How do I use voice interactions with my Portal?

This article applies to:Portal+, Portal, Portal TV, Portal (Gen 1), Portal Mini

“Hey Portal” and Alexa are built into your Portal for hands-free control. In order to enable Alexa on your Portal, one of the accounts linked to your device must sign in to their Amazon account.

Currently, “Hey Portal” is only available in English (US/Canada), and will be disabled if you select any language other than English (US/Canada) as your preferred language on your Portal. Learn more about “Hey Portal” availability.

You can use "Hey Portal" to control things like:

  • Calling.
  • Weather.
  • Time.
  • Brightness control.
  • Video control.
  • Using camera Effects.

You can use Alexa to control things like:

  • Playing music through music services connected to your Amazon account.
  • Settings alarms or timers.
  • Shopping and creating to-do lists.
  • Some Alexa-supported features, like controlling smart-home devices.

For example:

  • Set an alarm by saying, "Alexa, set an alarm.”
  • Start a video call by saying, "Hey Portal, call [contact name]" or "Hey Portal, call [Relationship Name]."
  • Hear the local weather, birthdays, events and news by saying, “Hey Portal, good morning.”

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Last updated October 14, 2019
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