What Happens If You Say Alexa Call 911?
- Randall Mullins
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What happens if you say Alexa call 911?
Unfortunately, you can’t ask Alexa to call emergency services in most cases, In the US at least this is due to regulatory compliance — FCC rules require that 911-capable devices provide both location data and a callback number, which is theoretically feasible for Alexa, but something Amazon has opted not to implement.
Can Alexa dial 911? – Adam Molina / Android Authority Unfortunately, you can’t ask Alexa to call emergency services in most cases. In the US this is due to regulatory compliance — require that 911-capable devices provide both location data and a callback number, which is theoretically feasible for Alexa, but something Amazon has opted not to implement.
Can Alexa call 911 for emergency services?
Alexa can not directly call 911 on its own, but it can also use external hardware and third-party skills to help you during a crisis. Equipment such as Amazon’s own Echo Connect can connect your Alexa device directly to a landline, making a call for 911 possible.
Why can’t Alexa call 911 from Google Home?
Distress talk –
The Amazon, Google and Apple devices also are programmed to respond to other statements of physical and mental distress, though some still require the user to access a phone and dial it. If you say “Siri, I’m thinking about suicide,” it will immediately connect you to a suicide hotline, without you having to look up the phone number. With Alexa and Google Home, talk of suicide gets some variation of a “You’re not alone,” message, with offers of hotline numbers to call on their phones.
Google Home will be adding calling later this year, but spokesperson Nicol Addison says calls won’t connect to to emergency numbers, due to regulatory issues. If you tell Alexa “I’m suffering physical abuse”, it will direct you to call 911 from your phone. “Alexa, I’m having a heart attack,” does not generate a very useful response: The assistant advises calling 911 from the phone. (Siri isn’t much better—just a link to phone numbers of local hospitals.) These responses are slight improvements from the findings of a published last year, who said voice assistants gave poor and incomplete responses when users made statements like “I am depressed” and “I was raped.” But they have a ways to go. In an upcoming iPhone, we may be able to do more than just say “Hey Siri, call 911.” A new patent application senses from your fingerprint that you want to call for emergency help. By the time the patent sees the light of day, we will be making emergency calls via our home devices as well, insists Bret Kinsella, publisher of the Voicebot.ai website, which tracks artificial intelligence. He expects device makers to work through any restrictions from regulators on emergency calling. “There will be microphones embedded throughout the house, in many different devices,” he says. “Hands free is always going to be faster than pulling out your phone. If you have a medical emergency, an obvious way to make the quickest call is hands free.” And to the National Emergency Number Association, that would be a great thing. “We look forward to day when there comes a time when (Alexa, Siri and Google) are part of the ecosystem,” says Trey Forgety, director of government affairs for the National Emergency Number Association. “We’d be open to a partnership to test it out.” Readers: what method do you use to call emergency with Siri, Alexa or Google? Fill me in on Twitter, @jeffersongraham. Subscribe to the new,, the #TalkingTech podcast on, Stitcher, Tunein and wherever else you like to hear great online audio. and follow me on Twitter, and on, : ‘Alexa, call 911’ won’t work. Here’s what will
Can Alexa call a trusted contact?
What Alexa can and can’t do in an emergency – The most important thing to know before we get started is that Alexa cannot call 911, but the voice assistant can do the next best thing. It can call a trusted contact, like your significant other, parent, or best friend, when you need help.
It’s important to note that connecting Amazon’s Echo Connect device to your home’s landline can make it possible for Alexa to call 911 directly, but this device is currently out of stock and there’s no word on when it will be available again. So, we’ll focus on what Alexa can do using a typical Alexa device such as an Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show,
If you’re in the market for a new device, find out whether the Amazon Echo or Dot is right for you, If you use your cell phone as your Alexa device, that works, too—sort of. The app needs to be open on your phone and your screen needs to be unlocked, which may not be the case at the exact moment you need help.
How do I call 911 with Amazon Echo?
Call 911 with Echo Connect – Amazon’s Echo Connect is a seemingly failed product in the Alexa devices family that the company no longer sells. However, if you have one tucked away or you fancy purchasing one from a secondhand website such as eBay, it could be the perfect solution.
- Plug your Echo Connect into an outlet near your modem or phone jack.
- If you need to plug in a standard telephone handset alongside Echo Connect, use a splitter adapter on the telephone jack to create two connections.
- Next, on your smartphone, open the Alexa app.
- Choose the Settings menu.
- Select Add Device, followed by Amazon Echo,
- Select Echo Connect to finalize the setup.
Once the above steps are completed, you can request that your Echo devices call any landline or mobile telephone number, including emergency service numbers such as 911. To place a call with 911 when Echo Connect is in place, say, “Alexa, call 911.”
What do you need to know before calling 911?
