How to Change Alexa’s Voice on Your Smartphone or Echo Device

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Many Echo owners may not even realize it, but it is possible to change the voice your Amazon Echo devices use. Not only is there now a second male voice that Alexa can use for the full range of Echo features, there are also a handful of celebrity voices that you can choose from for the most common Echo functions as well. This option is available on a wide range of Echo units, dating back as far as the old 2nd Generation Echo Dot.

The process is simple and only takes a few seconds, whether you choose to complete it on the Echo device itself or through the Amazon Alexa smartphone app. We’ll walk you through both methods below, along with our how-to video and step-by-step guide for each. We’ll also cover the process of setting up one of the paid celebrity voices currently available, which cost $5 each.

How to change Alexa’s voice on your smartphone

  • Materials needed: The Amazon Alexa app installed on any iOS or Android device and an Echo device

Step 1: Open the Alexa app on your smartphone

Open the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device and look for the Devices tab (circled in red below). The app must already be set up and signed in to the same account as the Echo device you are modifying. If you haven’t already, install the app and make sure it and the device you’re trying to modify are registered with your Amazon account.

The Amazon Alexa app with the Device tab highlighted

This is the home screen of the Alexa app, where you can access the Devices tab

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Step 2: Go to the Devices tab and search for “Echo & Alexa”

In the Devices tab, you should see an option at the top left named Echo & Alexa. This is the section where you can control your Echo-branded devices, including Echo smart speakers, Echo Show smart displays, and more. This is also where you can control the settings for your individual devices, including the voice assigned to them.

Amazon Alexa app Devices page with Echo and Alexa highlighted

The layout of this page will vary depending on the devices you have, but the position of the Echo & Alexa button remains constant

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Step 3: Find the device you want to modify

In the Echo & Alexa section, you’ll see a list of all registered Echo-branded devices with their assigned names. You’ll want to find the specific device you want to modify and tap on it. In this case, I’m using a second-generation Echo Dot, which I’ve named “Study”, as an example.

A list of devices in the Echo & Alexa section of the Alexa app

Here you can see the list of Echo devices I have registered, including the 2nd Gen Echo Dot named “Study” which we will be modifying

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Step 4: Open your Echo’s Settings page

Once you open the page for the specific device you are editing, you will see its Bluetooth connections, alarms and timers, current status, etc., depending on the type of device. We only have to focus on the gear icon at the top right of the screen (circled in red below). Tap the gear icon to access the settings page for that specific device.

The settings page for an Echo Dot named Study with its gear icon highlighted

Once on the device page, you’ll see loads of options, but all we need is the gear icon at the top right of the page

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Step 5: Scroll down and tap on Alexa’s voice

In the Settings menu of the device, you will have to scroll down a bit to find the option named “Voice from Alexa”. It should be located just below “Wake Word,” which you can tap while in this menu, if you also want to change the wake word your Echo responds to.

An Echo Do's device settings page with Alexa's voice highlighted

You will find the option we need just below the “Wake Word” option

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Step 6: Choose your voice

Now that we’ve arrived at the Alexa’s Voice page for the device in question, you can select Original or New. “New” is the most recently introduced male option for Alexa. Tap it to read a short example of how Alexa will sound with that active voice. If you don’t like the new option, you can revert to the original with a second tap. Once you choose, the device you changed will continue to use the voice you selected until you change it again.

The Alexa's Voice menu in the Alexa app with New highlighted

“Original” is the standard Alexa female voice. “New” is the male option

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Amazon Echo Dot (fourth generation)

There’s an even easier way that only requires the Echo device itself.

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How to Change Alexa’s Voice on Your Echo

Step 1: Navigate to the echo you want to edit and issue the necessary voice command

This even easier way to switch between the “Original” female voice and the “New” male option only requires the Echo device itself. Just go to the device and say “Alexa, change your voice”. If you had it set to Original, it will switch to the new male voice and respond with a sample tone. If you have set it to New, it will revert to original and demonstrate the classic female voice. You can toggle up and down at any time by running the same command again.

Promotional image of Samuel L. Jackson's Alexa voice

Maybe make sure you’re using the correct version of this guy’s Echo voice when the kids are around…

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How to Use a Celebrity Voice for Certain Echo Commands

Amazon has introduced a handful of celebrity voices that users can purchase for use on just about any Echo-branded device. At the time of writing, available voices include:

Step 1: Request a presentation…

Go to one of your Echo devices or open the Alexa app and say “Alexa, show me [insert name of chose celebrity from the list above here].” Alexa will switch to the “celebrity personality” you chose and explain, in her voice, what she is capable of.

Step 2: Confirm your purchase

If you wish to continue using the voice for your Echo, you will be asked to confirm your purchase of the celebrity personality of your choice. If you confirm, $4.99 will be charged to the default payment method set up with your Amazon account for use on Echo devices.

It should be noted that not all celebrity voices will work for the most common tasks. But, Amazon warns that they can not help for “purchases, lists, reminders or skills”. Echo will default back to the “Original” or “New” voice for these.

Step 3: Access your celebrity’s voice

Once you’ve set up your celebrity personality, you can speak to him specifically using his wake word, “Hey, Samuel” or “Hey, Shaq,” for example. You can also activate the same Celebrity Voice, at no additional cost, on any other Echo device linked to the same Amazon account by going to that device and saying “Alexa, turn on” Hey [Samuel/Shaq/Melissa],” depending on the voice you purchased.

FAQs

What devices are compatible with Alexa voice editing?

The vast majority of Echo devices can use both the “new” male voice and one of the available celebrity voices. The only exceptions are the first-generation Echo and Echo Dot, Alexa-enabled wearables (Echo buds, for example), and Fire TV and tablet devices. All other Echo-branded devices are compatible with the ability to change their Alexa voice.

What Wake Words are available?

As mentioned earlier, in step 5 of the smartphone app section, you can change your Alexa device’s wake word to something else. At the time of writing, these options include:

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  • Computer (likely a reference to Star Trek)
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  • Ziggy (a Quantum Leap reference)

Note: Some older devices, like the original Echo, may have fewer options available.

Are other voices available for my Echo?

Right now you’re limited to the “original” Alexa female voice or the “new” male voice for all features and the aforementioned celebrity trio for everything except purchases, lists, reminders and skills.

Amazon may release additional celebrity voice packs or additional default voices in the future.

In the meantime, you can access several skills that will allow your Echo to have different levels of interaction with you in other famous voices, such as R2D2 and dark Vador from Star Wars, Gordon RamsayWhere Baby Groot Guardians of the Galaxy.

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