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Jonathan Edward Grant-Peters asked

Why doesn't "Alexa stop my device" work?

I'm building an Alexa smart home skill for operating a particular device. The only operations I really need are for Alexa to be able to start, and stop the device.

I've found that the following commands work perfectly:

  • "Alexa, turn on my (devicename) device".
  • "Alexa, turn off my (devicename) device".
  • "Alexa, start my (devicename) device".

However, I can't get "Alexa, stop my (devicename) device" to work. When I try this, Alexa makes no response, and the voice prompt exists. Therefore, I have no clue what I might be missing.

I am very new to developing Alexa skills, so I might be missing something very basic. Does anyone have a clue what the problem might be?

For this, I'm constrained to the alexa smart home skills model. For unstated reasons , using the custom model is not an option.

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