Clean Up Ghost Devices On Your Alexa In One Go
If you have a lot of different smart home devices, chances are you would have changed some configurations, renamed, moved places, or so on and in this, forgot to update Alexa when you made these changes!
Unfortunately, you’ll get a stark reminder when you attempt to control such “ghost” devices with a voice command — try telling Alexa to turn a smart light on with a name it doesn’t recognize and you’ll see.
Alexa will immediately tell you that it cannot find a device with that name. If you tend to make changes frequently and Alexa is not looped in on this, your smart home could be in big chaos. You might end up using a ton of different apps on your phone to control your smart home and staying away from Alexa altogether.
Probably the best and most simple solution would be to delete your entire smart home and start over. This has to be done on the desktop version of the Alexa website. You will lose any rooms, routines, and groups you have created but otherwise the process is simple and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes considering Alexa’s desktop interface is quite easy to use. Alexa will ping all the various services you have linked like Philips Hue, Smart Life, etc. and update them all with the current names of all your devices. When it is finished (and you have rebuilt your rooms and routines in the app) you can go back to ordering Alexa around.
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