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Getting Started with the Alexa Voice Service

Learn how to integrate Alexa with your product


The Alexa Voice Service (AVS) allows you to integrate Alexa’s built-in voice capabilities into your connected products. With AVS, your users will have the ability to play music, request the weather forecast and local news, get updates on traffic conditions, ask general knowledge questions, set timers and alarms, query Wikipedia and much more, the same way they would with an Amazon Echo. You also have access to third-party skills developed using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). Using AVS and ASK together, you can build sophisticated interactions to extend the capabilities of your Alexa-enabled product.

Step 1: Register Your Product

Step 2: Prototype

It’s easy to prototype with AVS. From your desktop, spin up our Java sample app compatible with Linux, Mac, and Windows or follow our GitHub tutorial to build your AVS prototype using a RaspberryPi with an off-the-shelf microphone and speaker(s).

Step 3: Design and Build with AVS

Integrate Alexa’s voice capabilities into your connected product:

Step 4: Launch Your Product

Enabling Media Services

To distribute a product that enables access to Amazon Music, Audible, and/or third-party media services, certification is required. For additional details and requirements, please review Alexa Voice Service Terms and Agreements.

Managing Alexa on Your Product

Once a user provides consent to access Alexa on your product, it will be available for configuration in the Amazon Alexa app. From Settings users can personalize their experience by entering a ZIP code, switching to metric measurement, and naming their product.

From the Manage Your Content and Devices page, users have the ability to de-register a product. Once de-registered it can no longer make calls to the API on the customer’s behalf.

From the Manage Login with Amazon page, users will have the ability to revoke their consent for your product to make calls to the API on their behalf. Once consent is revoked, the product will no longer have access to AVS.