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Alexa Lights: What Does Each Color Mean?

by Toni S.

Alexa App, Alexa Lights, Alexa Lights Meaning

What Do Alexa Lights Mean?

Alexa, which is a voice-activated virtual assistant, is housed within the Amazon Echo smart speaker. While Alexa has quite a few tricks up its sleeve, it is in controlling lights that it is best at.

If you have just bought an Amazon Echo, and you are wondering what these various kinds of pulsing lights mean, you are in the right place. Most first time Alexa users have no idea what these blue, orange, red, white, purple, and green lights mean, but we will explain them to you.

While the Amazon Echo line of smart speakers depends on Alexa to give you feedback, the lights on the device tell you a lot about all that is happening with the Echo. It is not that there is some problem with it. It can be quite confusing to decrypt the Amazon Echo lights as one moment it is giving out a cool blue while the very next minute, it turns into purple!

Here is what the various colors of Alexa Lights mean:

Alexa Lights Meaning

Alexa’s Blue Lights

Blue, which is the most common color for the light ring means that your Amazon Echo device is attentively listening to you. When the device is blinking blue, you know that Alexa can hear and comprehend you well.

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You can simply call out ‘Alexa’ louder than before if the blue lights don’t appear in a moment or two. If the blue rings do not appear, it means that Alexa failed to hear you.

If we want to be more precise, a solid blue and a small section of cyan is when Alexa is waking up; a solid blue with spinning cyan after you've spoken a command means that Alexa is processing your request; and alternating blue and cyan is when Alexa is responding to a command or query.

Alexa’s Yellow Light

The yellow light on Alexa indicates that a message or notification is waiting to be looked into. If you want to hear those notifications, simply say, “Alexa, play my messages.” You can also ask, “Alexa, what did I miss?”

Alexa’s Green Light

The green light on Alexa means that you either have a call coming or you are already on a call. When there is an incoming call, Alexa will announce who is calling.

The Amazon Echo device will keep blinking green until the end of the call. Once you are done, all you need to say is, “Alexa, end call.”

Alexa’s Red Light

‘Red’ to us usually indicates a serious and critical error. However, that is not the case with Alexa. A flashing red light on your Echo device only indicates that the microphone has been turned off and hence Alexa is not listening to your commands. All you need to do is to mute off and the red light ring will disappear.

Alexa’s Purple Light

The purple color on your Amazon Echo means that the device is in a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode. This light works well at night when you obviously wouldn’t want to be woken up to notifications and alerts when you are fast asleep. However, be careful not to leave this mode on by mistake.

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Alexa’s Orange Light

During the bootup process, your Amazon Echo device will connect to Wi-Fi since Alexa requires Wi-Fi to accomplish all its tasks.

The orange light on your Echo indicates that Alexa is trying to connect to the Wi-Fi. It is possible to see this orange ring for a short while after booting up the smart speaker. However, if you see this light during normal operations, it means that Alexa is facing problems with the Wi-Fi connection.

After confirming if your Wi-Fi is working well on other devices, reboot the Echo device by simply unplugging it from the wall, and then plugging it back in.

Alexa’s White Lights

Whenever you are adjusting the volume of the device, the light ring on the Amazon device will turn solid white.


It is essential to know what these various Alexa lights mean and what exactly your Amazon Echo is trying to tell you with these different colors if you want to make the most of this product.

Alexa New Features

In 2019, Amazon has introduced a lot fo new features to its Alexa home assistant system. These include privacy protection features, quality-of-life upgrades and new voices, such as the one of Samuel L.Jackson!  
But one of the most exciting improvements came with the announcement of Alexa Guard, a feature that makes your Echo listen for window breaks, activated alarms or human activity while you're out of the house. If triggered, Alexa sends an alert to the users, with a recording of the sound. It is said to be accurate enough to make the difference between your cat or your dog moving around the house, and an intruder trying to sneak his way in.

Also, the "Tell me what you heard" command can now make the digital assistant explain why it performed any action, while the "Communications for Kids" feature will allow children to communicate with external contacts preapproved by parents.



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