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How to Change Alexa’s Wake Word on Amazon’s Echo

If you own an Amazon Echo device, with Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, you might not be a fan of the default wake word. Here’s how to change it.

If you own an Amazon Echo device with Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, you might not be a fan of the default wake word. Especially if you have it within hearing distance of a TV, radio, or someone who just wants to cause mischief. It can be annoying when it wakes up when not called upon.

I moved my Echo into another room far away from a TV because it would be falsely triggered when someone said ‘Alexa’. In fact, sometimes it would wake and start telling me news or start playing a random song. Luckily something wasn’t purchased, too.

Note: Changing the wake word is another step you can take to help keep your Echo secure. For more on that, check out our article on how to prevent accidental voice purchases by Alexa.

Change Your Echo Device’s Wake Word

If you’re having similar issues, here’s a look at how to change the Amazon Echo wake word:

  1. Launch the Amazon Alexa app on your mobile device or a computer by going to alexa.amazon.com. In this example, I am using the Android app, but the steps are virtually the same on iOS or the web.
  2. Tap the Menu button and go to Settings > the device you want to change the wake word for.
  3. Scroll down and tap Wake Word.
  4. From the drop-down menu and choose the name you want to change it to.

By default, you only have three names to choose from; “Alexa”, “Echo”, or “Amazon”.

It’s also worth mentioning that a Reddit user posted that their Echo Dot got a fourth option, “Computer” after a recent firmware update. If you’re a Star Trek fan you’ll appreciate that one.

Keep in mind it will take a few minutes to update Alexa on your device and during that time you won’t be able to use it.

Have you had issues with Alexa launching at odd times and would you like to enter in your own custom name? Leave a comment and let us know.


4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. L. Aubin  

    Yes, I would like the option of using a custom word to wake up Alexa.
    Mine keeps going off from the TV, especially their ads.

  2. Rodney carr  

    I would like to have a custom wake word for my Amazon Echo

  3. yes, I would absolutely like to have a custom wake word.

  4. Lish  

    I would love to be able to change the wake word to something different.

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