​Alexa Brief Mode explained: How to turn it on and how it works

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How to use Alexa's Brief Mode

As most Alexa users will attest, it can be a little grating how verbose Amazon’s voice assistant can be. When you’re an experienced user, you don’t require the level of confirmation feedback that Alexa tends to offer. But there's a solution on the way - Amazon is currently rolling out Brief Mode, its latest feature that aims to make Alexa even easier to live with.

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Here's the thinking behind the new Alexa Brief Mode - once enabled, this reduces the verbal feedback from Alexa, and in many instances, replaces it altogether with a beep. That should be enough to confirm that Alexa has heard and understood your request, without the verbal bombardment.

As we say, this started rolling out to devices back in April, but it looks to be landing slower than previous Alexa features. So don't worry if you don't see it in your Alexa settings menu – it is coming, just in its own sweet time.

For when it does appear, here’s how to check to see whether you have it yet, and if you do have the option, how to enable Brief Mode.

Alexa Brief Mode explained: How to turn it on and how it works

How to turn on Brief Mode

1. Open the Alexa app

2. Head to the Settings Menu

3. Choose an Alexa device

4. Scroll down to General

5. Turn on Brief Mode

Alexa Brief Mode explained: How to turn it on and how it works

How does Brief Mode work and what does it do?

Once enabled, Alexa should respond a little differently to your requests.

Those who use Alexa-compatible smart home devices will notice the most, as Brief Mode snuffs out those annoying “OK” responses every time you adjust the brightness of your living room lights. This will also extend to things like asking for music, where you don’t have to get the full artist name, song, album and year of release repeated back to you with every request.

It should be pretty subtle, mind. You won’t get a series of bleeps when you ask for a weather report, like a meteorological R2-D2 – but hopefully you should find Alexa more natural to live with.



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