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How to Stop Alexa From Ordering Stuff Without your Permission on Amazon Echo

Oyetoke Tobi - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Having issues with Alexa ordering stuff without your permission? Then how do you stop Alexa from doing that?

Amazon echo and Dot can make ordering stuff from Amazon very easy. Amazon's Echo and Dot are vastly popular and used in millions of homes across the U.S. If you are one of those that use Amazon Echo and Dots almost every day, then you’ll know that Alexa can order stuff for you on Amazon.

However, we recently got news about a child making a large purchase of products on Amazon thanks to the help from Alexa. The story was actually reported by a San Diego-based morning news program, which consist of the little girl and her mom saying, "Alexa, buy me a dollhouse.” But, this prompted at least a couple of accidental Alexa triggers across the San Diego area.

The funniest thing is I watched the news clip and sure enough my Amazon Echi thought I was trying to order a dullhouse. But don’t worry; Alexa is set up to ask you to confirm your purchase before continuing. Therefore, when Alexa heard the news that is the “Alexa, buy me a dullhouse” command, it thought I wanted to buy a dullhouse, it started telling me the popular ones I can buy and asked me if I want to buy it. So, Alex didn’t just order it automatically, without you saying yes. 

So if you weren't home and your TV set was on, it might not by mistake confirm an order heard on a commercial. All Alexa needs to hear is “yes.” Once Alexa hears “yes”, then it will confirm the order.

Of course, there are many ways you can stop Alexa from ordering stuff without your permission. This also comes in handy when you have someone in your house and wants to buy something without your permission. 

Here’s how to stop Alexa from ordering stuff without your permission.

How to disable purchases through Alexa

You can disable entirely the ability to purchase items from Amazon using Alexa. That means you won’t be able to purchase stuff from Amazon Echo with Alexa after disabling it. 

Open the Alexa app on your.

Then tap on the Menu tab at the upper left corner.

Then tap Settings.

Now scroll down and tap on Voice Purchasing.

Then toggle off the toggle button for voice purchasing.

From there, no one will be able to purchase items from Amazon using Alexa on Echo or Dot since it is disabled.

How to add a passcode to purchases through Alexa

In case you still want to make Amazon purchase with Alex and want to make sure it purchases with your permission, you can just set a passcode which is usually a four-digit code.

Open the Alexa app.

Then tap on the Menu tab at the upper left corner.

Then tap on Settings.

Now scroll down and tap on Voice Purchasing.

Then enter a four-digit passcode into the confirmation code box.

Then tap on Save Changes to save your changes.

From now on, you’ll need your passcode to confirm what you want to buy. Whenever you want to buy something Alexa will say, “Tell me your voice code” before it confirms your purchases. So without the passcode, you can't complete the purchase.



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