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

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

Don't like calling your Echo or other devices by Alexa? Change its name! Amazon offers other "wake words" for your Echo and a straightforward method of activating them.

How to Change Alexa's Name By Asking It

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

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

How to Change Alexa's Name in the Alexa App

You can also use the app on your smartphone or tablet you used for its initial setup.

  1. Launch the Alexa app. Alternatively, visit https://alexa.amazon.com on any computer.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu button. It's an icon 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 it usually converts over to the new wake word in less than 30 seconds.

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