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Amazon Echo Owners in the U.S. Can Give Alexa a British Accent

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Do you find the default sound of Alexa’s voice on Echo to be bland and robotic? Here’s how to change it up with a British accent or Sprechen Deutsch.

Amazon continues to update the firmware on Echo devices which improves Alexa’s reliability and introduces new features. One new ability we recently covered is that Alexa can connect your Microsoft Outlook calendar.

But did you know that you can give Alexa a British accent or speak completely in Deutsch? You can access the appropriate settings via the Alexa app for iOS or Android or via the web at echo.alexa.com. Here’s a look at how to set it up.

Make Alexa Speak German or with a British Accent

  1. Launch the Alexa app and head to Settings and select the Echo device you want to change Alexa’s voice for.

Alexa app settings

  1. Next, scroll down and select Language under the General section of the menu. A small menu will appear, and from there you can select US English, UK English ( to give Alexa a British accent), or Deutsch (if you happen to speak the language).

Alexa language

After you change Alexa’s voice to your liking, everything will work the same as it always has, but Alexa now has a British accent. It’s fun to vary things up every now and then. To give you an idea of what to expect, check out the short recording below of Alexa with a British accent.

I personally find that giving Alexa a British accent to the digital assistant provides a rich and more human experience. I find it easier to understand, too. Default voices on other digital assistants like Siri or Google Assistant sound plain and robotic.

I haven’t tested this with the Echo Dot or the Echo Tap but it works well with the original Echo. If you have an Echo Dot or Tap, let us know if this works. Alexa is also available on the Fire TV, however, there currently isn’t an option to give it an accent.

What do you think of the British accent for Alexa? Do you like to change the accent or language of other digital assistants such as Siri, OK Google, or Cortana on other platforms? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. jeff

    February 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Yes–it works with the Echo Dot.

    • dingusMcFee

      February 1, 2018 at 6:40 am

      Problem with this is most skills are English US only, so I had to revert back. Super annoying.

  2. wheelsey_4

    February 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Sexy. Hope she starts growing a torso and limbs! Is that just wrong? Oh well.

    • Naticate

      December 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      All I can imagine is my Echo Dot with the body of a human and just the dot head and i’m rotfl.

  3. Jordan Bell

    May 7, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Confirm it works on echo dot – that said there is more to this change than the accent. The context of questions becomes from the point of view of a Brit. Politics, historical context, pop culture, answers are affected in more ways than just the sound of her voice…food for thought.

  4. David

    July 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    They’ve made an update it seems. If you try to order, it isays it can only order in your native Lang, to change and try again.

  5. Gingerp

    August 6, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Why is there not a mans voice option?

  6. Lee

    August 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

    It’s not much use. if you change to US English, it connects to amazon.com. If you change to British it changes to amazon.uk, and german amazon.de. Hence unless you have 3 prime accounts you’re not going to be able to play music and such things.

    • Eddie

      January 30, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Not true…it goes of your Amazon account.

  7. sally

    August 21, 2017 at 3:31 am

    It’s an English accent. A British accent would be some hybrid of Scottish, Welsh, NI and English… just saying’.

  8. Lb

    September 13, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Really wish there was a man’s voice option. Find this one quite displeasing

    • Sherry

      June 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree!

  9. Mary Ouardaoui

    October 27, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    My Echo Dot also offers English with an Indian accent (wonder if it is Sioux or Mohawk or Seminole, etc.?) :oD…

  10. Kurt Siegel

    November 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    And if I change to a UK accent, it changes all units to UK. From Fahrenheit to Celsius, feet and inches to meters and millimeters, pounds to kilos, etc. Not the most useful change…

    • Melody

      January 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Yes she still plays music. My amazon is still the same, not amazon.uk

    • Eddie

      January 30, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Not true…these are individual settings that you can change

  11. Jim

    January 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    The various voice options simply reflect the markets in which Echo is sold, like publishing a user’s manual in several languages. They were never intended as a means to customize your Echo unit’s voice. Changing to anything besides the main language in your own region messes the functionality pretty badly. In other words, we’re limited to women’s voices that are basically the average of the top 100 most annoying.

  12. Syberchick70

    January 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    There are now several ‘accents’ available (still all female). You can have UK, Indian, Canadian as well as changing the language to what appears to be Mandarin?

  13. Maggie

    January 14, 2018 at 12:25 am

    I’d like a Scottish accent! And maybe ability to have an Alex.

  14. C.A. Kail

    January 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Switching my Alexa voice from English (US) to English (UK) worked beautifully BUT “she” now cannot find or read to me any recipes!? Allrecipes.com is an Alexa Skill but only works if your Amazon device’s language is set to English (US). Bummer !!!

  15. Patricia

    January 30, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Why cant i change alexa voice to british on my echo show.
    I have the dot and it changed no problen

  16. Booksquire

    March 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    All of Amazon Competitors allow a male voice option. How hard is it to have a male voice? It’s enraging and almost a deal breaker for me but for the unlimited music for $3.99 feature. Who thought of adding accents to Echo and not including any of the Romance Languages — ?ijs.

  17. Mary Ann

    March 24, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Yes if she or Alex had a man’s voice I definitely would give up dating :)

  18. Fantasy Dweller

    April 11, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I’ll just keep getting turn by turn directions to nowhere from a hot sounding British guy, and RoboDot can continue to wake my butt up in the morning.

  19. Lesley Bartlett

    July 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks you made this really easy for me.

  20. Phil S.

    December 17, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Sometimes her voice reverts back. For example, with two emails accounts, she asked me in an American accent if I wanted to check my Google email. Then asked me again in the British accent. She appears to be having a bit of an identity crisis.

    If this continues, I might switch back. But then again it’s kinda cool. Kinda like having two secretaries instead of one. I may have to start dropping my pens more often.

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