Amazon is starting to roll out a new Brief Mode for Alexa that reduces how much the voice assistant speaks in response to requests. The new mode appeared from some customers and then disappeared shortly after, but now it seems as if it’s here for good. While many customers love the new setting because it replaces Alexa’s verbal “OK” response with a quicker non-verbal confirmation chime, Brief Mode is catching a few people off guard because Alexa is offering to turn the mode on for you, instead of it simply being an option in the Alexa app. If you accepted Alexa’s request to enable Brief Mode but want to revert back to Alexa giving more verbal responses, here’s how to turn off Brief Mode.
Disabling Brief Mode is simple, once you know where to find the setting. Unlike other recent new Alexa options, like Follow-up Mode, Brief Mode is not controlled on a per-device basis, but rather, as an account-wide setting.
Open the Alexa app or the Alexa Web Portal and go to the settings area by either selection the gear icon in the bottom-right corner, or selecting “Settings from the menu in the upper-left. Then scroll to the very bottom of the settings list and select “Alexa Voice Responses.”
Now simply toggle the “Brief Mode” setting off and Alexa will once again respond verbally to confirm your requests. You can always go back into the Alexa app and toggle the option back on if you change your mind.