We may live in the age of Alexa, but barking the same wake word and hearing the same voice answer our requests can quickly make us feel like we're the robots.
If you want to say something different than Alexa to command your smart speaker then the good news is that it's possible - albeit in a limited way; you can't just call Alexa anything you want.
Unlike its rivals, Amazon allows users to change the Alexa wake word and add a pinch of variation to the Echo devices experience. If you'd prefer a different Alexa accent reading out your weather report or reminders, there are steps for this, too.
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Follow the steps below and learn how to change it all on your Amazon Echo speaker.
Changing Alexaâs name / wake word
Sick of saying Alexaâs name? Want a different wake word to trigger the voice assistant on your Echo devices? Well, customisation options are very limited, but you can change the wake word from âAlexaâ to âEchoâ, âAmazonâ or âComputerâ.
1. In the app menu, select Devices.
2. Choose the device for which you want to change the wake word.
3. Tap on Wake Word.
4. Choose the one you want, then hit OK.
5. Once the orange light stops flashing, the name you use to wake Alexa should be changed.
Change Alexaâs voice or accent
Itâs still baffling that Alexa canât even have a male voice, but there are other ways to switch it up if youâre sick of the same tones and intonations. If youâve ever fancied giving your Echo speaker a British accent or an Aussie twang, you can do so. You can also have Alexa speak English in an Indian accent.
Listen here: What all of Alexa's accents sound like
However, be warned, Alexa's brain is also localised to where you set it, meaning a change in accent may pull up different answers, so it may alter the experience a little.
1. In the app menu, select Alexa Devices.
2. Choose the device you want to change the voice of.
3. Scroll down and tap on Languages.
4. Hit the drop-down box and choose the language you want.
5. Hit Save changes.
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