List feature a problem - updated
Developers have fixed the list issues with a recent update. Very happy with the app now.
I use this app primarily for the list feature (I have a new baby so I track all feedings, diapers and update the shopping list for groceries when my SO goes to Whole Foods) and agree with other reviews on here that the list feature has become a huge hassle. I used to have no problems accessing my lists. Now, when re-opening the app I’m unable to navigate to another list or add additional items to my lists without having to completely close the app and re-open it again and wait for it to gather all my data. I can then use the list function normally for that session, and will have to dismiss the app again and re-open it to update it again the next time I need to (which is about 20 times a day because I’m tracking feedings and diapers with a newborn). I continue to use it because it’s a great help to add items to my lists via several echo dots I have in the home, but manually updating the lists when Alexa can’t hear me (over a hungry crying baby for instance) is my main issue with this app. Would be thrilled if developers could fix this feature as I have enough to handle at this moment without constantly fussing with the devices that are supposed to simplify life, not complicate it.
By davey PHX
This app no longer works properly. For the past several weeks, I’ve gone to several different stores to shop. Before I leave home, I make a shopping list, but when I get to the store the app won’t open. I get the comment “No Network Available” “Please connect and try again”. I checked my settings and cellular data and cellular roaming is turned on, but I’m unable to open or sign in to Alexa. The next day it might or might not work. I have LTE cellular service and a fully charged iPhone 7 running IOS 11.4.1. I’m now leaving the second store today without completing my shopping because I depend on this list function. I guess I have to revert back to the olden ways of paper & pencil. I’m very dissatisfied, but hey it’s free you say. Well it’s turned into a huge time waster for me because now I’ll have to go home and scour through the sales ads and either recreate my lists or make a paper list. When I get home the app may actually open, but when I get to the store....nothing. Maybe you ought to fix the issues that exist now before you keep proudly adding and advertising more and more new functions and capabilities to the app, which evidently seem to be causing problems with its former user-friendly and basic functioning.
Alexa App becoming useless
This app is becoming more glitchy and unreliable by the day. The List feature that I mostly use for creating shopping lists is becoming unusable. I want to be able to see my list easy when I’m in the store. However, more often then not, I can’t get the App to open a list or if I do get one to open, then the App stops working and I can’t navigate back to another shopping list. Many times the Alexa app will not even open for me if I’m in a store. I still have cell service and connectivity but no Alexa. I have had to uninstall and reinstall and it still is buggy or non-responsive. As for the folks trying to state that the App issues are user error, that’s ridiculous. Perhaps you are not using the App feature I’m using. Perhaps you don’t understand what we are saying fully. Why do you feel the need to defend Alexa so personally? Trust me, this thing needs an overhaul. Also, when I delete an item from a list, I shouldn’t have to hit the button multiple time to get it to disappear. It used to work differently and developers made changes that require more clicks now. Alexa please work and if u do work correctly, please work smarter!
Something is broken
This app was working ok but in recent weeks, when I’m viewing my shipping list, the screen just freezes and I cannot scroll, check off items I’ve put in my cart, or even back out of the list. I have to exit the app, force quit, and then re-start it. Needless to say, this is a huge pain if I have a list that’s longer than the screen on my phone will display. This is so disappointing.
Also, why does it take so many keystrokes to GET to my shopping list in the first place? I feel there should be a way to customize the app to show me my top three (or four, or five, or whatever, really) actions that *I* use all the time, so that when I restart—which as I’ve mentioned I have to do all the time now—I can then just tap ONCE to get to what I need, eg, to my shopping list. (I really don’t care what are the last few commands I’ve asked Alexa to do, and feel that first screen upon opening the app could be WAY more useful.)
This is 2018. These kind of glitches should not be happening in a mainstream app like this.
Annoying Audible Interface
By The Little Moore Family
Audible is what my Echo Dot is primarily used for. My kids listen to books to help them fall asleep.
The menu to select an audiobook from Audible is very annoying. There’s no search or reorder options. For someone like me with nearly 200 titles in my collection, it’s a pain to scroll to find a book in a chaotically ordered list. Both the Audible and Kindle apps have ways of making this much easier. Why wouldn’t Alexa?
