How to make your Amazon Echo Whisper and talk less


By Bradly Spicer
Published on: June 21st, 2021

Sometimes you need to be quiet around your friends and family, but Amazons Alexa is notorious for being loud at the worst times. Luckily, you can make Alexa whisper & make her responses a lot shorter than normal.

Whether it’s early in the morning and you need the lights on without waking people or you have a baby you don’t want to disturb, you can turn on Alexa’s Brief Mode and Whisper Mode.

Turning on Alexa’s Brief Mode and Whisper Mode

How to make your Amazon Echo Whisper and talk less

Turning on Brief mode is extremely easy, Brief mode shortens Alexa’s responses and remove confirmations of commands. You can turn this on by saying “Alexa, Turn on Brief Mode” or follow these steps on your Smart Device:

  • Open the Alexa App on your Android or iPhone.
  • Tap the three lines in the bottom right of your screen that says “More”
  • Tap on “Settings”
  • Tap on “Voice Responses”
  • Slide Brief Mode till the background changes and the orb moves to the right
  • You can also put Alexa into “Whisper Mode” in the same menu.

You can also enable Whisper mode by whispering commands to Alexa, however, this can be quite hit or miss and is easier done when enabled from the settings menu.

How to make your Amazon Echo Whisper and talk less

Turn off Alexa Purchase Suggestions

This is something I recommend everyone does as a default, it’s extremely annoying to ask Alexa to do something only to be up-sold a pair of headphones etc. You can turn off the Alexa Purchase Suggestions with the following:

  • Open the Alexa app on your Android Phone or iPhone.
  • Tap on “More”
  • Tap on “Settings”
  • Tap on “Notifications”
  • Select “Amazon Shopping”
  • There are varying options here, turn off “Recommendations and Deals”, Requests to rate products you’ve purchased” and optionally “Order Updates”.

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