Can You Change Alexa’s Name?

You can indeed change the name that the Amazon Alexa enabled speakers respond to when you say it.  Current choices are, “Alexa…,” “Amazon…,” “Computer…,” and “Echo…”  The word is the name you call out when you want the popular voice assistant to wake up and start listening for a follow-up command / question.  It’s how you “get her attention,” so to speak.  … Continue reading Can You Change Alexa’s Name?



How to Connect Alexa to WiFi

In order to connect your Alexa smart speaker to Wi-Fi, the speaker must be entered into Setup mode.  There, you can choose the wireless network you’d like to have the speaker log into via the Alexa app, on either your desktop computer or mobile device.  Below, we walk you through this process with an Amazon … Continue reading How to Connect Alexa to WiFi



Reset Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers, though highly reliably, occasionally require a hard reset, to restore them to their out-of-box, factory default states.  This often corrects erratic behaviors in the speakers, and it prepares them for transfer / sale to another person.  Both the original Echo Dot as well as the 2nd generation Echo Dot … Continue reading Reset Echo Dot



How to Force a Firmware Update on the Amazon Echo Alexa Smart Speakers

Technically speaking, there’s currently no way to force an immediate firmware update on any of the Alexa Echo smart speakers from Amazon.  Further, these speakers typically update quickly by themselves as new firmware is released, within a couple hours, or at worst, a couple days.  But you may want to update your device immediately, particularly … Continue reading How to Force a Firmware Update on the Amazon Echo Alexa Smart Speakers



AC Power Adapter Specs for the Amazon Echo Generation 2 Alexa Smart Speaker

The US version of the power adapter for the Amazon Alexa Generation 2 Echo smart speaker discussed here, features non retracting AC prongs, a six-foot long permanently attached cord, and is surprisingly light weight for its 21 watt power delivery capacity. It’s typical square yet unimposing width and height allows easy fitting into a standard … Continue reading AC Power Adapter Specs for the Amazon Echo Generation 2 Alexa Smart Speaker



AC Power Adapter Specs for the Original Amazon Echo Generation 1 Alexa Smart Speaker

The US version of the power adapter for the Amazon Alexa Generation 1 Echo smart speaker discussed here, features non retracting AC prongs, a six-foot long permanently attached cord, and is surprisingly light weight for its 21 watt power delivery capacity.  It’s typical square yet modest width and height allows easy fitting into a standard … Continue reading AC Power Adapter Specs for the Original Amazon Echo Generation 1 Alexa Smart Speaker



How to Set the Sleep Timer on Original Amazon Alexa Echo Gen 1 Smart Speaker

The original (first) Amazon Alexa Generation One Echo smart speakers now provide a sleep timer function that you can set and cancel with your voice! It works by asking Alexa to play an internet radio station, podcast, flash briefing, or some other streaming service. Then, once the media is streaming, you ask her play the … Continue reading How to Set the Sleep Timer on Original Amazon Alexa Echo Gen 1 Smart Speaker



How to Reset Alexa Echo Gen 2 Dot Back to Factory Default State

You may wish to factory reset the Alexa Echo Dot speaker because you wish to sell your old one to another. Or perhaps you just want to connect it to a different Amazon account, or to a different wireless network.  So, to that end, in order to reset your Alexa Echo Dot to factory default condition, perform the following steps.  Resetting unlinks the … Continue reading How to Reset Alexa Echo Gen 2 Dot Back to Factory Default State



How to Delete Alexa History, Voice Recordings

Each time you speak a request or command to your Alexa speaker, the virtual assistant records your voice and sends that up to Amazon servers in the cloud.  These recordings help the assistant “learn” your ways of talking (your accent, how you say specific words, et al) so that she grows better able to understand you over … Continue reading How to Delete Alexa History, Voice Recordings



Where is the Echo Dot Smart Speaker Reset Button

Where is the Echo Dot reset button?  The answer depends on which Echo Dot you’re inquiring about. Gen 1 Echo Dot Reset Button Location On the first generation Echo Dot, the reset button is located on the under side (the bottom) of the unit.  The Amazon page  Reset Your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot (1st … Continue reading Where is the Echo Dot Smart Speaker Reset Button