Alexa configuration

The Alexa integration allows users to control the Home Assistant entities via the Home Assistant Smart Home skill for Amazon Alexa. You can then say things like “Alexa, turn on the kitchen light” to control your local Home Assistant.

To use this integration, you need to have an Amazon Alexa enabled device like the Amazon Echo.

Note: The procedure below applies to Home Assistant version 2023.5 and later. If you are running an older version, Amazon Alexa is located under Home Assistant Cloud.

To control Home Assistant entities from Alexa, follow these steps:

  1. Set up Home Assistant Cloud.

  2. Under Settings > Voice assistant, enable Alexa.
    Enable Alexa

  3. On the Expose tab, expose at least one entity to Alexa.

    • Open the Expose tab. Open the Expose tab
    • Select all entities you want to be able to control via Alexa. Select the entities you want to expose to Alexa
    • Select Expose enitites. Result: The Alexa icon is now visible in the Assistants column. Expose entities: Alexa icon is now visible
  4. Activate the Home Assistant Smart Home skill via the Alexa app.

    Result: You will be prompted to link to your Nabu Casa account.

  5. Once activated, tell Alexa to discover new devices: Alexa, discover new devices.

Available domains

Currently, the following domains are available to be used with Alexa:

Manual configuration

You can use configuration.yaml to configure the entities that are being shown to Alexa and how they are exposed.

If you use any filters, as shown in the example below, the entities can no longer be exposed via User Interface. They are still listed under Settings > Voice assistant > Expose, but are shown grayed out.

# Example configuration.yaml entry configuring Alexa

        - light.kitchen_left
        - switch
        - alarm_control_panel
        - switch.outside
        name: Custom Name for Alexa
        description: The light in the kitchen
        display_categories: LIGHT

Configuration variables

  (map) (Optional) Configuration options for the Amazon Alexa integration.

    (map) (Optional) description: Filters for entities to include/exclude from Alexa.
      (list) (Optional) description: Entity IDs to include.
      (list) (Optional) Domains to include.
      (list) (Optional) Entity IDs to exclude.
      (list) (Optional) Domains to exclude.

    (map) (Optional) Entity specific configuration for Alexa.
      (map) (Optional) Entity to configure.
        (string) (Optional) Name of entity to show in Alexa.
        (string) (Optional) Description of entity to show in Alexa.
        (string) (Optional) The display category to use in Alexa. Available categories