It is probably my overactive imagination that complements my dull mind but it SEEMS that telling the device to change the volume with "dumb-device-name VOLUME UP" or "dumb-device-name VOLUME DOWN" changes by half steps.
It is a bit annoying that the Echo victim cannot ask the device what the current speaker volume is. At least, when I ask politely, or otherwise, I either get something about not being able to access volume information or the every popular being sorry that the device cannot understand my rather stupid request.
LakeGator = "Echo victim cannot ask the device what the current speaker volume is"
Have you tried your Wake word > whats your volume ?
I get the same "Sorry, I am having trouble getting the volume information" reply. I made the long (at least 15 steps I want you to know) trek to another Dot who immediately answered the with the correct volume. Sounds like there is a problem with my main Dot. I will get a hammer and see if I can beat some sense into it. Seriously, I did restart it and the beast still cannot tell me the volume.
Thanks for helping point me in the right direction.
1st Lets check for updates on Alexa Devices = your wake word > check for software updates
2nd You may want to try a reset IF you have Not done this =
To reset your Echo device 2nd Gen , press and hold the Microphone off and Volume down buttons at the same time. Wait until the light ring turns orange (about 20 seconds). For setup instructions, go to Set Up Your Echo Dot.
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It will be very satisfying when a $20-$200 Alexa Device will operate like a device from the year 3000 !!
purplemtn, I have determined why my Echo cannot give volume setting and, of course, it is simple - like me.
The echo I was using was 'engaged' with a Fire Stick at the time when I asked my unreasonable request. The one from which I received a positive response was just sitting there being lonely waiting for some audio to send to the mother spy ship. I confirmed that any Echo engaged with a Fire stick gives the 'sory' response. I assum it is endeavoring to return the volume of the television rather its own volume. This is, of course, a very reasonable and rational thing for it to attempt given that you are probably not playing music on the Echo while watching television - unless you are forced to watch a game broadcast by ESPN but I digress even more than usual.
It seems to take more than just a few minutes for the Echo to give you the volume information after one turns off the television but I have confirmed that the behavior above is consistent with all the Echos I have.
Thanks for the good advice and helping solve this minor mystery.
willjj, I apologize for briefly taking your thread down this mink hole (a rat hole that feels nicer). I will now quietly exit and wish you good luck in your well deserved quest of better volume control.
Thanks for letting the forum know what you found " I confirmed that any Echo engaged with a Fire stick gives the 'sory' response. I assum it is endeavoring to return the volume of the television rather its own volume. This is, of course, a very reasonable and rational thing for it to attempt given that you are probably not playing music on the Echo while watching television"