Alexa finally gets a new name and voice: How to switch them up on your Amazon Echo


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The digital assistant I’ve all the time referred to as Alexa has a brand new title possibility — Ziggy — and a brand new, masculine-sounding voice to both pair with “Ziggy” or not. You are free to combine — and remix — these choices nonetheless you need, since there are separate settings for voice and wake phrase (and one is not linked to the opposite).

Alexa already had a number of different, er, “names” (for those who can name them that): Your Echo system might already to reply to “Amazon,””Echo,” or “Laptop,” in addition to “Alexa.””Ziggy” is the primary title title to seem as an possibility in addition to “Alexa.” 

Some have assumed “Ziggy” alerts a “masculine” title, however I am not so positive. For me, it is evocative of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona — an alien androgyne from the long run, despatched to assist Earth. 

Oh, boy, is that not the one concept. As I’ve been told and told again, Ziggy can be the title of the pc in Quantum Leap, which characters referred to all through the sequence utilizing masculine pronouns. When this fictional Ziggy was lastly given a voice, nonetheless, it was — examine this out– voiced by a woman.

When doubtful, ask. Alexa will let you know, um, themself: “As an AI, I haven’t got a gender.”

Now, earlier than I get tweetstormed concerning the three celeb voice choices you may pay to place in your Amazon Echo system — Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa McCarthy and Shaquille O’Neal — sure, they’re gendered (as a result of they’re residing folks). Nonetheless, these add-ons do not exchange the whole lot Alexa says (altering to the brand new voice, nonetheless, does). Fairly, these celebrities lent their voices to just some choose responses — like climate, timers and a few goofy, personality-specific questions.

Whether or not you assume a masculine-sounding voice and Ziggy are a quantum leap ahead in gender equitability — otherwise you’re simply actually into cha-cha-cha-changes — here is easy methods to swap voices and wake phrases in your Amazon Echo speaker or show.


Amazon’s voice assistant lives on all types of Echo good audio system, shows and even ear buds.

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Easy methods to change your Echo’s wake phrase to ‘Ziggy’

The “wake phrase” is the title you say out loud to summNow’s digital voice assistant. The steps are the identical whether or not you need to change it to “Ziggy” or any of the opposite choices. There’s the simple manner — say, “Alexa [or whatever your current wake word is], change your wake phrase” after which reply to one of many selections Alexa offers you. Then there’s the onerous manner:

  1. Open the Alexa app, then faucet Gadgets on the underside menu bar, faucet Echo & Alexa on the high, then faucet the title of the system whose wake phrase you need to change.
  2. Faucet the Settings (gear) icon within the higher proper nook, then scroll down and faucet Wake Phrase, then faucet the one you need to make use of.
  3. A popup will warn you it might take a couple of minutes to take impact — faucet OK.

Easy methods to change your Echo’s voice (with any wake phrase)

Identical to with wake phrase, there’s a straightforward manner — “Alexa, change your voice.” Your Echo system will affirm utilizing the brand new voice. If altering to the masculine-sounding voice, you will be advised easy methods to change the wake phrase as properly. Then there’s the onerous manner:

  1. Repeat steps 1 and a couple of from above, however as a substitute of Wake Phrase, faucet Alexa’s Voice.
  2. Select between Unique (feminine-sounding) and New (masculine-sounding), then merely again out of that setting.

There you might have it — you continue to do not have numerous choices (Google Assistant, for instance, has a number of voices to select from, though just one doable wake phrase), however you have bought extra now than ever earlier than.