How to change Alexa’s name and voice

Amazon’s smart assistant adds a personal touch to your interactions with all your connected devices. But then again, if her name is always Alexa and she always sounds the same, it quickly starts to feel like Alexa’s personality is one big, elaborate lie.

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I mean, of course, it is. She’s not a real person. But we still like to keep up appearances, to keep the illusion feeling real.

One great way to do that is the move away from the default settings. You can, in fact, change Alexa’s name. You can even change her voice.

If you want to give it a try, here’s how:

How to change Alexa’s name

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Unfortunately, you can’t just choose any old name to swap in instead of Alexa. If you thought about asking David Hasselhoff, Frodo, or Prince Harry to turn up the heat or order new paper towels would be funny, I’m afraid you’re out of luck.

Instead, you can choose between “Amazon,” “Echo,” and “Computer” if “Alexa” doesn’t do it for you. My vote is for a Star Trek-inspired “Computer,” but you do you.

Here’s how to change Alexa’s name:

  • Open the Alexa app on your Android or iOS device.
  • Open the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines) in the top left corner.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Select the device you want to change.
  • Click on Wake Word.
  • Click and open the drop-down menu where you’ll get to choose between “Amazon,” “Echo,” of “Computer”.
  • Pick your favorite Alexa alternative.

How to change Alexa’s voice

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If it’s the voice you want to change, that’s definitely an option too. Unfortunately, you can’t just ask for Oprah or Clint Eastwood to voice your Amazon assistant (but we sure wish you could).

Instead, Alexa can switch to different languages or regional accents. She’ll always have a female voice, but if you want her to have an Australian, Indian, southern U.S., or some other accent to match your family’s speech patterns, you can absolutely do that.

Here’s how:

  • Open the Alexa app.
  • Click on the gear icon.
  • Select the device you want to change.
  • Click on Language.
  • Click on and open the drop-down menu and select the language of your choice.
  • Click Save Changes.
  • Click Yes, Change to confirm.

That’s it! You’re all set to change Alexa’s name and voice to suit your needs.

Have you had difficulty making these changes? Do you know other Alexa modifications that make your experience more enjoyable? Let us know in the comments!

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