Amazon Adds ‘Computer’ to List of Echo Wake Words – Trekkies Rejoice

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Trekkies across the country are rejoicing at hearing that as of today Amazon has added a new ‘wake word’ to their Echo’s vocabulary: computer. (The other three options to wake up your Echo are ‘Alexa’, ‘Echo’, and ‘Amazon’.) Here’s how to change your wake word and make your Echo respond to the word ‘computer’.

Of course, this is also good news for anyone who has more than two Echo devices, as it brings to 4 the total number of wake words you can have. While few people have more than one Amazon Echo (original) in their house, many have one or more Amazon Dots or Amazon Taps (basically mini-Echos with fewer features) in addition to their Echo.

So, whether you squealed with delight at learning you could finally emulate your ST:TOS heroes, or just want a different word to awaken your Echo, here is how to set your Echo wake word to ‘computer’.

How to Change Your Echo Wake Word from Alexa or Echo to Computer (or vice versa)

Open the Alexa app on your phone or other mobile device.

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alexa app icon

 

Click on the ‘hamburger’ menu (so-called because apparently some people think that it looks like a hamburger).

alexa app hamburger menu

 

Go to ‘Settings’ (so-called because it’s where your, you know, settings are).

amazon echo settings

 

Select which device you want to change the wake word for.

select echo device in alexa app

 

Scroll down the settings options for that device until you see ‘Wake Word’, and click on that option.

change amazon echo wake word computer

 

Change the word to ‘Computer’ and press ‘Done’.

change amazon echo word to computer

 

Now click ‘Save’.

save new amazon echo wake word

 

All done!

amazon echo wake word changed to computer

 

A note of caution: using a very common word, such as ‘computer’ or ‘Amazon’ to wake your Echo can result in the Echo being triggered when you don’t want it to be. While Amazon has worked to have the Echo only perk up when you use a common word such as ‘Amazon’ or ‘computer’ in a command-like way, and not in regular conversation, your Echo still may be triggered by your everyday usage of these terms within ‘ear’-shot of your Echo.

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