Where are my Alexa Skills?
The official launch of Amazon in Australia has been a little... how do I put it? Underwhelming! I am sure things will improve as time goes on, but for the moment we are stuck with what feels like a very "watered-down" experience when compared to overseas.
At least we finally have access to the Amazon Alexa range of Echo voice assistants - which without a doubt are excellent products - however it seems that not all (in fact, a lot) of the Amazon Skills have not made their way down-under. Hopefully this is rectified in the near future. There are some really glaring omissions in the Amazon Alexa Skills available for our region, including the Vera, Fibaro Home Center and Sonos Skills.
For this reason, we have written a quick blog that will show you how to access all of the Alexa Skills available in the USA - whilst still keeping your Amazon Echo working in Australia.
Accessing missing Alexa Skills in Australia
Let's jump right in…
1. Log into your Amazon account and click on “Account & Lists” and then select “Your Content and Devices”.
2. Click on "Settings Tab", then expand "Country Settings" and click the “Change Button”.
3. Enter any US address and click the "Update Button" (you can use this tool to generate a random US address).
That should do it - you will now have access to all Alexa Skills - as it was meant to be :)
Best of all, you can still set the location of your Amazon Echo device to Australia - so you will not miss out on local weather, news, etc.
As always, please leave a comment below if you run into any issues – we are always happy to help. If you have found a better or more efficient solution than above, let us know so we can share it with the World :)
All the best,