21 [Useful] Alexa Volume Commands For 2021

Every Way to Control Alexa's Volume

Updated: July 29, 2021

This guide will cover all FIVE ways you can control Alexa’s volume, including:

  1. The Device Buttons
  2. The Alexa App
  3. Voice Commands
  4. Whisper Mode
  5. Alexa Routines

From the manual to the fully automated, in-person to remote, you’ll be able to choose the voice control option that is most convenient for your circumstances.

Let’s dive in.

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Alexa-Compatible Smart Home Devices
Option #1

The Physical Buttons

All Amazon Alexa devices have plus and minus buttons on top of the device to decrease or increase the volume.

On a less obvious note: the button showing a circle with a strikethrough line is NOT for muting your device.  Instead, it turns off the mic so that Alexa cannot hear you.

Echo dot 3rd gen
The Echo Dot's volume buttons are shown above; those for the Echo and Echo Show look similar

Our verdict:  This method is intuitive, but inconvenient.  Plus, manual volume control largely defeats the purpose of having a smart speaker...

Option #2

The Alexa App

Your second option is to change the volume using the Alexa app.

How To Control Alexa's Volume In The App

The instructions below will show you how to access your speaker's settings in the Alexa app.  From there, you can set Alexa's volume for that device.

1. Navigate To The "Devices" Tab
Open the Alexa app and tap "Devices" in the bottom right.
Alexa App Device Tab
2. Tap "Echo & Alexa"
Select "Echo & Alexa" in the top left to see a list of your Alexa devices.
Select Echo & Alexa In The Alexa App
3. Select Your Device
Select the device whose volume you want to control.
List of your echo devices in the Alexa app
4. Use Slider To Adjust Volume
Finally, use the slider to adjust your speaker's volume from 0% to 100%.
Volume control slider within Echo device settings in the Alexa app

The clear upside here is that you can control your speaker’s volume from a distance.

Whether you’re in a different room or a different continent, as long as you have an internet connection, you’ll have the ability to instantly  control your Alexa speakers.

Our verdict: The ability to control your speakers from a distance can be a major convenience, especially if you have multiple Echo speakers. It'll be well worth your time to learn these steps and how to use the Alexa app more broadly.

Option #3

Alexa Commands

Using voice commands is easily the most convenient and most efficient way to control your speaker’s volume.

Below you’ll find a list of these commands, categorized by request type:

  1. Make Alexa Louder
  2. Make Alexa Quieter
  3. Set A Specific Volume
  4. Mute the Volume

Note: The commands in green are our personal favorites and ones that Alexa understands nearly 100% of the time.

Make Alexa Louder

  • Alexa, volume up [2]
  • Alexa, increase the volume
  • Alexa, volume up
  • Alexa, raise the volume
  • Alexa, louder
  • Alexa, volume higher

Make Alexa Quieter

  • Alexa, volume down [20%]
  • Alexa, decrease the volume
  • Alexa, volume down
  • Alexa, lower the volume
  • Alexa, softer
  • Alexa, volume lower

Set A Specific Volume

  • Alexa, volume [50%]
  • Alexa, set volume to [5]
  • Alexa, decrease / increase the volume to [0-10]
  • Alexa, adjust the volume to [0%-100%]
  • Alexa, change the volume to [0-10]

Mute The Volume

  • Alexa, mute
  • Alexa, unmute
  • Alexa, volume 0
Option #4

Whisper Mode

Whisper Mode is a lesser-known but very handy Alexa feature.  Especially for night owls who want to avoid waking their families!

Whisper Mode is simple: whenever you whisper to Alexa, she'll whisper her response back. To enable it on any device, say, “Alexa, turn on Whisper Mode."

Whisper Mode Commands

  • Alexa, what is Whisper Mode?
  • Alexa, turn on Whisper Mode.
  • Alexa, turn off Whisper Mode.

From then on, it will then be active on that speaker.

(To use it on additional Echo devices, just repeat the above command to each of them.)

Option #5

Alexa Routines For Volume Control

This final method is to use “Alexa Routines” to control your Echo device’s volume.

This method is my personal favorite and can be highly efficient.

An Alexa routine is a set of instructions you give to Alexa.  It follows this structure: "when [a trigger] occurs, Alexa performs [a specified action].

The wide (and increasing) variety of triggers and actions allow you to automate tasks and solve problems creatively.

A trigger, for example, could be a specific time of day or a custom voice command.

An action could have Alexa turn off your lights, mute all of your devices, send a text message, play music, or read your emails to you.

The 3 Volume-Related "Actions"

There are three volume-related actions you can use in an Alexa routine:

  1. Stop Audio
  2. Set Volume
  3. Enable / Disable “Do Not Disturb”

Stop Audio

Alexa will stop all audio (timers, music, etc.) playing from any combination of your Echo devices.

This can be especially helpful if you have multiple Echo devices, as it allows you to control devices other than the one closest to you!

Set Volume

This action is as straightforward as it sounds.  Alexa will set the volume level on your Echo device to any value between 0 and 10 (or 0% and 100%).

This is often used with the “Time” trigger.  For example, to set the volume of your speaker to the usual level every day at 8am.  (It’s always annoying when someone makes it too loud the night before, and Alexa shouts at you first thing in the morning…)

Do Not Disturb

The final action allows you to enable or disable “Do Not Disturb”.

This stops all spoken alerts (e.g., for messages, reminders, delivery updates, etc.). 

And for Echo Show owners, “Do Not Disturb” also prevents notifications from showing up on your screen.

This can be used nicely with the “voice command” trigger.  For example, if you’re about to start a work call, you could create a custom command (e.g., “Alexa, I’m working“) to enable Do Not Disturb on all of your Echo devices at once. 

That's all she wrote...

Conclusion

And that should do it for this guide.  We hope it helped solve your volume issues!

With the technical stuff done, we’re guessing you might be up for some entertainment a la Alexa.  If so, be sure to check out our related Alexa commands guides (especially our guide to the Samuel L Jackson Alexa skill, if you’re okay with him dropping the F-Bomb every other response…!).

Finally, if you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email.

Otherwise, enjoy the peace these Alexa volume commands bring you, and we hope to see you back here soon!

Warm Regards,
The Commands Guru

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