How to get Alexa to talk more like you

Take a moment to learn about the latest ways you can get Alexa to speak the way you want. It will forever dramatically improve the way you currently use Alexa.

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Amazon's Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa
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Change Alexa’s speed

You can change Alexa’s volume directly on most devices or with your voice, but did you know you can change Alexa’s speed at which the device speaks to you?

Say “Alexa, speak faster” or “Alexa, speak slower” either once or a few times to allow the device to speak at the desired rate. If you want Alexa to go back to the original speed, just say “Alexa, speak at your default rate” and the settings will be reset.

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Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson demonstrates how to customize Alexa.
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Use Alexa’s short mode

Speaking of Alexa needing to speed up, sometimes the device just says too many sentences. Maybe you just want a quick answer about temperature or package delivery, and Alexa will give a fair amount about other settings you can change.

turn on Short fashion on your Alexa devices to get just the basic answers that Alexa provides.

  • Open your Alexa app
  • Loss amuse (the three horizontal lines on the bottom right)
  • Loss voice responses
  • Switch Short fashion So Alexa will speak less or opt for a short tone instead of a wordy response

In voice responses, you can also choose whisper mode, which means Alexa will whisper back when you whisper with the device, or adaptive volume, This means your device will automatically increase the volume when your surroundings are louder.

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Screenshot of how to change your settings on Amazon's Alexa

Screenshot of how to change your settings on Amazon’s Alexa
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Change or disable Alexa’s wake word

At this point, the Alexa name was changed forever. You can’t even watch a video of someone saying the name without turning off your devices and hearing voices from everywhere. If you want to change that, you can opt for a different “wake word” to get your Alexa’s attention. You can also prevent Alexa from listening to you fully.

How to change Alexa’s wake word

  • Open your Alexa app
  • Loss Devices
  • Loss Echo and Alexa
  • Tap on the device you want to change the wake word for (if you want to do this for all your Alexa devices, just do it for each one individually).
  • Tap the tea settings icon in the upper right corner
  • Scroll down and tap watchword
  • Choose from the options

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Screenshot showing instructions on how to change the Amazon Alexa wake word

Screenshot showing instructions on how to change the Amazon Alexa wake word
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You can also change Alexa’s voice to someone like Samuel L. Jackson or Melissa McCarthy by saying, “Alexa, change your voice.”

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How to stop Alexa from listening to you

If you just need a break from Alexa and none of the wake words are working for you, you can mute Alexa. Most newer Alexa devices have a mute button, which is a circle with a slash. Just tap on it and you’ll see a red light indicating your Alexa is in silent mode.

An Amazon Echo Dot with a red ring and Alexa on mute

An Amazon Echo Dot with a red ring and Alexa on mute
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