For some years, the ‘boom’ of virtual assistants took by surprise people who saw in these tools a dream come true: electronic butlers. Thus, some such as the Google Assistant, Siri (Apple) and Alexa (Amazon) have settled in the homes of hundreds of users who use them for their most basic tasks at home.
However, being a relatively new technology, there are still many secrets and keys that several people do not know about their virtual assistants, so, in short, they end up wasting them.
This is the case with Alexa. Amazon’s virtual assistant has become one of the best sellers in recent months, not only because of how easy it is to use, but also because of the amount of tasks it can perform. Among the most basic are setting alarms, reading PDF files, playing music or podcasts, giving a complete weather report and even optimally organizing all the items that make up a smart home.
Now, to enjoy these tasks, it is necessary to know how to configure this device, especially its voice access; this is a problem that Infobae will try to solve with the following configuration tricks for Alexa.
Note: Before continuing, we must clarify that Alexa is only the Amazon Echo software, so defining the hardware as ‘Alexa’ is a common mistake that many people make.
“Alexa, don’t talk”
There are situations where children can be left alone at home, and as you may know: a minor alone with a virtual assistant is not a very good combination. Children know very well how to activate electronic devices, but there are few cases in which they have knowledge of how to use them correctly. Consequently, it is very easy for a child to say “Alexa” to activate the Amazon Echo, but what they do next could go wrong.
To avoid these types of situations, the Echo has a mute button at the top of the speaker , which when activated puts the device in ‘mute’ and prevents it from being activated with your voice. In case you want to reactivate the voice response, you just have to press it again and that’s it.
Change Alexa voice
This trick (which is not so secret) is really one of the most interesting of this virtual assistant: the technology of the Echo allows you to change the voice of Alexa , but not only its tone but also the language in which it speaks, and in some countries even his accent.
1. To configure this option, just open the Alexa application on your mobile device and tap on the Plus symbol (the three lines).
2. Now you have to go to Settings and then to Device Settings
3. You will need to find the Echo device you want to configure and select the language you want it to have. Finally, click OK.
Although the changes take a few minutes to implement, rest assured that Alexa will communicate in the language of your choice.
Finally, we must talk about one of the points that most worries all women who are called Alexandra or men whose name is Alexander and who, of course, have nicknames “Alexa” or “Alex”. It can be tedious that when naming them, the first thing you hear is the Echo responding to a call that no one made.
To avoid this inconvenience, it is best to choose another word to activate Alexa. Options could include: Amazon, Echo, and Computer ; that will surely be unmistakable with the names of any household members.
The change is made easily by opening the Alexa application, entering Settings , Select your Echo and finally tapping on Wake Word . There a list of words will be displayed and you just have to choose the one you want.