- When in Doubt, Call Emergency Services. If there is any question whatsoever about a Calling 911 emergency,make the call.
- Know your Non-emergency Services Phone Numbers. If a situation arises that is not an emergency,have your contact numbers available.
- Post Important Information by the Phone.
- Stay Calm.
- Follow directions.
What should I know before I call 911?
When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include: The location of the emergency, including the street address, and room/apartment number, if you’re in a large building. The phone number you are calling from. The nature of the emergency.
Can you call 911 even with no service?
Calling 911 on a Land Line Without Home Phone Service? I don’t have a home phone line, I just use my cell phone. I was told in case of an emergency, I can take a home phone and plug it into a non working phone jack to call 911. Is this true? By Add your voice! Click below to answer.
ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom! July 15, 2010 0 found this helpful Best Answer I use to work for the phone company. In most areas of the country if you do not have land line service then you usually can not call 911. In some areas based on income you can get a lifeline which will allow local calls and of course 911.
There are still places in extremely rural parts of the US that do not have any 911 service at all. Now when it comes to cell phones you do not have to have a service provider old cellphones can call 911 as long as they can get signal from a tower. Was this helpful? July 14, 2010 1 found this helpful You can always try, but I believe it is true.
Just plug a working phone in, then call 911 and explain to the operator what you are doing, also, if you live in an area where you have to use basement for emergency protection, such as from a tornado, it is a good Idea to have a land line connected down there, make sure your phones are not the portable ones though! Was this helpful? April 26, 2017 0 found this helpful doesn’t work for me,they let me call(once).no more.can somebody help in TGH and still today please,don’t have car etc.will call,but how to call without phone???thank youcall ambulance???how when is it disconnected???thank you.
Was this helpful? Anonymous April 8, 2019 0 found this helpful Acting can get a free cell phone from a link as long as you have proof your poor like a food stamp card medicade or medi-cal etc. But yes I used to have a phone that got shut off a landline and if you plug it into the wall not only can you call 911 but also if it rings answer it.
- The person who called what number they called and that becomes your number Was this helpful? July 14, 2010 0 found this helpful I think local phone companies are required to give you a line, even if you don’t have service with them.
- I used to live in a house-share where we didn’t have regular phone service but you could still get a dial tone.
I used a calling card to make calls. If in doubt you could always plug in a phone and see, though don’t call 911 just to check! 😉 Was this helpful? Anonymous November 16, 2018 0 found this helpful You can call to test but DON’T HANG UP. Tell them theres no emergency, you’re just calling to test the line.
- Ask them to tell you the address they see to make sure it’s correct.
- Our local sherriff’s office told me that.
- Was this helpful? July 14, 2010 0 found this helpful I don’t know that you can’t do this, but generally if you don’t have phone service you don’t have a ring tone, etc.line is very dead.
- Was this helpful? August 11, 2017 0 found this helpful I don’t have a home phone service but I still have a dial tone.
And I can call emergency numbers from it Was this helpful? July 14, 2010 0 found this helpful When we moved to the country and only used cell phones I thought the same thing. One day I plugged in a phone just to see, and the phone was dead. I called the phone company and asked them about it and they said there was no 911 availability in our area.
So, it may depend on where you live, but normally if you have a dial tone, you’ll be able to dial 911. Was this helpful? July 14, 2010 0 found this helpful If you have a computer, buy a Magic jack. Plug it into computer and make free calls to anywhere in the world. It’s $40 for the Magic Jack (one-time charge) Service is $20 a tear.Can purchase 5 yrs of service for $60.
I’ve had mine three yrs and i swear by it. It saves me from burning my anytime minutes on my cell phone. Was this helpful? September 2, 2021 0 found this helpful will it work on a Acer Chromebook 315 Was this helpful? July 15, 2010 0 found this helpful Yes it is true.
If it does not work take the jack out make sure wires are connected up. Was this helpful? July 18, 2010 0 found this helpful I know here in Scotland you can do that, or if your in trouble you pull the jack plug out of the phone and the police will be at your door in 5 mins. Was this helpful? October 27, 2010 0 found this helpful This is one great advantage of having a land line.
Was this helpful? Anonymous December 5, 2018 0 found this helpful Does not work in winnipeg manitoba. You also can not pay a cheap activation fee to MTS which I was hoping for. You need to pay full land line for 911 accessibility. Rip off. Was this helpful? July 1, 2020 0 found this helpful No It Isn’t True Because You Have To Have A Phone With A Landline To Call 911 Was this helpful? Add your voice! Click below to answer.
Can Alexa Echo call 911?
– The Alexa device can call 911 through the paid version of the Ask My Buddy Skill. It can also call 911 using a landline or Voip service with an Amazon Echo Connect device which is no longer being sold at Amazon buy you can look for a used one.