Now that Show Mode and the new Show Mode Dock have been released for Amazon’s Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets, there’s now more reason than ever to use the hands-free Alexa capabilities of these tablets. If you’re looking to change the Alexa wake word on one of these tablets and are confused to not find the setting in the Alexa app, which is where it is changed for all Echo devices, here is how to do it on a Fire tablet. If you’re wanting to change the wake word because the tablet is not working well with another Alexa device nearby, there is an ESP Behavior setting you can adjust as well.
Unlike most Alexa devices, changing the wake word of one of Amazon’s Fire tablet models is done through the device’s own settings area and not through the Alexa app. The settings area on the tablet can be accessed by either tapping the Settings app icon on the home screen or by swiping down from the top and tapping the gear icon in the upper right corner of the notification pane.
Once in the settings area, select the Alexa menu item near the top. From there you’ll see several options related to how Alexa behaves on the tablet, with the wake word setting near the center. Selecting it lets you select whether you want the wake word to be “Alexa” or “Amazon.” Fire tablets cannot use the wake word “Echo” or “Computer,” like you can select with Echo devices. If you’re looking to change the Alexa wake word because the tablet isn’t working well with another Alexa device nearby, you may want to experiment with the ESP Behavior setting at the bottom of this screen.