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Amazon Echo devices are known for their distinct ring colors. These look cool in the dark, but their purpose expands beyond unique aesthetics. Understanding the meaning behind Alexa ring colors is fundamental for interacting with the devices. Those still wondering what each color means have come to the right place, as we are here to clear all your doubts.

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Blue Alexa ring color

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You’ll see a glowing blue ring on your Echo speaker more than any other. The devices emit a spinning blue ring when they are powered on. The device will also display a blue ring when listening. Also, a lighter tone of blue will point towards the person who woke the smart speaker.

Once the user asks a question or makes a request, the blue ring will alternate between blue and light blue. You may also see a spinning blue light that ends in a purple flash. This indicates Do Not Disturb is activated.

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White Alexa ring color

Amazon Echo devices use a white ring to display volume levels. If the volume reaches 100%, the whole Alexa ring will be white. If it’s at 50%, only half of the ring lights up. You get the idea. If you ever see a spinning white color, this means Alexa Guard is on Away Mode.

Orange or Purple ring colors

You’ll very rarely see an orange ring around your Alexa, at least if you have a reliable Wi-Fi network. The Orange light indicates that your Alexa is pairing to a new network.

The purple Alexa ring is another Wi-Fi-related indicator. However, you’ll only see the purple ring if your speaker is already experiencing connection issues. You’ll probably see the purple ring around the same time that you see an orange ring. You can check your router or look into the device settings using the Amazon Alexa app.

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Green or yellow ring color

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The color will flash green when someone is calling you or Dropping In on your device. This will turn into a spinning green light when you accept a call, and it will stay spinning green for the duration of your call.

If you happen to miss a call, the Alexa ring color will pulsate yellow to show that you have an unopened message. Just ask Alexa to check your notifications or play your messages to hear them, and the yellow ring should disappear.

Red Alexa ring color

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The color will be solid red when the Amazon Echo device’s microphone is turned off. This will also happen when you turn off the camera (if your device has one).

Lights off

When an Amazon Echo device has no lights on, it means you’ve initiated a voice command, and Alexa is listening for your input. Either that or your device is unplugged. You may want to check the power cable if the speaker isn’t responding.


Now you know what all Alexa ring colors mean! Enjoy your Amazon Echo device to its fullest. You should also read our other Alexa content to learn how to make the most of your smart assistant.