Amazon has added a new feature to Alexa called Follow-up Mode that makes it easier to make multiple back-to-back requests. With follow-up mode enabled, Alexa will continue listening for additional commands after completing a request so that you don’t have to repeatedly say the wake word before each request.
Alexa’s new follow-up mode seems to only be available in the US for now. You enable or disable the option on a per-device basis using the Alexa app. The option is disabled by default. To enable it, go into the settings section of the Alexa app and select one of your Alexa devices. Then, scroll down and you’ll find the follow-up mode toggle between the Wake Word setting and the Language setting.
With follow-up mode enabled, Alexa will continue listening for additional requests for 5 seconds after it completes a request. You’ll know it’s still listening because the blue light ring will remain lit during the follow-up period. With each new request, Alexa will continue listening, so you can string together several requests.
You have to wait until a request is completed before making additional requests, so you can’t just make multiple requests all at once. For example, if you say “Alexa, turn on the lights,” once Alexa responds with “Ok” to confirm the action has been completed, you can then give a follow-up request. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to how many follow up requests can be made.
If you don’t say anything during the 5 seconds after a request, Alexa will stop listening as usual. If you prefer, you can say “stop,” “cancel,” “go to sleep,” or “thank you” to manually end the follow-up period. Follow-up requests are not available while audio, like music or an audio book, is playing.