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How to Enable Alexa Brief Mode

How to Enable Alexa Brief Mode

How to Enable Alexa Brief Mode in 4 simple steps. Simply follow the guide below.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone
  2. Tap the menu icon in the top left corner and select Settings
  3. Select the Alexa Voice Responses menu
  4. Toggle the Alexa Brief Mode button to On

3/14/20 – Updated for new navigation menu in the Alexa app.

Stop Alexa from Saying OK

Does Alexa talk too much? Just turn on Brief Mode and enjoy the silence. Brief Mode is a simple setting that makes Alexa speak less and stop saying OK after commands

If you control smart home devices with Alexa, then enabling Brief Mode is a must. For example, if you say “Alexa, turn on the lights” then Alexa will say OK and then turn on the lights. If Brief Mode is enabled, then your Echo will just beep and turn on the lights. 

Here is the description you will find in the Alexa app.

What is Alexa Brief Mode?

When enabled, Alexa speaks less and for some simple messages, plays a short sound instead of a voice response.

When you turn on Brief Mode, it is applied to all Alexa devices on your account. You can not turn it on for each device individually.

You can turn on Brief Mode in the Alexa app on your phone or from

How do I Turn on Alexa Brief Mode?

Follow these simple steps to enable Alexa Brief Mode.

1 – Open Settings in the Alexa App

Open the “Hamburger” Menu in the top corner of the Alexa App and select Settings.

Alexa Hamburger Menu
Alexa Menu
Alexa App Settings
Alexa Settings

2 – Open Alexa Voice Responses

Select Alexa Voice Responses in the Alexa Account settings menu.

Alexa Voice Responses New
Alexa Voice Responses Menu

3 – Turn on Alexa Brief Mode

Toggle the Brief Mode button to the on position.

Alexa Brief Mode
Toggle Brief Mode

Other Alexa Smart Home Projects

Now that you have stopped Alexa from saying OK, check out these other Alexa projects for your smart home.

  1. Alexa Custom Commands – Create your own custom Alexa voice command to start a routine.
  2. Alexa Privacy Settings – Manage and delete the voice recordings and other information recorded by Alexa.
  3. Connect Ring to Alexa – Connect your Ring Doorbell to Alexa and make your Echo devices a doorbell chime.
  4. Alexa Preferred Speaker – Setup an Alexa preferred speaker for better sounding music.
  5. Echo Dot Accessories – The best accessories to make your Echo Dot even better.

P.S. Please leave a comment below to ask a question, help someone else or share your experiences. Thanks!

6 thoughts on “How to Enable Alexa Brief Mode”

  1. All the sudden both of my echo and my dot started with the okay after the sound brief mode was on in settings i turned it off and back on now the Echo Show is fine but the echo dot is still okay

    1. Hi Laurie. Maybe try cycling it on and off again. Otherwise, you could try a factory reset on the Dot. This is strange behavior.

  2. I only have 1 amazon account and my phone alexa still runs her mouth “okay. Okay okay okay” only my echo dots shut up but when I use alexa on my phone she won’t stop with the okay. Before she never responded but recently started again

  3. HELP! Brief Mode is on and Alexa is still saying OK after commands. It’s making me crazy. What’s wrong?

    1. Are all of your Alexa devices on one Amazon account? That is the only thing I can think of if you show that brief mode is turned on.

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