Block Contacts on the Amazon Echo

Amazon has made an update to their iOS and Android Apps to allow for users to block contacts on the Amazon Echo.  If you recall, there were some security concerns about Amazon’s new feature when it was first released.

This update comes about a month after the release, so it looks like Amazon is paying attention to user feedback.

In the updated version, you can find the Block Contacts menu by following these steps:

  1. Click the Conversation Menu Button (Speech Bubble).
  2. Click the Start Conversation button (Square with Pencil) in the top right of the screen.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Start Conversation screen and click Block Contacts.
  4. Select the name of the person you want to block – a confirmation menu will pop up..

To unblock a person, follow the same steps, but you will see the person you blocked with a grayed out name and flagged with Unblock.  The same confirmation will come up.

It seems that once you block a user, that user is blocked for everyone in the household, even though they may have their own account.  Additionally, you cannot block anyone from your household.

Tell us in the comments below if you have been using the Messaging and Calling feature on your Amazon Echo.  Does this make you more inclined to use it now that you can block contacts on the Amazon Echo?

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