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Ever felt that your smart home assistant's voice doesn't quite match your aesthetic or mood? Well, Alexa is lending an ear to your preferences. There's a charm in personalizing every tiny detail of our gadgets, and Amazon's Alexa isn't one to be left behind.  

First up, here's how you can adjust her accent. 

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Screenshot of apps on phone- arrow pointing at Amazon Alexa app

Open your Amazon Alexa app on your device. (CyberGuy.com)

Screenshot of Alexa app, arrow pointing to Echo and Alexa in the app

Find Echo and Alexa on the screen. (CyberGuy.com)

Screenshots of Alexa app, showing device you want to choose, status, Alexa's voice and accent to choose from

Choose which device you want to change, select STATUS, then click Alexa's voice, choose the accent you want, and then tap the back arrow. (CyberGuy.com)

MORE: HOW TO SETUP ALEXA FOR EMERGENCIES 

Maybe "Alexa" feels a tad too mainstream for you now. How about waking up your device with a more unique call? There are a few options to choose from, but for this example, we'll go with "Ziggy." 

Screenshot of apps on phone, arrow pointing to Alexa app, arrow pointing to devices in the app

Open the Alexa app and go to the Devices menu. (CyberGuy.com)

Instructions on changing Alexa's name

Select Echo & Alexa, choose which device you want to change. Click STATUS, and then click Wake Word. (CyberGuy.com)

Screenshot of choosing Ziggy smart speaker

Select Ziggy, and then click the back arrow.  (CyberGuy.com)

Just like that, your former Alexa smart speaker is now the Ziggy smart speaker. 

MORE: HOW TO GET ALEXA TO SPEAK MORE LIKE YOU 

Ever felt that Alexa is getting a bit too intuitive? It's understandable, since she can do things for you based on what you usually do, thanks to Alexa Hunches. For instance, when you say, "Goodnight," she will offer to turn off the lights if that's what you usually do, or you can let her act on her hunches without asking you first. So, if her hunches are more eerie than endearing, here's how to switch them off: 

Open the Alexa app and select More.  (CyberGuy.com)

Go to settings in Amazon Alexa app and select Hunches

Go to Settings, scroll down and then select Hunches. (CyberGuy.com)

Turn off the Hunches suggestions and wait for a little bit then it will be set up

Toggle off Hunches Suggestions. (CyberGuy.com)

MORE: 3 MUST-DO ALEXA SETTINGS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER 

At last, Amazon's Alexa has taken a stride toward individuality by allowing us to tailor her accent to match our preferences. From British charm to a unique wake word like "Ziggy," the process is as simple as a few taps in the Alexa app. And for those moments when Alexa’s intuition feels a bit too much, you can now effortlessly turn off Hunches Suggestions, putting you in control of your smart assistant’s behavior once and for all. 

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If you could give Alexa any new feature, what would it be? Maybe she answers in puns and dad jokes? Or perhaps sings lullabies in an operatic voice? The more creative, the better! Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact 

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