How To Get Alexa To Say Your Name?
- Randall Mullins
Method #1: Change the Spelling of Your Name – Changing the spelling of your name is the first and the simplest way to get Alexa to pronounce your name correctly. For this, you’ll need to go to the “Communicate” settings and type in the phonetic spelling of your name. Below are a couple of steps that will help you out in doing so. ( 1 )
Open the Alexa app on your smartphoneSelect “Communicate”, which can be found at the bottom of the screenNow head over to your profile; your profile icon will look like a little person
Click on your nameUnder your name, go to the “My Communication Settings”
Click on “Edit”
Change your name and enter the phonetic spelling
Can Alexa tell you your name?
How greetings and prompts work – If you implement personalized greetings or prompts in your skill, then Alexa can welcome the recognized speaker back to the skill with the speaker’s name. This tells the speaker that Alexa recognizes them and confirms the personalization experience.
Why doesn’t Alexa say my name?
Alexa needs to recognize the person speaking if you want to have it say your name or to tell certain Alexa Skills who is using that skill by recognizing the voice. If there are multiple people in your home, all using Alexa then you will need to ‘train’ Alexa to recognize their voices too. This is pretty easy to do.
How do I get Alexa to announce her voice?
Sending Announcements – Users can send Announcements on any device that supports Alexa in supported in any locale where Announcements are supported:
Amazon Alexa devices : Users can send an audio announcement from a supported Amazon Alexa device, such as the Echo. In either use case, the announcement will be pulled from the utterance and sent as a recorded audio announcement:
One utterance : Users can send an announcement in one utterance by saying, “Alexa, announce” followed by the announcement content. For example, “Alexa, announce that dinner is ready.” Two utterances : Users can also send the announcement as two utterances, by starting off with “Alexa, make an announcement.” Alexa then prompts them, and users say the announcement content.
Alexa app : Use the Alexa app on a mobile device to send recorded audio or TTS announcements. From the Communicate tab of the app, select the Announce button. Then use either the microphone button to record an audio announcement (which will play in the user’s voice) or the keyboard to write a text announcement (which will play in Alexa’s voice).
One utterance : For a one utterance announcement, a device sends a Recognize event with the user’s audio that contains “Alexa, announce” followed by the announcement content. Two utterances : If the user does not provide the announcement content, Alexa responds with a SpeechSynthesizer Speak directive asking for the content, followed by a SpeechRecognizer ExpectSpeech directive, which should open the microphone. At this point, the user will provide the audio for the announcement content, which should be sent via another Recognize event.
What to Say to Get Alexa to sing?
Music Instructions Card – Your itinerary, part 1 We will change the language settings of your Amazon Echo (or the Alexa app) on this flight. You can do that easily by:
- Opening your Alexa app
- Tap the ‘More’ button and select “Settings.”
- Tap on “Device Settings”
- On the devices list, please scroll down to your Amazon Echo and tap on it
- Tap on Language and select the language of your destination
There are chances that you don’t speak the language of some of our destinations. Though we strongly encourage you to learn at least “Alexa, sing a song” in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese and maybe even English – because it’s super fun – our cabin crew has prepared links to Google translate for every destination,
You just need to tap on the Google Translate link and then on the speaker/listen button to let Google tell Alexa to sing a song. Alexa will sing a random song and sometimes repeat a song many times, which is super boring. Our cabin crew has therefore prepared a song menu with all the songs we could find! You just need to say “Alexa, sing ” (in the right language) and then the song title from the menu, and Alexa will sing what you’d like to hear.
Songs in bold italic are between 20 and 30 seconds long, so they are smartenlight approved international hand-washing songs ! You can find more information here: Alexa, Wash my Hands! The fun way of Hand-washing =) For Alexa songs with a link, we’ve created lovely remixes and cartoon videos, Alexa singing in Germany, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Italia and Brazil. India, Australia and Japan are on the other side =) Your itinerary, part 2. For those who already have some favorite Alexa songs in US English: if we found an international version of your song with a different title, we added the US English title next to the song. This way, you can search for your favorite song and check out versions in other languages and dialects.
If you find a song which is not on our menu, you are entitled to post a comment below with the song title and language, and country. We will then update this post with the song and your nickname, and you will stay forever in our International Alexa Song Hall of Fame (this post). If you’re lucky enough to find a hand-washing song, we’ll make your song and nickname, right, bold italic,
Thank you for choosing smartenlight airlines. Enjoy your flight! Pro-Tip: You can listen to the international songs also with your Alexa app: Tap More / Settings / “Alexa app settings” and change the language.
