TechTalk

The latest tech reviews and inspiration from Currys

Why is Alexa flashing?

Alexa's trying to tell you something. Find out what!

smart-home

Article Main Image

Alexa-enabled devices can do just anything – from finding you a film to turning on the lights. Maybe the best thing about Alexa is that (once set up) you can pretty much ask it to do anything!

But whether you’re just getting started with Alexa or you’ve had yours for a while, you have you noticed Alexa device sometimes flashes different colours. If you’re not sure what to look for, these flashes can be quite puzzling - leaving you wondering what on earth Alexa is trying to tell you.

And that’s where the tech experts at Currys come in. We’ll help unravel the mysteries behind those colourful flashes and shed light on the reasons why Alexa might be flashing yellow, green, orange, red or blue – and then what you can say to make the flashing go away!

Why is Alexa flashing yellow?

When Alexa flashes yellow, it usually means you have a new notification or message waiting for you. It could be a reminder you set, an incoming call or message, or even an announcement from another Alexa-enabled device in your home.

Solution:

Simply say, "Alexa, what are my notifications?" to hear the messages or announcements and clear the yellow light.

Why is Alexa flashing green?

If you notice Alexa flashing green, there’s either an active call or someone is dropping in on your Alexa device using the "Drop In" feature. It's a handy way for friends to reach you instantly, making it ideal for urgent situations or checking in on loved ones.

Solution

To end the call or disable the Drop In feature, simply say, "Alexa, hang up" or "Alexa, turn off Drop In." That’s one less distraction!

Why is Alexa flashing orange?

Alexa flashing orange indicates that your device is in setup mode or trying to connect to the internet. So you’ll see it whenever you’re setting something up or reconfiguring it.

Solution

You don’t have to do anything. Once setup is complete, the light should turn off or change to a different colour.

Why is Alexa flashing red?

When Alexa flashes red, it means that the microphone on your device is temporarily muted. It’s a classic meeting situation! This probably means you’ve pressed something or already asked Alexa to disable your microphone.

Solution

To unmute Alexa, find the microphone button on your device and press it. Alternatively, you can say "Alexa, unmute."

Why is Alexa flashing blue?

Alexa flashing blue just means that the device is actively listening and processing your voice commands. You’ll always see a flashing blue when you wake Alexa by saying the "wake word" (such as "Alexa" or "Echo"). Flashing blue means Alexa’s waiting for you!

So now you know what Alexa's flashing about. A yellow light’s notifications, a green light means you’re on a call, an orange is setup, a red light means your mic’s muted and a blue light means Alexa’s listening in.

If you're looking to bring Alexa into your home, be sure to check out our range of Alexa-enabled devices. From smart speakers to displays, we’ve got loads to choose from - so Alexa can light up your life!

Related in Smart Home

Related Article Image
Getting started with Alexa
Related Article Image
How to keep your home safe while on holiday
Related Article Image
A simple guide to setting up a smart home
Related Article Image
7 new things to try over video chat
Related Article Image
5 things we love about Facebook Portal