How to set up Alexa Household

Alexa is a handy tool for connecting your smart devices. After all, using voice commands is one of the easiest ways to control devices.

Expanding the use of Alexa voice recognition software to your entire family member is the most obvious next step towards making it more accessible.

Everyone has certain preferences that they cannot share with others.

The creation of customized Alexa profiles ensures that the experience is personalized for each user.

By integrating these separate profiles into a single account, you can enhance the Alexa usability and enable a seamless smart home experience from one user to the next.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create Alexa profiles for your entire family.

A new option for customizing every Echo in your home is Alexa Voice Profiles. Each voice profile that you have created for different user allows Alexa to learn individual voice of each family member and provide a more personalized experience. Here’s how you create Alexa Voice Profiles:

 

  1. To create the first voice profile, open the application and click on Settings from the side menu. 
  2. Scroll down to the option that reads Teach Alexa Your Voice. Most importantly, select the device you will use during training.
  3. During the session, you will speak 10 different phrases to Alexa. Press Next to cycle through each sentence. Amazon recommends that you change any other voice device and talk to Alexa at a normal distance in a quiet location.
  4. After going through all ten sentences, it will take 15-20 minutes for the voice profile to be created. Just ask Alexa, who am I? to see if the process is complete. The wizard will tell you who you are and which Amazon account is active.
  5. If for some reason you wish to remove your Voice Profile, which is stored in the cloud, go down to the bottom of the Your Voice menu and click on Forget Voice. This is a good option to try if you are having trouble with Alexa recognizing your specific voice.

Adding Another Voice

If you want to add an additional profile of your family member or friends to your Alexa device, then you can do the following process:

 

  1. The other person can download the companion app on their device and log in with the Amazon account linked to the Alexa device.
  2. You can also use your smartphone by just logging out of the app, going to the Settings part of the menu, and logging in again with your account email and password.
  3. They will need to select I am someone else and then type in the name they would like to be known. Then go to the same settings > your voice and go through the training process.
  4. Anyone with a family profile can also add their voice profile to the house.

Home Profiles

Another way to customize your echo devices to handle multiple users is with Home Profiles. This allows you to add another member, with your own Amazon account, to access your Echo.

 

By creating home profiles, you can listen to user music, manage various account features, share specific content via the Family Library, and access your own specific news and traffic information. To add another person to your home, they need to be there. Now follow the steps mentioned below:

 

  1. Using the add-on app, go to the side menu and then Settings > Accounts > Household Profile. 
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions and the other person will need to enter their account information, including a password, to complete the process.
  3. When you add another member to your home, they can use credit cards linked to your Amazon account to make purchases on the site.
  4. After adding another person, just say Alexa, switch accounts to switch users. To recheck the current account, just say Alexa, which account is this?
  5. If you need to remove someone from a house profile, go to the side menu and choose Settings > Accounts > in an Amazon house with [name]. 
  6. Click Remove next to the user. If you are removing yourself, press Leave.
  7. Once a user is removed, they cannot be added to another household for 180 days.

Switch Between Profiles

Once you have completed all the steps in the previous section, you can easily switch between profiles. When using commands related to the profiling system, you can use the words account or profile interchangeably when Alexa responds to the two terms. However, prefer to use a profile because it naturally fits the functionality of the profiling system in the Echo. To switch between profiles, follow the steps explained below:

 

  1. First, if you’re not sure which profile you’re currently on, you can say: Alexa, whose profile is this?
  2. Next, you will get a response like In Jason’s profile. You can then switch between profiles in one of two ways by saying: Alexa, change profile. Or, Alexa, switch to [Name] profile.
  3. If there are only two Amazon accounts linked to the Echo then you can keep using switch profiles. If you have more than one account linked to the Echo, it will be much quicker to replace the profile with a name like switch to Steve’s profile.
  4. After you switch profiles, you can use all the commands you normally use when talking to Alexa but those commands will have access to the content of the currently active profile. 

Does Alexa Voice Profile work for kids?

Amazon announced enabling Voice Profiles for Kids in September 2020 in which it has extended parental controls and child-friendly experiences across all the Alexa devices available in your home. Parents can set up Voice Profiles for their children so that Alexa recognizes the child’s voice and provides safe responses to questions, including only suggesting appropriate apps, games, skills, and other content. Previously, this kind of feature was limited to Echo Dot for Kids devices.

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