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Amazon Completes Rollout of Alexa Brief Mode

Amazon Completes Rollout of Alexa Brief Mode

A few days ago it was reported that some were being graced with a new Alexa feature called Brief Mode. Brief Mode causes Alexa to actually speak less in certain request situations and instead she will play a short sound to let you know she’s listening or acting on your requests. If you normally consider Alexa too chatty, or just can’t take her voice some mornings, this might be a feature for you.

I’ve tested this and it works well, however, just like the recently introduced Follow-up Mode, it takes some retraining to get used to using correctly. You may like this new feature, or you may not (I’m still trying to decide), but, you can turn it on and off in the Alexa mobile app or the Alexa web control panel.

Unlike the Follow-up Mode which requires a setting change for each device you have connected to your account, this setting is account wide, i.e., turn it on once and it works across all your Echo devices.

To enable or disable Brief Mode…

  1. In the mobile app or on the web, go into Settings.
  2. Navigate to the bottom of the Settings page, in the General area, to locate Alexa Voice Responses.
  3. Toggle the feature on or off.

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