Beeping from a smart speaker at the middle of the night can be incredibly irritating. The first time I heard it I was just looking for an answerto the question: Why does my Alexa frequently beep? And how do I stop it?
This is the solution I’d like someone to have given me. These solutions will resolve the most commonly-cited reasons your Alexa will beep randomly or come on during the night. Let’s dive right into it.
1. Check Your Routines
Alexa Routines are most likely the most frequent cause of irregular Echo beeps, particularly when your Alexa is activated at the middle of the night.
There are many types of triggers that routines can use that trigger routines, such as button presses and voice commands. Beeps that appear random, however they’re usually result of routines that are triggered upon a scheduled.
Launch your Alexa app, go to More> Routines. Search for any routines with an icon for the clock (see the image below). These are routines that have been scheduled.
Click each one of them to verify their times as listed in”When It’s” under the “When It’s” header. Remove any of the routines that you aren’t familiar with and correct any with the wrong times.
If you aren’t able to find the suspicious patterns, you can take another option to test. Select Activity on the Routines page to view the list of your most recently activated routines. If you notice a trigger routine that matches your random beeps, simply click on it and select View Routine to modify or remove the routine.
2. Change Your Wake Word
Some of Alexa’s wake phrases are more easy to activate than others. I had to change the word “Alexa” to “Echo” in the first episodes of House of Cards because any mention of the Russian Ambassador, Alexi Moryakov, would cause my smart speaker to go off.
The random soundings could be due to noises from the outside that trigger your Echo. If that’s the case the best option is to alter the word that wakes you up. There five options available: Alexa, Amazon, Computer, Echo, and Ziggy. Select a different one and try it, check if it can get rid of the constant buzzing.
To change the word you wake up with or wake word, you need to switch on your Alexa app and go to Devices> ‘Echo and Alexa Select which device you want to use from the drop-down menu. After that, click the gear icon on the upper right corner to open the device’s settings menu. Scroll down, and then click Wake Word under the General section. Select the new word for your wake and click OK to confirm.
3. Check Your Alexa History
Alexa keeps a record of each voice command it received and the actions it has performed. It is possible to access this history in the Alexa app through More >> Activity. Select the Voice History tab at the top, as that’s what we’ll look at.
You can narrow down to one device or timeframe by clicking on the line that displays. Choose the device which has been beeping. If you’ve experienced issues with multiple devices you should select the one that’s been constantly beeping.
4. Turn Off Notifications (Some or All)
Beeping sounds which are followed by the blinking light of Alexa are a clear indication that you’re receiving alerts on your phone. They could be a result of individual capabilities, but it’s more likely to be Amazon deliveries or alerts for extreme weather.
You can reply to these messages by using the phrase (with your own wake word naturally), “Alexa, notifications”. It’s possible that you don’t need to address them, but Alexa provides you with the option of turning off specific types of notifications or simply put off all notification sounds.
To deactivate specific kinds of notifications on all your devices Open the Alexa app, and select More> Settings and then Notifications. Each of the items in this list is a distinct kind of notification, you can turn on or turn off any by pressing and searching for the Enable option in the menu.
To disable all notifications on one device, go to the settings menu for the device. It is accessible by visiting Devices and then ‘Echo and Alexa’, clicking the device’s name and then pressing the gear icon located in the lower right. Click Sounds in the General section, and then select Notification in the custom sounds section.
Change it from default to None then your Echo will not beep when it receives a notification.
5. Turn off Communications
Alexa’s drop-ins, calls announcements, messages, and drop-ins can cause it to sound an alarm. You can temporarily disable these by setting Alexa into do not disturb mode. Simply ask, “Alexa, turn on do not disturb.” If you’d like to have communications resume, you can say “Alexa, turn off do not disturb.”
You can also disable the communication completely for an individual Echo device. Visit Devices > Echo & Alexa’. Select the name of the device, and then click the gear icon on the lower right. Next, click Communications within the General menu. You’ll be able to disable Announcements, Drop-ins, or any other communications.
6. Fix Your Wi-Fi Connection
If your Alexa isn’t responding most likely due to a failing Wi-Fi connection, the device responds with a beep as well as an alert. Verify whether your WiFi is functioning properly on the connection. If your network is down at the late at night, it could be the reason behind the intermittent sounding Echo.
You can try trying connecting Alexa to a different Wi-Fi network. In most cases, however it’s not a problem, you’ll need to repair your network to stop this from occurring again.
7. Mute the Microphone
You can turn off your Echo using the mute button located on at the top. It will not beep until you press it again to deactivate the microphone.
I would highly recommend using this method as a temporary fix in the event that Alexa continues to beep throughout the night. It is possible to take a look at the other debugging procedures once you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
8. Disconnect Bluetooth Devices
Alexa’s Bluetooth connection can be used to act like a speaker wireless to your smartphone and other electronic devices. If you’ve connected a Bluetooth connectivity to the Echo the sound that is beeping might actually be coming from Bluetooth from your phone.
It is easy to remove from your Bluetooth devices by telling “Alexa, disconnect Bluetooth.” If the issue continues then you might require unpairing devices to prevent them from connecting again.
To de-pair an Bluetooth device, navigate to Devices > ‘Echo’ and Alexa’, and then select the Echo speaker. After that, click on the gear icon on the upper right hand corner, and select Bluetooth Devices from the Wireless section of the menu. There should be the list of devices that are paired. Select any one of them to display an option dropdown. After that, select Forget Device to remove it from the list.
9. Turn Off Brief Mode
Alexa usually responds to commands by using words. When it’s in short mode, however it’s likely to respond by making an audio (like an alarm) instead. This could be the reason for those odd sounds you hear in particular when Alexa is listening to the ambient sound.
You can disable the brief mode on your Echo by using SettingsSettingsand then Voice Responses. Turn off brief mode within that menu and your Echo should cease to beep when you ask it to.
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