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Alexa has a new masculine voice option and a couple of celebrity voices you might also recognize. These features are available for all Alexa Echo Dots unless you use a first-generation model. This guide shows you how to change Alexa’s voice in 6 easy steps and set your Alexa in bilingual mode to listen and respond to multiple languages.

Before you attempt anything, make sure Alexa app is installed on your phone. If, for some reason, you deleted the app after initially setting up your Echo Dot, no worries. You can always reinstall it and connect it to your Dot again. Make sure you are connected to the same Wi-Fi as the Echo Dot.

Changing Alexa’s Voice On a Smartphone

1. Open Alexa App

On your phone, open the Alexa app and connect to the Echo Dot to which you are trying to make the changes.

2. Tap on Devices

On the bottom tab menu of the Alexa app, select Devices; this is the section that allows you to control Alexa-compatible devices. Then tap on Echo & Alexa in the top right corner.

3. Select the device to modify

After selecting Echo & Alexa, you will see a list of devices that meet that criteria linked to your Amazon account. For example, the Echo Dot I am looking to change is called Marc’s Echo Dot; your Echo Dot will probably share a similar name.

4. Select Settings

You will find a settings gear wheel in the top right corner of the Echo Dot’s page. Tap on this icon to get to the options for your Echo Dot.

5. Scroll down to Alexa’s Voice

In the settings menu, scroll down until you see an option called Alexa’s Voice, and tap on it. This option should be right below the option called Wake Word.

6. Choose Your New Voice

A variety of voice options are available.

For the masculine options, choose whichever dialect you like, then select the second one. Note that when you tap on the options, it will play an example of the voice on your phone.

You can also change the speaking rate your Alexa will respond to you.

Changing Alexa’s Voice on Your Echo

This method is even quicker than method 1. You can change Alexa’s voice by simply just asking it to. To change Alexa’s voice, say, “Alexa, Change Your Voice.” Alexa will then run through the options you have to choose from. The first one it usually goes to is the masculine voice for whichever dialect you have chosen. If you don’t like any other voice options, you can say “Alexa Change Your Voice” again and select the original voice you had set. Usually, this is the first option that comes up.

Change Alexa’s Voice to a Celebrity

If you want to talk to a celebrity instead of Alexa all day, you can easily change your Alexa to respond with either Shaqueil O’Neil’s or Melissa McCarthy’s voice. There used to be more options, but currently, you are only able to choose from these two, and they both cost a one-time payment of $4.99

1. Ask for an Introduction

To start the process, you nicely ask your Alexa to introduce you to your celebrity of choice by saying, “Alexa introduce me to (either Shaq or Melissa McCarthy)” Then Alexa will introduce you and explain what each person’s voice is capable of doing for you.

2. Confirm Your Purchase

If you like the voice you chose to be introduced to, Alexa will ask you to confirm your payment of $4.99, and you can do this by just saying “Yes” when she asks you. The default payment mode on your Amazon account will be charged.

Before making the purchase, it is worth noting that these two celebrities cannot help you with everything Alexa can. For example, they can’t help you with shopping, lists, reminders, or skills.

3. Accessing the New Celebrity Voice

To wake your Alexa now, instead of saying “Hey Alexa” you will now say “Hey (either Shaq or Melissa McCarthy)” to speak with your new celebrity voice.

Changing Alexa’s Language on The App

1. Open Alexa App

Before making changes, ensure you’re connected to the Echo Dot on your iPhone.

2. Tap on Devices

From this section, you can control Alexa-compatible devices.

On the bottom tab menu of the Alexa app, select Devices. Then tap on Echo & Alexa in the top right corner.

3. Select the device to modify

Your Echo Dot will probably share a similar name.

After selecting Echo & Alexa, you will see a list of devices that meet that criteria linked to your Amazon account.

4. Select Settings

The setting gear wheel is at the top right corner of the Echo Dot’s page.

Tap on this icon to get to the options for your Echo Dot.

5. Select Languages

In the settings menu, scroll down until you see an option that says Languages.

Tap on this option; it should be a couple of options down from Alexa’s Voice.

6. Choose a new Language

You can select a different language entirely from the Language menu or keep English.

For people in the United States, English and Spanish are support, but you can use Dutch and French. However, they don’t have full support yet.

How To Change Alexa’s Voice in 6 Easy Steps FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Why is Alexa called Ziggy?

After David Bowie passed away, Amazon added Ziggy as one of the wake words for Alexa in tribute.

What are the 4 Wake words for Alexa?

You can change the wake word of any Echo speaker or smart display from “Alexa” to “Ziggy,” “Echo,” “Amazon,” or “Computer” for free. If you use a third-party device with Alexa built-in, you may not have the option to change the wake word.

Does Super Alexa mode do anything?

Super Alexa is unlocked by saying a cheat code to it. The Cheat code is “Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start.” Although this is a fun easter egg, nothing really changes to Alexa’s capability.

Can Alexa call 911 if I fall?

With Apple watches adding more and more fall features, you might also expect to see that on Alexa devices. But, unfortunately, you cannot ask your Alexa to call 911 or emergency services for you.

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