No one expected smart assistants to take hold like they have, but many people can hardly imagine a world without their Amazon Echo in it. The amount of utility that Alexa provides is unprecedented. Its ability to turn lights on and off, deliver news updates, play music, and so much more make Alexa a welcome part of most smart households today.
With that in mind, people do have complaints about the way Alexa works. If you find Alexa to be a bit too chatty or you get tired of her constantly playing music from the wrong platform, you can change these settings to ensure the assistant works exactly as you want. Here’s how to change the settings that will create a more harmonious union between you and
Switch Alexa to Brief mode
Often, Alexa will go above and beyond in her response to your query. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sometimes you don’t want an incredibly long response to a simple question. You can change that. Go into Settings > Voice Responses and activate Brief mode,
Update your news sources
Alexa is one of the best ways to stay up to date on current events, especially when you have a busy day ahead and you don’t want to spend time watching the news. Everyone has their preferred news source, but unless you set those sources as the default option in
Disable the use of voice recordings
Privacy is one of the main concerns newcomers have when purchasing a smart assistant. The good news is that Amazon has added a slew of features to make Alexa more secure than ever before, as well as give you more control over your own data. By default, Alexa will use voice recordings and requests to help improve the platform. You can opt out of this program by opening Settings >
Change your wake word
Now that Alexa has become part of the mainstream zeitgeist, TV shows and advertisements constantly say her name. This can result in unwanted activations. To avoid this, change the wake word from
Enable follow-up mode
Alexa can make use of context clues to carry on a more natural conversation, especially if you give a lot of commands or ask a lot of questions consecutively. If you have to say the wake word before each and every question, it defeats the purpose. Instead, turn on follow-up mode to add a more natural conversational flow to your interactions with your smart assistant. Open Settings > Device Settings > choose your device and select Follow-up Mode and slide the toggle to the on position.
These five settings can turn Alexa from a pretty good smart assistant to an amazing one. Take the time to figure out exactly how you use your smart assistant and then change the necessary settings until you get the responses you want to your prompts.