Has your Alexa ever shown a weird swinging or pulsing light and left you wondering what it could possibly mean? Well then this is the perfect blog for you! Now that you’ve purchased an Amazon Echo, you have so many options and commands to choose from…and most first time users have no clue what the different colors mean…

Basic Amazon Echo Colors and What They Mean

However, the light ring on the top of your Echo keeps changing colors: what do these different colors mean? Your Alexa can display any one of these 7 colors for these different reasons:

  • Blue: Power & listening
  • Orange: Connecting to WiFi
  • Purple: Failed WiFi connection & Do Not Disturb mode
  • Red: Disabled microphone
  • White: Volume change
  • Yellow: New message
  • Green: Incoming call

Let’s go into some more detail for each color. A flashing color might mean something completely different than a solid color on the Alexa.

Amazon Echo Colors: What Do They Mean?

  • Spinning Blue Lights: If the top of your Amazon device is lit with spinning blue lights, this means that the device is just powering on and starting up.
  • Solid Blue with a Lighter Blue section: The lighter blue section should be positioned toward whoever is currently speaking, as this color pattern denotes that Alexa is listening for a request and processing it once you have spoken.
  • No Lights / Lights Off: Your Amazon device is on and waiting to hear a voice command from you. Basically, this is Alexa’s resting state.
  • Orange Lights That Spin Clockwise: If you’re attempting to set up Alexa with your WiFi network, you’ll see these orange spinning lights. The light orange color appears during the WiFi connection stage of setting up your Amazon product.

Illustration of Amazon Echo Dot glowing with blue light while on a bright yellow background

More Amazon Echo Colors

  • Oscillating (Swinging, like a Pendulum) Purple Light: The light ring will turn purple if your Amazon device failed to connect to WiFi, or if a similar error occurred during the WiFi setup stage.
  • Solid Red Light: If the light ring on the top of your Echo is solid red, you have disabled the microphone feature. Alexa will not be able to respond to your requests until you have enabled the microphone feature, which will turn the solid red light off.
  • Solid White Light: The light ring on top of your Amazon device will turn solid white when you are adjusting the volume of the device.

Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Plus and Amazon Echo Dot glowing with blue light while on a bright blue background

Even More Amazon Echo Colors

  • Spinning Blue Light That Ends With a Purple Light: You have set Alexa to “Do not disturb” mode.
  • Single Purple Light Flash After You Try to Use a Voice Command: “Do not disturb” mode is still active, and Alexa is reminding you of this. You must disable “do not disturb mode” for your voice command to be processed.
  • Pulsing Yellow Light: Alexa is notifying you that you have a new message or notification that needs to be reviewed. Simply ask Alexa to read you what the message or notification is to clear this yellow light.
  • Pulsing Green Light: You are receiving an incoming call or Drop-In on your device. You can ask Alexa to answer. You can also tell Alexa to ignore the call. Lastly, you can simply let the call go through to your messages by not giving a voice command.

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How to Change Color on Amazon Echo

Knowing how to change color on Amazon Echo Dot can keep the lights from glowing at the wrong moments. For example, maybe you have a small child you’re trying to rock to sleep, but Echo Dot’s pulsing yellow light is keeping them awake. Or maybe you’re hosting a movie night in your living room, so you’d rather not have Alexa light up yellow with notifications at important parts of the film.

You can turn off your Amazon Echo Dot’s lights with your phone. Keep in mind that you can only disable two different light colors: the yellow light and green light.

To keep the yellow lights from glowing, go to settings and then notification in Alexa’s mobile application to keep the Echo Dot’s notifications off. This lets you turn off the alerts you receive from Amazon Shopping, such as ‘out for delivery’ or delivery completion.

Because the green light alerts you of new messages or phone calls, you can keep this light from glowing by switching the “do not disturb” off.

While you can’t manually turn off the orange, purple and red lights, you can keep them from glowing by maintaining a strong connection to your internet.

Knowing what your Amazon Echo is trying to communicate with different color lights is essential. If you’re interested in expanding your connected home, Protect America offers home security products that are compatible with your Amazon Echo.