Charles February 9, 2020

How to Change Alexa's Name / Wake Word (With Images)

Alexa is the default name Amazon set up for it's echo devices, but did you know you can change to something else? By using a voice command or the Alexa app, you can change a setting to choose between 4 different preprogrammed names for Alexa, commonly known as the "wake word".

The 4 names that can be assigned to your Amazon Alexa echo devices are the following:

  • Alexa
  • Echo
  • Computer
  • Amazon

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this tutorial, there is no way to add a custom name / wake word to your Alexa devices.

In this tutorial, I will show you two different ways of changing the wake word of your Alexa devices. The first method will involve you using an Alexa voice command to change the wake word and the second method will show you how to change the wake word from the Alexa app.

This guide includes images for every step to show you exactly what to do. A red rectangle will show you where to click and a yellow rectangle will show you important text to be aware of. Now with that out of the way, let's get started.

How to Change Alexa's Name / Wake Word With a Voice Command

The fastest way to change Alexa's wake word is with your voice. Follow these 2 simple steps to update Alexa's name in about 15 seconds.

  1. Say Alexa Change My Wake Word

    Step 1: Tell Alexa to Change Your Wake Word.

    Using your current wake word (Alexa by default) say "Alexa, change my wake word". Alexa will respond to this voice command by telling you that you can choose from Alexa, echo, computer and Amazon.

  2. Say One of The Following Wake Words Alexa Echo Computer Amazon

    Step 2: Assign a New Wake Word To Alexa.

    When prompted by Alexa, say the name of the wake word that you want to assign to your echo device. Alexa's light ring will begin to glow orange.

    When the orange light around Alexa disappears, you'll be able to use your new name / wake word. This process will only take a few seconds to complete.

How to Change Alexa's Name / Wake Word Using the Alexa App

To update Alexa's wake word with the Alexa app, follow these 11 easy steps.

  1. Alexa App App Store Download

    Step 1: Download the Alexa App

    If you don't already have the Alexa app installed, download it from the app store.

  2. Open the Amazon Alexa App

    Step 2: Open the Alexa App

    Open the Alexa app.

  3. Alexa App Devices Tab

    Step 3: Go to the Devices Tab

    In the Alexa app, click on the "Devices" tab found at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

  4. Alexa App Devices Echo & Alexa Settings

    Step 4: Tap on the Echo & Alexa Button

    Now tap on the button that says "Echo & Alexa".

  5. Alexa App Select Your Echo Devices

    Step 5: Select Your Echo Device

    Tap on the name of the Alexa echo device that you want to change. You will have to repeat the following steps for each device that you want to change.

  6. Alexa App Devices Gear Icon

    Step 6: Open the Device Settings in the Alexa App

    Tap on the gear icon located at the top right-hand side of the screen. This will open the device settings menu for the echo device that you selected in step 5.

  7. Alexa App Device Settings Wake Word

    Step 7: Open the Wake Word Settings

    Scroll down towards the bottom of the device settings and when you see the "Wake Word" button, tap on it.

  8. Alexa App Change Wake Word Settings

    Step 8: Choose Your New Wake Word

    You will be presented with four different wake words to choose from. When you decide which name you want to assign to your Alexa device, tap on it.

  9. Alexa App Updating Wake Word Settings

    Step 9: Update Your Alexa Wake Word

    A popup menu will appear telling you that updating may take a few minutes and you can continue using your current wake word while it's updating to the new one. When you are ready to change your wake word click the "OK" button.

  10. Alexa App Wake Word Settings Back Button

    Step 10: Go Back to the Device Settings Menu

    Tap on the left arrow icon to go back to the device settings menu.

  11. Alexa App Device Settings Verify Wake Word Settings

    Step 11: Verify That Your New Alexa Wake Word Is Set Up

    Scroll down until you locate the "Wake Word" button again. The new name that you selected for your echo device should be listed underneath the text that says "Wake Word".

    When Alexa updates the wake word, it's light ring will turn orange. From my experience, once the orange ring disappears, your new Alexa name should be set up and ready to use. If Alexa doesn't respond to it's new name after a few seconds, wait a few minutes and try again.

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