you can check your appointments by voice. It’s also possible to set up Alexa voice profiles so your smart speaker knows who’s speaking and responds accordingly.

You can even pair a Bluetooth device to your Echo and use it to stream music.

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