The 3rd generation of the Amazon Echo dot, released back in September 2018, launched with an affordable $40 price tag and came available in both english and spanish. The new model comes with the several new features. These include a better speaker than the previous generation with richer sound and voice control for various popular music streaming apps (spotify, pandora, apple music, etc.). It also comes with the ability to answer your questions and keep you up to date on news and the weather. It can provide support for calling almost anywhere (including the other Amazon devices in other rooms of your house) and connectivity options to let you transform your home into a smart home. It even has several layers of privacy options and security features.
Alexa is constantly learning and expanding its skills to better assist you. All these features can be activated by simply saying the Echo Dot’s wake word. Technically speaking, you can’t change your Amazon Echo Dot’s name to anything besides Alexa. However, you can change its wake word. This is the phrase you say to activate your Echo Dot, letting it know to begin listening to you. The four available wake words for your device are “Computer”, “Amazon”, “Alexa”, and “Echo.”
How to Change your Echo Dot’s Wake Word
- First of all, you will need to either download the Alexa app from the Android/IOS app store, or go to www.echo.amazon.com.
- Next, go ahead and make sure you are signed in to your Amazon account.
- Now make sure your Echo Dot is registered and connected to your account.
- Then, go to settings in the menu, and select the device you want to change the name of.
- Go down the settings page until you see “Change your wake word.”
- Finally, choose your preferred wake name.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Echo Dot
Now that you have customized your wake word, you’ll want to make sure that you place your Echo Dot in an easily accessible location. Pick a place where you can hear the speaker and the microphone can hear you clearly. The best spot would be your kitchen or living room.
Create a Smart Home
The Echo Dot is Amazon’s second most budget friendly Alexa device. The lowest is priced at $25, the Echo Flex. However, if you’re able to purchase additional Amazon devices or Echo Dots, you can connect them all, and place them around your house. This way, you’ll have access to Alexa’s assistance no matter where you are. Getting your Echo Dots to work together is incredibly simple. On the Alexa app, just add the new device like you did to connect your first Dot. Now, whenever you ask the device a question or give it a command, Amazon’s “Echo Spatial Perception” technology will make sure that only the device closest to you will respond. Keep in mind, you can change the wake word of each separate device via the method detailed above.
You can also pair two or more Echo Dots into groups, so they will play a song together across several rooms. To do this, all you have to do is create a Multi-Room Group in the devices section of your Alexa app or the website. The one downside of this feature is that unfortunately you will be unable to connect to devices in a Multi-Room Group via Bluetooth until you remove the Dot from that group.
So whether you are planning to take the plunge and invest in a suite of Amazon Echo Dots and Alexa devices to create a smart home, or you just want to buy the single sleek and affordable unit, make sure you are getting the most features and customization for your money.