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Enabling this setting on Amazon Echo will make life a whole lot easier

Amazon Echo is great, but switching this one simple setting makes it a whole lot better.

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Amazon Echo is great, but switching this one simple setting makes it a whole lot better.

Amazon Echo has made itself one of the most sought after smart home devices out there. It’s simple to use, fun, and you can always find something new to do with. If you haven’t bought one, seriously consider checking one out. There’s even a $50 option available now if the $175 price tag is holding you back.

For those of you unfamiliar with Amazon Echo, it’s essentially a souped-up version of your smartphone with a better virtual assistant that connects to a number of services and devices – imagine Google and Siri on steroids.

Although it’s not perfect, there’s one setting disabled by default that surely shouldn’t be. By default, whenever you say “Alexa” to your Echo device, a light illuminates on top of the device acknowledging that it heard you. The problem here is if you have it tucked away in a corner, chances of you seeing that light is slim if you’re busy doing something else.

Luckily, you can change this setting. To do that, launch the Alexa app and tap Settings on the left sidebar. Select the name of your device at the top of the list to open its settings, then select Sounds & Notifications.

All the way at the bottom of Sounds & Notifications menu, you’ll see the Request Sounds header. There’re two settings here – the first option plays a tone anytime you say “Alexa”, and the second sound plays something when you’re done talking.

Sure, this sounds like something that isn’t a big deal, and quite honestly, it isn’t  But it’s a lifesaver and can certainly come in clutch anytime you’re not around to see the light on your Amazon Echo.

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