How to change Alexa’s location and time

Let Alexa know exactly where your Echo's home address is

Change Alexa’s location and time zone

Alexa gets smarter by the week, but Amazon's assistant performs a lot better the more it knows about you. We know, we know, sometimes you don't want to share all your info with these tech companies - and that's perfectly fine - but revealing your address will help Alexa give you the best responses and show the correct time.

Having your Amazon Echo device know your address allows it to personalize responses to you and generally just be a little more useful. For example, changing your location will help Alexa automatically change the time, show weather in your location and give you responses more relevant to your area.

Read this: How to change Alexa's name and voice

But how do you change the location of an Echo device, and is this the only way you can change the time for Alexa? Below, we'll run through all the details.

How to change location

To enter or change your address, do the following:

1) Open the Alexa app and hit the Devices section on the bottom-right of the screen.

2) Tap the Echo and Alexa tab and choose the one you want to change.

3) Scroll down the Device Settings and hit Location.

4) Select your country at the top, then enter your home address.

Also, because location is specified for each device - not centrally in your account - changing one device’s location will not change the others, too. If you want to change them all, you’ll have to do the above procedure for each of them.

If you have an Echo Show or Spot...

If you have an Echo with a display - so, an Echo Show or Echo Spot - you can change the location directly on the device.

1) Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings (or say “Alexa, go to settings”).

2) Hit Device Options.

3) Then Device Location.

4) You can then manually enter the address.

How to change the time on Alexa

Unfortunately, changing the time on your Echo device is tied directly to your location. And while this means you obviously don't have to manually change the time every time you switch between time zones, it also means that you can't change things if, for some reason, it malfunctions.

Issues related to the time are rare, but if you are having problems, simply play around with the location until you see the correct time. Again, remember that changing the location on one device won't change it on another. And if all else fails and your Echo simply refuses to show the right time, you can always give it a reset.

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