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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.