How to Change Alexa’s Voice Personality on Amazon Echo Speakers

Alexa, the voice assistant that powers Amazon’s Echo smart speakers, has become an integral part of many households. With Alexa’s ability to provide information, control smart home devices, play music, set timers and alarms, tell jokes, and more, Echo devices offer great utility and convenience.

One aspect of Alexa that some users may not be aware they can customize is her voice. Alexa’s default voice is female, but you have options to change it to a male voice or even celebrity voices. You can also change Alexa’s accent and language.

Why Change Alexa’s Voice?

Here are some of the top reasons you may want to change Alexa’s default voice:

  • For fun or novelty: Switching to a celebrity voice like Samuel L. Jackson or Melissa McCarthy can add some humor and entertainment to your interactions with Alexa.
  • Accessibility: Some users find a male voice easier to understand, while others may prefer a different accent.
  • Personalization: Choosing a voice that fits your preferences allows you to customize your experience.
  • Distinguish household members: If you have multiple Echo devices, setting different voices can help identify which device is responding.

Alexa Voice Options

Alexa offers a variety of voice options to choose from:

  • Original (female) voice – This is Alexa’s default voice that most users are accustomed to.
  • New (male) voice – A masculine option was introduced as an alternative to the original female voice.
  • Celebrity voices – For a fee, you can enable celebrity personalities like Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa McCarthy and Shaquille O’Neal.
  • Regional accents – Accent options include American, Australian, British, Canadian, and Indian in both male and female voices.

How to Change Alexa’s Voice

Changing Alexa’s voice is an easy process that can be done either through voice commands directed at your Echo device or in the Alexa app. Here are step-by-step instructions for both methods:

Via Echo Device

  1. Say the voice command “Alexa, change your voice.”
  2. Alexa will confirm the change and respond in the alternative voice.
  3. Repeat to toggle back to the original female voice.

Via Alexa App

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap on the Devices tab on the bottom toolbar.
  3. Select Echo & Alexa in the top left.
  4. Choose the Echo device you want to change.
  5. Tap on the Settings (cog) icon in the upper right.
  6. Scroll down and select Alexa’s Voice.
  7. Select the desired voice option.

Purchasing Celebrity Voices

To access celebrity voices, you’ll need to purchase each voice skill. Here are the steps:

  1. Say “Alexa, introduce me to [celebrity name].”
  2. Alexa will explain the celebrity personality and prompt you to confirm the purchase on Amazon’s website.
  3. After purchasing, say “Enable [celebrity wake word]” to activate the voice.
  4. Say “[Celebrity wake word], [request]” to interact with that voice.

Setting Up Voice Profiles

To provide personalized interactions for different household members, you can set up voice profiles. Here’s how:

  1. In the Alexa app, go to Settings > Your Profile & Family > Voice ID.
  2. Follow the prompts to complete a short voice training for Alexa to learn your voice.
  3. Make sure Personalize skills is enabled to allow skills to respond based on voice recognition.

With voice profiles set up, Alexa can differentiate between family members and provide customized experiences.

Tips for Using Alternate Alexa Voices

  • Celebrity voices are limited in functionality compared to the standard Alexa voice. Complex requests may revert back to the original female voice.
  • If you’ve purchased multiple celebrity voices, you can set one as the wake word to summon that voice automatically.
  • Speak clearly and consistently when setting up voice profiles for the highest accuracy.
  • Changing Alexa’s voice applies only to the device you select. Set your preferred voice on each Echo device individually.

Conclusion

Customizing Alexa’s voice opens up new possibilities to keep your Echo device interactions fresh and tailored to your preferences. With just a few simple steps in the Alexa app, you can enable celebrity personalities, switch between male and female voices, try different accents, set up voice recognition, and more. Experiment with Alexa’s voices to find the one most pleasing and practical for your household use cases.