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 Alexa Name, Rename Echo Speakers

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 word for a specific Echo device connected to your Amazon account.

How to Change Alexa Name or Rename Her, Step by Step

1. Find the Alexa App  on your Mobile Device

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 to Change Alexa Name

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 to Continue with How to Change Alexa Name

Find the Settings item highlighted by the pink arrow in the last picture.

Touching this item brings up the Settings screen, as shown next.

Picture of the -Settings- screen, with the -Living Room- speaker highlighted.
The -Settings- screen, with the -Living Room- speaker highlighted.

4. Tap the Echo Speaker Whose Name you Wish to Change

We’re going to change the Living Room speaker’s trigger word here.  So, when we tapped that device on the screen above, we got the next screen back.

Picture of the -Device Settings- screen for our -Living Room- speaker, with the -Set Wake Word- option highlighted. How to Change Alexa Name.
The -Device Settings- screen for our -Living Room- speaker, with the -Set Wake Word- option highlighted.

5. Tap the   Wake Word   Item

Find this pointed at by the pink arrow in the last picture.





You should then see the Change your Wake Word screen, similar to the following.

Picture of the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the Choices pull down menu highlighted.
The -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the Choices pull down menu highlighted.

6. Tap the Wake Word Choices Pull Down Menu Item to Continue with How to Change Alexa Name

Find this pointed at by the pink arrow in the last picture.

That menu then expands, and appears as follows.

Picture of the -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the Choices menu expanded.
The -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the Choices menu expanded.

7. Tap the Wake Word Name Choice you Wish

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

The app then returns us 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 -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted. How to Change Alexa Name.
The -Change Your Wake Word- screen, with the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted.

8. Tap the  Save  Button to Change Alexa Name

See the Save button highlighted in the last screenshot.

Then, the  Changing Wake Word  window pops up briefly, as shown following.

Picture of the -Changing Wake Word In Progress- window in the Alexa app.
The -Changing Wake Word In Progress- window in the Alexa app.

Next, the Wake Word Changed  window appears as follows.

Picture of the -Wake Word Changed- screen, with the -Close- button highlighted.
The -Wake Word Changed- screen, with the -Close- button highlighted.

9. Press the Close Button

Your Alexa Echo speaker should now respond to her new name.  Test it out.

10. Done with How to Change Alexa Name Procedure !





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Revision History

  • 2019-07-23: Added key phrase targeting for ‘Change Alexa Name’, removed ad code, and added more links and tags.
  • 2017-02-11: Revised the tag list.
  • 2017-01-31: Originally published.
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