While its great to interact with Alexa, but using the wake word every time, especially when you have series of questions to ask, it gets annoying. Its pretty much a problem with every digital assistant, and Amazon is trying to solve this with Follow-Up Mode. Available for US English only, you can ask Alexa follow-up questions without repeating the wake word.
How do you know if Alexa is ready for the next question? Once you get an answer back from Alexa, 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.
This didn’t come as a surprise to me because one of the announcements Amazon made for developers was background processing of information. In this mode, consumers can keep asking questions. This delivers the feeling of natural conversation.
That said, you will need to turn on the Follow-Up Mode which is toggled off by default.and is device specific,
To turn on Follow-Up Mode, in your Alexa app:
- Go to the Menu and select Settings.
- Select your device
- Scroll down to Follow-Up Mode and use the toggle to turn it on
Exceptions for the Follow Up Mode:
- Audio is playing. For example, the device is playing music, books, or you’re on a call through the device.
- 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.
That said, I don’t see this setting in India for sure, which should be mostly because of language setting. Let us know if you see it in your.