Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Changing Wake Word In Progress- window.

How to Change Amazon Echo Dot Name




How to change Amazon Echo Dot 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…”  This word is the name you call out to wake up the voice assistant.  The speaker then begins listening for a command.  Calling Alexa’s name is 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.  Why?  To keep them all from responding at the same time.  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 Amazon Echo Dot Name

1. Locate the Alexa App  

on your tablet.  We find our copy of the Alexa app on the Home screen, third page on our iPad Air.  See this next.

How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Picture of the iOS Home screen with the Alexa App highlighted.
How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. 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.

How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Home screen. Shows the Settings option highlighted.
How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Home screen. Shows the Settings option highlighted.

3. Tap the  Settings  Option

Find  Settings   highlighted by the pink arrow in the prior picture.

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

How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Picture of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS, displaying the -Settings- screen. This shows the Living Room speaker highlighted.
How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Amazon Alexa App on iOS, displaying the -Settings- screen. This shows the Living Room speaker highlighted.



4. Tap the Echo Dot Speaker to Change 

We’re going to change the   Living Room   speaker’s name here.

So, when we tap that device on the screen above, the following screen appears.

How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Device Settings- screen for our -Living Room- speaker. This shows the -Set Wake Word- option highlighted.
How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Device Settings- screen for our -Living Room- speaker. This shows the -Set Wake Word- option highlighted.

5. Tap the   Wake Word   Item

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

Then, the   Change your Wake Word  screen appears, like the following.

How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. This shows the -Choices- pull down menu highlighted.
How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. This shows the -Choices- pull down menu highlighted.

6. Tap the   Wake Word Choices   Menu Item

Find the Choices item as pointed at by the pink arrow in the last picture.

That menu then expands, and appears as follows.

How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. This shows the -Choices- menu expanded.
How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. This shows 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, and

This then returns us to the  Change Your Wake Word  screen as follows.  But now, the current value in the  Wake Word Choices   pull down combo box is Computer, as shown.

How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. Shows the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted.
How to change Amazon Echo Dot name. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Change Your Wake Word- screen. Shows the -Computer- option selected, and the -Save- button highlighted.

8. Tap the  Save  Button

See  Save  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.

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

9. Press the   Close   Button

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

10. Done!



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  • 2017-03-18: Originally published.