​Why is Alexa flashing? Your guide to the coloured rings and what they mean

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Alexa coloured rings guide

All Amazon Echo speakers have a light ring around the top, which helps Alexa communicate with you. There are actually scores of different colours which mean different things.

You may not have noticed the subtle differences as you interact with Alexa, and that’s fine, but the cyan light will point in your direction when you speak to your speaker for example – pretty neat.

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But what about if your speaker is glowing green, yellow or heaven forbid purple or red? Yes, these status lights are pretty key to working out what’s going on – but Amazon isn’t too good at letting you know what they mean. Read on for a full rundown of Alexa ring colours.

No light

Let’s start at the basics. If your Echo is operating normally, it's waiting for a command. Or maybe it’s off. Say “Alexa” and you’ll find out.

Blue light (interactions)

A blue light with spinning cyan is what happens when you start up your Alexa speaker and systems are initialising.

If that cyan is still and pointing in your directing, it effectively means Alexa is thinking, before responding. This will also happen when your Echo speaker is starting up normally. When it starts flashing blue it means Alexa is responding to your request.

Orange light (status)

If you put your Alexa into Wi-Fi pairing mode then the orange light will come on. When your Alexa speaker is connecting to the Wi-Fi network, it will spin orange.

Red light (status)

If Alexa is showing a solid red light it means the microphone has been muted with the privacy button on the top. Press it again (marked with a microphone) to unmute.

Yellow light (notification)

If your Amazon Echo speaker is pulsing yellow don’t panic – you’ve been left a message. Say "Alexa, play my messages" or "Alexa, what are my notifications?" to find out what’s been happening while you were away.

Green light (notification)

Someone is calling your Alexa speaker. This indicates either an Alexa voice call or a Drop-in – say “Alexa, answer” to connect and find out who’s there. When you’re connected, the green light will spin for the duration of the call.

Purple light (status)

If you see a purple light when you speak to Alexa then you’ve enabled Do Not Disturb. Say "Alexa, turn off do not disturb" to get back to normal.

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