How to Change Alexa's Name on Your Amazon Echo Device

You don't need to use Alexa as the wake word for your smart speaker

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Don't like calling your Echo or other device by 'Alexa'? Change her name! Wake words on Echo devices can be easily changed to other options provided by Amazon.

 

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How to Change Alexa's Name By Asking Her

While it may seem like Alexa is listening for her name, she is actually listening for a specific wake word, which tells her to wake up and start listening for commands and questions. And the best part is that you don't need to go trampling about in settings to change this word.  Just ask Alexa to do it for you.

  1. Ask: "Alexa, can we change your name?"
  2. She will ask if you want to call her Amazon, Computer or Echo. Maybe you can call her HAL in the future, but she cannot go by a custom name just yet. 
  3. Respond with the name you prefer. (The fact that she can go by the name 'Computer', by the way, shows that Alexa has quite the sense of humor.) 
  4. If you decide you aren't quite ready to change Alexa's name, say, Cancel.
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How to Change Alexa's Name in the Alexa App

What if you aren't around your Amazon Echo series smart speaker and you want to change wake word? Or perhaps you think it might offend Alexa to ask her directly to change her name and you don't want to get on the bad side of our future overlords. No problem. You can also use the app on your smartphone or tablet you used for her initial set up.

  1. Launch the Alexa app. Alternatively, you can visit https://alexa.amazon.com on any computer.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu button.  This is the button with three horizontal lines on it.  (If you are using the website, you can skip this step.)
  3. Choose Settings from the menu.
  4. Tap the Echo device whose name you want to change.
  5. Scroll down this list and choose Wake Word.  
  6. If you have never changed it, the current Wake Word should be Alexa.  Tap the name to produce a list of alternatives.
  7. After you choose an alternative, tap the Save button.

It may take a few minutes for the Amazon Echo speaker to start responding to the new name, but she usually converts over to the new wake word in less than 30 seconds.