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.

How to Change Alexa Wake Word

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

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

Following are instructions on how to set this watch word for one Alexa device connected to your Amazon account.

How to Change Alexa Wake Word Procedure

1. Locate the Alexa app  on your Mobile Device  

First, we find ours 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 Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Settings option highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Settings option highlighted.

3. Tap the Settings Option

Settings is highlighted by the pink arrow in the previous picture.

This then brings up the Settings screen, as shown next.

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

4. Tap the Echo Speaker Device Listed

Then, tap the Alexa speaker whose wake word you wish to change.  We’re going to update the Living Room speaker’s trigger word here.  So, when we tapped that device on the screen above, we got the following screen back.

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

5. Tap the   Wake Word   Link Item 

The Wake Word link is 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. Showing the Choices pull down menu highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. Showing the Choices pull down menu highlighted.

How to Change Alexa Wake Word

6. Tap the Wake Word Choices Pull Down Menu Item

This is 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. Showing the Choices menu expanded.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. Showing 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.

Then, this 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. Showing the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. Showing the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted.

8. Tap the  Save  Button

Save is highlighted in the last picture.

Then, the  Changing Wake Word  window pops up briefly, as shown following, and then the Wake Word Changed  window appears.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Changing Wake Word In Progress- window.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Changing Wake Word In Progress- window.
How to change Alexa wake word. Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Wake Word Changed- screen, with the -Close- button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Wake Word Changed- screen, with the -Close- button highlighted.

9. Press the Close Button

Finally, your Alexa speaker should now respond to her new wake word.  Test it out.

10. Done with How to Change Alexa Wake Word !

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