6 Alexa Settings You’ll Want to Change ASAP

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Whether you’ve unpacked your new Amazon Echo devices for the first time recently or if you’ve had them for years, there may be more you can do to make Alexa behave the way you want. Of course you know how use your Echo to call someone, How? ‘Or’ What connect Alexa to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more, and even how Alexa can help you in the kitchen. But have you really considered all the parameters proposed by Alexa?

Some small changes could make a big difference. For example, you’ll be glad you updated your privacy settings, including automatically delete recordings and turn off the setting which allows Amazon to listen to the same recordings.

Read on for six parameters Amazon Echo that I found most useful. If you have your favorite customizations, share them in the comments.

Update your Amazon Echo privacy settings

One of the first concerns related to the possession of an Echo speaker is confidentiality. Fortunately, Amazon is unpack more privacy settings in the futureIncluding updates Ring and Echo products gradually improve user privacy.

Your Echo can automatically delete your recordings. To enable this setting in the Alexa app Following menu and go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage your Alexa data > and switch the Automatically delete recordings light up.

You can also delete the history of all of your voice recordings. To do this, open the Alexa app and go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > review the voice Story. Next, tap the down-facing arrow next to Display then the arrow next to Filter by date. so you go tap All history > Delete all my recordings.

And you can also prevent Amazon employees to participate in your conversations and listen to voice recordings. In Alexa application, access Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage your Alexa data. From there, select Choose how long recordings are saved > Do not save Recordings > To confirm. Then scroll down to Help improve Alexa, and toggle the Use of voice recordings to off.

For more safety tips on one of your smart home devices, read our Privacy guide on how to keep Amazon, Google and Apple out of your conversations.


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Enable Brief Mode on your Amazon Echo

When you ask Alexa to do something, like play a song or turn on the lights, Alexa will say something like “OK, turning on the lights.” This is to help you determine why Alexa did something if it didn’t perform what you asked. However, if you don’t want Alexa repeating what you just said, you can change that setting so that it only plays a short sound instead of a voice response.

To do so, open the Alexa app More menu and select Settings. Under the Alexa Preferences section, tap Voice Responses, then toggle the switch on for Brief Mode.

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Turn on Brief Mode so your Echo will play a short sound instead of a voice response.


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Set up your preferred music streaming service

When you set up your Amazon Echo, the music service automatically defaults to Amazon Music. However, if you’re a Spotify, Apple Music or another music service subscriber, you may want to link your Echo to that streaming service instead. 

Go to Settings > Music & Podcasts > and link to a service. On the same page, tap Default Services and switch to your preferred music provider. Now the Echo will play from the music streaming service of your choice when you say “Alexa, play music.”

Change the wake word from Alexa

If TV commercials keep triggering your Amazon Echo when they say “Alexa,” you can change the wake word to something that’s less likely to wake the speaker. The other traditional options to call the voice assistant are Computer, Echo and Amazon, but there are several newer wake word additions you can use like Ziggy and Hey, Disney

If you want to change the name, just say “Alexa, change the wake word” and make your selection. You can also open the Alexa app, go to Settings > Device Settings > select your device > tap Wake Word and make a choice. Unfortunately, you can’t come up with your own name for the speaker, like Tallulah or Digital Overlord.

Enable voice purchasing on your Amazon Echo

You don’t always have time to perform an Amazon search and buy something you’re out of, like toilet paper. That’s why it can be helpful to set up voice purchasing on your Amazon Echo so Alexa can order products for you.

To get started, you’ll need to turn on voice ordering and 1-Click ordering. Open the Alexa app and navigate to Settings > Account Settings > Voice Purchasing and toggle Voice Purchasing on. Next, on the same screen, you should set up a voice code or profile so that only you can make purchases. Where it says Purchase Confirmation, tap Enable and select either Voice Profile (only your voice will activate purchasing) or Voice Code (a four-digit code).

Set up household profiles on your Amazon Echo

If you have multiple people in your house, you’ll want to set up voice profiles for each member who uses the Echo speaker. This will help Alexa learn your voice and distinguish you from others in the house. To create voice profiles, go to Settings > Account Settings > Recognized Voices > Create a voice profile and follow the onscreen prompts to set it up.

You can make sure your voice profile has been correctly set up by asking “Alexa, who am I?” The voice assistant will say “I’m talking to [your name].”

Now that you’ve updated your Echo speaker settings, here’s five creative uses for your Amazon Echo device, five essential tips for your new Echo device and CNET roundup of every Alexa command you can give right now.

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