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Alexa is communicating even when she isn’t speaking. She uses a series of colors and patterns to tell you what’s up, either as ring on Dot or as a bar at the bottom of the Echo Show screen.
Here’s what the colors mean.
Yellow: This means that she has a new notification, or a reminder you haven’t responded to.
To respond, say, “Alexa, what are my notifications?” or “Alexa, what are my messages?”
Blue: A circling blue light means she’s listening. If you’re speaking and you don’t see the light, speak louder or check your power source.
Red: Solid red means the mic is muted and Alexa cannot hear you.
To turn the microphone back on, press the on/off mic button on your Echo.
Green: This color shows when you’re receiving a call, or a Drop In on Echo Show.
Purple: This means the device is on the Do Not Disturb setting. You’ll also see a crescent moon in the upper left corner of Echo Show. You can set this up or disable it via the app.
- In the Alexa app, tap Devices on the bottom bar.
- Tap the Echo & Alexa icon on the top left.
- Select the device.
- Scroll down and tap Do Not Disturb, to toggle your preference on or off.
You can also do this via the Echo Show screen.
- Swipe down from the top.
- Tap the Do Not Disturb moon icon on the top bar to engage. Purple means Do Not Disturb is active, white means it’s off.