Have a command to restart the Echo device(s).
Every so often, Echo devices take longer to respond, or generally start performing sub-optimally. This is typically resolved by restarting the unit. It seems I have to do this about once a month or so. Obviously, performing a power cycle can be done physically by pulling the plug, but having a command to tell Alexa to restart the device would be much more desirable, especially if a user can create a routine to restart all devices, or schedule a reboot every so often.
Michael Hickman commented
Echo devices have the ability to turn on/off lights, plug-ins, cameras, doorbells, using incoming voice commands, but the devices have no means by which to turn themselves on/off using the same process? That's illogical.
B Davis commented
Last night I was listening to a book on Audible, I paused it OK, when I asked to restart it, Alexa said "Getting your book from Audible", then nothing. I tried twice and other options, it would read other books, just not the original.
As everyone else here says, I had to unplug the power line wait and reinsert the power line and everything was back to normal.
I vote for a voice "restart" command.
Tomer Yogev commented
Or, better yet, just have it as part of Echo's self maintenance. If there have not been any commands in a few hours during known down hours (i.e. 3am), just do a quick reboot. What's the harm? There's only upside.
Mike Jones commented
My echo needs a reboot every day as it loses connection with my router when this reboots on a daily schedule
John Parker commented
This seems like a no brainier. Why doesn't the ability already exist?
Victor Hebert commented
This is a chronic problem. We need a remote restart option from the app
Eric Brown commented
Just connect your Echo device to a smart plug or smart strip and when it plays up just use your phone app to stop and restart the plug your Echo is attached to.
DexTech Support Inc. commented
Agree, this is a must. They obviously have a command for reboot built in somewhere because when an update comes down they reboot. Amazon simply needs to allow access to this command via the interface and allow a customized schedule for auto reboot. Most modern routers have this feature built in due to the same technical issues that plague the Echo. If anyone with access to an Amazon internal e-mail reads this, please simply send an e-mail to the Echo dev team. It would take a guy all of 15 minutes to code a public facing command to reboot.
Michael Leonardo commented
This is an absolute must. Amazon, you must be looking at some option to do this. My echos all freeze up from time to time and get stuck playing music and will not respond. I think a healthy reboot a couple times a week could prevent this.