Change these Amazon Echo settings to fix Alexa communication issues

Alexa generally works without problems. I give a ordered and my Amazon Echo device responds quickly or suffers the task at hand. Of make calls at keep the house TO DO shopping child’s playAlexa shows up for me every day… well, until it doesn’t.

While Alexa generally helps me automate my day, even the best connections have communication issues. Sometimes Alexa doesn’t understand my voice command or sometimes I think Alexa is speaking too fast, so things can get lost in translation. Fortunately, there are ways to fix this problem, without paying for an expensive therapy session.

We will explain how to activate and modify some settings so that you have a better experience with your Amazon Echo. Read on to learn how to adjust Alexa’s communication skills on your Amazon Echo device.

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When Alexa doesn’t understand your voice commands

I bet you’ve heard this before: “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite understand.” This frustrating phrase is Alexa’s way of communicating that she didn’t quite understand what you said — which can be annoying when you’ve got it all figured out and are speaking clearly. Fortunately, there is a trick that can help prevent this from happening.

Using the voice training tool in the Your profile settings in the Alexa app, you can read 25 sentences aloud in a “typical voice at a typical distance” so Alexa gets a basic understanding of your pronunciation and cadence. This will help Alexa recognize your voice and the way you speak to better understand you in the future.

Change Alexa’s speaking speed

If your Amazon Echo is talking too fast or too slow for you, you can tell it to speed up or slow down. Just say “Alexa, speak faster” or “Alexa, speak slower”. You can also reset it to its default speed by saying “Alexa, speak at your default speed”. Alexa has seven talk speeds: four faster, two slower, and the default speed.

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Echo can make sound when Alexa is triggered

Once you’ve updated your Amazon Echo, there’s another feature that’s particularly useful when you’re not in the same room as your Echo. It’s called Ask for sounds and it plays a sound at the beginning of your request and at the end. For example, when you say “Alexa”, it will make a noise to let you know you have triggered the device.

To enable this feature, open the Alexa app and tap Devices > All Devices > select your Echo > press Sounds > and activate the switch to Start of request and End of request.

Hear shorter responses from Alexa

If you don’t like Alexa repeating everything you say, you can enable a setting called Brief Mode for shorter answers. So instead of Alexa saying “OK, turn on the lights”, it will just say “OK”.

To enable the setting, open the Alexa app menu and select Settings. In the Alexa Preferences section, tap Voice responsesthen turn on the switch to Brief Mode.

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Turn on brief mode to hear shorter responses from Alexa.

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Whisper to Alexa

Another setting you’ll appreciate in the middle of the night is the Alexa setting. Whisper mode. This setting allows Alexa to whisper to you. You don’t even need to open the Alexa app for this one, just whisper to the voice assistant and it will automatically activate low tone.

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