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How to set up Amazon Echo to recognize your voice

“Alexa, it me, ya boy.”

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Chances are that most Echo owners have already gone through situations where Alexa did not understand or respond to certain voice commands or, if there are several people in the same home, not recognizing who is talking to it.

While these are common issues, they can be fixed in a simple way: training Alexa to recognize a specific user by creating a voice profile. This will go a long way to help the Echo work better for each user, while also delivering better personalized results.

How to set up a voice profile on your Amazon Echo

Setting up an Alexa profile is pretty easy and only requires a few steps.

  1. On your mobile device, open the Alexa app
  2. Click the hamburger menu () and navigate to Settings
  3. From there, Alexa Account -> Recognized Voices

Select ”Learn My Voice” and, after making sure that devices in the surroundings are mute and that your area is quiet (while being less than 5 feet from the Echo), say “Alexa, learn my voice”.

Alexa will then ask you to repeat a series of sentences – do so. If everything goes well, it will ask you to make a request so that the voice profile can be tested, and that is it. In order to add voice profiles for other household members, do the same again.

You can keep training the system for a user’s voice profile, even with the use of pre-recorded bits. Voice profiles can be deleted from the “Recognized Voices” section, as mentioned above.

With your voice profile set up correctly, interactions with the Amazon Echo should become more efficient and less prone to mistakes. In order to make sure Alexa really knows who is speaking, users can ask “Alexa, who am I?” or “Alexa, whose profile is this?” If the identification is correct, then the voice profile is working.

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