Want to call Alexa by another name?

Just say "Alexa, change the wake word"

Alexa will prompt you to choose one of 3 other wake word options: Amazon, Computer or Echo. After you respond with your selection, Alexa will confirm she understood and let you know that you can start calling her by the new name in a few seconds (your Echo's light ring will also flash orange briefly).

So instead of saying "Alexa, play holiday music" you'd say "Echo (or whatever you changed wake word to), play holiday music." If you have someone in your household named Alexa, Alexis, Lexie or even Alex, I highly recommend making this change so that you don't mistakenly "wake up" Alexa as often.

Pro Tip #1: If you have multiple Alexa devices, you’ll have to update the wake word on each one following the steps above. I recommend using the same wake word across devices.

Pro Tip #2: Wondering if you can pick your own name for Alexa beyond Computer, Echo and Amazon? Not yet!

Change Alexa's name in the app if you prefer

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Select the Devices icon on right side of the bottom menu
  3. Tap the Echo & Alexa icon on the top left
  4. Tap the device for which you want to change the wake word
  5. Scroll down and tap "Wake Word" under the General section
  6. Tap the wake word of your choice

Pro Tip: Remember, changes you make only effect the Echo device you tapped in step #4 (you’ll have to update the wake word for each device individually).

This new book is the ultimate Alexa guide (and a fantastic holiday gift!)

Released just a few weeks ago, More Than Just Weather & Music is a beautifully illustrated guide to 200 fun and easy things to do with Alexa. It's the perfect book to keep on your coffee table (or nearby your Alexa speaker) to flip through whenever you're looking for something new to try. Open to any page, and you'll find something awesome. Plus, you'll notice that the foreword of the book was written by yours truly :)

It's also a great out-of-the-box gift for the people in your life who love Alexa and are looking for more fun things to do with her.

Where can I get a copy?
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