Changing Alexa’s Name

If you’re like me, you have multiple Alexa devices in your home. This can become problematic when two (or more) of the devices are within earshot of each other. I discovered this the hard way with my smart home. Having the same name, or “wake word” caused inconsistent results when controlling my smart lighting.

So what was the ultimate solution? Changing the wake word to be different on each device. If you’ve got more then four devices, it gets a bit trickier. In that case, use the same wake words on devices that are far enough apart not to respond at the same time (such as opposite ends of the house).

How to Change Alexa’s Name

Alexa’s name is also referred to as the “wake word.” You have four options for a wake word – Alexa, Echo, Amazon, or Computer. Do not confuse this with the device name, which doesn’t impact the operation of the device in any way – it merely tells you which device you’re making changes to. I’ve named all of my devices by the room in which they’re located.

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Method 1 – Via the App

To change Alexa’s name via the app,

  • Open the Alexa app
  • Sign in to your Amazon account, if necessary
  • Select the Devices icon in the lower right-hand corner (it looks like a little house)
  • Scroll to and select “All Devices” to bring up a list of your connected devices.
  • Choose the device whose wake word you wish to change
  • Scroll down and select wake word
  • Choose the wake word you desire from the drop-down list
  • Select OK to save your changes
  • Your Alexa device’s name (wake word) will be updated in a few moments.

Method 2 – Via the Web

To change Alexa’s name via the web, navigate to the web version of the Alexa app. Once there:

  • Sign in to your Amazon account, if necessary
  • Go to Settings
  • Choose the device whose name (wake word) you wish to change
  • Scroll to the General section
  • Click on the current wake word to edit
  • Choose the wake word you desire from the drop-down list
  • Click on the Select button to save your choice
  • Your Alexa device’s name (wake word) will be updated in a few moments.

That’s all there is to it!

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Method 3 – Ask Alexa to do it Herself

You can also change Alexa’s voice via voice command. Say [current wake word] change wake word to [new wake word]. She will respond with “OK, you can call me [new wake word] in a few seconds.

Changing Alexa’s Voice

You have several options for changing the way Alexa speaks. The first is to change the language that she speaks in. Be advised, however, that your voice must also match the language being spoken, so if you choose to have Alexa speak U.K. English rather than U.S. English, you’d better have an impeccable British accent yourself or she may become confused.

Note: There are many accents available for English, and several other languages supported as well. Changing the voice in this manner changes all of Alexa’s responses to you.

The other alternative is to use a Skill to choose a celebrity voice to speak to you. In this case, not all responses will be used by the new celebrity voice, only select phrases that have been pre-loaded into the skill. The only skill officially available from Amazon currently is Samuel L. Jackson, but it is not free. Therefore, we’re not going to go into how to enable this skill in this article.

Method 1 – Changing the Language Via the App

To make an Alexa voice change via the app,

  • Open the Alexa app
  • Sign in to your Amazon account, if necessary
  • Select the Devices icon in the lower right-hand corner (it looks like a little house)
  • Scroll to and select “All Devices” to bring up a list of your connected devices.
  • Choose the device whose language you wish to change
  • Scroll down and select Language
  • Choose the language/accent you desire from the drop-down list
  • Click OK on both of the alert windows that are displayed.

Your Alexa device’s language will be updated in a few moments.

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Method 2 – Changing the Language via your Web Browser

To make an Alexa voice change via the web, navigate to the web version of the Alexa app. Once there:

  • Sign in to your Amazon account, if necessary
  • Go to Settings
  • Choose the device whose language setting you wish to change
  • Scroll to the General section
  • Click on Language to edit
  • Choose the Language you desire from the drop-down list
  • Click on the Save Changes button to save your choice

There is currently no voice command available to change the language setting on your device.

Other Useful Tips

Here are a couple of useful voice commands.

You can set the volume of your device to a value of 0 to 10 by saying, “[Wake word] set the volume to [value].”

You can speed up or slow down how fast your device speaks to you by saying, “[Wake word] speak (faster or slower)” or to reset, say, “[Wake word] speak at your default rate.”

Conclusion

There you have it. Changing Alexa’s voice or name is easy, and can be accomplished in multiple ways. It’s my sincere wish that Amazon allows us to name Alexa anything that we choose, rather than limiting us to four choices. But until that day comes, you still have a little wiggle room if you want to move away from the default.

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