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How to create your own Alexa skills through Blueprints

  • Begin on the Blueprint website

    To start, open Alexa Skill Blueprint's website and sign in with your Amazon account. There is a short video tutorial on the drawings to check out. You can also look through the different categories of drawings, including Selected Blueprints, Greetings and Occasions, Fun and Games, Learning and Knowledge, Home and Storyteller.

    Before you start creating your own skills, take a look at what you can do with your Alexa device. You can create a flash briefing to alert you to important information in the news. Many users have also created flashcards to study, create a task tracker, compile a training schedule, or start the countdown to an important date. Remember to have fun too; There are many different quizzes, games and questions and answer options.

  • How to create a quiz skill

    We kick off with a quiz. Scroll down to the Learning & Knowledge section and click on the Quiz button. On the Quiz page, click the Play button to listen to a quiz. Then click on the button to create your own.

  • Choose your quiz

    On the Customize quiz page, type each question you want Alexa to ask, followed by the correct answer. You can also add a follow-up fact for each entry. Click the Add Q&A button at the bottom of the screen to add more questions. When you are finished, click the "Next: Experience" button at the top right.

    On the Customize experience page, enter your own custom introduction to the quiz. Then select the sound you want Alexa to play when the quiz starts. Write three custom greetings that Alexa will choose to welcome the players. Click the Add Greeting button to create more greetings.

  • Select Quiz Responses

    Under Quiz Response, you can customize the sound and message played for each correct answer. You can then do the same for each wrong answer. Then select a sound and create a message for Alexa to play when someone wins to quiz. If you have an Echo Show select a visual theme to display during the quiz. Click the Next button for name.
  • Name Your Quiz

    Type in the name you want to use to ask the question on the Skill Name page. Keep the name simple and limit it to two or three words. Click the Next button and Amazon will create your skill.

    The first time you create a skill, Amazon asks you to update your account on its developer portal so you can publish your skills if you choose to do so.

  • Access Your quiz

    Try it by saying "Alexa, open [name of skill]." Alexa will then spin up the quiz and ask your questions randomly. If you need to edit your skills, access them from the Skills you've done page. Click the edit button to make changes or delete the button to remove it from your account.
  • How to create a storyteller skill

    Now we will try another skill. On the Skill Skillout page, we will create an interactive story for Alexa to tell. The story works like a Mad Libs piece where Alexa asks you to name some things and then uses your answers in the story.

    In the Storyteller section, click the genre you prefer. In this example, we use Sci-Fi. On the Sci-Fi screen, click the Play button to hear a trial history. Then click on the button to make your own.

  • Create your story

    Knowledge starts you with a trial history that you can customize by changing or rewriting existing content and adding your own sound effects. Change the topics, for example "Name of someone in the room", to their own phrases. When finished, click "Next: Name".

  • Name of your story

    On the name screen, make a name for your skill. Click on the button "Next: Create Skill" and Alexa will create it.

  • Open Your Story

    When your story is finished, you can play it by saying, "Alexa, open [name of story]." Alexa first asks you to answer the empty phrases, the same as you would for a Mad Libs story. After giving your answers, Alexa reads the story using your answers as well as the text and sounds you created and customized.

  • Create a game skill

    Then, let's try to play a game. Click the Birthday Trivia button in the Fun & Games section of the Skills Forms page. This game challenges people at a party to answer trivia questions about the birthday boy or girl. Play the sample on the Birthday Trivia page and then click Make your own.

  • Customize your game

    On the screen to customize the questions, change or create queries and the multiple option answers. Click the Add Q&A button to add more entries. Click on the "Next: Experience" button to move to the next screen.

  • Select game experiences

    On the screen to customize the experience, write the name of the birthday person, customize or create an intro to the game and choose a sound.

  • Select game response

    Next, customize the player's greetings and random messages. Fill in the grade responses, round responses and win responses. For an eco show, choose a visual theme. Click the "Next: Name" button.

  • Name your game

    Name of the game. Click the "Next: Create Skill" button and make it available for use on your device.

  • Open your game

    Say "Alexa, open [name of game]." Alexa explains the game and challenges two to four party-goers with different issues. The birthday party confirms each answer by telling Alexa if it is correct.

  • Create a game show

  • Create your own questions and answers

    You can create custom answers to specific questions you ask Alexa. On the Skills Forms page, navigate to the Home section and click the Custom Question button. Play the test and click Make Your Own.

  • Create Your Question

    On the screen to customize your questions and answers, write the questions and answers you want Alexa to handle for this skill. Click the "Next: Create Skill" button.

  • Get access to your question

    After Alexa created the skill, you can start asking Alexa the questions you asked. But wait until other members of the household are there so Alexa can surprise them with the answers.

  • So sharing a skill

    Okay, let's now say a skill you created is so cool you think people outside your household will enjoy it. You can share it with only some people or publish them to the US Alexa Skills Store where anyone can use it. On the skill you have done, click on the skill you want to share.
  • Select Sharing Options

    On the Skill Page, click the "Share with Others" link. You will then be asked if your skills are intended for children under the age of 13. Then you can share the skill via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by copying a link to it.

  • How to publish your skills

    If you want to share your skills with a broad audience, you can publish it to the Alexa Skills Store. Note that if you have already shared a skill, you must revoke access to it in order to publish. Go to the skill page and click the Recall link.

    Now with the share link revoked you will notice that the Publish to Skills Store button is visible. Click the button to send the skills to Skills Store.

  • Starting the submission process

    In order to officially add your skills to the deal, you must go through a submission process. Click the Get Started button to continue.

  • Send Skill Name

    On the next screen, you can change the name of your skill to make it more unique. You may have to play around with the name that Amazon constitutes several name restrictions and restrictions. Click the button to save the opening phrase.

    Once the phrase is saved, test the skill before continuing. Use the open phrase to ask your own echo to play the skill. If all is well, then you can adjust the Alexa Skills Store name, which doesn't have to be the same as the opening phrase. Confirm your name. Click the Next button for details.

  • Entering Skill Information

    On the Details page, you need to select a category and keywords for your skill. At the end of the page, give a brief description of your skill and then a longer and more detailed description in appropriate sections.

    If you want to add an image associated with your skill, you can either upload your own or create an icon directly on the page. Under the Skill icon section, press upload to add an image from your computer. If you do not feel like hacking with image sizes, you can click the Create button to customize an existing icon.

    Inside the edit menu window, you can select a specific image to edit. Teak icon but you want by changing color, border and shadow. Click Save to complete your changes.

  • Answers to questions about skill policy

    On the next screen you answer some questions about your skill in relation to Amazon's own policy. When you're done, click "Next: Review."

  • Review and send skill

    On the next screen you have the opportunity to review the information for your skill before publishing it. Click Edit if you need to change any details. Take your time here because when your skill has been submitted, you cannot edit it . If you need to change some details, you must retract the skill and go through the submission process again. After your review, click the Publish to Store button.

  • Feedback from Amazon

    Once the skill has been submitted, you have to wait a day or two for Amazon to review and approve it. You will then receive an e-mail from the company stating whether it has been approved. If the company rejects the skill, the email will explain why and how to fix it. You can then go back to your skills from the Skills you've done and edit it to meet Amazon's requirements.
  • Show published skill

    Once you have received a final approval from Amazon, the skill to go live. If you want to see your creation go to the Skills you have done and click on the published skills. Click the link at the top of the skill page to view and share your skills from the Alexa Skills Store. You can share or disable the skill directly from the store's page.

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