Alexa powers more than a dozen devices, and the virtual assistant is also proficient in multiple languages. While some vary depending on your region, if you’re wondering how to change Alexa language to Spanish, English, or another language you’re in luck. You can change the app’s language per device whether you’re using an Echo Dot or just the Alexa app on your phone.
Change Alexa Language through the App
1. Open the App
From your smartphone or tablet, locate the Alexa app and open it. Sign in with your Amazon credentials if needed.
2. Access Alexa Settings
With the app open, tap on the More icon at the bottom of the screen under the Alexa button. Scroll down on the new page and select Settings and then choose Device Settings.
3. Select a Device
Now you should have a page showing all the Alexa devices connected to your account along with anything in your home connected to Alexa. In this case, you can see a TV, Echo Buds, a doorbell, an Echo Dot, and the Alexa app itself. Choose the device you want to change Alexa language on to bring up a new settings menu.
4. Device Settings
Once you pick a device, you’ll need to tap the gear icon to access the settings. From here, scroll until you see a section that says Language under General settings. Keep in mind, not every device will have a language setting as some rely on the app.
5. Choose a Language
Now you can choose a language from the list of available options for the Alexa-enabled device. As you can see from the screenshot, options vary depending on your country, so you may lose features with French, Dutch, or if you change the Alexa language to Hindi. Select a language, and Alexa will take care of the rest.
Here is a brief, step-by-step video to change Alexa language on the Amazon Echo Dot:
How to Change Alexa Language without App
If you don’t have the Alexa app installed or want to make changes to your device from a PC, this is how to change Alexa language without an app.
1. Log in at Alexa
Open a web browser on your computer or mobile device and go to alexa.amazon.com. Sign in to the site using your Amazon credentials.
2. Alexa Settings
On the left side of the page are a row of options. Choose Settings and then select the device from the list that you want to change the language on.
3. Set a Language
Now you should have access to the device’s settings as you would through the Alexa mobile app. Scroll down until you find the language section and then choose an option from the drop-down menu. Click Save for Alexa to accept your settings and change the language on the device.
Other Language Tips
Changing the language with Alexa is one way to make this artificial assistant more personable, but far from the only option. You can also change the way Alexa sounds by giving it an accent or replacing it with a more familiar voice.
If you want to change the voice of Alexa from female to male, you can do this from the settings menu. Navigate to the General section under Settings for the Alexa device you want to change. Under the option for “Wake Word” is a section called Alexa’s Voice.
While none are labeled as Male or Female, the second voice option for any region when listed will be Male. You’ll hear a brief sample of Alexa speaking in that new accent when selected. This is also where you can adjust how quickly Alexa speaks. If you want to slow the assistant down or speed it up, simply move the slider in this section.
Do you want to keep the conversation going with Alexa without having to wake it up again? You can make that happen by setting up Follow-up Mode. If Alexa has difficulty understanding your speech, try the Adaptive Listening setting.
Want to change the voice to a celebrity? You can do this by simply saying “ Alexa, introduce me to…” and saying the celebrity name. There are only a handful of options available at this time, and each has a price tag of $4.99.
Whether you’re trying to make Alexa more suitable to your needs or want to try out your linguistic skills, it’s quick and painless to change Alexa languages on any device. When properly set up, these handy devices can also serve double duty as an intercom system if you have multiple smart speakers in your home.
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