How to Get Amazon Alexa to Give You Shorter Responses


Amazon Alexa devices are great for playing music and giving you quick access to information. However, sometimes Alexa can take a while to get to the point. Thankfully if you’d prefer that Alexa kept her responses shorter and more concise, you can change your settings to get shorter responses going forward.

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Steps to Get Amazon Alexa to Give You Shorter Responses

  1. Launch the Alexa app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
  2. Tap “More” at the bottom of the screen to open a menu.
  3. Tap “Settings” to display the Settings screen.
  4. Scroll down this screen to the Alexa Preferences section, and then tap “Voice Responses” in that section. The Voice Responses screen is displayed.
  5. Tap to toggle on “Brief Mode.” Going forward, Alexa will speak less and may play a short sound instead of giving a voice response.

Benefits of Amazon Alexa Giving You Shorter Responses

There are a few benefits of your Amazon Alexa devices giving you shorter responses:

  1. Quicker Answers: Shorter responses from Alexa are great if you’re always in a hurry and need to get information quickly.
  2. Easier to Understand: Shorter responses often avoid a lot of clutter and complexity, and as a result are often easier to understand.
  3. Less Interruptive: Setting Amazon Alexa up to deliver shorter responses helps prevent the device from holding you up from doing other things, like working, doing chores, or any number of other day-to-day matters.
  4. More Efficient: If you’re someone who tends to ask Alexa a lot of follow-up questions, getting shorter responses from Alexa is more efficient and will enable you to have a more conversational back and forth discussion with the virtual assistant.

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