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5 things you didn’t know Alexa could do

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Alexa has become a part of almost everyone’s household over the past few years, and now it is becoming an integral part of businesses as well to help improve efficiency and carry out tasks seamlessly on the go.

Whether you use Alexa at home or at work, you sure must still be discovering all that you can do with it, because we know the list is never-ending. At Boltd, we are always looking for ways to customize your Alexa experience, to make it work the way you want.

Here are 5 pro tips to customize your Alexa experience :

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Whisper Mode

When you are having a down time or have some laid back activities planned to be in your personal zen mode, then to ensure that you don’t have to break your peaceful surroundings, you can simply whisper your command to Alexa, and Alexa will respond back in a quiet whisper.

To activate the Whisper mode, you can simply use the command, “Alexa, turn on Whisper Mode”

Do this the next time you are having your zen time and see for yourself how silence is truly golden.

Keep things moving with Follow Up Mode

Now, you can simply talk to Alexa like you are speaking to a friend. You don’t have to constantly say “Alexa” before every command. And to achieve this, you simply need to activate the follow-up mode and Alexa will respond to your commands, without repeating the wake words.

Once you have enabled this mode, you simply need to say “Alexa” once, and then the blue light indicator will stay on for a few seconds and you can start giving your commands to it. 

For example, you want to set a reminder for doing your laundry, you can use the command “Alexa, remind me to do my laundry at 3pm today” and in this mode, Alexa will simply respond with “Okay, I will remind you at 3pm today”

To activate the Follow Up mode, you can simply use the command, “Alexa, enable Follow-Up Mode” or you can enable it on the Alexa App.

Keep it simple with Brief Mode

Using brief mode, Alexa can give you all the information you need, turn on and off the lights and even play songs with just a chime.

To activate the Brief Mode, use the following steps:

  • Open Alexa App and head to the Menu.
  • In the Menu section, select Settings and then scroll down to “Alexa Preference”
  • Under “Alexa Preferences” select “Voice Responses”
  • You will see “Brief Mode”, use the toggle to turn it on or off.

Alexa is safe for all ears, with Explicit Mode

When you have guests coming over, especially guests with kids, then you want to create the right and safe environment for them. And given kids increased interaction with technology, it is even more important that the devices are safe for them to interact with. 

By using Alexa’s Explicit Mode, you can ensure that the not so family-friendly songs stay off your playlist, when the guests come over.

You can simply enable this mode in the Alexa App or use the command, “Alexa, turn on the explicit filter”

Now, you can have a family friendly gathering without any unwanted surprises.

Control Volume with Voice

While having friends over or even when you are having a solo party, you can set the dancing mood for the space, by just using a single volume command, Just tell Alexa to set the volume to a number between 1 and 10. 

You can simply use the commands

“Alexa, turn up the music to 4”

“Alexa, turn up the music to 6”

And dance your way through the evening to your favorite playlist. 

Want to learn more about different features of Alexa that can help you make your daily tasks even easier, then simply ask Alexa by using the command, “Alexa, what can you do?”

You can also check out our blogs

10 Fun Alexa Family Games You Can Play Together

11 Useful Alexa Skills for Everyday Life

100 funny things to ask Alexa

And stay tuned for our upcoming blogs to know more.


We hope these pro-tips help improve your everyday experience with Alexa and add more efficiency and effortlessness to your day.

At Boltd, we specialize in Alexa Skill Development and Google Assistant Development. In the last 5 years, we have helped various brands across the globe by on-boarding them onto voice platforms while also building custom Alexa Skills for them. If you are looking to integrate Voice into your brand, then visit our contact us page and get in touch with our experts!

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