What the Light Ring Colors on Your Amazon Echo Mean

We’ll help you decode all of the different light ring colors on your Amazon Echo.

In addition to Alexa's tones, bells, and voices, Amazon Echo smart speakers glow with different colored rings as a means of communicating with you.

You can view these bright rings in different locations depending on the type of Echo you have.

We're taking a closer look at what light ring colors mean on your Amazon Echo.

Conversation Colors

There are colors that show up when Alexa is listening to your commands or getting you into a conversation.

No Light

If your Echo is plugged in but currently has no display lights, it's a good sign. This means that your speakers are on and listening to voice commands. However, if you see a ring of colored lights on your device, here's what Echo is trying to tell you.

Blue Light

You can see your Echo glowing blue when you say "Alexa." If your Echo light is stable blue, this means alexa has heard a sound that works and is listening to your request.

Once the request is heard, the blue light may spin in a circle to suggest that Alexa is "thinking" or processing your command or request. Expect answers shortly.

White Light

Echo uses white light to display any changes in volume, whether you press the plus or minus buttons on the device or say, "Alexa, volume up/down".

The white light constantly says Alexa Guard is on, which means your device will listen to and report any suspicious noises.

Setup and Troubleshooting

These lights mean your Echo is being set up or has problems with its Wi-Fi connection.

Teal Light

If your Echo has a rotational green light, you've recently plugged in your device or restarted it. A blue teal light rotates which means your Echo is starting —its lights will turn orange when it's ready to set.

Orange Light

An orange light means that your Echo is in setup mode or trying to connect to the internet. You may also see an orange light when you first set up echo, or if you've done a reset.

Red Light

If your Echo is displaying a red light, this could mean one of two things: you're having Wi-Fi issues and your Echo is losing your internet connection or your device is off the microphone and can't listen to commands. If you have an Echo Show, a red light can also mean that your device's camera is turned off.

Purple Light

Echo devices will shine purple if they get an error during Wi-Fi setup that causes setup to stop. You may also see a purple light if your Echo is in Do Not Disturb mode.

Similar to Do Not Disturb on your phone, Alexa's Do Not Disturb mode blocks all notifications, such as calls, messages, and reminders. It doesn't block alarms or timer.

To turn Do Not Disturb on or off, head to your Alexa app for Android or iOS, open Devices > Echo & Alexa > [Your device's name] > Do Not Disturb, and toggle the feature on or off.

If your Echo stops listening or continues to display an orange, red, or purple light even after you check your Wi-Fi settings, your Echo needs a restart. Learn how to reset your Echo.

Notifications

These lights mean your Echo is trying to tell you something.

Yellow Light

If your Echo flashes yellow, this means you have a new message, notification, or reminder waiting for you. Ask, "Alexa, what's my message?" or "Alexa, what's my message?" to hear what Alexa tells you.


You may also see a yellow light if your Alexa has a status update on amazon prime deliveries.

Green Light

The green light flashing on the Echo means you have an in-call. Someone might be calling you through the Alexa app or from another Echo device. You can say "Alexa, answer this call" or you can reject it. You'll see solid green light shining from your Echo whenever you're making a call.

If you see a green light spinning, this means that your Echo is in Drop-in mode. Drop In allows "visit" approved contacts to make calls or video chats with your Echo or Echo Show at any time. Don't worry, you'll still hear the alarm before any calls are available and there's a slight connection delay to give you privacy.

If you don't remember turning on your Echo's Drop In feature but see a spinning green light, head to your Alexa app and check your conversation history (Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History) to see if Alexa misheard you and turned on Drop In.

Decoding Lights on the Echo Show

Unlike Echo speakers, the Echo Show benefits from having a full screen that can communicate more information to you visually. However, Echo Show uses the same light signals to communicate notifications, troubleshoot problems, and set up. These lights will appear at the bottom of your Program screen in a thin horizontal line.

  • A solid blue line will shine once the Show hears its wake word. A cyan spot will pulse indicating the direction of the speaker.
  • A solid red line means the device's microphone and camera are turned off. After a while, the red light will turn off and a microphone-off symbol will appear in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • A solid orange line means your Echo Show is having trouble connecting to the internet.
  • A solid purple line means your Show is in Do Not Disturb Mode. After a few minutes, the solid purple line will disappear and you'll see a simple moon in the upper right corner of the screen.

How to Turn Off Alexa's Lights

You might not want Alexa to glow every time you have problems with calls, notifications, or connections. Maybe Alexa's lights wake you up in the bedroom or you worry about them waking up a child nearby.

To turn off some lights, you can visit the Alexa app to change the lighting settings. For example, to keep Alexa's yellow lights from glowing, go to Settings> Notifications> Amazon Shopping to turn off notifications for items in shipping.

However, you can't turn off the orange, red, or purple troubleshooting lights because they're designed to alert you to problems with your device.

Making Better Sense of the Amazon Echo Lights

If you're the new Amazon Echo owner, different light colors can be confusing. But as you can see, the device can tell you a lot of things with just a color change. Hopefully we've helped you better understand what Echo is telling you.

Once your Echo is set up and you have all its colors, see what skills and games you can add to get the most out of all the features of your device.