Connecting your Hubitat Elevation to your Amazon Echo or Alexa compatible device is an easy way to add voice control to your home automations. Using the Hubitat Amazon Echo Skill app allows you to control switches, dimmers, door locks, fan controllers, garage door controllers, shade controllers, and thermostat devices. Supported sensors include contact and motion sensors.
You will need to own an Amazon Echo or an Alexa compatible device, and the Hubitat Skill for Alexa must also be added by using the Alexa app on your mobile device or at alexa.amazon.com.
NOTE: This integration allows Alexa to control switches, dimmers, door locks, fan controllers, garage door controllers, shade controllers, thermostat devices, contact and motion sensors that have been joined to your Hubitat Elevation hub, but the reverse is not possible. Devices that have been added directly to via the Alexa app cannot be shared with your Hubitat Elevation hub.
IMPORTANT: If you have the former Amazon Echo App installed on your hub, you must remove it from your hub before adding the Amazon Alexa Skill for Hubitat before you install the Amazon Echo Skill app.
You can add the Amazon Echo Skill app to your hub to control devices by voice. Just say "Alexa, add the Hubitat Skill". If adding the Amazon Skill for Hubitat to your Amazon account by voice should fail, follow the steps under Manually activating the Hubitat Skill for Alexa, otherwise you may skip ahead to Adding additional devices or Removing devices from Alexa.
NOTE: The Amazon Echo Skill app is capable of controlling switches, dimmers, door locks, fan controllers, garage door controllers, shade controllers, and thermostat devices, with an optional "advanced thermostat interface" to support all available setpoints. Supported sensors include contact and motion sensors. Buttons are not supported by the Amazon Echo Skill app.
The Amazon Echo Skill app allows Amazon Alexa to control devices on your Hubitat Elevation® hub by voice. From your Alexa device, just say "Alexa, add the Hubitat Skill" and the Amazon Echo Skill app will also be automatically installed on your hub. If you need to manually add the Alexa Hubitat Skill for your Echo device, follow steps under Activating the Hubitat Skill for Alexa.
NOTE: Amazon Echo Skill is the name of the Hubitat app that works in conjunction with the Amazon Alexa Hubitat Skill on your Amazon Echo device. Adding the Alexa Hubitat Skill to your Amazon account alone is only half of what is required to allow Alexa to control devices on your Hubitat Elevation® hub. It is a requirement that the Amazon Echo Skill app is also installed on your hub.
NOTE: Deleting a shared device from the Alexa app does not de-select it in the Amazon Echo Skill app on your hub. If a device remains selected for use with the Amazon Echo Skill app on your hub, it will be discovered again and added back to the Alexa app. To permanently remove it from your Alexa account, it must be de-selected for use by the Amazon Echo Skill app on your hub.
Amazon enables a feature called Alexa Hunches by default. This feature attempts to learn your device behavior and send you notifications if a device is an unexpected state — for example, if a switch is on or off at a certain time. It can also be configured to act automatically (e.g., to turn on or off this device itself).
Many users have reported unexpected problems with this setup, including devices turning on or off when not commanded to by their Hubitat Elevation hub. We suggest disabling Alexa Hunches to prevent these problems. Consult this Amazon support document for how: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=G63YSH7WU32D9GW9.
Note that even after you disable Alexa Hunches, you may need to check the Routines page in the mobile app to remove any automations Hunches previously created for you.
To check if Alexa is sending commands to your devices: