Amazon has added a new mode called follow-up for Alexa

Available only in the USA, the new feature is called "Follow-Up Mode", and when it's turned on, you can make more requests without having to repeat the "Alexa" wake word.

This isn't enabling compound requests, so you won't be able to ask Alexa to set your nightly alarm and lock your front door all in one request, but you'll at least be able to cut down slightly on the time and number of words necessary for those multiple actions. There are certain twists here that Amazon might need ironing out.

Several people who own Amazon's Echo speakers have reported a odd bug: The Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for apparently no reason. This essentially means that you can not ask Alexa to switch off the lights and change the room temperature at the same time.

This opt-in feature enables Alexa to listen for five seconds after she's served up her first response.

The Follow-Up Mode in Alexa now has no equivalent on its rivals.


Amazon said its planned fix will involve disabling the phrase, "Alexa, laugh", and changing the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?"

According to the reports, the "follow-up mode" is opt-in and available for every device in the Echo lineup and some third-party Echo devices as well.

Amazon warns that the feature will not work when your Echo device is playing music, books, or you're on a call through the device.

On paper, follow-up mode sounds useful enough. Though, there are some things Amazon needs to work on. This is also interesting as Alexa will now only repeat requests if she is more than sure that they are clear demands, not just background noise that the program can hear.

Follow-up mode is available in US English only and appears to be available on the entire range of Alexa devices.

  • Kara Saunders