We have heard it for months that people are sick of hearing their voice assistants’ voice. Of course, this is only true when asking for requests(commands) that don’t require a verbal response. Things like “Alexa, turn off the lights”. This command doesn’t require any verbal acknowledgment, just turn off the lights. We know you heard us, Alexa, the room is now dark and I can’t see… “Alexa, turn on the lights”. Thanks.
Amazon is rolling out updates to the Alexa app that allows you to turn on ‘Brief Mode’.
As you can see from the screenshot above, this causes Alexa to speak less and play a short sound instead of a voice response. This is fantastic for those times mentioned above.
To figure out if you have the latest update try asking Alexa a simple command and she may respond with the offer to talk less. I’m sure that’s not something any of your human friends would ever do. Or, you can check your Alexa App:
- Open the Alexa App on your phone or go to alexa.amazon.com
- Open the menu by pressing the hamburger button near the top
- Go to settings
- Scroll to the very bottom under General
- Click Alexa Voice Responses
There you go, if you have the option for Alexa Voice Responses you have the latest update and should see something similar to the screenshot above. Give it a try and let us know what you think.