Can Alexa wake me up with her voice?
How to set a music alarm with Alexa – This one didn’t exist when Alexa first launched, yet it was one of the first things we tried. You can ask, “Alexa, wake me up to by at “, or even just an artist radio by not specifying a song. It works with Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
Best Alexa-compatible smart home devices
What does Alexa look like when someone drops in?
When you receive a Drop In, the light indicator on your Echo pulses green and you connect to your contact automatically. Use Drop In to: Have a two-way conversation by connecting to one of your Alexa-enabled devices (‘drop in on Kitchen’).
How does Alexa know when I say her name?
This Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams is expected to draw more than 100 million viewers, some of whom will have Alexa-enabled devices within range of their TV speakers. When Amazon’s new Alexa ad airs, and Forest Whitaker asks his Alexa-enabled electric toothbrush to play his podcast, how will we prevent viewers’ devices from mistakenly waking up? Related content In its collaboration with the NFL, AWS contributes cloud computing technology, machine learning services, business intelligence services — and, sometimes, the expertise of its scientists. With the Super Bowl ad — as with thousands of other media mentions of Alexa tracked by our team — we teach Alexa what individual recorded instances of her name sound like, so she will know to ignore them. Related content Audio watermarking is the process of adding a distinctive sound pattern — undetectable to the human ear — to an audio signal to make it identifiable to a computer. It’s one of the ways that video sites recognize copyrighted recordings that have been posted illegally.
- To identify a watermark, a computer usually converts a digital file into an audio signal, which it processes internally.
- Our approach to matching audio recordings is based on classic acoustic-fingerprinting algorithms like that of Haitsma and Kalker in their 2002 paper “A Highly Robust Audio Fingerprinting System”.
Such algorithms are designed to be robust to audio distortion and interference, such as those introduced by TV speakers, the home environment, and our microphones. To produce an acoustic fingerprint, we first derive a grid of log filter-bank energies (LFBEs) for the acoustic signal, which represent the amounts of energy in multiple overlapping frequency bands in a series of overlapping time windows.
The algorithm steps through the grid in two-by-two blocks and adds and subtracts the measurements in the grid cells in a standardized way. (Technically, it computes the 2-D gradient of each block.) The sign of the result — positive or negative — provides a one-bit summary of the values in the block. The summaries of all the blocks in the grid constitute the acoustic fingerprint, and two fingerprints are deemed to match if the fraction of bits that are different (the “bit error rate”) is small enough.
An illustration of how fingerprints are used to match audio. Different instances of Alexa’s name result in a bit error rate of about 50% (random bit differences). A bit error rate significantly lower than 50% indicates two recordings of the same instance of Alexa’s name.
- When we have audio samples in advance — as we do with the Super Bowl ad — we fingerprint the entire sample and store the result.
- With audio that’s streaming to the cloud from Alexa-enabled devices, we build up fingerprints piecemeal, repeatedly comparing them to other fingerprints as they grow.
- If a match is found, the incoming request is ignored.
Noisy audio may yield a match, but it requires the accumulation of more data (a larger fingerprint) than clean audio does. Using this matching algorithm, we have built a system with multiple layers to protect customers at multiple stages:
On-device : On most Echo devices, every time the wake word “Alexa” is detected, the audio is checked against a small set of known instances where Alexa is mentioned in commercials. Due to the limits of device CPU, this set is generally restricted to commercials we expect to be currently airing on TV.
In the cloud : Every audio request to Alexa that starts with a wake word is checked in two ways:
Known media : the audio is checked against a large set of fingerprints for known instances of “Alexa” and other wake words in commercials and other media. These fingerprints can also make use of the audio that follows the wake word. Unknown media : the audio is checked against a fraction of other Alexa requests arriving at around the same time. If the audio of a request matches that of requests from at least two other customers, we identify it as a media event. We also check incoming audio against a small cache of fingerprints discovered on the fly (the cached fingerprints are averages of the fingerprints that were declared matches). The cache allows Alexa to continue to ignore spurious wake words even when they no longer occur simultaneously.
Ideally, a device will identify media audio using locally stored fingerprints, so it does not wake up at all. If it does wake up, and we match the media event in the cloud, the device will quickly and quietly turn back off. In addition to tracking new media mentions of Alexa’s name and updating our library of fingerprints accordingly, our team works continuously to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the fingerprinting system.