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This guide has been prepared to show you the meaning of the different colours of the Alexa Light Ring, or Light Bar on the Echo Show devices. The guide covers all the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show and Echo Plus devices.
The light ring is Alexa’s way of notifying you of different information or settings.
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Below are the Light Ring/Bar colours you may see and an explanation of what each one represents:
The device is waiting for your commands, either through saying the wake word or pushing the action button.
The device is starting up after being powered on or restarted.
The device is dealing with your request, after you have asked a question or given an instruction.
The device is responding to your request.
The microphone is off or muted. This can be toggled on or off using the mute button on the top of the device.
The device is trying to connect to your wireless network.
The device has failed to connect to the wireless network. If a restart does not solve this have a look at Amazon’s troubleshooting pages for further things to try.
The volume is being adjusted on your device.
You have just enabled Do Not Disturb on your device. This will go away again with no outward sign that Do Not Disturb has been enabled unless you interact with the device.
Do Not Disturb is currently active.
The device has a message or notification waiting for you. Try saying “Alexa, what is my message” or “Alexa, what is my notification”.
There is an incoming call or drop-in. Try saying “Alexa, answer” or “Alexa, ignore”.
For further tips on using Amazon Alexa and helping you to get familiar with the features we’ve also prepared a Quick Tips guide.
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