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Want to make Alexa into an Aussie?

It's super easy to change Alexa's accent!

Alexa can speak English with an Aussie, British, Indian, Canadian or American accent. Many of us have been spending *a lot* of time at home with Alexa lately, so if you're looking for a fun way to mix it up, try changing her accent!

To change Alexa's accent, follow these 6 quick steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Select the Devices icon on right side of the bottom navigation bar
  3. Tap the Echo & Alexa icon on the top left
  4. Tap the device for which you want to change Alexa’s accent
  5. Scroll down and tap Language under the General section
  6. Tap the accent/language of your choice (for a British accent, pick the English (United Kingdom) option)
Pro tip #1: Changes you make only affect the device you tapped in step 4. You’ll have to update Alexa’s accent for each of your Alexa devices individually. If you really want to go crazy, make Alexa sound like an Aussie in the living room and a Brit in the bathroom!

Pro tip #2: We do love playing around with Alexa's accent from time to time, but we've found that doing so can mean that a handful of third party skills become unavailable. If that happens, you can easily change Alexa's accent back following the same steps above!

Did you know that you can also easily change Alexa's wake word?

So instead of saying "Alexa, play happy music" you'd say "Echo (or whatever you changed wake word to), play happy music."

To change Alexa's wake word, just say "Alexa, change the wake word." You'll be prompted to choose one of 3 other wake word options: Amazon, Computer or Echo. Once you've responded with your selection, Alexa will confirm 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 briefly flash orange).

Pro Tip #1: If you have multiple Alexa devices, you’ll have to update the wake word on each one. I recommend using different wake words on devices that are close to each other so that, for example, Alexa on your hallway Echo isn't activated when you're trying to access Alexa on the living room Echo.

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


Alexa humor always makes me laugh -- or at least chuckle! -- and these days I'll take all the laughs I can get! :)

HT @VoiceTechCarl -- thanks for sharing this in Voice Chops!
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