Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has a great, beautiful female voice which could get boring after some time. It would be nice to be able to use Alexa with other voices reflecting several genders, accents, and ways of communicating. Sadly, Amazon has no provision for that option yet. In this article, you will learn how to change Alexa’s language or Accent
However, reports have it that the company might begin to add more voices soon. 2 months ago, Amazon revealed that there would be lots of celebrities speaking as Alexa, beginning with Samuel L. Jackson. As of now, November 26, this is yet to happen, and even when it eventually happens, it will not be able to assist with shopping, lists, reminders or Skills.
Not to worry, there is a workaround that can help. If your language is used in more than 1 nation, you can make Alexa speak the way the nation speaks. For instance, As a French speaker, you can make Alexa speak in the accents of France, Ivory Coast, Senegal e.t.c.
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There are some things you must note. Before anything else, you need to know that Alexa will want you to speak in the same accent so that it can understand you clearly. Also, if you want it to speak in a French accent, then any Skills or other features that are not available in France cannot be available to you. See How Do I Change Alexa’s Language Or Accent:
How Can I Give Alexa Another Accent?
1. From the main screen, tap “Devices” in the lower right corner.
2. Find the device whose accent you wish to change by choosing “Echo & Alexa” “All Devices” or the group that the device falls in.
3. Choose the device. (Be aware that the device needs to be online for this to work.)
4. Swipe down until “Language” is visible. Click it.
5. A lengthy list of languages would be visible and the nations they are connected to. Click on the one you wish to switch to.
6. If you have selected a language in a different nation, you will see a pop-up warning that some Alexa capabilities will stop working. Choose “OK.”
7. You will now see a pop-up telling you that the switch will take some minutes. Click “OK.”
More Information On Alexa
Amazon Alexa, known simply as Alexa, is a virtual assistant developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers developed by Amazon Lab126. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.
Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. Users are able to extend the Alexa capabilities by installing “skills” (additional functionality developed by third-party vendors, in other settings more commonly called apps such as weather programs and audio features).
Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Alexa); other devices (such as the Amazon mobile app on iOS or Android and Amazon Dash Wand) require the user to push a button to activate Alexa’s listening mode.
Currently, interaction and communication with Alexa are available only in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Hindi. In Canada, Alexa is available in English and in French (with the Québec accent).
As of November 2018, Amazon had more than 10,000 employees working on Alexa and related products. In January 2019, Amazon’s devices team announced that it had sold over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices.
In September 2019 Amazon launched many new devices achieving many records while competing with the world’s smart home industry. The new Echo Studio became the first smart speaker with 360 sound and Dolby sound.
Other new devices included an Echo dot with a clock behind the fabric, a new third-generation Amazon Echo, Echo Show 8, a plug-in Echo device, Echo Flex, Alexa built-in wireless earphones, Echo buds, Alexa built-in spectacles, Echo frames, an Alexa built-in Ring, and Echo Loop.
A companion app is available from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore. The app can be used by owners of Alexa-enabled devices to install skills, control music, manage alarms, and view shopping lists.
It also allows users to review the recognized text on the app screen and to send feedback to Amazon concerning whether the recognition was good or bad. A web interface is also available to set up compatible devices (e.g., Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, Amazon Echo Show).
There you have it – a comprehensive tutorial on how to change Alexa’s Language or accent. If you have any question as regards this tutorial, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.