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Why is Alexa flashing blue and green?

Here we will break down the different colors that your Echo device’s lights can be, and what they mean.

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Quick Answer: A flashing blue light indicates Alexa is listening and waiting for a command. A flashing green light means your device is receiving a call or drop-in. Here are some common colors and what they mean below.

All Amazon Echo devices have lights that indicate their status. These lights can be solid, spinning, or blinking, and they all have different stories to tell.

If your Echo device starts flashing blue, green, orange, or any other color, it could be due to several reasons.

Thankfully, this does not usually indicate a problem. In this post, we will explain what the different colors of your Echo device’s lights mean.

Alexa flashing blue/cyan

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So, why is Alex flashing blue? If you see your Alexa device with a flashing blue light, it means that she is processing your request.

This is perfectly normal, and this often happens when using your Echo. It indicates that Alexa is listening to you and waiting for a command.

Usually, a spinning light-blue/cyan light will accompany the solid Blue color.

When you speak to your Alexa-enabled device, the blue light ring remains still and points in your direction. The blue light will start flashing blue when Alexa responds to your request.

The same blue light also appears when your Echo device is going through a firmware update. However, the blue ring glimmers instead of solid blue light.

Alexa flashing green

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Why is Alexa flashing green?

A green light appears in two configurations: pulsating and spinning. A pulsating green light means that your Echo device is receiving a call.

As soon as you accept the call, the light starts to spin.

A green spinning light will also appear when a family member or friend has just used the ‘Drop In‘ feature on your Echo device.

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Alexa flashing yellow

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A pulsing Yellow light on your Echo device indicates that it has an important message or notification for you.

This could be a message from Amazon, or it might be a reminder that you set yourself.

To hear these messages, just say, “Alexa, play my notifications/messages.”

Alexa flashing white

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If your Echo devices have a white light that’s constantly spinning, it means that Alexa Guard is ON and the device is in listening mode.

This feature is designed to detect suspicious noises so that you can be alerted if something is happening at home while you’re away.

White light also appears briefly when you turn up/down the volume of your Echo device to indicate the level you’ve set.

Alexa flashing purple

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A purple light ring indicates a Wi-Fi connectivity error with your Alexa device.

These signs usually appear when setting up your device for the first time and it is not connecting to your home Wi-Fi network.

However, the same purple light also appears as you speak to Alexa in the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.

A violet ring briefly indicates that the smart assistant is hearing your command.

Alexa flashing red

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The solid Red light ring appears as soon as you mute your Echo device.

To remove the red light, you need to unmute your device by pressing the small ‘Mic’ button on the top.

But, if your Echo device is constantly flashing red light, it indicates a critical error that can be anything from internet connectivity to issues with the Alexa device itself.

Alexa flashing orange

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An orange Light on your Alexa device usually appears when setting up a Wi-Fi connection on your Echo Device.

As soon as you press the action button, a solid Orange ring indicates the device is in pairing mode.

The orange light will start spinning as Echo is in the process of connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

Wrapping up

These are some of the most common lights and colors you’ll see on your Echo, and hopefully, this guide has answered any questions you had.

Overall, the colors flashing on your Echo device can provide important info about its status and any potential issues it may be experiencing.

If you’re unsure what a particular color or pattern of flashing lights means, you can try consulting the device’s user manual or contacting Amazon customer support for assistance.

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