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Why Is My Alexa Blinking Yellow or Green? What Do Amazon Echo Light Colors Mean

The LED ring light on Amazon Alexa-powered Echo and Echo Dot speakers are not just for aesthetics, but it also serves as an indicator. If you’ve used an Amazon Echo speaker at all, you might have seen lights of different colors. But what do Amazon Echo or Echo Dot light colors mean? Amazon Echo devices display flashing lights in up to seven different colors. These are meant to notify users about certain tasks and problems. However, if you don’t know what they mean, these can be pretty confusing.

Here is what all the different light colors on Amazon Echo or Echo Dot speaker mean.


  1. Slowly Spinning Teal & Blue
  2. Spinning Orange
  3. Blue Ring with a Cyan Section
  4. Pulsing Yellow Ring
  5. Solid Red
  6. Pulsing or Spinning Green Ring
  7. Purple Light
  8. Spinning White

Slowly Spinning Teal & Blue

Slowly Spinning Teal and Blue in Alexa

A moving cyan and blue ring is probably the first Echo dot light color indicator you will notice. It occurs when you turn on the device. The spinning animation goes on while the device is starting.

  • Spinning Teal & Blue Ring Light on Alexa: Amazon Echo booting up

If the device is not set up, this light will turn orange when the device is ready for setup.

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Spinning Orange

Spinning Orange Ring Light in Alexa

When you first turn on a brand-new Echo or Echo dot, you’ll see the spinning orange light after the blue and cyan indicator. The spinning orange light lets you know that the device is in setup mode.

  • Spinning Orange Ring Light on Alexa: Echo is in set up mode

Sometimes, even though you have already set up the device, and you may still see the spinning orange light. This indicates that the device is trying to connect to the internet, but your internet is most likely not working.

Blue Ring with a Cyan Section

Blue Ring With A Cyan Section Ring Light in Alexa

If the Cyan section is fixed, and not spinning, that tells you Alexa is listening. This happens when you say the Alexa hot word, “Alexa” or “Computer.”

  • Blue Ring with Cyan Light on Alexa: Alexa listening to you

It’s also probably the light color that you’ll see the most. The Cyan section of the ring indicates the direction in which Alexa is listening. This is determined by which direction Alexa thinks the hot word was said in.

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Pulsing Yellow Ring

Pulsing Yellow Ring Light in Alexa

The slow yellow burst every few seconds is another Amazon Echo Dot light color that’s very common. Usually accompanied by a cheerful alert tone, the Alexa yellow ring lets you know when Alexa has a notification for you.

  • Pulsing Yellow Ring Light on Alexa: Pending Notifications

More often than not, the notification is about a delivered Amazon order. You can say, “Alexa tell me my notifications” to hear your notifications.

Solid Red

Solid Red Ring Light in Alexa

Red is usually a color that’s used to indicate a problem. On Amazon Echo devices, a red color light means that someone pressed the mic on/off button and turned off the mic. That’s obviously a problem for Alexa’s functionality. On Echo Show devices, this can also happen if someone turns off the camera.

  • Solid Red Light on Alexa: Alexa mic is off

If nobody has pressed the mic or camera on/off button, the culprit is most likely an error such as something wrong with your Wi-Fi or something else that is preventing Alexa from working properly.

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Pulsing or Spinning Green Ring

Pulsing Or Spinning Green Ring Light in Alexa

If you see an Alexa pulsing green ring, it indicates an incoming call. You can ask Alexa to answer the call or ignore the call to ghost the caller. If you answer the call, the green light starts spinning while your Echo starts a call.

A spinning green ring can also indicate that someone did a “Drop-in” on your Echo device.

  • Pulsing or Spinning Green Ring Light on Alexa: Alexa incoming/outgoing call, incoming drop-in

Purple Light

Purple Light in Alexa

When you put your Echo Dot speaker in “Do Not Disturb” mode, a purple color light briefly appears. It also appears when you make a request while the device is in “Do Not Disturb” mode. In this mode, all notifications and incoming calls are blocked but not timers and alarms.

A Steady purple light also shows up during the initial device set up if there are Wi-Fi issues.

  • Purple Ring Light: Alexa in DND Mode, Alexa initial WiFi issues

Spinning White

Spinning White in Alexa

A white color light usually indicates the volume levels when you adjust the volume on your Echo Dot.

If you see a spinning white light, it means Alexa Guard is turned on and in Away mode. You can use the Alexa app to return it to the Home mode and turn off the spinning white light.

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For now, these are the only light colors you’ll see on your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot devices. In future updates, it’s possible that Amazon adds even more light indicators for some new functionalities. Hope now you get what the right light colors on Amazon Alexa mean.

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