Amazon launched a new skill for Alexa this week that will allow any of the company’s Echo products to recognize individual voices. It’s a convenient new skill for family’s the share Alexa and a way to keep your speaker from being “hijacked” by jokester visitors.
The company posted a setup tutorial video to its website this week. According to the video, the setup involves reading aloud 10 phrases that come together to create a voice profile. Once complete, Amazon said the voice profile will be recognized by Alexa across the entire Echo line and most third-party devices that come with Alexa.
Handling multiple accounts has always been a possibility with Alexa, but in order to switch accounts, you would have to actually go into the Alexa app and manually switch over. This update means Alexa will be able to recognize who’s speaking and switch accounts seamlessly.