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Ask Alexa follow up questions without repeating her name

Just say "Alexa, turn on Follow Up Mode"

With Follow Up Mode enabled, Alexa will stay "awake" and ready for for your next question -- so you don't have to keep saying "Alexa" over and over when you have a series of queries.

Once you've enabled Follow Up Mode, you'll notice that the blue light ring on your device that indicates when Alexa is listening will stay on a few extra seconds so you can make your next request. Note that you'll need to enable Follow Up Mode on each of your Echo speakers individually.

Follow Up Mode is really handy. For example, when I get home in the evening, I like to check the next day's weather, maybe set a reminder, add something to my shopping list and then listen to the flash briefings I didn't hear that morning. It's nice to not have to keep saying "Alexa" in between my requests.

4 Follow Up Mode pro tips:

  1. When you say "Alexa, stop," Alexa doesn't remain active. She understands that your intent is to end the conversation and that you don't want her to continue listening
  2. If you're playing music/audio or executing smart device commands, Follow Up Mode won't be active. When I'm playing music on my Echo or ask Alexa to turn a smart device on or off, Alexa doesn't remain active / listening 
  3. You can't combine requests. E.g., "Alexa, turn on living room lights and set the temperature to 68 degrees" still won't work -- hopefully that'll come soon!
  4. Yep, you can enable Follow Up Mode with a simple voice command! Just say "Alexa, turn on Follow Up Mode." You'll need to say these words to each Echo speakers on which you want to enable this handy setting

Check out this gigantic Echo speaker

Check out this great video that shows how Reddit user Pabsssss created a giant "Echo speaker" 

It's fun to see how much people really love Alexa -- and how they show it in all kinds of ways!
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