And now, with the latest update, EVERY SINGLE TIME an audiobook is played, it’s followed up with an ad to start an Audible subscription and a sample of another book. We have a shared family plan so the main account logged into Alexa doesn’t have Audible but the connect account does-hence why I’m able to play the books I own. So logically if I’m already playing books, why would I need to hear about getting a subscription??? And at the very least why can’t I turn that feature off??? The last thing I want after my kids have been lulled to sleep by a relaxing audiobook is Alexa talking. Make it stop!
Want to do lists? Better off with paper.
By Michae1 Ho11ey
I can't handle using this app. I keep trying because I desperately want to use it for our grocery lists. That's most of what we use Alexa for. But when I go to the store, the cell service inside is always spotty at best, and the app in CONSTANTLY refreshing and trying to get a new signal, so even if I miraculously pull up the list, within seconds it disappears while trying to sync again. It's incredibly frustrating.
And while they claim to have an offline shopping mode, when I go into Costco, which has no cell coverage at all where I live, it spends all it's time trying to find a signal, and shows me nothing. I've had to call my husband to tell me what's on the list every time, when it should be in my hand! I've even turned off WiFi hoping that would help, but no luck. And I'm sorry, but I shouldn't have to turn off cell data to see my grocery list (which, by the way, doesn't even work either).
Long story short, this app is utterly useless for lists. You're better off with paper.
Love it but be careful w updates
I love and depend on Alexa, despite some of its kinks and limitations. In my house I’ve got good Internet and haven’t had many connectivity issues. I’ve got most of my main lights connected to Alexa and love the customized news updates that have become part of my morning routine. I’ve connected it to my sound system so my music comes through in Bose surround. Wonderful.
My mom lives in the basement of a NY brownstone and has poor Internet connectivity. She had all kinds of bridging issues with the 1st generation echo and Philips Hue light bulbs and an old iPhone 5. I’ve upgraded her to the latest of everything (she is still waiting for Fios to come into her area and continues to suffer from poor internet access) and although it took a while, with calls to help desks, she’s now got everything purring including her thermostat control with echo bee.
Beware the latest Alexa update. It does the thing where you have to renter your use name and password, and my Alexa was offline until I could do that. A real pain, as I just got out of surgery and am quite dependent on the voice control, etc.
I can’t really compare w Google Home and others. It’s not perfect. But I’ve gotten familiar with it and developed some loyalty so I don’t foresee myself changing unless things get really bad.
Love it, but it has room to grow.
I give 5 stars because I love my Alexa devices, but feel the "Routines" feature has a lot of room for growth. So far, I've been happy with what it can do and have had a little fun playing with it. I like walking into my office in the morning and saying "Alexa, time to get to work" and having all my lights turn on, followed by news and sports updates.
Admittedly, my gripe comes from the app's lack of imagination. I envision being able to change the color/dimming of the lighting, and having the option to trigger a particular song/artist/genre of music to begin playing. My sick, twisted mind hypothesized a scenario where I say "Alexa, it's business time" and the lights dim, change color, and Flight of the Concords starts playing. Just seems like it could be a lot of fun!
Alexa getting worse
Our home is nearly 100% Lifx and Phillips Hue lights which all worked all the time with Alexa Dot. Then I added the Show exactly where the dot was and everything became unreliable. I have 8 Lifx builds in the living room where the show is and now it is rare if they all work when I give a command to turn them on or off. I even ordered another dot 10 feet away and if I talk to it the results are better but still rarely does do all 8 bulbs work together. While the lights used to react nearly immediately now it can take up to 10 seconds. I am convinced the Show has major problems because it is so unreliable to commands.
I am also frustrated by the inability to access a shopping list on my phone if the stores WiFi is weak.
Room for improvement
This app does some great things (I like the reminders, in particular), but there is a lot of room for improvement.
One area that would make this app much more useful - improving the LISTS feature. I love the idea of using my echo to add things to my shopping list. But unlike other shopping list apps, this is missing out on 2 features:
1) CRUCIAL: when an item is checked off, it should be moved to the bottom of the list, so you can easily see what you still need to get.
2) it would be nice if it automatically categorized items for you, or allowed you to create categories (like produce, dairy, meats, bulk). This helps me save time in a store bc I don’t have to go back to an area where I forgot something. At the very least, it would be nice if you could simply drag the items to change the order around after entering them.