While setting up Amazon Alexa, there are certain settings that you need to either enable or disable. Most users are not aware of those settings, but there is no need to worry because today, we will discuss those settings.
Settings to enable and disable
If you have performed Alexa setup, and are now looking to operate Amazon Echo, then you will have to download Alexa app on your smartphone. The app is available for both Android as well as iOS. You can now access Alexa settings and see the list of all the devices that offer Alexa service.
Change a device name
Your device is set up with your first name and product name. But, if you want to change it, then that is also possible. If using multiple Echo devices, then you can name each by the room they are installed in. This will help you manage Amazon Echo a lot easier.
Set your address
To make Alexa devices work more precisely, you need to turn on location. You can add the street address to get more local information.
Change the wake word
If you are using Echo and don’t like the default wake word, i.e., ‘Alexa’, then you can change the wake word to something that you like. You can’t make this change in Fire tablet or Fire TV because in those devices Alexa is woken with home button or through the remote.
Change and customize sounds
If the default Echo’s alarm is too quiet to be heard, then you can change the default volume for alarms, notifications, and timers. For that, you need to go to ‘sounds & notification’ setting. You can also set Alexa to make a sound when it listens another sound along with your command. This is quite useful when the device is placed in a location where you can’t see its LED ring.
Safeguard your voice purchases
You can order products through Alexa, but make sure you aren’t getting notifications of any unexpected purchases. Your kids may give commands to Alexa to buy a toy, and Alexa being a software can’t judge whether it is you or someone else making that order. You can create a passcode to confirm any order made through voice commands.
Delete your history
Alexa records all the interactions it had with you, so if you are concerned about your privacy, then you can delete all those interactions by going to History. You can select a particular recording, then tap ‘Delete voice recordings’. If you want to delete all the recordings, then go through your Amazon account online followed by ‘manage your content and devices’. You will have to select ‘Devices’, then ‘Actions’ and finally, ‘Manage your recordings’.
Enable or disable ‘Drop In’
The ‘Drop-In’ feature of Alexa will allow you to begin an impromptu audio or video chat with another Alexa-enabled device. If this feature is enabled on your contact’s device, then you can see as to what they are watching or listening to.
If you are not interested in being bothered by Alexa as you are doing some important work, then you can schedule ‘Do Not Disturb’. Only alarms and timers will function at that time, nothing else.
Set Household Profiles
You can switch users as well, but for that, you need to make sure that another person is also a part of your Amazon Household. To add a person, you can go to ‘Household Profiles’ to begin the process. The person you are looking to add needs to be with you to follow prompts in order to join the household.
Add Music Services
You can configure music services with Alexa, so that whenever you are in a mood to listen to your favorite songs, then you have the right platforms where Alexa can search.