You’ve been using your Alexa wrong – and she's probably driving you crazy

World News

SHE'S one of the world's most popular virtual assistants, her robotic voice reverberating through millions of homes every day.

But while the voice-controlled helper Alexa is more often than not a useful presence at home, she can get on your nerves, too.

One of the biggest complaints made about Amazon's assistant – which is loaded into its Echo speaker range – is her volume.

It makes using her at night or early in the morning a big issue, particularly if you've got young kids.

Tinkering with volume settings can be a pain, and even when you do that, Alexa's voice doesn't become any softer.

Fortunately, you can make Alexa whisper or shorten her responses to ensure she doesn't make any unwanted disturbances.

To do that, you'll need to activate "Whisper Mode" or "Brief Mode".

Read more about AI assistants

Google Assistant, Siri & Amazon Alexa may be recording everything you say

Apple has changed Siri’s voice ‘to have NO gender’

What is Alexa's Whisper Mode?

Your Echo speaker has a setting that, when activated, causes Alexa to speak more softly.

It's called Whisper Mode, and it's designed to allow night-time Alexa conversations that won't wake up your entire house.

You need to enable Whisper Mode manually, and then activate it whenever you wish to use it.

Most read in News Tech

SKY'S THE LIMIT

Your Sky remote has THREE hidden hacks you never knew about

I-FIND!

How to make sure your lost iPhone can be found even if it's switched OFF today

DEATH POD

I invented a 'suicide machine' – and I might even use it on myself one day

TRAGIC TUT

Inside King Tut's final months – from gruesome leg break to malaria battle

How to enable Whisper Mode

First, you'll need to enable Whisper Mode in the Alexa app:

  • Launch the app
  • Go to Settings
  • Then go to Alexa Account
  • Next, click Alexa Voice Responses
  • Then activate Whispered Responses

This simply makes it possible for Alexa to enter Whisper Mode, but you'll still need to activate it each time you want to use it.

To do this, simply say "Alexa, turn on Whisper Mode" – and she'll speak in a hushed voice.

This will continue until you say "Alexa, turn off Whisper Mode".

What is Alexa's Brief Mode?

Another feature that reduces the amount of Alexa in your life is Brief Mode.

With Brief Mode, Alexa speaks less and may play a short sound instead of giving a voice response.

For instance, when Brief Mode is activated Alexa won't always say "OK", she'll simply take care of the task at hand.

The mode is great for anyone who finds Alexa's responses frustrating or who wishes she'd be a little quieter.

How to enable Brief Mode

  • Open the Alexa app.
  • Open More and select Settings.
  • Select Voice Responses.
  • Turn Brief Mode on or off.

Read More on The Sun

Will Smith ‘SLAPS’ Chris Rock on Oscars stage & curses comedian out

Katie Price dumped by fiancé Carl after he accused her ‘of cheating’

  • Read all the latest Phones & Gadgets news
  • Keep up-to-date on Apple stories
  • Get the latest on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

Best Phone and Gadget tips and hacks

Looking for tips and hacks for your phone? Want to find those secret features within social media apps? We have you covered…

  • How to get your deleted Instagram photos back
  • How to track someone on Google Maps
  • How can I increase my Snapchat score?
  • How can I change my Facebook password?
  • How can I do a duet on TikTok?
  • Here's how to see if your Gmail has been hacked
  • How can I change my Amazon Alexa voice in seconds?
  • What is dating app Bumble?
  • How can I test my broadband internet speed?
  • Here's how to find your Sky TV remote in SECONDS

We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at tech@the-sun.co.uk

    Source: Read Full Article