How to change Alexa’s voice?
Updated: Mar 7
Bored of hearing same old voice coming from your Amazon Echo? While the soft tones of Amazon’s popular smart assistant have won over many, there are plenty of good reasons for wanting it to sound a little different. Luckily for you, you can easily change Alexa’s voice on your smart speaker. There are lots of options. You can change the voice of Amazon‘s virtual assistant to one with a regional accent, a celebrity (Samuel L. Jackson!), and even a different language altogether.Alexa isn’t the most flexible in this area, but there are a few things you can do to amend the way Alexa’s voice is deployed in your home – say, on the Amazon Echo smart speaker, or whatever newfangled shower head you have installed in your bathroom – or on your smartphone.
Here’s how to set Alexa’s language, access the special Samuel L. Jackson voice, or starting thinking about competing voice assistants like Google Assistant or Siri.
How to change Alexa’s accent
1. Open the Alexa app
Grab the device you use to control Alexa’s settings, whether it’s your smartphone or tablet. Tap on the Alexa app icon to open up the app. Then, go ahead and click the gear icon, which will lead you to settings. Wait until the list of connected devices pops up on the screen, then choose the device for which you’d like to change Alexa’s voice.
2. Select your language
Once you’ve chosen the device you want to configure, scroll down until you see Language, and give that word a tap. You’ll see a drop-down box with a list of accents. While Google Assistant now has several voices you can choose from and Siri can speak in multiple languages and accents, Alexa has yet to obtain a wide range of voices. Currently, you can program Alexa to speak English (United States), English (United Kingdom), English (Canada), English (Australia/New Zealand), or English (India).
3. Confirm changes
Feel free to spend some time playing around with the different accents until you find the one in which you want Alexa to speak. When you’ve made your choice, the app will ask you to confirm your selection. Now, go ahead and ask Alexa a whole bunch of questions just to hear her answering in a different accent or language.
Brief Mode and Whisper Mode
There are, thankfully, a few other edits you can make to Alexa’s voice beyond the language.
In the Alexa smartphone app, you can head to Settings > Voice Responses and toggle either the Brief Mode or Whisper Mode.
Brief Mode provides shorter responses from Alexa – if you’re not the chatty type – and will replace simple affirmative answers with a brief beep instead.
Whisper Mode provides answers in a quiet, hushed tone. Perfect for ambient settings or when you don’t want to wake the kids.
Siri, too, has plenty of accent options for its voice, meaning you can pick an American, Australian, British, Indian, Irish, or South African accent when using the assistant in English. You can pick between two genders too.
Google Assistant is available in all Android OS devices (any smartphone not made by Apple, really) as well as Google Home smart speakers and select smart TVs. Siri comes built-in with Apple iPhones, AirPods, Macbooks, and the like – though is considerably less advanced than the other two assistants.