Amazon's Alexa can now speak slower or faster

Yolanda Curtis
August 11, 2019

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If you would like Alexa to speak slower, all you need to do say, "Alexa, speak slower" within range of one of your Alexa smart speakers. If users ever hoped that Alexa spoke faster, then Amazon's announcement about the speed of Alexa's speech is a wish come true.

You can now adjust Alexa on your Echo device so that the assistant either speaks normal, faster, or slower. There's the default setting, as well as two that are slower and four that are faster. United States customers can choose from seven talking speeds when using Alexa, according to a Wednesday blog post from Amazon.

Some customers who are older or hard of hearing wanted Alexa to speak more slowly so they could better understand her, Amazon says. "On the other hand, some of our customers who are blind or low vision are used to consuming audio content and want to be able to listen more quickly". Starting today, you'll be able to say "Alexa, speak slower" or "Alexa, speak faster" to cycle through seven different playback speeds. But we can see how the change might be useful to anyone. But even if you don't have accessibility issues, there are times when you want to speed Alexa up since it might be faster to just look at your phone for answers.

When will this feature be available?

If you'd like to disable the feature, head to the Alexa companion app on your smartphone or tablet, hit "Devices", select the appropriate Fire TV device, and you'll find the option to enable or disable Alexa Announcements.

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