Is there a way to set the Echo Show to turn the screen off at night? The one in the bedroom is just too bright and distracting at night so it ends up turned around on a permanent basis and that defeats the whole reason for it.
Here is the rub with that. It's in my mom's room, we use it to check on her and drop in on her. She has aphasia and isn't able to say Alexa, Echo or whatever the third option is so she has never been able to talk to it unfortunately. I wish it allowed for a personalized word setting so we could use one she can say but it doesn't. I was hoping there would be a way to darken the screen at night or during certain hours, even all the time if we have to so she doesn't turn it around or put it out of sight all the time because it doesn't work for us to drop in when it's facing the wall. Lol I should have stated the speaking problem to begin with, sorry.
Thanks for both of those suggestions Frank. The problem with doing either of those things, at least the way I understand it, is that we won't be able to Drop In (or she wont hear us) when she has it muted or if it's on Do not Disturb and that defeats the main purpose for having it unfortunately. Now if I could just schedule the screen to go off between certain hours without disabling our ability to wake it up by Dropping In that would be perfect but that's not the way I understand it to work. Is that wrong?
You are absolutely right... I just checked my test setup here and if your Mom's Echo show is in Do Not Disturb Mode neither calling or drop-in works.
Also, if she turns on the mute button, you won't be able to see her
But, I still have a few suggestions for you:
1. You can set a schedule for the Do Not Disturb on the Echo Show, but you can remotely override it using your mobile device to log into her Amazon account and temporarily disabling it
2. You could setup "Tap for Alexa" on her Echo Show and have her tap a button "Alexa, Turn off the screen". This still allows you to drop in or call her
3. You could ADD an Echo Dot near her Echo Show and have it actually speak the "Alexa, turn off the screen" as a command to the Echo Show when she pushes an "Echo Button" (a large senior-friendly button) through using Alexa Routines
Those are great ideas Frank, thank you! We don't have a Dot so I think I will try the "tap for Alexa" first but #1 actually works too since we use her account to drop in anyway. But I'm gping to try the tap feature first just to give her some control over it all. I hadn't understood that "tap for Alexa" meant we could program commands without any speech or a series of taps to go through.