Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted.

How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Wake Word




You can indeed change the wake word that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers such as the Echo Dot, respond to when you say it.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The wake word is the name you utter when you want the smart speaker to wake up and start listening for a follow-up command / question.  It’s how you “get her attention,” so to speak.  This setting is not customizable beyond these four choices as of yet.

You might wish to change this word for a particular Echo speaker device if you have more than one in the same home, so that they don’t all respond at once when you call her.  This wake word is speaker-specific.  So if you have multiple echo speakers close to each other, you could assign each one a different trigger word.

Following are instructions on how to set this watch word for a specific Echo device connected to your Amazon account.

 

Change Amazon Echo Dot Wake Word Procedure

1. Locate the Alexa app  on your tablet.  Our copy of the app is located on the third page of the home screen on our iOS based iPad tablet, as shown next.

Picture of the iOS Home screen with the Alexa App highlighted.
iOS Home screen with Alexa App highlighted.

 

2. Then, run the Alexa app.  You should then get the Alexa app Home screen, similar to the picture displayed next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Settings option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Settings option highlighted.

 

3. Tap the Settings option, as highlighted by the pink arrow in the previous picture.  This brings up the Settings screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS, displaying the -Settings- screen, with the Living Room speaker highlighted.
Amazon Alexa App on iOS, displaying the -Settings- screen, with the Living Room speaker highlighted.

 

4. Tap the Echo speaker device   whose wake word you wish to modify.  We’re going to update the Living Room speaker’s trigger word in this scenario.  So, when we tapped that device on the screen above, we got the following screen back.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Device Settings- screen for our -Living Room- speaker, with the -Set Wake Word- option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Device Settings- screen for our -Living Room- speaker, with the -Set Wake Word- option highlighted.

 

5. Tap the   Wake Word   item, pointed at by the pink arrow in the previous picture.  You should then see the Change your Wake Word  screen, similar to the following.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the Choices pull down menu highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the Choices pull down menu highlighted.

 

6. Tap the Wake Word Choices pull down menu item, as pointed at by the pink arrow in the previous picture.  That menu then expands, and appears as follows.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the Choices menu expanded.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the Choices menu expanded.

 

7. Tap the wake word choice you wish.  In our case, we’re changing our living room speaker to   Computer.  So, we tap the  Computer  item on that menu, and then are returned to the  Change Your Wake Word  screen as follows.  But now, the value in the Wake Word Choices pull down combo box is Computer, as shown.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted.

 

8. Tap the  Save  button, as highlighted in the previous picture.  Then, the  Changing Wake Word  window pops up briefly, as shown following, and then the Wake Word Changed  window appears.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Changing Wake Word In Progress- window.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Changing Wake Word In Progress- window.
Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Wake Word Changed- screen, with the -Close- button highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Wake Word Changed- screen, with the -Close- button highlighted.

 

9. Press the Close button.  Your Echo speaker should now respond to her new name.  Test it out.

10. You’re done!

 

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  • 2017-03-18: Originally published.