Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen, showing the -Wake Name Choices- menu, with the -Amazon- choice highlighted.

Can You Change Alexas Name She Answers To?




Can you change Alexas 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…”  You say this name when you want the voice assistant to run a command or answer a question.  It’s how you “get her attention,” so to speak.

Can you Change Alexas name to anything you want? 

The name setting is not customizable beyond these four choices (Alexa, Amazon, Computer, Echo).  At least, not yet.




You might wish to change this name for a particular Echo speaker device.  Why?  Because speakers with different names don’t all respond at once when you call with the same name.  This name is speaker-specific.  So if you have multiple echo speakers around the house, you could assign each one a different trigger word

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

Can You Change Alexas Name?  How to do That Method

1. Find the Alexa App  on your Mobile Device 

First, we find the app on home screen page three on our iOS tablet, as shown next.

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.
Can you change Alexas name? iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

2. Then, Run the Alexa App

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

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.
Can you change Alexas name? Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.

3. Tap the Hamburger Control

Then, this brings up the app’s main menu.  This control is pointed at by the blue arrow in the picture just previous.  Then, the main menu appears, as shown next.

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
Can you change Alexas name? Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.




4. Tap the Settings Option

See the Settings option highlighted by the  blue  arrow in the previous picture.  This brings up the  Settings  screen, as shown next.

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.
Can you change Alexas name? Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.

5. Tap the Alexa Speaker you Wish to Change

In this demo, we’re going to modify the  Bedroom Dot  speaker’s wake word.  So, when we tapped that device on the screen above, we got the  Device Settings  following screen back.  We then scrolled down to reveal the wake word option, as circled in the next picture.

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Wake Word- option circled.
Can you change Alexas name? Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Wake Word- option circled.

6. Tap the   Wake Word  Item

The Wake Word item is circled in blue in the last pic.

You should then see the  Change your Wake Word   screen, as follows.

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen. We have the current name and expansion arrow circled.
Can you change Alexas name? Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen. We have the current name and expansion arrow circled.




7. Tap the  Wake Word Choices  Pull Down Menu Item

We circled this pull down menu in blue in the last pic.

Then, you can touch either area.

After touching, that menu then expands as shown next.

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen. We're showing the -Wake Name Choices- menu, with the -Amazon- choice highlighted.
Can you change Alexas name? Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen. We’re showing the -Wake Name Choices- menu, with the -Amazon- choice highlighted.

8. Tap the Wake Word Choice you Wish

In our case, we’re changing our living room speaker to   Amazon.  So, we tap the  Amazon  item on that menu.

This returns us then, to the  Change Your Wake Word  screen as follows.  But now, the current name is set to Amazon, as shown next.

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen. We set and circled the -Amazon- name choice.
Can you change Alexas name? Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen. We have set and circled the -Amazon- name choice.

9. Tap the  Save  Button

See the Save button in the last screenshot.

Then after a short pause, the Wake Word Changed  window appears as follows.

Can you change Alexas name? Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Wake Word Changed- window, with the -Close- button highlighted.
Can you change Alexas name? Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Wake Word Changed- window, with the -Close- button highlighted.




10. Press the Close Button

The app then returns to the  Device Settings  screen.  Your Alexa speaker should then respond to her new name; Amazon in this demo.  Check this out.

11. Close the Alexa App

12. Finished!

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Revision History

  • 2018-04-17: Revised content for better keyword targeting.
  • 2018-02-12: Originally published.