Amazon Alexa is getting smarter each day. Case in point, you can now even add your iCloud Calendar to Amazon Echo on your iPhone and quickly get to know about your upcoming events or add calendar events via Echo, Tap, Dot or Echo Show.
To set up iCloud Calendar for Echo, you must have to enable Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID. Besides, you will have to create app-specific password for the virtual assistant in order to sign in to your iCloud account via the app. Hence, make sure to get them ready before moving ahead with the process.
How to Connect iCloud Calendar to Amazon Echo on iPhone and iPad
Note: Currently, Amazon Echo's iCloud Calendar support is available only in US, UK and Germany.
Step #1. Launch Amazon Alexa app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Next, tap on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) at the top left corner of the screen.
Step #3. Now, you need to tap on Settings in the menu.
Step #4. Next up, you have to scroll down and tap on Calendar. Then, tap on Apple.
Step #5. Tap on Continue. (Assuming you have enabled Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID)
Step #6. Generate app-specific passwords for Alexa, if you haven't done it as yet. Then after, you have to tap on Continue.
Step #7. Type in your Apple ID and the app-specific password you have generated for Alexa.
Step #8. Finally, you have to choose iCloud calendars.
You have successfully added iCloud calendar to Alexa. Now, go ahead and ask the virtual assistant about your events and plans using your Echo, Echo Show, Dot or Tap. As for instance, you can say, “Hey Alexa, when is my next meeting?,” “Where is my upcoming event this weekend?”
How to Disallow Alexa from Accessing your iCloud Calendar on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Open Alexa app on your iOS device → tap on the menu button at the top left corner.
Step #2. Next, you need to tap on Settings → Calendar → Apple.
Step #3. Now, scroll down and tap on Unlink this Apple Calendar account.
You have disconnected your iCloud Calendar from Alexa. If you ever want to reconnect it, you will need to use the same app-specific password.
With Google Assistant and Alexa giving a strong fight to Siri, I'm sure Apple's virtual assistant will be able to hold fort. With the iPhone maker expected to launch Siri Speaker and set to bolster it with the arrival of iOS 11, it will surely be a mouth-watering contest. To me, it would be the end users who would eventually be the winner due to this cut-throat competition. What's your take on it?
You might want to give these posts a look as well:
- How to set up and use Google Assistant on iPhone
- How to Customize Siri
- How to use Siri with Google Maps on iPhone