How to Carry On a Conversation with Alexa

Amazon has enabled a new follow-up mode in Alexa that allows you to ask additional questions without repeating the wake word.

When you turn on Follow-Up Mode, you can make additional requests without repeating the wake word. Follow-up mode is available on all hands-free Alexa-enabled devices. The blue light on the Echo device will stay on for a few seconds, indicating 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 enable Follow-Up mode, in your Alexa app:

  1. Go to the Menu and then Settings.
  2. Select your Echo device.
  3. Scroll down to Follow-Up Mode and use the toggle to turn it on.

If you’re worried about Alexa staying on indefinitely, Alexa does not stay active in the following situations:

  • Alexa is playing audio. For example, the device is playing music, reading a book, or you’re on a call through the device.
  • You end the conversation with Alexa. You can do this by saying “stop”, “cancel”, “go to sleep” or “thank you.”
  • Alexa is not sure you’re speaking to her.  For example if speech is detected with background noise of if she can’t quite understand you.  

Note: Follow-Up Mode is currently only available for U.S. English