Amazon Echo

If you use an Amazon smart speaker like the Echo or Echo Dot, you’ll notice a variety of different status lights. But these lights aren’t very helpful if you don’t know what they mean. Does the yellow light keep coming on? Is there a purple light continuously flashing?

To help you decipher what your smart speaker is trying to tell you, here’s a quick rundown of what the status lights on an Amazon Echo speaker mean.

Amazon Echo speaker light colors and meanings

Amazon Echo Speaker Light Meanings iPhone

Blue and cyan lights

  • Spinning: The device is starting up.
  • Solid: The device is processing your request.
  • Alternating colors: The device is responding to your request.

Green lights

  • Flashing: You are receiving a call or someone is Dropping In.
  • Spinning: You are on a call or Drop In.

Purple lights

  • Continuous flashing: An error occurred connecting to your Wi-Fi network during setup.
  • One-time flash: The device’s Do Not Disturb mode is enabled.

Orange, red, white, and yellow lights

  • Orange spinning light: The device is connecting to your Wi-Fi network.
  • Solid red light: The device’s microphone is disabled. Press the Microphone bottom on the top of the unit to enable it and the red light will turn off.
  • White light: The device’s volume is being adjusted.
  • Flashing yellow light: The device has a message or notification for you.

More on the Amazon Echo speaker

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Wrapping it up

It may take a little while to get used to all of the status lights on your Amazon Echo speaker, so consider bookmarking this page for reference. And let us know if you have tutorial ideas for Amazon Echo or Alexa you’d like to see us cover. As always, you can leave a comment below or ping us on Twitter.