How to Manage Your Amazon Echo Device from the Alexa App


Amazon Echo can be your perfect companion to manage your smart home, lighten the mood with jazz music, complete today’s chores, create a shopping list, and more. Whether you’re getting a new Amazon Echo device for the first time or you’ve had one for years, when using Alexa on iPhone, Android, or the web, you can customize the Amazon Echo to suit your preferences. Here are the best ways to manage your Amazon Echo device from the Alexa app.

The tips below will work with all Amazon Echo devices, including the Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Flex, Echo Studio, and smart displays like the Echo Show. We’re using the Alexa Android app in the screenshots below. You can follow the same steps on Alexa for iPhone as both apps have identical UI design.

1. Rename the Amazon Echo device

When you order an Echo device from Amazon, the company associates your Amazon account with it and gives a generic name like Parth Echo Point. If you’re buying the Echo for someone else or want to change the name of the device, you can do so using the Alexa app.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Drag to the Devices menu.
  3. Select your Echo device.
  4. Press the Settings gear in the upper right corner.
  5. Select Change name.
  6. Give your Echo device a new name.

You can check the new name in action from the same menu.

2. Change the wake word of the Echo device

Since Alexa (Amazon’s voice assistant) is at the heart of every Echo device, the default wake word is set to Alexa. Amazon offers other options for getting Alexa’s attention.

  1. Open the Alexa app and go to Echo Device settings menu (refer to the steps above).
  2. Scroll to General and find the wake up word option.
  3. With Alexa, you can set Amazon, Computer, echoWhere Ziggy as a wake word on your Echo device.

It may take a few minutes for your Amazon Echo wake word to update.

3. Change Alexa voice

You can try out a new male voice if you’re not a fan of Alexa’s default female voice.

  1. Launch the Alexa app and go to Echo device settings menu (check the first tip).
  2. Scroll down and select Alexa voice.
  3. Press the button next to New and check the male voice sample from Alexa.

You can summon Alexa, ask questions, and check out the new voice in action. To return to the default female voice, open the same Alexa voice and select Original.

4. Change Default Music and Podcast Service to Amazon Echo

Your Echo device uses Amazon Music as its default music and podcast service. You can change it to Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio. First, you need to link Alexa to a music or podcast service account.

  1. Open Alexa on your phone and tap After in the bottom menu bar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Faucet Music and podcasts from Alexa Preferences menu.
  4. Select Associate a new service.
  5. Select your favorite music or podcast service and press Activate to use in the next menu.
  6. Alexa opens a login page on the web to complete authentication.
  7. Once you have linked the account, return to the Music and podcasting menu and select Default Services.
  8. Faucet To change close to Music Where Podcasts and choose another service from the bottom menu.

You can now ask Alexa to play music Where resume podcasts, and the wizard will use the default defined service to complete the task.

5. Pair and Manage Bluetooth Devices on Amazon Echo

Alexa does not support all music and podcast streaming services. If you want to play your playlist from YouTube Music or start a podcast from Pocket Casts, you need to connect your phone to Amazon Echo via Bluetooth.

  1. Go to the Echo Device settings menu in the Alexa app (check the first tip above).
  2. Select Bluetooth devices.
  3. Press the Pair a new device button.
  4. It enables Bluetooth on Amazon Echo. You can now connect your phone to Amazon Echo via Bluetooth.
  5. Your phone appears under the Paired Devices menu.

You can open your favorite app and play content on your Echo device without any issues.

6. Customize alarm and notification sounds

You can enable request sounds, change notification tones, and configure Amazon Echo to gradually increase the alarm volume.

  1. Go to the Echo Device settings menu (check the first tip).
  2. Select Sound from General menu.
  3. Use the slider to increase or decrease the Alarms, timers and notifications volume.

For alarm, you can also choose sound options such as Man City Football, Hotel Transylvania, Grand Tour and others.

7. Change measurement units

Does Alexa answer your weather questions on the Fahrenheit scale? You don’t need to convert it to degrees Celsius. You can change settings and change units of measurement for temperature and distance on Amazon Echo.

  1. Navigate to the Echo Device settings menu (see the first tip).
  2. Scroll to Units of measure.
  3. Select the temperature and distance units you prefer.

8. View and manage your voice recordings

Amazon’s latest privacy features let you view voice history and delete recordings.

  1. Open Alexa and go to Settings (check the fourth tip above).
  2. Faucet Alexa Privacy.
  3. Select Review voice history.
  4. You can filter voice history by date, delete individual recordings, and delete entire voice history on the Echo device.

9. Unregister Amazon Echo from your account

Are you planning to sell or give your Amazon Echo to someone else? You need to unregister your Amazon account from the device.

  1. Open the Echo device settings in the Alexa mobile app (check the first tip).
  2. Scroll down and tap To unsubscribe.
  3. Confirm your decision.

After unsubscribing, your device may be registered to another Amazon account.

Small adjustments can make a big difference

Amazon has made it easy to customize and manage your Echo device from the Alexa app. If your device is working, you can reset your Echo smart speaker or smart display and start fresh.


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