This year Amazon gave Alexa a feature we've long been asking for. You see, apparently Alexa missed the class on learning to use your "indoor voice". It's the reason that we've sometimes avoided talking to Alexa late at night, lest it wake up the kids or other soon-to-be-grumpy members of the house.
Enter Whisper Mode: whisper to Alexa and it'll now whisper back. The feature is now available on all Alexa speakers, from the Echo Dot to the Sonos One, and it's worth switching on, even if you're rarely going to use it.
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If you have an Alexa speaker in your bedroom, for example, there may be times you want to ask Alexa to do something without waking your partner. Here's how to get it set up.
How to enable Whisper Mode on Alexa
There are two ways to enable Whisper Mode on Alexa. One is to simply say, "Alexa, turn on Whisper Mode" to your Echo speaker.
The second method requires going through the app. Here's how:
1) Open the Alexa app, hit the hamburger icon at the top left (the three lines).
2) Tap on Settings.
3) Go to Alexa Account > Alexa Voice Responses.
4) Toggle Whispered Responses on.
Whisper Mode: How to use it properly
Congrats ‚Äď no more waking the baby. Other than speaking more quietly, Alexa behaves just the same when in Whisper Mode. That said, there are things to consider. The big one is that background noise is more likely to interfere with Alexa's listening skills, so while you'd otherwise be able to talk across the room to your Echo speaker, you'll need to be a bit closer for Alexa to hear you.
The other thing to remember is that Alexa will only whisper back if it hears you whispering; if you talk to it in your normal voice ‚Äď even with Whisper Mode on ‚Äď it will respond at a normal volume.
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