Alexa Settings

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So, you have Alexa all set up but you need to change some settings. So, how do you change them and which ones should you change?

Fortunately, Alexa settings are pretty well laid out and straight forward. We’re going to walk you through and and then we’ll look at some of the more obvious changes we’d recommend adjusting.

How to Change Your Alexa Settings

After the initial setup, your Echo device is ready to respond to your commands. Alexa has numerous settings that you can tap into to make your device more useful. The following paragraphs will show you how to change your Alexa settings. You can find all of these settings by tapping the hamburger menu and then “Settings” in the Alexa app. It’s important for you to explore all these settings for configuring Alexa, according to your needs.

Note: Other Settings for Alexa can be found in the “Routines” and “Skills” options.

Changing your Alexa settings can be accomplished by clicking the hamburger button in the top left corner.
Settings for Alexa can be found in Routines, Alexa Skill Settings and in the Settings section itself.

How to Turn on Alexa Brief Mode 

If you want short and concise answers, then you should consider using the “Brief Mode.” This setting enables Alexa to give shorter replies. Sometimes, it will just play a sound to signal that it has heard your request.

To enable the Brief Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Search for the hamburger icon at the top left corner of your screen and tap it.
  3. Choose the Settings option and then select Account Settings.
  4. Tap Alexa Voice Responses and then toggle Brief Mode on.

How to Enable Alexa Whisper Mode

You also have the option to enable Alexa to listen to whispered responses. You can Enable Whisper Mode the same way as you enabled the Brief Mode. The only difference is that you will have to toggle Whisper Responses on after tapping Alexa Voice Responses.

How to Set Your Location For Weather Updates In Alexa Settings

Setting the weather forecast updates in Alexa should be already enabled, but it’s important to make sure your device location is set properly. The following steps will walk you through setting your Echo’s location.

  1. Open the drop-down menu by selecting the hamburger icon at the top left of the home screen in your Alexa App.
  2. Select “Settings“, then “Device Settings“.
  3. Select your “Alexa Device“, then “Device Location.” 
  4. Enter your address and press “Save
  5. Once the configuration completes, just say, “Alexa, weather update” or “Alexa, how’s the weather?
Alexa Settings
Select Settings
Select Device Settings on your Alexa app
Select Device Settings
Choose Echo Device Settings
Choose Your Echo Device
Select your device location
Select Device Location
Enter your address
Enter Address And Select Save

How to Link to Your Preferred Music Service Account on Alexa

Alexa also allows you to link your preferred music service account to your Echo speaker. Just follow these tips to activate this setting:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Look for the hamburger icon at the top left corner of your screen and tap it.
  3. Choose the Settings option and then select Music.
  4. See if you can see your preferred music service under Manage Services. If you do, tap its option, select Link Account and follow linking instructions the app tells you.
  5. If you can’t see your service, choose Link New service and then choose the service name you listen to, such as Apple Music, or SiriusXM, etc. After that, tap Enable To Use and follow linking instructions the app tells you.
Again, navigate to Alexa's settings by clicking the hamburger menu.
Select music settings
Add your desired streaming account to Alexa.  s

How to Enable Traffic Reports on Alexa

Enabling traffic reports on your Alexa is relatively straightforward since there is a ‘Traffic’ entry in the settings menu. Just follow the steps below to configure traffic updates:

  1. First off, navigate to the Settings of your Echo device and choose Traffic.
  2. In the Traffic menu, the “From” section is pre-populated with the mailing address set to your Amazon account. If it is not, or if you want to use a different address, you can choose “Change address” and then edit it.
  3. Next, choose “Add address” and enter your destination in the “To” section. If you make stops during your trip, you can select the “Add stop” box to include additional stops on your route. 
  4. Once the configuration completes, just say, “Alexa, traffic update.” The device will indicate the fastest route to your destination, along with the estimated commute time. Furthermore, the device will also update alternative routes and route information and as a notification in your phone’s Alexa app.
Alexa Traffic Settings
Enter Your Home Address and Destination Address

How to Configure Your News Sources on Alexa

You can get your dose of daily news by enabling Alexa Flash Briefings in your Echo device. However, you can customize which news sources you prefer to hear from in Alexa flash briefing. For that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Search for the hamburger icon at the top left corner of your screen and tap it.
  3. Choose the Settings option and scroll down to select Flash Briefing
  4. Select Add Content and choose a flash briefing. If you don’t find your preferred source, you can search for it by tapping the magnifying glass displayed on the top right corner of the screen.
  5. Choose the Enable To Use to start the news update service.
  6. Repeat the steps 4 and 5 to add all your preferred flash briefings.
  7. To get updates on news, just say, “Alexa, play my flash briefing.” After hearing this command, Alexa will play your entire flash briefings one after the other.


Alexa offers various other exciting features, most of which can be added through Alexa Skills. This feature enables you to add more functionality to your Echo device with the help of third-party developers. To access these features, go to the Skills Store through the main menu, and tap “Skills“: Here, you can download all kinds of different skills, and enjoy the smart home experience available.

To learn more about Alexa Routines and Skills click here.

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