The Amazon Echo lights up whenever it’s activated, but if you’re not within your line of sight, you can turn on the beep instead. Here’s how.
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By default, Echo does not provide any audio before or after you give commands. It’s one of those things that’s really useful, but (for some reason) it’s a bit hidden in the Alexa app.
Start by opening the Alexa app on your phone and tap the menu button in the top left corner of the screen.
Click on «Settings».
Select your echo at the top of the screen (or if you have multiple echoes, select the one you want to enable the feature on).
Then click «Sounds and Notifications».
In the Query Sounds section, click on the toggle switch in the Query Start section. This will make a short beep after you say «Alexa». You can also turn on End Request, which will play a tone once your Alexa command is recognized.
Keep in mind that you will need to enable this feature manually on each of your Echo devices that you want it enabled on — this is not a universal feature that is enabled on all of your Echo devices at the same time. The same goes for turning off beeps if you ever want to go back.
Most of the time you won’t necessarily need something like this since you can just watch the lights turn on, but if your echo isn’t where you can easily see it, turning on the beeps is a great way to make sure Alexa heard you. without guessing.