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Turn on Follow-Up Mode

Ask Alexa follow-up questions without repeating the wake word.

Note: Follow-Up Mode is only available when speaking English.

When you turn on Follow-Up Mode, you can make more requests without repeating the wake word. Follow-up mode is available on most hands-free Alexa-enabled devices.

The blue indicator light on the Echo device remains on for a few seconds, letting you know that Alexa is active and ready for your next request.

Note: While Alexa is active, your questions, requests, and related information are processed in the Cloud. For more information, go to Alexa and Alexa Device FAQs.

The Follow-Up Mode setting is device specific, and is toggled off by default.

To turn on Follow-Up Mode, in your Alexa app:

  1. Select the Devices icon "".
  2. Select the Echo & Alexa tile.
  3. Select your device.
  4. Scroll down to Follow-Up Mode and use the toggle to turn it on.

Alexa doesn't remain active in the following situations:

  • Audio is playing. For example, the device is playing music.
  • You end the conversation with Alexa. For example, you can say, "Stop," "Cancel," "Go to sleep," or "Thank you."
  • Alexa is not confident you're speaking to her. For example, if she detects that speech was background noise or that the intent of the speech was not clear.

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