CharlesPosted On: April 26, 2020Last Updated: April 26, 2020

How to Ask Alexa Follow-Up Questions

Have you ever been annoyed saying Alexa's wake word multiple times when you have a lot of questions or commands to give her? It would be nice if you could just say the wake word once and Alexa would continue to listen to any additional requests that you may have.

Well the good news is, the developers of Alexa have already thought about this and created a feature called follow-up mode that solves this problem. You may be wondering, what is follow-up mode?

Follow-up mode is a feature that allows you to say the wake word once and make multiple requests to Alexa after the previous one is completed. When Alexa finalizes your request, it's light ring will turn blue to indicate that you have another 5 seconds to ask a follow-up question.

This tutorial will show you two different ways to enable follow-up mode. The first method will show you how to enable follow-up mode on the Alexa app. The second method will show you how to enable follow-up mode on the Alexa web interface.

Now that the introduction is out of the way, let's get started.

How to Enable Follow-Up Mode for Alexa on the Alexa App

This method will show you how to enable follow-up mode for Alexa using the Alexa app. Follow these 9 simple steps to enable this feature.

  1. Open the Alexa App

    Step 1: Open the Alexa App

    If you don't have the Alexa app installed on your phone or tablet, download it from the app store. Once you have done this open the app.

  2. Tap on the Devices Tab

    Step 2: Tap on the Devices Tab

    At the bottom right-hand corner, tap on the Devices tab.

  3. Tap on Echo & Alexa

    Step 3: Tap on Echo & Alexa

    Tap on the icon that looks like an Echo Plus with text underneath it that says "Echo & Alexa".

  4. Select the Echo Device That You Want to Enable or Disable Follow-Up Mode For

    Step 4: Select the Echo Device That You Want to Enable or Disable Follow-Up Mode For

    Tap on the Echo device that you want to add or remove follow-up mode for.

  5. Tap on the Gear Icon

    Step 5: Tap on the Gear Icon

    Tap on the gear icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen.

  6. Scroll Down Until You See Follow-Up Mode and Tap on It

    Step 6: Scroll Down Until You See Follow-Up Mode and Tap on It

    In the device settings, scroll down until you run across an option titled "Follow-up Mode" and then tap on it.

  7. Tap on the Toggle Switch to Enable Follow-Up Mode

    Step 7: Tap on the Toggle Switch to Enable Follow-Up Mode

    To enable follow-up mode tap on the toggle switch and make it turn blue to indicate that it is on.

    To disable follow-up mode, tap on the toggle switch until the switch is on left and no longer blue.

  8. Go Back to the Device Settings

    Step 8: Go Back to the Device Settings

    Once you have enabled follow-up mode, tap on the left arrow button at the top left-hand corner of the screen to go back to the device settings.

  9. Verify That Follow-Up Mode Is Enabled

    Step 9: Verify That Follow-Up Mode Is Enabled

    In the device settings look for the option called follow-up mode and make sure it says on. Alexa will now wait an additional 5 seconds after each request to give you extra time to ask any follow-up questions without repeating the wake word.

How to Enable Follow-Up Mode for Alexa on the Alexa Web Interface

This method will show you how to enable follow-up mode for Alexa on the Alexa Web Interface. Follow these 3 simple steps to enable this feature.

  1. Go to the Alexa Web Interface and Click on Settings

    Step 1: Go to the Alexa Web Interface and Click on Settings

    Go to the Alexa web interface https://alexa.amazon.com by clicking on the link. Click on the settings button from the vertical menu located on the left-hand side of the screen.

  2. Choose Your Alexa Echo Device

    Step 2: Choose Your Alexa Echo Device

    At the top of the settings, click on the name of the Alexa Echo device that you want to enable or disable follow-up mode for.

  3. Click on the Follow-Up Mode Toggle Switch Until It Says On

    Step 3: Click on the Follow-Up Mode Toggle Switch Until It Says On

    Scroll down until you see an option that says Follow-Up Mode. To enable follow-up mode click on the toggle switch until it says on. To disable follow-up mode click on the toggle switch until it says off.

Follow-Up Mode Doesn't Work In Certain Situations

Follow-up mode is great for executing multiple requests without repeating the wake word, but in some situations it won't work.

Alexa won't remain active in the following situations:

  • Saying words that end the conversation with Alexa, such as stop, cancel, thank you or go to sleep.
  • If audio is playing before or after you give Alexa a request. For example, if you ask Alexa to play music or you already have audio playing.
  • If Alexa is not confident you're talking to her, can't understand the intent of your speech, or thinks the request is from background noise.

Alexa References Your Questions in the Follow-Up Questions

When you ask Alexa a question with follow-up mode enabled, she will use the previous question as a reference for the following, follow-up questions. What this means is that you can ask a question about a person and in the follow up questions refer to that person as he or her without mentioning their name again.

For example, Let's say you asked Alexa, Who is the current president of the United States? After Alexa tells you the name of the current president, you would be allowed to ask a follow-up question.

Now let's say you followed that up by asking, what state was he from? Alexa will now use your previous question as a reference and know that you were referring to the current president of the United States.

Follow-up mode for Alexa is excellent for allowing you to ask multiple questions about a subject in a way that feels natural. This makes the interaction between you and Alexa feel more like you are having a conversation with another human being.

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