Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based virtual assistant that performs all your tasks through voice commands. From turning on or off lights to playing music, Alexa makes your life more enjoyable and convenient. However, you may find your Amazon Echo blinking green light without apparent reason. That raises the question of “why is my Alexa green?”
Undoubtedly, the flashing rainbow colors (red, yellow, and green) make the device look classy. But they are not just about aesthetics; they indicate different things. For instance, the spinning or flashing green light means you have an incoming call or are already on an active one.
But what if you don’t want any notifications? How can you stop the green light on Alexa? Let’s find out our answer in 4 easy steps in this guide.
Why Is My Alexa Green? What Does the Green Light on Alexa Indicate?
To make the most of Alexa’s services, you must understand the message behind every color. Generally, your Amazon device will light up whenever you have an incoming call, network connectivity issues, notifications, or a drop-in.
A drop-in is a feature that allows you to call from one Alexa device to the other. If you have Echo and Echo dot speakers, you can initiate an audio call. On the other hand, you can start a video call if you have Echo Show.
You can identify which one it is through the light flashing on the device. The green light on Alexa doesn’t indicate any error with your device. Instead, it means you have an incoming call or you’ve received a call.
You’ll likely see two variations of green light on your device: spinning or pulsing. Here is what each green light indicates:
Pulsing Green Light
If you’re seeing a pulsing green light on your Amazon device, it means you either have an incoming call or someone is dropping in. In case you aren’t home to answer the call, the green light will keep pulsing if you leave your device turned on. However, it will eventually stop pulsing after completing 10 rounds.
Spinning Green Light
The spinning green light appears when you pick up a call. This means your Echo will keep displaying a spinning green light as long as you are on an active call. The light usually moves in a clockwise motion, forming a ring.
How To Stop Green Light on Alexa: 4 Easy Steps To Try Today
The green light on Alexa is generally very helpful in informing you about your calls. However, it can be annoying sometimes. If you want to shut it off, Amazon Echo provides you with multiple ways to do so.
Whether you want to stop the green light on Alexa temporarily or permanently, try any or all of the below methods to see which works for you. Bonus point: They all are easy, and you can follow them without any tech knowledge.
Step 1: Incoming Call: Receive, Decline, or Ignore It
You know that Alexa will automatically flash the green light whenever you have an incoming call. This includes important calls and those you don’t want to pick up.
Suppose you don’t want to disable the notification feature in your Amazon Echo. In that case, you can do any of the below things to eliminate the unnecessary notification as soon as possible. The green light will behave depending on your chosen action plan.
- Receive the important calls
- Decline the unnecessary calls
- Ignore the spam calls
Suppose you accept the call. In such a case, the green light will keep spinning, indicating that you’re currently on an active call. As soon as you end the call, the light will stop flashing immediately. Just say, “Hang up,” and the call will end.
On the other hand, if you decline the call, the green light will stop spinning or pulsing on its own. Similarly, if you ignore it, the green light will go away after some time, typically after completing 10 rings.
Step 2: Ask Alexa To Stop the Green Light
If you still see the green light after ending the call, you can turn off all notifications on Alexa through the “Do Not Disturb or DND” option. Since the green light is a notification alert, you can simply ask Alexa to turn on “Do Not Disturb” mode through voice commands.
Just say, “Hey Alexa, turn on “Do Not Disturb.” You’d know she has listened to you if she responds, “I won’t disturb you.” As soon as the mode is on, Amazon Echo won’t give you any sort of notifications, meaning no green light display.
What will you do if you want to receive notifications again? Ask Alexa! Simply say, “Hey Alexa, turn off “Do Not Disturb,” and the green light will start flashing automatically.
Step 3: Turn on the “Do Not Disturb” Mode Yourself
The “Do Not Disturb” feature on Amazon Echo guarantees that you won’t be annoyed by any notification. While you can ask Alexa to turn the mode on, you can also do it yourself. You only need a smartphone with a stable internet connection and the Alexa app installed.
Here are easy steps to follow to manually turn on the DND mode:
- First, open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Next, tap on the three horizontal lines (options) present at the top-left corner of your screen.
- Find “Devices” and tap on it.
- Now, go to “Echo & Alexa.”
- Choose your Amazon Echo device.
- Finally, tap on “Do Not Disturb” to enable it. The toggle will shift towards the right and turn green.
Remember these steps for when you want to disable the mode later. The DND toggle will mode towards the left, indicating that it’s disabled.
Step 4: Disconnect Your Phone From Alexa: The Permanent Fix
If nothing works for you, simply disconnect your smartphone from Alexa. However, you should know that it’s a permanent fix to stop the green light on Alexa. It means you won’t be able to receive any type of notification or attend calls from your smartphone through Alexa.
To disconnect your phone from Alexa, you’ll have to delete the app from your device. Here is how you can do it:
- Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone
- Tap on “Devices”
- Select “Echo and Alexa”
- Choose your device
- Tap on “Bluetooth Devices”
- Finally, choose the Echo device that you want to remove. Select the device and tap on “Forget.” Alexa will be removed from your phone.
Repeat the above steps to remove every Echo device connected to your phone. If your Alexa is connected to your family member’s phone, you can remove it from their phones with the same procedure.
Alexa is indeed a helpful virtual assistant. You can adjust its setting just as you like; however, sometimes Alexa can act annoying. If you’re tired of its flashing green light, you can turn it on in the 4 easy ways described above.
Simply respond to the call, ask Alexa to turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode or do it manually, or disconnect your phone from Alexa as a permanent fix. No matter what method you choose, you can easily turn on the notifications on Alexa whenever you want.
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