Alexa Skill Builder’s Guides

Learn to design and build for voice

Learn to build natural, voice-first experiences with Alexa, and help redefine the way your customers interact with technology. Explore our library of Alexa Skill Builder's Guides to learn how to add engaging features and powerful capabilities to your skill. Download now and enrich your voice innovation.

Building for Voice vs. Screen

When you build for voice, you can’t simply add voice to your app and call it a voice experience. Learn how to reimagine the entire experience from a voice-first perspective.

Download the Voice vs. Screen Guide

7 Tips for Building a Standout Skill

What makes an Alexa skill engaging for customers? And what keeps customers coming back over time? Learn the qualities of top-performing Alexa skills, then build your own standout skill that wows customers.

Download the Standout Skill Guide

6 Tips for Building Stellar Kid Skills

From fun games to educational lessons, build Alexa skills that engage young minds. Learn what kids find compelling when it comes to voice experiences, then start building to reach a whole new generation.

Download the Kids Skills Guide

Make Money With Your Alexa Skill

Learn how you can make money with your Alexa skill using in-skill purchasing (ISP) and Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills. In this guide, we cover the basics on how to design a premium experience, which products to use, how to build, and how to measure and optimize your earnings. We also showcase developers who have found success monetizing their skills

Download the Make Money Guide

Create Voice-First Games for Alexa

Developers are adding voice to their wildest gaming ideas, re-imagining a whole new way to engage players by feeding their curiosity and firing up their imaginations, while making money and even building a business. Download our guide to join the pioneers building voice-first games.

Download the Game Skills Guide

How to Design a Voice User Interface

A voice user interface (VUI) allows people to use voice input to control computers and devices. Learn the 7 steps you can follow to design a voice experience, from idea to dialog flow to voice interaction.

Download the VUI Design Guide

Design Better Skills Using APL

Use the Alexa Design Guide’s shared repository of best practices, patterns, and guidelines to design dynamic and engaging skills with APL.

Download the APL Guide

How to Scale Your Skill Using AWS

Leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build a professional-grade backend for your Alexa skill. Ensure your skill can handle both unexpected traffic spikes and increased usage over time.

Download the AWS Guide

Voice Design Tips from 12 Alexa Developers

When we look at some of the most engaging Alexa skills, we see a variety of voice experiences that stand out from the rest. Explore voice design tips from top Alexa developers with some of the most popular skills.

Download the Design Tips Guide

10 Things Every Alexa Skill Should Do

There are technical aspects to building for voice, as well as creative concepts that go into designing conversational Alexa skills. Discover the 10 things every Alexa skill should do.

Download the Things Every Skill Should Do Guide

Advanced Skill Building with Dialog Management

A conversational UI is at the core of engaging voice experiences. Discover how you can enhance your Alexa skills with dialog management and build natural voice-first interactions.

Download the Dialog Management Guide

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