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 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.  This setting is not customizable beyond these choices; at least, not yet.

You might wish to change this name for a particular Echo speaker device, so that they don’t all respond at once when you call her.  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.

Change Alexa Name 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.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted
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.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.

 

3. Tap the hamburger control   to bring 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.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.

 

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

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.

 

4. 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.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Wake Word- option circled.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Wake Word- option circled.

 

5. Tap the   Wake Word   item, that is circled in blue in the previous picture.  You should then see the  Change your Wake Word   screen, similar to the following.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the current name and expansion arrow circled.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the current name and expansion arrow circled.

 

6. Tap the Wake Word Choices pull down menu item, as circled in blue in the previous picture.  You can touch either area. That menu then expands, and appears as follows.

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.
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.

 

7. 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, and then are returned to the  Change Your Wake Word  screen as follows.  But now, the current name is set to Amazon, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the -Amazon- name choice set and circled.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Settings-Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the -Amazon- name choice set and circled.

 

8. Tap the  Save  button  in the previous picture.  After a short pause, the Wake Word Changed  window appears as follows.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Wake Word Changed- window, with the -Close- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS in 2018, displaying its -Wake Word Changed- window, with the -Close- button highlighted.

 

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

10. Close the Alexa app.

11. You’re finished!

 

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Revision History

  • 2018-02-12: Originally published.