Google has long had an optional male voice for Google Assistant, so it’s about time that Alexa followed suit (although I’m not sure I’m ready to make the change myself).
To change Alexa’s voice to the new male option, here’s what you do:
Open the Alexa app, tap the Devices tab, tap Echo & Alexa, then tap the name of one of your Echo devices.
Tap the Settings icon (the one that looks like a gear) in the top-right corner of the screen, scroll down to the General section, then tap Alexa’s Voice.
Select the New option.
Rinse and repeat for any other Echo devices you want speaking with Alexa’s new voice.
If you’d rather skip all those steps, you can also just say, “Alexa, change your voice.”
Alexa’s new male voice only began rolling out in the past few days, and while The Ambient spotted the new voice on Monday, it only popped up on my Alexa app today, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see the setting yet.
Oh, and if it doesn’t feel right addressing your male-sounding voice assistant as “Alexa,” you can also switch to a new wake word: “Ziggy,” which was announced alongside the new celebrity voices late last week.
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