How to get BBC News on smart speakers

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Instruction for smart speakers: Just say "Play BBC News" to any smart speaker.
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Just say "Play BBC News" to any smart speaker.

On Amazon Alexa:

Say "Play BBC News" to your Amazon Alexa smart speaker, and get the BBC's first ever interactive news bulletin. You can hear the latest headlines, deep-dive into the stories that interest you, or move on when you've heard enough - simply by using your voice.

The commands you need to know are:

"Alexa, next" to skip a story

"Alexa, back" to repeat a story

"Alexa, pause" and "Alexa, resume" to pick up where you left off

You can also get an in-depth take on selected stories by saying "Alexa, more from the BBC"

This will get you to the best reporting BBC News has to offer, with each item handpicked by our dedicated team of journalists. You can expect the human stories behind current events, and explainers and analysis on what's going on.

Adding Local News to your Amazon Alexa bulletin:

You can add a roundup of the news and sport where you are, to your interactive news bulletin by linking the BBC News skill to your BBC account.

You can do this in two ways:

1. Visit the BBC News page in the Amazon Skill store. Ensure that you're signed in with your Amazon account and click the enable button. This will trigger an on-screen prompt that asks you to sign in and link your account.

Note: you must be signed in with the same account that your Amazon Echo device is.

2. Alternatively, you can start the skill by saying Alexa, open BBC News. Once you've heard a message telling you that you can sign in, and that a prompt has been sent to your Alexa app, you can open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone and follow the prompt from the home screen of the app.

Once you've linked your BBC account with the skill, we'll use the postcode that you set in your BBC account to give you the local news from your area.

If you're hearing local news from the wrong area, the postcode in your BBC account may be incorrect. You can fix this on the BBC account settings page.

Local and National news services:

You can also access BBC local news directly from more than 40 stations across England, as well as the BBC's national services for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

To do this you'll need to use the BBC Sounds skill. Find more information here.

Amazon Alexa Routines

You can also add our news services to Amazon Alexa "Routines". For example, you could wake up at the same time each morning to the latest interactive news bulletin, your local news update or your favourite BBC radio station. Find more information here.

On Google Assistant and Apple Siri:

If you say "Hey Google, play BBC News" to your Google Assistant or "Hey Siri, play BBC News" to your Apple device, you'll get a 2-minute BBC News briefing with no interaction involved. Due to limitations imposed by 3rd party platforms the interactive news bulletin and Local & Nations services are only available on Amazon Alexa devices.

The BBC does not charge you to access smart speaker content and offers its services without cost to all UK smart speaker platforms.