How Do You Use Alexa as a Video Camera?

Have you ever thought about using your Amazon Alexa device as a video camera? It may sound strange, but it’s actually quite easy to do. In this article, we will guide you through the steps on how to use Alexa as a video camera.

What Do You Need?

Firstly, you need an Amazon Echo Show or an Echo Spot device. These devices come with built-in cameras that can be used for video calling and also as a security camera.

Setting Up Your Echo Device

The first step is to set up your Echo device. Follow the instructions that came with your device to connect it to your Wi-Fi network and link it to your Amazon account.

Once the setup is complete, place your Echo device in the location where you want to use it as a video camera. Make sure that the camera is pointing in the direction where you want to capture video footage.

Enabling Drop-In Feature

Now that your Echo Show or Spot is set up, you need to enable a feature called Drop-In. This feature allows you to remotely access your Echo device’s camera from another Alexa-enabled device.

To enable Drop-In, open the Alexa app on your smartphone and go to Settings > Devices > [your Echo device name] > Communications. Here, turn on the Drop-In feature and choose who can drop in on your device.

Using Alexa as a Video Camera

To use Alexa as a video camera, simply say “Alexa, drop in on [your Echo device name]” from any other Alexa-enabled devices such as an Echo Dot or Fire TV Cube. You can also use the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet to drop in on your Echo Show or Spot.

When you drop in on your Echo device, you will be able to see live footage from its camera. You can also talk through the device’s speaker and hear audio from the device’s microphone.


In conclusion, using Alexa as a video camera is a great way to keep an eye on your home or office remotely. With just a few simple steps, you can turn your Echo device into a security camera that you can access from anywhere with an internet connection.