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Amazon’s smart assistant, Alexa, adds a personalized way to interact with your smart home. It almost feels like asking a family member for answers. However, Alexa can be a problem from time to time, especially if you have a family member with the same name. You can also get tired of the same robotic voice day after day. If so, you can change Alexa’s name and her voice as follows.
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Remember that Alexa is not real. We don’t live the movie Her, so maybe it helps to make her sound like a robot. However, it can help to feel like you have someone to talk to as the pandemic progresses. Let’s get into the steps you need to take to customize your experience.
How to change Alexa’s name
The first thing we’re going to teach you is how to change Alexa’s name. While it sounds fun asking Tom Brady or Kevin Hart for help all day, we’ll have to pop your bubble. Yes, you can change the name of your assistant, but you only have a few names to choose from.
You can forget all about your favorite celebrities, but Amazon lets you change the name to Computer, Echo, Amazon, or you can stick with Alexa. Most names will certainly remind you that you are talking to a robot, but here are the steps to take:
- Open the Alexa app on your Android or iOS device.
- Tap on it Menu button in the top left corner (it looks like three horizontal lines).
- click on Settings
- Choose the device you want to rename.
- Tap on it Wake up button.
- Select your new name from the drop-down menu. Remember you can only choose Amazon, Echo or Computer.
Please, you have successfully renamed a robot. It’s pretty simple and you can always use these steps to remind yourself how to change Alexa’s name again. You can even change the name for each of your Echo speakers individually so that they don’t all respond at once.
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How to change Alexa’s voice
If you’re tired of the same robotic voice answering all your beckons, it’s time to give Alexa a new voice. While you can’t get an old celebrity to answer your questions, you can tap into a number of different languages and regional accents.
Even though you can add many accents and languages, you cannot switch Alexa’s gender. Even though we are in 2021 and the assistant has come a long way, you are limited to a female voice for your answers. These are the steps you will need:
- Open the Alexa app and tap it Menu button.
- Tap on it Settings button and go to Device settings
- Once the menu is filled, select the device you want to change.
- Click on the Language option.
- Choose your new language or accent from the drop-down menu.
- press the Saving Changes button and confirm when prompted.
And voila, you changed Alexa’s voice. That wasn’t that hard, and you can always go back to the original voice if you’re tired of the new one. But wait, there is one more trick we have to show you.
How to add a celebrity’s voice
Even though we told you that you can’t add your favorite celebrities to your Alexa device, it’s only partially true. You can actually add Samuel L. Jackson and Gordon Ramsay to your speaker, albeit in limited capacities. Unfortunately, you will also have to pay more than $ 5 to hear Samuel L. answer your questions and berate you.
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If you decide to add Mace Windu’s voice to your Echo speaker, you can kick things off with the command “Alexa, introduce me to Samuel L. Jackson.” From there you can talk directly to Samuel with the new wake phrase ‘Hey, Samuel.’ You can control his explicit language settings from your Alexa app, and we highly recommend asking his opinion on snakes. Just trust us on this one.
You can also add Gordon Ramsay, R2-D2 and a few other famous voices to your beloved speaker. You have to download them as skills, but they don’t cost you anything. Once you’ve added them to your Alexa ecosystem, you can activate the different voices by saying, “Alexa, enable Gordon Ramsay skill.” She should react the same way, and you go to the races.
There you have it, anything you want to change with your Alexa speaker. If we find new voices or you can finally change your assistant to Alex, we’ll let you know for sure.