How to use Alexa Group Calling to make group video calls on an Amazon Echo device


Table of Contents

Picture of Erin Lawrence

Erin Lawrence

If you have a new Amazon Echo Show 8 and you want to try some of it’s new features, you might be watching this video because you’ve realized they’re not intuitive or easy to set up. So in this video I’ll show you how to set up Alexa Group Calling, which will allow you to call multiple people on your Show 8 2nd generation.

How to use Alexa Group Calling

To make or take part in a group call, you will first need to sign up to use Alexa Communication and then opt-in to use enhanced features, like Group Calling. And everyone involved needs either an Amazon Echo Show 8 2nd generation or thew Alexa app on their phone or tablet.

You and everyone else in your group needs to sign up for Alexa Communication in the Alexa app by tapping Communicate and verifying your mobile phone information. To do it, go to the More menu on the bottom right, then choose Settings, then Communication. Choose Enhanced Features and ensure the switch is toggled on.

With Group Calling, up to seven friends or family can join an audio or video call with Alexa. Only one user needs to create and name the group in their Alexa app, and then any member of that group can start a group call by saying, “Alexa, call my [group name].”

To create your group:

  • Go to the Communicate tab in the Alexa app.
  • Tap the icon in the upper right-hand corner, choose Add New, then Add Groups.
  • Select at least two Alexa contacts you want included in your group.
  • Enter a name for your group (for example: “College Friends”).

Once created, the group will show up in the Contacts page of each member. 
Once a group has been set up, simply say, “Alexa call my college friends” for the next happy hour or birthday celebration.

That’s it. Now you can talk to a group of friends or family all on one device with one simple command.

If you want to learn more about Amazon’s Echo range of smart speakers, smart speakers with screen, and smart digital assistant, you can check out my reviews of each of these devices (Amazon Echo Show 10, the 4th gen Echo and Echo Dot) here on the blog or the YouTube channel. If you have been waffling on whether or not to get one of these devices and want to know what it can do for you in your home, be sure to check out 15 Things you can do with Alexa.

*A note about Affiliate Links: Occasionally I will include affiliate links in my reviews. I do this partly for convenience of the reader (since I’ll almost always include a link to the company website or similar anyway) in case you want to read more or purchase but I also may get a small commission from the click, which helps me keep the blog running. If you chose to use this link I thank you greatly for supporting the blog. There’s no obligation or cost to you for using this link.


Leave a Comment

Author's Recommendation

Ring Alarm Pro
Smart Home
Erin Lawrence

Ring Alarm PRO in-home review

We’ve reviewed a lot of Ring products in the past, and this time, we tried to full 8-piece Ring Alarm Pro system and plan. See our review here.

Read More »
A Trusted Source for Technology Reviews

What We Do

We share honest, 100% hands-on reviews, and we’ve been around since 2013. 

No jargon, no specs or speed tests. Our reviews are written for REAL people just like you.

Our only goal is to help you make savvy buying decisions.

How We Review

  • Test in real homes
  • Hands-on testing 6-12 hours over 1-2 weeks
  • We are fair & balanced; sharing pros AND cons
  • We answer the questions you have
  • Giving you the info you need to make your own choice

Expert Reviews of

  • 1,000+ total devices
  • 69+ vacuums & robot vacuums
  • 50+ speakers
  • 30+ health & beauty devices
  • 15+ sound bars
  • 60+ TVs & streaming gadgets
  • 25+ smartphones
  • 55+ headphones/earbuds

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve published content on over 1,200 topics including over a thousand product reviews. We do only hands on testing with 100% of the gadgets. We give you the truth about tech, and any time we are paid to publish content we are 100% transparent and let you know it. Plus we only accept sponsorship for gadgets we’ve tried or believe in—and believe YOU’D find useful too.

With over 80,000 YouTube Subscribers to our video reviews, we are a trusted resource you can often find in YouTube’s Recommended Videos.

Join my newsletter for gadget news and Giveaways!