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
- Launch the Alexa app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
- Tap “More” at the bottom of the screen to open a menu.
- Tap “Settings” to display the Settings screen.
- Scroll down this screen to the Alexa Preferences section, and then tap “Voice Responses” in that section. The Voice Responses screen is displayed.
- 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:
- Quicker Answers: Shorter responses from Alexa are great if you’re always in a hurry and need to get information quickly.
- Easier to Understand: Shorter responses often avoid a lot of clutter and complexity, and as a result are often easier to understand.
- 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.
- 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.