Hi everyone! As an experienced Alexa user, I’ve encountered a number of issues with using Alexa and one of them is when Alexa says, “Front Door Doesn’t Support that”. In this post, I’ll explain why this error message appears and how to troubleshoot it.
Alexa will say the “front door doesn’t support that” when she can’t operate your smart TV, when smart lighting fails, when skill fails, or when you use similar names in groups and devices.
|Alexa will say “Front door doesn’t support that” when she can’t operate your smart TV, when smart lighting fails, when skill fails, or when you use similar names in groups and devices.|
|To fix the issue, troubleshoot the device, update your device, check if Echo is connected properly to the TV, and ensure that the smart bulbs are functioning properly.|
|Avoid using similar names for groups and devices to avoid confusion.|
|Create a routine to help Alexa follow instructions without fail.|
|Alexa can now unlock doors with a voice code.|
|Alexa can also lock doors for added convenience.|
Why does Alexa say, “Front Door Doesn’t Support that”?
Alexa is compelled to say, ‘Front door doesn’t support that,’ for a variety of reasons:
Alexa is Unable to Control your Smart Television
If, when trying to operate your smart TV, Alexa responds with, “Television does not support that,” or does nothing, this, to put it mildly, is very infuriating.
The issue could be the result of a variety of different factors.
- Constraints of the device
If you attempt to control a Fire TV through its remote, Alexa will not work with any other smart television unless it is integrated into the system.
- Each Echo can control up to one Fire TV
Regardless of the number of Fire TVs connected to your Alexa app, each Echo device can only manage to control each at a time.
Therefore, if you have multiple Echo devices and televisions, you can configure each Echo to control a different television.
Read more: Can you use Alexa with Apple Carplay?
Errors in Smart Lighting
Consider the following scenario: You wish to change the color of your Living Room to light blue, but Alexa says, “Sorry, the Living Room does not support that.”
It mostly happens if you use a smart bulb that only displays a single light color. However, if your smart lights can display various colors, you will need to conduct some troubleshooting as the majority do.
Issues with your device could result from an issue with the skill that links Alexa to your smart device.
Alexa can communicate with your smart devices using Skills; however, if there is a malfunction, it can cause various issues.
Read more: Can Alexa change the Xfinity channel?
Using Similar Names
Another frequent occurrence involves group or device naming. If you are using the Alexa app’s Groups function, your groups’ names and the names of other devices may confuse Alexa.
Assume you have a kitchen light and a group for the kitchen that contains lights and other smart devices.
If you tell your Echo to “change the kitchen light to orange,” it may become perplexed and answer, “Sorry, that is not supported by the kitchen.”
What to do When Alexa Says it doesn’t Support That?
Because different methods work differently in different situations, resolving Alexa’s not working issue will require trial and error.
Update Your Device
If this is the first time you are experiencing this, double-check your configuration settings. Have you received any updates to your Alexa app, Echo or Television app, software, or firmware?
Occasionally, updates can resolve common issues. If you recently installed a software update, the update may have reset or altered existing settings.
Ascertain that your Echo is Connected Properly to Your Television
Check whether Echo is connected to the proper television by navigating to “More,” “Settings,” and “TV & Video.” Click “Fire TV” on the following screen. This will bring up a screen indicating which Echo devices are connected to which televisions.
After that, restart your Echo and Alexa to guarantee correct operation. If this is not the case, contact Technical Support.
Ascertain that the Smart Bulbs are Functioning Properly
Smart bulbs tend to disconnect or unpair with their apps and, eventually, Alexa.
You will know they have done so if you manually turn the lights on and witness them blinking as though it is the first time.
Additionally, ascertain that the Wi-Fi is strong enough because it could be the reason for the constant disconnecting.
You will need to re-configure them if this occurs, and any procedures that use these lights must be changed.
While this is inconvenient, it does happen, and after fixing the issue, everything should flow just fine.
Once the reconfiguration is done, verify that your settings are configured appropriately. You may need to restart your Echo by disconnecting and reconnecting it.
Forcing the Alexa app and any other apps used by smart lights to close can also assist in resetting things.
Avoid Naming Groups and Devices the Same Thing
Each group and device should have a unique name that does not clash with another.
Having similar names confuses Alexa and makes her fail to perform the tasks instructed as expected.
Routines as a Partial Solution
Routines are something to explore if Alexa and your Echo continue to be a source of contention.
Having a schedule in place may help you overcome any challenges that your Echo may offer.
The routine is beneficial because specific duties are carefully stated, creating a road plan for your Echo to follow.
Assume you want to create a peaceful environment by programming your smart lights to display a specific hue at a specific brightness. To accomplish this, create a routine in the Alexa app.
You will offer the command and other instructions, such as which lights should change color and how brightly they should change.
Can Alexa Open the Front Door Lock?
Formerly, Alexa could only be used to lock doors, as it was deemed unsafe to use your voice to unlock them.
However, Amazon overcame this restriction by integrating a voice code that must be spoken to validate any unlocking activity.
The technology used is very safe and does not allow any burglar to storm into your house.
Can Alexa Lock the Door?
For years, Amazon’s tech wizards designed a technology that would be able to lock your door using Alexa. Alexa’s close door feature is very convenient and comes in handy.