How to Change Alexa's Voice to Shaquille O'Neal

Get Alexa to talk like Shaq

What to Know

  • Purchase the Shaq voice skill for Alexa on Amazon's website or your Echo by saying “Alexa, introduce me to Shaq.”
  • Say “Shaq, what can you do?” for a rundown of the skill. For example, you can say “Shaq, tell me a story.”
  • Other voices for Alexa include Melissa McCarthy, Samuel L. Jackson, Deadpool, and R2-D2.

This article explains how to change Alexa's voice to Shaquille O’Neal. The instructions apply to all second-generation Amazon Echo devices including the Echo Dot and Echo Show.

How Do You Change Alexa's Voice to Shaquille O'Neal?

Follow these steps to enable the Shaq voice skill on your Echo:

  1. Say “Alexa, introduce me to Shaq.”

  2. Alexa will give an explanation of how the skill works. Say “Yes” to confirm the purchase.

    To activate the celebrity voice skill on your other connected Echo devices, say “Alexa, enable Shaq.”

  3. Say “Shaq” followed by your request. For example, “Shaq, tell me a joke.”

How Does the Shaq Voice Skill for Alexa Work?

Celebrity voice skills do not change Alexa's default voice. Instead, Shaq will respond to specific requests. If you ask him for help making a list, setting reminders, or shopping, Shaq will defer to Alexa.

Here are some examples of voice commands Shaq will respond to:

  • “Shaq, what can you do?”
  • “Shaq, set an alarm for noon.”
  • “Shaq, set a timer for one hour.”
  • “Shaq, tell me a joke.”
  • “Shaq, what’s the weather today?”
  • “Shaq, drop a beat.”
  • “Shaq, give me advice.”
  • “Shaq, tell me a story.”

How to Purchase the Shaq Voice Skill From Amazon

You can also purchase voice skills for Alexa on Amazon's website.

  1. Log in to your Amazon account and search for “Alexa celebrity voices.”

    Alexa celebrity voices in search bar
  2. Select the Shaquille O’Neal celebrity personality skill.

    Shaquille O’Neal celebrity personality skill on
  3. Select Buy now with 1-Click, then confirm if prompted.

    Make sure the skill is compatible with your device. Look for Works with one or more of your Alexa Devices under Buy now with 1-Click.

    Buy now with 1-Click on Shaq Alexa celebrity voice skill page
  4. Say “Alexa, enable Shaq” to activate the skill on your connected Echo devices.

Can You Get Different Voices for Alexa?

You can also change Alexa's voice to Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa McCarthy, Gordan Ramsay, or even fictional characters like R2-D2 and Deadpool (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). Follow the instructions above to enable these other voice skills. There are also more limited apps like Talk Like Snoop and Historical Voices. Amazon is always adding new Alexa skills, so keep an eye out for more celebrity voices.

Can You Adjust Alexa's Voice?

You can change Alexa's language and accent. For example, you can switch between American English and British English. To change the gender of Alexa's voice, say “Alexa, change your voice.”

For more voice settings, open the Alexa app and tap More > Settings > Voice Responses. From there, you can manage your celebrity voices, enable Whisper Mode, and more.

More, Settings, and Voice Responses in Alexa app
  • How do I get Alexa to recognize my voice?

    To teach Alexa to recognize individual voices, set up Alexa voice profiles in the Alexa app. You can create up to 10 voice profiles for all of your devices.

  • Who voices Alexa?

    Actress and singer Nina Rolle is believed to be the voice behind Amazon's Alexa. While not officially confirmed, this information has been reported by investigative journalists.

  • What other skills does Alexa have?

    In addition to custom voices, other popular Alexa skills include Flash Briefing, 7 Minute Workout, and Amazon Storytime. There are Alexa skills that help you exercise, eat, meditate, and sleep. Alexa can also play games like Jeopardy.

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