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Alexa Settings & Controls

Manage your features and devices

Use the Alexa app to get more out of your Echo and Alexa-enabled devices.

  • Change your device name and set permissions, settings, and location.

  • To get your day started right, you can link your calendar, manage lists and reminders, get weather updates, and check commute times.

  • Personalize your experience. Create and manage household and voice profiles to easily access your contacts and information on compatible Alexa devices. Learn more about personalization.

  • View, hear, and delete voice recordings associated with your account. Learn more about Alexa, Echo devices, and your privacy.

  • Connect and control your compatible smart home devices from anywhere, set up groups to control multiple devices at once, or automate them with routines.

  • Find your music service providers and set up groups so you can listen across multiple compatible Echo devices at the same time with multi-room-music.

  • Use Alexa Communication to connect with your household and Alexa contacts, view your conversation history, and manage your contact list.

  • Use Alexa in both English and Spanish with multilingual mode. Just ask, "Alexa, do you speak Spanish?"

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Built to protect your privacy

Amazon designs Alexa and Echo devices with multiple layers of privacy protection. From microphone and camera controls to the ability to view and delete your voice recordings, you have transparency and control over your Alexa experience. Visit the Alexa Privacy Hub for a single source of information about Alexa, Echo devices, and your privacy.

You can view, hear, and delete your voice recordings one by one or all at once in the Alexa app or at Alexa Privacy Settings at any time. To delete by voice, you can also say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today.”

Kids, parents, and Alexa

Kids, parents, and Alexa

With Amazon FreeTime on Alexa, you can create a personalized experience for your kids and choose what content they access on their device. Consistent with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, we require permission from a parent before Amazon FreeTime can be used on Alexa.

FreeTime with Alexa

With FreeTime, you can filter explicit songs from Amazon Music or Spotify and you can access easy-to-use parental controls to set daily time limits, review activity, and manage smart home settings. You can also use the Alexa app to approve contacts for Alexa Communication with close family and friends. Learn more or just ask, “Alexa, what is FreeTime?” To switch to FreeTime mode on your Echo device:

Thumbnail In the Alexa app, select Settings

Thumbnail Choose the device you want to enable.

Thumbnail Select FreeTime in the General section and tap the toggle.

FreeTime Unlimited

FreeTime Unlimited is an optional monthly subscription for Amazon FreeTime that offers kids ages 3-12 access to over 20,000 kid-friendly books, educational apps, games, movies, Audible audiobooks and TV shows from top brands like Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS, Amazon Originals for Kids. Kids can access FreeTime Unlimited across compatible Fire tablets, Kindle, Android devices, iPad, and iPhone, and a growing list of premium kid’s skills on compatible Echo devices. Content varies by device. Learn more or just ask, “Alexa, what is FreeTime Unlimited?”

Or watch the video below to learn more about the Echo Dot Kids Edition that includes one year of FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-friendly case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. After one year, your subscription will automatically renew every month starting at just $2.99/month plus applicable tax. You may cancel any time by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting customer service.

Explicit filter

You can use the explicit filter to block songs that use common explicit words and phrases. Instead of bleeping out or removing explicit lyrics within a song, the explicit filter prevents playback of the song itself. Learn more

Thumbnail In the Alexa app, select Settings.

Thumbnail Go to Music & Media and select Explicit Filter.

Thumbnail Toggle explicit songs on or off.

Voice purchases

After you register your Echo or Alexa-enabled device, voice purchasing is enabled by default. You can set up a voice code or disable voice purchasing in the Alexa app using the steps below. Learn more

Thumbnail In the Alexa app, select Settings, scroll to the Alexa Account section, and select Voice Purchasing.

Thumbnail To enable a voice code, use the toggle to turn voice code on. Alexa will ask you to say a 4-digit confirmation code before completing purchases.

Thumbnail To disable voice purchasing, use the toggle to turn purchase by voice off. It will still be possible to search for products, add items to your cart, and track orders.


Accessibility

Accessibility

Echo and Alexa-enabled devices include several features for customers with accessibility needs related to vision, hearing, mobility, and speech. With Alexa, customers can use the power of their voice for everyday tasks like shopping, setting timers and alarms, listening to music, and controlling smart home devices. On Echo devices with screens, customers with hearing impairments can enable Alexa Captions to read what Alexa says. Tap to Alexa on Echo Show enables requests to Alexa via touch without needing to use your voice. Discover more accessibility features and learn how to access them.

Just ask:

“Alexa, turn on closed captions.”

“Alexa, turn on Alexa captions.”

“Alexa, increase volume.”


Account history

Account history

View and manage voice recordings associated with your account by visiting History in Settings in the Alexa app or Review Voice History in Alexa Privacy Settings. In the Alexa app, you can see, play back, and delete recordings individually. In the Privacy Settings page, you can filter by date and choose an entry to see details, listen to, and delete recordings individually or all at once.


Whisper Mode

Whisper mode

Don’t want to wake up a sleeping partner or family member when you ask Alexa for the weather in the morning or turn off the alarm? Whisper Mode allows you to whisper to Alexa, and she’ll whisper her response back to you.

Just ask:

“Alexa, turn on whisper mode.”

“Alexa, turn off whisper mode.”


Multilingual Mode

Account history

You can use your Echo device in English, Spanish, or in both with multilingual mode. In multilingual mode, Alexa will understand and respond in the language you speak to her. If your device has a screen, like an Echo Show, you can choose what language you want to use for Settings and screensavers like hints and news headlines. Ready to get started? Just say, "Alexa, speak Spanish?"

Thumbnail In the Alexa app, select Devices.

Thumbnail Go to Echo & Alexa, select your device, then Language under the General section.

Thumbnail Select a setting:

  • English/Español (United States/Estados Unidos): For Echo devices with screens, settings and screensavers (e.g. hints, headlines) are in English.

  • Español/English (Estados Unidos/United States): For Echo devices with screens, settings and screensavers (e.g. hints, headlines) are in Spanish.