5 tips for better communication with Alexa

Voice assistant Alexa – a helpful assistant

An Echo speaker and Alexa form the basis for a smart health home. Together with Alexa compatible devices, e.g. E.g. the Philips Hue lighting system, the heating control from tado ° or entertainment components such as a multiroom system. The best prerequisite for this is functioning communication with Alexa. But what if Alexa doesn’t understand what its users want? We show tips and tricks on how users can improve communication with Amazon’s voice assistant.

Tip 1: Change and adapt Alexa’s speech speed

The more personalized the communication with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, the better. A practical function is therefore to be able to vary the speed of speech. With “Alexa, speak slower” or “Alexa, speak faster”, users can vary the speaking speed. Users in a hurry save time with Alexa speaking at high speed, for example by reading appointments faster in the morning. Older people, on the other hand, can help them understand if Alexa speaks slower than the preset speed. Amazon Prime customers can also have Alexa read Kindle books aloud at various speeds, provided they support “text-to-speech”.

Tip 2: activate Alexa whisper mode

In the Alexa app, users can set Alexa to answer or whisper more quickly

(Screenshot: Alexa App)

Sometimes it can also be useful if not everyone in the household hears what you have to discuss with Alexa. This is helpful when other roommates are still sleeping early in the morning, but Alexa is supposed to answer questions. In this case, users can use the voice command “Alexa, activate whisper mode” to set Alexa to answer quietly. Alternatively, you can use the Alexa app (Android | iOS) follow these 4 steps. Thanks to the whisper mode, no one is woken up by loud statements from Alexa:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Select the three lines under “More” at the bottom right.
  3. Tap on “Settings”.
  4. Select “Voice responses” under the menu item Alexa settings.
  5. Activate whisper mode.

Tip 3: Alexa can give shorter answers

In the smart health home, voice control with Alexa reduces work, increases comfort and saves walking distances. It is clear that when communicating with Alexa, users need feedback as to whether the commands are actually being implemented successfully. If a long response from Alexa bothers you, users can also change this. The steps are identical to those required to activate whisper mode. Users also activate the short mode in the Alexa app under the item “Voice responses”. Then Alexa simply reduces her answers to an “Ok” or makes a sound.

Tip 4: Alexa emits sound after the activation word

Usually, Echo speakers glow blue after users shout the activation word. The intelligent assistant from Amazon signals via the smart speaker that she is listening. However, if the Echo speaker is not in sight, it is useful to know whether Alexa is currently active or not. A practical function is also available for this: Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Flex and Co. can, in addition to the blue lighting, also signal by sound that Alexa is listening. The Alexa app is required for this:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Select “Devices” at the bottom left of the bar.
  3. Tap on “Echo and Alexa”.
  4. Select the appropriate Echo device or Alexa component that should play a sound while listening.
  5. Under General, tap on “Sounds”.
  6. Now select “Start the inquiry” from the inquiry tones.
  7. If you want, you can also set a tone by “End of request” if Alexa is no longer listening.

Tip 5: Alexa can assign voices to people

Thanks to the voice profile, Alexa can recognize the voices of different users

(Screenshot: Alexa App)

If different people in the household use Alexa, creating voice profiles makes sense. Alexa then also listens to unregistered people, but in contrast to this, offers users with a stored voice profile individual functions. This includes B. with an Amazon Unlimited family subscription that personalized playlists are made available. A voice profile is created in just 5 steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Select three lines under “More” at the bottom right.
  3. Tap on “Settings”.
  4. Select “My Profile”.
  5. Create a voice profile via “Voice”.

If you want to instruct your Echo loudspeaker directly, simply use the voice command: “Alexa, learn my voice” and personalize Alexa.


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