Decrypting the Amazon Echo lights can be confusing: one minute your device is glowing a cool blue, the next it’s flashing bright violet. However, they don’t mean that your smart speaker has pulled a H.A.L. 9000 and is now refusing to open the pod bay doors. Here’s what the different Amazon Echo light ring colours mean.
Before we begin, though, it’s time for a quick The Big Tech Question art lesson. This is “cyan”…Lesson over.
Blue with spinning cyan lights
The device is starting up.
The Echo is waiting for your command.
Blue with a cyan light pointing towards you
The Echo is dealing with your request.
Flashing blue and cyan
Alexa is responding to your request.
Orange spinning light
Either the self-destruct mode has been initiated and you have ten seconds to vacate the building… or the Echo is connecting to your Wi-Fi network.
Solid red light
The microphone is off. Simply press the button on top of your Echo device to switch it back on.
The volume is being adjusted.
Spinning violet light
Prince fans will like this one, but unfortunately it means that your Echo has failed to connect to the Wi-Fi. Head to Amazon’s troubleshooting page to solve the problem.
Spinning blue light that turns into a solid purple light
You’ve just enabled Do Not Disturb.
A flash of purple after talking to Alexa
Do Not Disturb is up and running.
Flashing yellow light
You have a message or notification. Tell Alexa to “play my messages” or ask “what did I miss?”
Flashing green light
You’re receiving a call or Drop In. Tell Alexa to either “answer” or “ignore”.