If Alexa isn’t recognizing your voice or it is always, giving you un-related replies, you might need to figure out how to make Alexa Learn your Voice,
Maybe you’re in a house with different Alexa users, or you noticed that, when you ask Alexa to do something for you, for example, Play music, it starts to play a music that is not related to what you’ve been listening to.
This is actually a problem.
And the easiest way to sort this out is to make Alexa Learn your Voice, but before we begin talking about that, let’s first try to understand what Alexa is.
What is Alexa
Alexa is a Voice Assistant created by Amazon Voice Assistant is a technology that leverages on voice commands to perform certain action on Smart Appliances.
It is mainly used on a smartphones via the Alexa app and also on Amazon Echo products.
How Does Alexa Work
Once you have your Smartphone or your echo device set up for Alexa, you only have to say commands like “Alexa turn on the light” or “Alexa, Play (Mention the music name)“
Once you mention any of these commands, Alexa will simply pass your voice to an amazon based cloud server while converting what you said into a computer language that it can grasp.
Once it understood what you’ve just said, it passes the answer back using the Amazon cloud server to carry out your instruction.
To use Amazon Alexa you need to have internet connection.
If you want to set up your Alexa with your amazon echo device, you can find some easy to follow steps over here.
Now, that you have your Alexa connected, and you’ve been strugling with Alexa not recognizing your voice.
The first thing we are going to do is train Alexa to better understand our voice and here is how to go about it.
How to make Alexa Learn your Voice
The process to make Alexa learn your voice is quite straightforward. Follow the steps below to learn how you can reconfigure your Alexa device to learn your voice.
First and foremost:
- Launch the Alexa app and tap on the “hamburger icon” at the top left corner”
- On the next screen that it opens, navigate to “settings” and click on it
- Now, tap “Alexa Account“
- Next, Tap “Recognized voice“
NOTE: if you can’t find “recognized voice” and you are seeing “create a voice profile” or maybe you want to delete this voice profile and create a new one, kindly scroll down to the next heading
Moving forward, on the next screen, simply tap on “your voice” and hit the “Begin” button, which is usually at the bottom of the screen so as to begin a voice training session with Alexa
- Make sure the “automatically recognize Voices” is turned on
- Now, Alexa will ask for your name, and she will give you about 10 phrases to repeat after her.
- As soon as you’re done, Alexa will ask you to simply ask her a question to confirm if the voice training worked.
However if while trying to access “your voice” in the “Recognized voices” screen you can’t find any voice profile, simply follow this instructions below.
How to Create Alexa Voice Profile
If you haven’t create your Alexa voice profile, the steps below will walk you through the steps to take.
To do this,
Launch your Alexa app and go to Settings > Account Settings > Recognized Voices
On the “recognized voice” options, click on “create a voice profile“
For this profile you are creating, Alexa will associate it with the person currently signed in on the device.
Now, in a scenario where you want to delete the voice profile that is currently there and re-add another voice profile simply do this:
- On the “recognized device menu” tap on “manage voice profile“
- On the next screen, locate and tap “Delete Voice Profile” to give you the option to create a new voice profile
- After creating a new one, you train it by going to Menu > Settings > Alexa Account > recognized Voices > Your Voice
- Now, tap on “Begin” at the bottom of the window
- Now, you will go through a training session with Alexa and, she will tell you to call out a few words with her,
- Once you are done tap “back“
After you’ve successfully done this you will have a trained voice profile on your Alexa app.
However in a scenario where you have more people in the household that wants to make use of Alexa,
Simply create more profiles on the Alexa app
Here is how to do that:
How to Add more Alexa Voice Profiles
To add more users for your voice assistant, follow these steps below:
Sign Out from your Alexa Account and Sign in with that User Account
The person also has to do a voice training
Now, since multiple people in your household use the Echo device, do these:
- Let the family members download and launch the Alexa app on their mobile devices.
- Now, get them to sign in to the Amazon account used to set up the Alexa Device.
- They Should select “I’m someone else”.
- Now, they will need to enter their name
- After doing this, they will have to go to Setting > Your Voices
- You can train your voice too by following the instructions above.
In a scenario where you decide to switch to another person’s account, Alexa should be able to identify you by voice.
However, if you have a kid at home since Alexa doesn’t support kids less than 13, here is how you can go about it.
Create an Alexa Voice Profile for Your Child
- Launch the Alexa app
- Now, Navigate to “More” which is at the bottom right corner.
- After doing this, Select “Amazon Kids“.
- Now, if you have an existing Kid’s profile, locate your child’s name and select it,
- Now, choose Set Up.
- If you don’t have any existing Kid’s Profile, Select “Add a Kid” and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Now, Alexa will prompt your child to repeat some phrases to learn his/her voice
- Once, you’re done with this, your child will be able to make use of Alexa.
and here is how to check if Alexa can recognize you
How to Check if your Alexa Recognizes YOU
To Confirm that Alexa recognizes your voice, simply say “Alexa, who am I?” or “Alexa, who’s profile is this?“
After doing this Alexa, should be able to correctly identify your voice, and give a response,
How Can I Make Alexa Recognize Only My Voice and Ignore Other Voices?
Some people might be very interested to know if Alexa can truly only recognize their voices and ignore others.
Alexa can recognize your voice and you can train it to understand your voice better however, it can’t recognize only your voice as Amazon hasn’t added that feature yet
But, there are certain things you can do to prevent others from making use of your Alexa echo device unnecessarily:
you can try any of these out:
Prevent Alexa from Listening to others
You can stop Alexa from Listening to others by pressing the “mute” button on the Echo device.
As soon the button is pressed the device will indicate that it has been muted however, you will not be able to make use of it until you un-mute it.
here’s is another option you can try out.
Change Alexa’s Wake Word
Aside from unmuting it, you can change Alexa wake word.
The default wake word for Alexa is “Alexa“
To do that follow these steps:
- Launch the Alexa app on your Android or iPhone.
- Now, go to the “Devices tab“.
- Over here simply click on “Echo & Alexa“
- Now, choose your Echo device.
- Next, locate and click the “Settings icon” at the top-right corner
- Finally, scroll down and tap on “wake word” and make the necessary edits
With these few option you can prevent others from making use of your Alexa.
Moving forward, sometimes you might have to deal with a scenario where Alexa isn’t responding or isn’t getting what you are saying.
And this happens in most cases due to lost wireless connection, but its not limited to only that.
However if till now, you’re still having issues with Alexa responding or recognizing your voice you need to checkout for these few things
What To Do if Alexa Doesn’t Understand or Respond to Your Request
If you are faced with a scenario where Alexa doesn’t respond or she can’t understand you.
To fix these issues, confirm each of these questions:
- Are you using the Power Adapter that came with your Echo device?
- Is Your Internet Connection Active?
- Have you by chance muted your Echo device, or is the indicator light red?.
Now if you answered yes to all these questions. try taking these steps.
- Move your Alexa Device away from the Wall or any possible background noise
- Speak naturally and clearly.
- If Alexa is not understanding you, Try simply rephrasing your question.
- Give this a Try- Say “Did you hear me?”
- Unplug your device and now, plug it back again
Setting up Alexa to respond to your voice is fairly easy to do.
You just have to train it to recognize your voice.
Also, you can add other voice profiles if you have more than one user on your Echo device.
Since, Amazon Alexa can easily recognize up to 10 different voices, your household can make use of it too.
However you might encounter some issues with Alexa not responding, which can be resolved easily.
You just have to make sure the internet is working fine and, the Alexa device is placed where it won’t have too much interference with background voices.