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How to play Skyrim for Alexa on iPhone or Android

If you saw the trailer for Skyrim: Very Special Edition during Bethesda's E3 conference you'd be forgiven for thinking it wasn't one of their real E3 2018 games (opens in new tab), as comic actor Keegan-Michael Key yells "FUS-RO-DAH!" with increasing frustration at his Alexa assistant before instructing it to consume all the cheese wheels. But amazingly, it's an actual Alexa Skill you can enable now (opens in new tab), allowing you to "quest and explore the dungeons of Skyrim" and "walk straight up a mountain instead of going around" using only the power of your Thu'um.

If you already own an Amazon Echo (opens in new tab), Echo Dot (opens in new tab), or similar device then you can simply enable the above Skill on your account, say "Alexa, open Skyrim" and get started on your verbal questing across the lands of Tamriel. However, if you don't have an Amazon device in your home then the good news is you can also play Skyrim: Very Special Edition on your iOS or Android device through the Amazon app. Here's how:

  1. Install the Amazon Shopping app for iOS (opens in new tab) or Amazon Alexa app for Android (opens in new tab) on your device, and enable the Skyrim Alexa Skill (opens in new tab) on your Amazon account.

  2. Tap the Alexa icon - on the iOS app this is in the top right corner of the screen, below the shopping cart and next to the camera icon. On the Android app, you can find it at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Say "Alexa, open Skyrim" and you're off on your adventures.

At the time of writing, the Skyrim: Very Special Edition Alexa Skill is only available in the United States, so unfortunately if you're outside that area you'll just have to continue playing the old fashioned way - but why not visit our Skyrim (opens in new tab) guide to make sure you're not missing out on anything.

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 400 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.