If you have any devices that use Alexa’s virtual assistant, you know how much it can help you tell the weather, play your favorite podcast, or control the lights and appliances in your home. But what if you want to do multiple things in quick succession? You have to say the word «Alexa» every time, which can be a bit cumbersome. That’s why there is a tracking mode.

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When you activate Follow-up mode, you let Alexa «hear» one command, execute it, and then wait five seconds to «listen» for another command. While she’s listening, the blue light on your device stays on. For example, say it’s time for bed and you want Alexa to help you with some evening tasks: check tomorrow’s weather, set an alarm, and play soothing music. Without tracking mode enabled, the interaction is as follows:

You: Alexa, what’s the weather forecast for tomorrow?

Alexa: Tomorrow there will be many clouds with a maximum of 79 degrees and a minimum of 55 degrees.

You: Alexa, set the alarm for 6:00

Alex: The alarm clock is set for 6:00 tomorrow.

You: Alexa, you play ambient music.

Alexa: Here is a station for ambient music. «Ambient» on Amazon Music.

With tracking mode enabled, you can omit «Alexa» before the second and third commands. You can stop tracking mode at any time while Alexa is «listening» by saying words like «Thank you» or «Stop».

Follow these instructions to activate tracking mode:

  1. open amazon alexa app on your phone.

    Alexa app home screen
  2. In the top left corner, click hamburger icon .

  3. Select from the menu Alexa Devices . (In the iOS app, select » Settings» .)

    Alexa app menu
  4. Select the device on which you want to enable tracking mode.

    Alexa app device list
  5. Scroll down and tap Tracking Mode .

    Alexa app device menu
  6. Click on the Tracking Mode slider in on the positions. (In an iOS app, the slider will be in the previous menu.)

    Alexa App Tracking Mode
  7. This is it! You can now enter multiple commands into Alexa using just the word Wake once.

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