How to change the location and time on your Alexa device

Get the most accurate information by telling Alexa your home address

Change Alexa's location and time zone
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Alexa is getting smarter all the time, but one of the best things you can do to help the voice assistant is entering your address.

Sure, we understand that you may not want to share everything with Amazon, but this is one basic bit of information that can let your Alexa-compatible device deliver the most accurate responses and show the correct time. If it knows exactly where it lives, your Amazon Echo is able to, for example, show weather and directions fine-tuned to its surroundings.

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

So, because it's so vital to a top Alexa experience, we've detailed exactly how to change the location of an Alexa device. With this change, we'll also be running through whether this is the only way to change the time of on your speaker.

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. 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, Echo Show 5 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.

Change the time on Alexa

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 does also mean 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 it simply refuses to show the right time, you can always give your Amazon Echo a reset.

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