What Do the Lights on Your Echo Device Mean?

The lights on your Echo device are how the device communicates its status.

Tip: In many cases, just ask Alexa, "What does your light mean?"


What it means:

  • A slow yellow burst, every few seconds, means that Alexa has a message or notification. Say, "What are my notifications?" or "What are my messages?"

Cyan on blue

What it means:

  • A cyan spotlight on a blue ring means that Alexa is listening.
  • The light ring glimmers briefly when Alexa has heard and is processing your request.

Teal spot on blue light


What it means:

  • Solid red light shows when the microphone on/off button is pressed. That means the device microphone is disconnected and Alexa is not listening. Press it again to enable your microphone.
  • On Echo devices with a camera, a red light bar means that your video will not be shared.

Solid red light

Spinning cyan

What it means:

  • Slowly spinning teal and blue means that your device is starting up. If the device has not been set up, the light turns to orange when the device is ready for setup.


What it means:

  • Your device is in setup mode, or is trying to connect to the Internet.

Circling orange light


What it means:

  • A pulsing green light means that you're receiving a call on the device.
  • If the green light is spinning, then your device is on an active call or an active Drop In.

Pulsing green light


What it means:

  • When the Do Not Disturb feature is on, the light briefly shows purple after you make any request.
  • During initial device setup, purple shows if there are Wi-Fi issues.

Purple light


What it means:

  • When you adjust device volume, white lights show the volume levels.

White light

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