Amazon offers a limited way to run multiple accounts on Echo devices within your home.
Here it requires you to create a logical “household” as far as Amazon’s services are concerned. You have to click this Amazon Household help page for further instructions: (Amazon.com Help: Create Your Amazon Household). Here, this is something you have to do on the Amazon Website rather than using the Amazon Alexa mobile-platform app.
When you add accounts to your logical household, each adult member will receive an email with a link that requires them to consent to being added to your household. In the case of Child or Teen accounts, their parents are sent this email so they can consent to the child being part of that logical household.
This is limited to 2 adults and four adolescents (Teens) or kids. It is focused towards the ability to purchase goods and services through Amazon Prime memberships within the household or to have a pooled content library.
The Alexa platform exploits this feature in the form of: notifications for each household member, photos one each member’s display-capable device, or the ability to make and take calls from Alexa devices in the household.
There is the ability to remove a member from a logical household but this member cannot join another household until after 180 days. But they can contact Amazon Support to override this limitation, which would be something that would have to be done of one moves out.
What could be done
The Amazon logical household functionality does not cater to the many-adult households in an effective manner. This is currently a strong reality as kids are living with their parents in to their adulthood due to issues like housing-affordability crises that affect most urban areas. Or adult children are becoming caregivers for their elderly parents as a way to allow their parents to maintain the family house or avoid questionable aged care.
Here, Amazon could support an increased number of adults on one logical household perhaps five adults. This could include allowing Teen accounts to be promoted to Adult accounts at certain times. This is similar to the issue I have raised regarding Netflix and similar services where multiple accounts could be supported on common endpoint devices.
As well, there could be the ability not to require a 180-day waiting period that is placed upon members who move between households. This would be of value for people like long-term houseguests or caregivers who are moving between their home and yours.
In the case of Amazon Alexa platform devices, there could be the ability to maintain some devices as “communal to all users” or “exclusive to particular users” so as to assure user privacy in some way. This can come in to its own with devices kept in bedrooms or lounge areas used exclusively by particular adults. Such a setup could expose some “communal” functionality to the “private” devices while keeping other functionality exclusive to those devices.
The use of a logical household is a step Amazon is taking to cater towards the reality of busy households, especially when it comes to operating the Alexa voice-assistant platform.