Alexa and Simple Commands

The alexa skill is called 'Simple Commands' and works directly with your items to allow voice control over your items.   This includes Groups and Routine as well as individual items.

Unlike other skills the 'Simple Commands' Skill absorbs your natural language request and takes action on your item.   There is no need to have alexa discover your device nor is there a need for any special configuration on the SimpleCommands app to support this natural language request format.

Step 1:  Go to the alexa app or and select 'Skills' or 'Skills and Games'

Step 2:  Search for the Simple Commands skill or follow this link to be taken directly to the Skill

Get the 'Simple Commands' Skill for Alexa

Step 3:  Select 'Enable Skill' at the top of the page

Step 4:  After Page refreshes select 'Settings' at the top of the page

Step 5:  After Page refreshes select 'Link Account' at the top of the page

Step 6:  If you are not already logged into SimpleCommands you will be prompted to re-enter your SimeplCommands username/email and password

Thanks it for enabling the alexa account.  Unlike the home skills you do not need to discover devices or make any other changes in the alexa app.

Now you are ready to go!

Things you can ask alexa: ( examples assume item names of 'Right Door' and 'Ring Alarm' )

NOTE:  You can append any natural language command with 'use simple commands' or 'with simple commands'. Alternatively you can start by say 'tell simple commands....' or ask simple commands...'

alexa, ask simple commands for home status

alexa, open the right door with simple commands

alexa, ask simple commands to close the right door

alexa, get the status of the right door with simple commands

alexa, set my ring alarm to arm home with simple commands

alexa, arm away my ring alarm with simple commands

alexa, turn off the outside lights with simple commands

alexa, tell simple commands i'm home

and many more....

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  • I'm unable to find the new Simple Commands Skill in the Canadian store, when will this be added?


  • I'm also unable to locate the Simple Commands skill on the Canadian site

  • Finally a working Alexa command with myq garage door. Thank you for supporting this platform!

  • Working perfectly for me.....Thanks for all the hard work!!!

  • Not sure what’s happened to support here. Been emailing for months and no reply at all.

    Used to really enjoy using Simple Commands with Alexa but can’t use it in U.K. anymore.

    No one seems to care though.

  • This is strange here folks...SC seems to not work and no support!

    Covid maybe an issue??!!


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