Alexa can call you whatever you’d like
Try this trick to get Alexa to pronounce your name the right way!
Alexa uses whatever name is stored in your Alexa account (it’ll default to your Amazon profile info). But for some of us, she gets it wrong.
Either the pronunciation isn’t quite right, or maybe you’d rather be called Mike instead of Michael.
There’s an easy way to change the name Alexa calls you. And thanks to one our fellow VoiceBrewers (who shared it on our VoiceBrew forum), we know how to get her to pronounce it exactly right — spell your name phonetically in your Alexa profile!
Pro Tip #1
Not sure how you spell your name phonetically? You can use NameShouts to get the proper pronunciation to put into Alexa.
Pro Tip #2
You can change your name to anything you want — even something silly like Princess Sparkles. But be warned that the name in the account will be what people see when you send messages to other Echos!
Do This Now: Update what Alexa calls you
- Open the Alexa app
- Tap “Communicate” (it’s the speech bubble on the bottom navigation bar)
- Tap the person icon on the top right of the screen
- Tap on your name
- Tap “Edit” on the top right corner
- Tap your first name, and change it as you please
Pro Tip #3
It might take a few minutes for Alexa to adjust to calling you by your new name. Just say “Alexa, what’s my name?” to check if she’s corrected it. She may say something like, “I think you’re Princess Sparkles, on Katherine’s account.”