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 although there are only four different wake words on offer: Ziggy, Amazon, Computer and Echo.
If you'd prefer a different Alexa voice or 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 Alexa‚Äôs name / wake word
Sick of saying Alexa‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúAlexa‚ÄĚ to "Ziggy", ‚ÄúEcho‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúAmazon‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúComputer‚ÄĚ.
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 Alexa‚Äôs voice or accent
In mid-2021, Amazon launched a new male voice for Alexa. The new tone was launched along with the new Ziggy name.
The new voice is only available in the US for now and you can enable it by saying, "Alexa, change your voice."
Alternatively, you can change the voice within the Alexa app. Note that Amazon doesn't call the voice options male or female; rather original or new.
- Tap Settings > Device Settings.
- Choose your Echo smart speaker.
- Tap Settings.
- Choose Alexa‚Äôs Voice and select either New or Original.
Other Alexa voices to try
If you're not in the US, there are other ways to switch Alexa's voice up if you‚Äôre sick of the same tones and intonations.
If you‚Äôve 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.
Changing Alexa to a celebrity voice
It's not just the name you can jazz your Alexa digital assistant up with, you can also add a bit of celebrity fun to the mix.
Amazon announced a new Samuel L. Jackson voice for Alexa in 2019 and there are now two more celebrity voices available for Alexa: Shaquille O‚ÄôNeal and Melissa McCarthy.
They don‚Äôt take over the whole Alexa experience ‚Äď but can be summoned for different tasks.
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