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How to Reduce Unwanted Activations on Amazon Echo

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Your Amazon Echo is always listening, waiting to assist you. Unfortunately, it can pick up audio cues and misinterpret them causing unwanted orders, random music, or even creepy laughter.

Amazon Echo

There are a couple ways to prevent Echo from activating without consent. You can either temporarily mute the microphone or change your wake word. 

? Would you like to mute your mic or change the wake word?

  1. Mute Mic
  2. Change Wake Word

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Your Amazon Echo is always listening, waiting to assist you. Unfortunately, it can pick up audio cues and misinterpret them causing unwanted orders, random music, or even creepy laughter.

Amazon Echo

There are a couple ways to prevent Echo from activating without consent. You can either temporarily mute the microphone or change your wake word. 

Press the mute switch on top of your Alexa device to mute your microphone.
Amazon Echo showing the mute button

Press it again to enable the microphone.

  1. You can change the wake word for Alexa within the Alexa app or by visiting https://echo.amazon.com.
    echo.amazon.com
  2. If prompted, sign in.
    Sign in prompt.
  3. Select Settings.
    Amazon Alexa settings
  4. Select the Alexa-enabled device whose wake word you wish to change.
    Amazon Alexa settings showing the echo to be changed
  5. Scroll down in the settings until you see "Change your wake word." Select a new wake word from the drop down menu.
    Amazon Alexa settings showing changing your wake word

Be aware, as the warning above the selection menu indicates, that it will take a few minutes for your changes to take effect and that during this time you will be unable to use your device.