One of the best reasons for picking Amazon Echo is that it is indeed a true blue home assistant that can efficiently handle the needs of all the members of the household, instead of being one user for one device kinds. Alexa can now readily take instructions from different members of the household. Family members can now set up their individual Amazon accounts over the same device.
NOTE: Click here for Amazon’s own guides to using Echo, and their list of “Things to try.”
However, the other side of the coin is, you better trust that person fully before adding him/her to your Amazon Echo. As once you add a person to Echo you are duly authorizing that person to use your credit cards associated with your Amazon Account for making purchases. Though, you can seek a 4 digit security code from Amazon to ensure better protection; it is not all that secure as you need to speak the security code loud and definite, for Alexa to react to it.
One of the pre-requisites for joining the Amazon Echo household is that the said user should have an Amazon account. In case the user has no account on Amazon, one can create an account right away.
Adding a member on Echo has umpteen benefits as you and your spouse can manage their to-do list and calendars via the same device. You can share your books and music as well. Besides, it is super easy to add multiple users on same device.
All said and done, now let me take you through the steps to adding a household member or for that matter your roomy on Amazon Echo:
- Go to ‘Settings’ from the left navigation panel of Amazon app.
- Under “Account” choose “Manage your Amazon Household.”
- Follow the instructions.
- Let the new member add his/her account details. (That makes it necessary that you add the new person in his/her presence)
- Finally, click on “Join Household” to confirm the action.
Once you have successfully added a new person on the Amazon Echo; Alexa will readily take all instruction from the new user as efficiently as she takes it from you. In case, you wish to remove any user from the Amazon Echo; you will need to follow the steps below:
- Go to ‘Settings’ from the left navigation panel of Amazon app
- Under “Account” Select “Manage your Amazon Household.”
- Select the “Remove” button placed next to the User’s name
- If you wish to deselect yourself, click on “Leave.”
- Finally, click on “Remove from the household” to confirm the change
You can always make a check if you are using your own Account or else someone else’s account is active. All you need to ask is “Alexa, which profile am I using?” and if someone else’s account is active you need to ask Alexa to switch into your account with a simple instruction, “Alexa switch to <your name> account”.
Though, it is more realistic and sensible to share the Amazon echo amongst the members of the household; for the best interest of self, stay vigilant and alert about what you speak to Alexa while you are on a shared device.