How to customize Alexa for a better Amazon Echo experience: CNET

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Customize your Amazon Echo to your liking.

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You use your Amazon Echo for the basics – listening to music, asking about the weather, and setting reminders and alarms. However, if you haven't personalized it, you're really missing out on Alexa's full potential.

For example, you don't always have to listen to the same Alexa answers, but you can create your own instead. You can also get Alexa to recognize individual voices in your household so everyone has their own personal experience with Alexa.

Most of them require little effort and are fairly easy to use. Below are four ways you can customize your Amazon Echo (

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) For the best Alexa experience.

Create custom Alexa replies

Alexa may not always respond the way you want it to (for example, it won't bother you if you ask for it), but you can create your own custom Alexa responses for your Amazon Echo.

Go to the Amazon Blueprints page and choose to create your personal answers Custom questions and answers, then click Make your own,

Now Alexa says whatever you want – and your friends will wonder why their Amazon Echo doesn't have the same answers.

Create a language profile

Create a voice profile for everyone to give yourself and others in your household a more personalized Alexa experience. It will help Alexa get to know you a little better and give you more personalized answers.

For Alexa to learn your voice, open the Alexa app on your phone and go to the settings > Account settings > Recognized voices > Create a voice profile, follow the on-screen instructions and read four sentences.

Now you can say "Alexa, who am I?" and it will tell you who speaks. If the others in your household want to set up a voice profile, they have to repeat the same process on their phones.

Change the Alexa wake-up word

When you unzip your Echo for the first time, the default activation word it responds to is Alexa. However, you can change the activation word at any time. Amazon's other options for calling your voice assistant are Computer, Amazon and Echo.

Unfortunately, you can't give it a unique name, so you have to choose from these four options. If you want to change the name, just say "Alexa, change the wake-up word" and choose another option.

If you're not near your Echo speaker, you can open the Alexa app and navigate the settings, Then choose device settings and choose your device name (e.g. Katie's Echo Dot) (

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)). Scroll down and tap Wake Word. Then choose how you want to call your voice assistant.

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Change the wake-up word on your echo when you no longer want to say Alexa.

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Create personalized routines for your day

If you're already using your Echo to turn on the lights, hear the news, and start the coffee pot every morning, why shouldn't you put all these commands together? You can set up Alexa routines to manage your morning or other part of your day.

When you create a routine, you can combine several commands into one. For example, you could say "Alexa, start my day" to turn on the lights, start the coffee maker, and play music at the same time.

First, open the Alexa app menu and tap routines, Then click on the plus sign and create your routines.

Now that your Echo speaker is more personalized, check out these 7 Alexa options that will keep you from ever picking up your phone and the 8 surprising Alexa tricks you can use to test your Amazon Echo tonight can.

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