How to change Alexa’s name or the name Alexa calls you

Amazon’s voice assistant keeps us up to date and connected with our favorite news, sports, music, podcasts, games, and even our friends and families. Having a blue day? Ask for a corny joke to turn that frown upside down.

Alexa has a lot to offer, sure, but her listening ears can get incredibly annoying at times. For instance, she may light up and start listening for a command when a commercial about Alexa comes on TV or when someone talks about a friend named Alexis. The assistant sometimes interprets those everyday situations as commands.

One way to avoid this is by changing Alexa’s name.

Here’s how to change Alexa’s wake word

These instructions assume the Echo device currently uses the default “Alexa” wake word.

Step 1: Open the Amazon Alexa app.

Step 2: Tap the Devices tab at the bottom.

Step 3: At the top, scroll to select All Devices.

Step 4: Select your Echo device on the resulting list.

Step 5: Scroll down and select Wake Word.

Step 6: Change your wake word to either Amazon, Echo, or for Star Trek fans, Computer!

The new name for Alexa will only work on this individual Echo device. To change Alexa’s name on any other Echo device, tap the back button, select any other Echo devices, and repeat the steps outlined above.

Change Alexa’s name by using a verbal command

These instructions assume the Echo device currently uses the default “Alexa” wake word.

Step 1: Say “Alexa, can you change your name?” or “Alexa, can you change your wake word?”

Step 2: Alexa will respond by saying, “I can help you change the wake word for this device. Should we do that now?” Respond with a “Yes.”

Step 3: Alexa will respond by saying, “OK, you can choose from Amazon, Computer, or Echo. Which of these do you like?” Speak the name you wish to use.

Step 4: Alexa will respond by saying, “OK, you can call me [name] on this device in a few seconds.”

As indicated, you can use the new wake word after a few seconds. If you chose “Computer,” now is a good time to use your best Picard or Kirk voice!

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Here’s how to get Alexa to call you a different name

You can have Alexa call you any name you’d like, whether it’s your full name, nickname, or even a silly alias. An Alexa user named Robert, for example, can choose to be called Robert, Rob, or Bobby. If you want to have a little fun with it, go for a title like Captain or a pet name like Darling. Here’s how to get Alexa to call you a different name.

Step 1: Click the Alexa app to open.

Step 2: Hit the Communicate section at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Tap the icon of the tiny person that represents your profile in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Step 4: On the next window, go underneath your name and hit My Communication Settings.

Step 5: Go to the upper right-hand corner and hit Edit.

Step 6: Switch your first name based on your preference.

Step 7: Go to the upper right corner to tap Save to finish.

Step 8: Make sure your name change worked by saying, “Alexa, what’s my name? Then, she’ll respond, “I’m talking to [your new name]. This is [account owner]’s account.”

Bear in mind that changing the name Alexa calls you will affect other features as well. For example, if your name changes from Calvin to Fancy Guy, Alexa will refer to you as Fancy Guy when sending messages to Echo users as well, so that will be the name that pops up for them. Request that Alexa verifies your name, then she will respond, “I’m talking to Fancy Guy. This account is Calvin’s.”

If you decide to change the name Alexa calls you, keep in mind that the name will appear on your public profile – so choose wisely.

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