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How to enable Alexa Brief Mode

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{feed:enclosure_url} Amazon’s Alexa assistant is a huge help. Rather than manually interfacing with your Alexa connected devices, you can just chat with a human voice. But sometimes you don’t want too much interaction (or maybe you’re unnerved by a late night cackle). Alexa Brief Mode can be a big help on this front by keeping things much more quiet, while still responsive.

But what is Alexa Brief Mode? How do you enable it? And why would you want to enable Alexa Brief Mode?

Understanding Alexa Brief Mode​


Let’s look at a practical example. Say you want to turn off the lights when you’re ready for bed. Without getting up, you can simply say “Alexa, turn off the lights,” and, like magic, the lights go off. But, Alexa will add a personal touch and say “Okay,” or something similar.

Alexa Brief Mode


Alexa adds a personal touch, but, at the risk of stating the obvious, she’s not actually a person. When you ask her to turn off the lights, you’re not actually speaking to a person who registers your request and turns off the lights. Rather, Alexa provides an interactive element to voice controls.

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That’s great when you do something like ask Alexa to look up a definition online and she reads it out to you. But when you get her to perform simple tasks, Alexa responds each time, and that can get annoying. Take the example of turning out the lights, there’s really no need for that additional confirmation.

What if you’re keeping your voice down to avoid waking anyone up? Suddenly your covert whisper to Alexa might be undercut by her response, waking up your spouse or the kids down the hall. Not so convenient.

Whatever the reason may be, Amazon knows having Alexa be chirpy and confirm everything isn’t always what you want.

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That’s where turning on Alexa Brief Mode comes in handy. Brief Mode does away with Alexa’s responses. Instead of Alexa saying “Okay,” you’ll just hear a subtle confirmation chime. If that’s what you want, it’s easy to set up. Just follow the simple steps below:

How to enable Alexa Brief Mode:​

  • Open the Alexa app
  • Go to the Settings menu
  • Go to “General”
  • Select “Alexa Voice Response”
  • Turn on Brief Mode

You can also turn off or disable Alexa Brief Mode following the same steps, just toggle Brief Mode to off.

How to enable Alexa Brief Mode by voice​

  • If you ask Alexa to do enough simply interactions with you, there’s a chance at some point Alexa will ask if you want to turn on Brief Mode, or Alexa will turn on Brief Mode by default
  • If you hear this, Alexa will complete a task and then explain it will offer Brief Mode, or Alexa will say Brief Mode is on.

Unfortunately, there’s no completely silent mode or option yet.

Have you tried using Brief Mode? What do you think so far? Let us know in the comments!

The post How to enable Alexa Brief Mode appeared first on DGiT.


Amazon’s Alexa assistant is a huge help. Rather than manually interfacing with your Alexa connected devices, you can just chat with a human voice. But sometimes you don’t want too much interaction (or maybe you’re unnerved by a late night cackle). Alexa Brief Mode can be a big help on this front by keeping things much more quiet, while still responsive.

But what is Alexa Brief Mode? How do you enable it? And why would you want to enable Alexa Brief Mode?

Understanding Alexa Brief Mode​


Let’s look at a practical example. Say you want to turn off the lights when you’re ready for bed. Without getting up, you can simply say “Alexa, turn off the lights,” and, like magic, the lights go off. But, Alexa will add a personal touch and say “Okay,” or something similar.

Alexa Brief Mode


Alexa adds a personal touch, but, at the risk of stating the obvious, she’s not actually a person. When you ask her to turn off the lights, you’re not actually speaking to a person who registers your request and turns off the lights. Rather, Alexa provides an interactive element to voice controls.

More Alexa Stories

Lifx guide: Everything you need to know​

Looking for connected lights to illuminate your smart home? The market is now teeming with options, but very few will beat Lifx. Competition in the industry is fierce, and Lifx has managed to get in …

That’s great when you do something like ask Alexa to look up a definition online and she reads it out to you. But when you get her to perform simple tasks, Alexa responds each time, and that can get annoying. Take the example of turning out the lights, there’s really no need for that additional confirmation.

What if you’re keeping your voice down to avoid waking anyone up? Suddenly your covert whisper to Alexa might be undercut by her response, waking up your spouse or the kids down the hall. Not so convenient.

Whatever the reason may be, Amazon knows having Alexa be chirpy and confirm everything isn’t always what you want.

Alexa Brief Mode What is Alexa? | All New Echo


That’s where turning on Alexa Brief Mode comes in handy. Brief Mode does away with Alexa’s responses. Instead of Alexa saying “Okay,” you’ll just hear a subtle confirmation chime. If that’s what you want, it’s easy to set up. Just follow the simple steps below:

How to enable Alexa Brief Mode:​

  • Open the Alexa app
  • Go to the Settings menu
  • Go to “General”
  • Select “Alexa Voice Response”
  • Turn on Brief Mode

You can also turn off or disable Alexa Brief Mode following the same steps, just toggle Brief Mode to off.

How to enable Alexa Brief Mode by voice​

  • If you ask Alexa to do enough simply interactions with you, there’s a chance at some point Alexa will ask if you want to turn on Brief Mode, or Alexa will turn on Brief Mode by default
  • If you hear this, Alexa will complete a task and then explain it will offer Brief Mode, or Alexa will say Brief Mode is on.

Unfortunately, there’s no completely silent mode or option yet.

Have you tried using Brief Mode? What do you think so far? Let us know in the comments!

The post How to enable Alexa Brief Mode appeared first on DGiT.

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