Yes. The day may have finally come. It looks like some people outside of the US and UK can now set their Echo to their local address and timezone — no workarounds or hacks required! Happy days!
Update 25/08/2017: It appears that Amazon might have tightened their address validation again as the addresses below don’t seem to be working for me anymore. If you give this a go, let us know in the comments whether it works!
It appears that the whole madness might indeed be over for some lucky countries! Not quite as many as initially hoped when this was first found! It moves across the border from the UK and Germany to France and Belgium… but misses poor Netherlands and Luxembourg. Continues into Italy and Spain though.
At the moment, it seems to be a select few countries with people having mixed results, so I’ve begun testing various places and putting the results here:
Places with “no luck” are the ones which show the error — “Could not set your address. Please ensure you have correctly entered a complete address.”
This could just be a matter of finding out what the right way to format the address is that Amazon understands? So far, it seems like some of Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the lucky ones. The more I enter in addresses, the more it seems these countries have been chosen specifically.
If you try this out and it does indeed work, let us know in the comments below! I’d like to update the list above with the locations that do and do not work!
I was able to set up my Echo to an Australian address and timezone just by:
Going to alexa.amazon.com and clicking Settings > Find your device under “Alexa Devices” (it should be right up the top):
From there, you’ll now be able to just write in your address (e.g. “742 George St, Sydney, NSW, AU”) with your postcode in the field below that. It appears to format it nicely even if you don’t enter it in their exact format (e.g. “742 George St, Sydney NSW, Australia” sort of inputs seem to work too).
Some sample address formats other than Australian ones that I’ve tried successfully:
Once you’ve got your address in there and you want to give it a go, click “Save”:
For the timezone, there’s also a lovely set of dropdowns to choose your timezone. Find your timezone there and it’ll automatically adjust your timezone (no need to click “Save”). Hooray for this being easy:
When successful, I receive this message:
If you see that message, it appears to have updated everything successfully! EASY! Here’s hoping that’s a sign that Amazon will be bringing the Echo to more regions in 2017!
To test it out, ask it things such as:
Did this work for you? Let me know in the comments!
Wondering how to buy an Amazon Echo in places that it isn’t available? I’ve got a guide to that right here (my focus is on Australia but some of the services work for other countries too).