If your entire family has got hooked on the Alexa experience, the good news is your smart speaker supports Household Profiles and can even recognise your voice.
Few people realise that your smart speaker is capable of delivering personalised experiences to individuals in the home, and Amazon is developing a host of new features out which will build on these theme.
Google Home has led the way in terms of voice matching to different profiles, but Amazon is slowly catching up with Alexa. It’s not a universal feature yet, but if you’re looking to create user profiles for those in your home, there’s plenty to get started with.
Alexa Household profiles
The first personalisation feature is called Household Profiles. This enables you to essentially have different users with different profiles, which you can hot-swap between on your Amazon Echo device.
Why use Alexa household profiles?
Most useful in homes where perhaps everyone isn’t a family member – shared housing, university digs, this is when you might want to use your own Amazon account. This is especially useful for shopping – where you might want to add items to your shopping lost, not that of your housemate.
There are some other nifty tricks, too. You can use Alexa Household Profiles to get around the issue of sharing Spotify accounts. While you can’t use multiple Spotify accounts on a single Alexa profile, you can if you swap Amazon accounts altogether.
How to change your Alexa household profiles
To jump between profiles simply by say "Alexa, switch profile". Finally, if you’re not sure which profile you’re using, just say "Alexa, which profile am I using?" and she’ll help you out.
What are Alexa Voice profiles?
Identifying who’s talking via voice is an area that Alexa has lagged its main rival Google Assistant. While Google has had voice identification down for a while, Amazon is just getting started – so much so that the feature isn’t available outside the US quite yet.
However, those with the Voice Match feature can train Alexa to recognise your voice. It takes a simple training exercise, parroting back phrases and then you can start assigning certain features to your voice.
Personalised calling, messaging
While Spotify generally gets the same treatment as Amazon Music in the Alexa experience, Amazon’s own service benefits from voice match. If you’re the proud owner of an Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan, you can train your voice, and then assign it to a member within your account.
Likewise, shopping greatly benefits from the voice match feature. Training your voice will enable you to confirm purchases just using your voice, and stop the kids from adding 100 unicorns to your shopping basket, just for chuckles.
We all have different interests, so Alexa will tailor flash briefings to your voice. What’s more, if you’re partner has heard the headlines but you haven’t, it will know that you’re still to be caught up on key news and repeat them for you. Likewise, if you’ve already heard the news of the day, Alexa won’t bombard you with the same content twice.
How to create your Alexa voice profile
Follow the steps below to set up your voice profile.
- Head to the Alexa app and tap Settings
- Scroll down to the Accounts section
- Choose Your voice from the menu
- Tap Begin
- Choose am Alexa device to do the voice training through
- Say the phrase, pressing next after completing each section.
- When you’re done you can assign features to your voice.
How to create a second voice profile
Obviously the above is great, but Voice Match comes into its own when more than one person is using Alexa on a daily basis. Here’s how to get a second user set up using voice match
- Second person install Alexa app on their smartphone
- Sign in with same Amazon ID and password
- Choose ‘I’m someone else” from the list
- Repeat steps above to train Alexa to recognise your voice.