How to Have Alexa Count the Days to Your Event







How Many Days Alexa Blueprint

Alexa may be your go-to assistant for smart home control, but you can do much more with it than that. Using Blueprints, you can create a skill of your own like having Alexa count the days to an event.

You might be counting down to the start of your vacation, your wedding day, or that milestone birthday. You don’t have to scour the Skills Store and install a third-party tool. Just select the blueprint for How Many Days, customize it, and let Alexa tell you the number of days remaining.

Locate the How Many Days Blueprint

Open the Alexa app on your Android device, iPhone, or iPad. Tap “More” on the bottom bar and you’ll see a list of options like Reminders, Routines, and so on. Tap the “See More” option to expand this list, and then select “Blueprints.”

Tap More, See More, and Blueprints

Now, you’ll need to locate the How Many Days blueprint. You might find it on the Featured tab, but if not, tap either the Home or the All tab. When you spot it, select it.

How Many Days in Alexa Blueprints

On the details screen, you can tap the Play icon at the top to hear a sample, review the steps to create the skill, read how to use it, and see other helpful tips.

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When you’re ready to begin, tap “Make Your Own” at the bottom.

Review the details and tap Make Your Own

Create and Customize How Many Days

The first step is to create the event by entering its name. Then, tap the date field, pick a date from the calendar, and tap “OK.”

Optionally, you can check the box for “This is an Annual Event” for things like birthdays and anniversaries.

Pick a name and date for the event

You can set up the skill to include more than one event if you like. This is convenient if you want to enter the birthdays of various family members, for instance. Tap “Add Event” and follow the same steps.

After you finish adding events, tap “Next: Experience” at the top. You’ll then be able to customize the skill.

Tap Next Experience

Customize the Skill

First, you can customize Alexa’s opening and closing messages. So, you can have Alexa say something like: “Great news! Lucy’s birthday is 15 days away. You must be excited!” In this example, “Great news!” is the opening, and “You must be excited!” is the closing.

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You’ll see several openings and closings already set up for you. Tap the text to edit one, the “X” to remove one, or “Add Opening/Closing Message” to create a new one. This offers you a terrific way to personalize the experience!

Customize Alexa's opening and closing messages

Next, you can include a closing sound, and if you have an Echo Show or Echo Spot, you can add a background image.

Tap “Add Closing Sound,” and then tap the drop-down list to select a category. From animals to the office to transportation, you can find a sound that fits the event. Pick the one that you want and tap “Update Sound.”

Tap to add a closing sound and select one

If you’re able to use a background image with your device, simply select the color that you want.

Once you finish customizing the skill, tap “Next: Name” at the top. Tap the text field and enter whatever name you want to use.

Name your How Many Days skill

Tap “Next: Create Skill” at the top. You’ll see a brief message as your new skill is being saved with your personalizations.

Tap Create Skill

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You should then see your skill details screen with some ways to ask Alexa for help.

So now, when you’re near your smart speaker, say things like “Alexa, how many days until Lucy’s birthday?”, “Alexa, when is Bailey’s birthday?”, or “Alexa, open Dog Birthdays (name of your skill).”

You also have actions at the bottom of the skill screen. Tap to Edit, Delete, Share, or Publish your skill. If you’re finished, tap the “X” in the top-right corner to close the creation screen.

How Many Days skill details

Reopen the Skill in Alexa

To revisit your How Many Days skill, head back to the Blueprints section in the Alexa app with More > See More > Blueprints. At the top, select “Your Skills.” You can then tap one to take one of the actions above on the details screen.

Go to Blueprints and pick Your Skills

Tools like Alexa with smart speakers in our homes can be fun as well as useful. Sure, you can connect your smart plugs and use Alexa to adjust your smart thermostat. But why not try something new? Whether the How Many Days blueprint is something that the whole family can enjoy or simply motivates you to get through another workday, give it a try!

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