Alexa constantly updates which bring newer light colors, keeping up to date with this can be frustrating, but this is my own little ‘notes’ blog post on what each of the mean.
The light rings can pulse, flash and circle, each one with its own meaning and status. Before we start, it’s worth noting Alexa is always listening to you, even when the blue light is off.
But this doesn’t send every bit of information to Amazon as this would be too much data. If the light is off and the device is plugged in, it’s simply waiting on a response from yourself.
Yes, with some restrictions. Simply open the Alexa App > Select Devices > Select Lights, then select your Echo Glow > Go to Color > Select Set and choose the device color.
Please note, this doesn’t change the colors of the lights in debugging or when they’re doing an action.
If you have a store demo 1st gen echo, you can actually change the echo lights to be rainbow based. However, this is only in admin / debug mode.
Alexa has the ability to send messages and make calls, as such, there are two new colors available for your Alexa device; Green and Yellow. If you see a pulsing green light, it means there is an incoming call. If it’s a spinning green light, it means the device is currently mid-call or in an active session.
A pulsing yellow light means you have a new message in your inbox, we often get this in our home when we order something from Amazon and have it delivered and tracked via Amazon Prime.
It’s a pretty useful reminder given all the orders we make!
This is quite a simple one, there is nothing to fix as such, it simply means you’ve turned off the microphone (And camera if you’re using the right type of device). You should be able to re-enable this by pressing the microphone button on the device.
If your Alexa device is Orange and is an Amazon Show, this will indicate a network connectivity issue. Check your internet connection and if this is fine, give it some time as it may be due to the Amazon Servers.
There are a few Alexa patterns which match this, so we’ll need to hone in a little more on this.
This is a more generic response as it fits across multiple Alexa devices, this can be purple, orange and various flashes between.
If for one reason you would like to turn off the Amazon echo light ring, possibly due to Christmas orders and presents coming through Amazon, you simply need to follow the steps below for each type of notification.
The yellow ring notification could be a personal message or delivery notice, so turning these off may be important depending on your living environment.
If you listen to the message, the ring will go away, however, you can toggle off the out for delivery or delivered notifications by doing the following:
Want to keep the notifications but hide the item names? Luckily, Amazon has prepared for this. When asking “Alexa, where’s my stuff”, it will normally say the item title and the date, but with the steps below, it will only tell you the delivery dates. PERFECT.
And there you have it, a full breakdown on the Amazon echo light, what do you think? Got any questions? Let us know!