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How to Try Alexa’s New Whisper Mode

Dave Parrack 22-10-2018

Amazon Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings into your ear. But only if you whisper sweet nothings to her first. This is as a result of Amazon’s new Whisper Mode, which is designed to help you keep noise to a minimum when circumstances call for it.


As accomplished as Alexa is, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant is only as good as its programming. Part of that programming is Amazon endeavoring to make Alexa sound more human. Which is why Alexa now has a Whisper Mode for quiet times.

How to Enable Alexa’s Whisper Mode

There are two ways of enabling Alexa’s new Whisper Mode. The first is:

  • Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Alexa Account.
  • Click on Alexa Voice Responses.
  • Enable Whispered Responses.

Or you can just say, “Alexa, turn on Whisper Mode” in earshot of your Amazon Echo.

With Whisper Mode enabled, Alexa will detect when you’re whispering, and whisper back to you. Having Whisper Mode enabled doesn’t mean you have to talk in hushed tones at all times, but when you do, Alexa will respond in kind.


Why would you want to enable Whisper Mode in Alexa? Perhaps you want to ask Alexa a question after your significant other has gone to bed. Or perhaps you want Alexa to read a lullaby to your baby but not in the booming voice she usually uses.

Making Alexa Sound More Human

Alexa’s new Whisper Mode is the first step on the long road to making Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant more human. Or at least sound more human to our ears. Expect different speaking speeds, inflections, and pauses to follow in due course.

Amazon is continually adding to Alexa’s skillset. So, Alexa can recognize your family’s voices Alexa Can Now Recognize Your Family's Voices Amazon's Alexa now has the ability to recognize different people by voice alone. This means you and your family can all have different interactions with the online retailer's digital assistant. Read More , create endless lists for everything Alexa Can Now Create Endless Lists for You While Alexa's latest skill is a simple one, it's guaranteed to delight the list-maker in your life right now. Read More , and order takeout for you Alexa Can Now Order Takeout From Amazon You can now order a takeaway meal from Amazon Restaurants using nothing other than Alexa and your own voice. Which is perfect for those people who are too lazy to cook. Read More . However, her ability to whisper sweet nothings into your ear makes those skills look tame by comparison.

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Related topics: Alexa, Amazon, Amazon Echo, Voice Commands.

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  1. ReadandShare
    October 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm