Echo speakers, especially the Echo Dot, are cheap enough to have two or three placed around the house. Each can be used separately in the rooms they are in, playing music in one and providing recipes in another, but they can also be used as a sort of intercom with Drop In.
Enable Drop In
Before you can Drop In, you will need to enable the feature in the Alexa app. Open the app on your phone or tablet and tap the “Devices” tab at the bottom of the main screen.
Enter the “Echo & Alexa” section and select your device from those that are listed. You will now see settings for that device. Scroll down to and select “Communications”.
You will need to enable Communications, and then select “Drop In and choose which permissions to enable or disbale. If you allow permitted contacts, even people not in your house will be able to drop in. For now, we suggest selecting “My Household” only.
You will need to do this for each of the Echo devices connected to your account or in your home group.
Back in the communication screen, you can also enable Announcements. This feature allows you to make announcements through all of your connected Echo devices at once.
Drop In with Voice
Now that you have Drop In set up, you can activate it easily with a voice command. The person (or speaker) that you are dropping in on doesn’t need to do anything to hear your message.
To drop in on a specific device, say:
Alexa, drop in on <device name>
Device name means the specific name you have given to the Echo speaker (e.g. “Living Room Speaker”), not just “Echo Dot” or “Echo”. If you have not properly named your Echo devices in the Alexa app, you should do so now.
If you have made a device group, you can drop in on all of them by saying:
Alexa, drop in <device group name>
If you Drop In on a device group, only one device answers. To drop in on one of your contacts, say:
Alexa, drop in on <contact name>
Drop In with the Alexa App
Even if you are not near to an Echo speaker, you can Drop In on by using the Alexa app on your phone (you can only drop in FROM the app, not TO the app).
Open the app and tap the “Communicate” tab at the bottom of the main screen. Select the Drop In icon and then select the name of the device you want to drop in on.
You can then speak into the mic on your phone and it will be heard from the Echo speaker you connected to. To end the Drop In, touch the screen and select Hang Up.
Recieving a Drop In
You don’t need to do anything to receive a Drop In, either from another speaker in your home, or one of your Alexa contacts. When you receive a Drop In, the light indicator on your Echo pulses green and you connect to your contact automatically.
If you use one of the Echo device with a screen (the Echo Show for example), you will also be able to see video of the room you drop in one. For privacy issues, the screen will be frosted for several seconds when you first drop in, to allow the other person to make themselves decent/move out of the way of the camera.
Turn Drop In Off with Your Voice
Once Drop In is enabled, you can turn it on and off with voice commands. To turn Drop In off, say:
Alexa, drop in on Home
To turn Drop In on again, say:
Alexa, disable drop in