At this stage, pretty much everyone on this planet knows what an Alexa is and what it does. It’s really become the household name of all of the smart home devices out there.
Generally, when this happens, there is a good reason for it. After all, millions and millions of people don’t just automatically go out there and buy the exact same device. No, there is a reason for these things.
In this case, it isn’t that there was a genius marketing campaign that forced our hand. No. With the Alexa, it is just that the device has earned its reputation for being a solid and reliable device that you can depend on.
That being said, you wouldn’t exactly have found yourself reading this if everything was working the way that it should be, now would you?
Unfortunately, like with any device, Alexa isn’t exactly immune to the occasional glitch or bug that can really affect the overall user experience.
Having trawled through the net to find what kind of issues are cropping up, one in particular caught our eye. Of course, we are talking about the one where Alexa seems to get stuck and just repetitively say the work “OK”.
Naturally, that is going to get on anyone’s nerves pretty quickly. So, in order to make your lives just that tiny bit easier, we have decided to put together this little guide to help you put things right again.
So, if this is the information that you have been looking for, you have come to the right place.
Stop Alexa From Saying “Ok”
Though we don’t want to detract from the solid reputation of Alexa, it does occasional do some weird things that make it not seem all that smart for a smart device. Some of it is just downright annoying.
I mean, why does it feel the need to say “OK” every time it manages to turn on or off a light? Did the developers think that no one would ever get tired of that?
As a result of this one dubious bit of programming, there are literally millions of you out there scrambling to find a way to silence the noise.
Well, we have some really good news for you. Though there isn’t any obvious way to do it, this “feature” can indeed be switched off permanently.
Effectively, all you need to do is to turn on Alexa’s “Brief Mode”. If you don’t know how to do this, don’t worry about it. We’ll go into it in greater detail below.
What is Alexa’s Brief Mode?
Brief mode was released and introduced to Alexa solely as a result of pressure that customers put onto Amazon to change something.
Having listened to Alexa repeat the same word over and over again, many users felt more than free to air their concerns loudly over social media – which is probably the best way to get a result, when you think about it.
Soon after, the developers added this mode, designed with the sole purpose of making Alexa less annoying. It’s a pretty simple fix, only replacing the phrase with a simple beep.
Yet many of you are finding that you much prefer the beep. So, if you want to give the beep a try, here’s what to do.
How Do I Turn on Brief Mode?
There is no major trick to doing this, and it’s pretty easy once you know how. All you need to do is go into the companion App on your phone and then follow the steps below:
- Find and open the Alexa App that you have installed on your smartphone.
- Next, tap on the menu option in the top left hand corner of the App.
- Next up, go to settings.
- Now go to the “general” section of the settings menu.
- From here, you will need to go to the new Alexa Voice Responses menu.
- For the last step, all you need to do is turn on brief mode by just tapping on the toggle switch.
And that’s it. You should now be able to continue using a new quieter version of Alexa, ok? Though the fact that it beeps still isn’t an ideal solution, we have to admit that it is way less annoying than the alternative.