Sonos One alternate Alexa "wake word" change

  • 26 December 2017
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It’s a deal breaker for me. If you want people to pay an extra $100 for alexa integration then it better be feature-compareable with a $29 echo dot. Two Sonos One’s getting returned tonight.
Very frustrated with everybody else that this was not thought through before launch of this product. I essentially have a device that is unusable, since my wake word though the house is echo
Welp, looks like Amazon will be releasing a high-fidelity speaker soon, and I bet it can wake with words other than "Alexa": https://www.amazon.com/All-new-Echo-Plus-Bundle-Philips/dp/B07H1D6821/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&ref_=ods_gw_dg4_ha_lr_092018
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I finally figured out how to change the wake word- When Google Assistant support is released, we'll finally get "OK, Google" as a new wake-word! \o/

Can't wait!
Hey Sonos, why can't we do this? I have lots of relatives/friends with the name Alex (and variants). Please let me call it "Computer" on my One!
Has Amazon allowed non-Echo products to use different wake words yet? As far as I know, that's still the case.
I think this may be a deal-breaker for me as well. There is no good reason for Amazon not to allow all Alexa-enabled devices to have the same functionality through the app that its own devices have. Reasons like these made me decide to cancel my Prime membership as well and I haven't regretted that one bit. Sonos should demand more from its business partners.
Has Amazon allowed non-Echo products to use different wake words yet? As far as I know, that's still the case.

In this quote from nine months ago earlier in this thread, yes they have. Of course, Sonos has done nothing about it. Stilll a problem when my niece Alex comes to visit or calls.


In a promising development, the requirement now says this:

“2.1. Your product SHALL only use approved Amazon Alexa wake words, such as "Alexa".”

So it sounds like any of the standard wake words should work now! Sonos..... your move?
What an incredibly stupid thing to have not implemented! Come on Sonos...get with the program. I just took mine out of the box and got it going. This is the first thing I tried to change. The problem with using "Alexa" as the wake word is every damn Amazon commercial that comes on either the TV or radio will wake a device up. We need a least one other good option. I use "echo" on all my Dots. I'm not sure why Amazon is so restrictive on wake up words to begin with, but to limit us to the one and only default is inexcusable!
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Just got a sonos beam, hoping Sonos read these forums and get this implemented soon, key feature for me.
This is the first time, in the 33 years that I have been alive, that I have ever posted a comment on a forum. However after receiving a brand new pair of Sonos One speakers in the post yesterday and setting them up, I cannot believe that it is not yet possible to change the wake word from "Alexa" to something else. My daughter is called Lexie and after only one day it is already getting rather frustrating that the speakers wake up every time I say her name. Sonos please can you sort out this problem, I don't want to have to return my lovely new speakers!
Please add ability to change wake word. My son and his girlfriend Alexa thank you.
Same situation here, purchased Sonos One for the bedroom thinking would get rid of the dot, since we use key word Echo, this will not work for us. We were going to buy multiple more units to replace all our existing dots and Alex devices. So frustrating that all is needed is a software change, yet this product is a step backward.
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I agree with all the others. It is a major omission from the integration and ridiculous that it has not been addressed after all this time.
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As my daughter is named Alexa we had to turn the voice services off. Would really love to change the wake word as I’ve already got around $4k worth of Sonos gear and plan to get more. Having the voice activation working would just be the icing in the cake.
Same situation here, purchased Sonos One for the bedroom thinking would get rid of the dot, since we use key word Echo, this will not work for us. We were going to buy multiple more units to replace all our existing dots and Alex devices. So frustrating that all is needed is a software change, yet this product is a step backward.

I agree completely. I bought 2 Sonos One Gen 2 speakers and planned to add more to replace older Alexa units. I really do NOT want to have to rename all existing devices back to "Alexa" when I've used "Echo" for years.

PLEASE Sonos - it sounds like this is technically feasible now based on documentation from Amazon. Allow us to change the wake word to one of the currently accepted names.
I too have a human Alexa in my household. Not being able to use one of the alternate Amazon supported wake words leaves me disappointed with my new Sonos One speaker. I will not be purchasing other Sonos devices with Amazon integration built in until this is addressed.
Well, there's always "OK, Google!". 😉