Alexa’s flashing yellow and blinking green lights are designed to notify you of Alexa’s communication. This includes text and voice messages, Echo-to-Echo phone calls phones-to-Echo, as well as notifications and alerts.
In this article, I’ll explain the significance of each light signifies, and how you can check your voice and text messages, respond to calls, and receive notifications. I’ll also show you how to control or disable Alexa’s communications light and sound.
Why Is My Alexa Blinking Yellow?
The light that flashes on your Alexa indicates that you’ve received unread messages or a new notification. The majority of messages originate via other Echo users that are in your contacts. Notifications originate direct from Amazon.
Alexa messages can be a means both you and the people in your circle to stay in touch with one another. You can send text or voice messages using your smartphone or Echo to other Echo device, such as the devices in your household, or to anyone else in your contacts.
Echo notifications are similar to those you receive from apps on your smartphone. They notify you of weather-related events and updates to Alexa features, as well as the status of your Amazon delivery (when they are delivered or arrive, etc.). Certain Alexa capabilities can be granted permission to send out notifications.
How to Check Alexa Notifications
If you see the yellow light blinking in the screen of your Amazon Echo, just say “Alexa, what are my notifications”. I’ve noticed it to be “Alexa, notifications” also is a good choice all the time. Echo will show you the number of notifications you’ve got and will read each one to you.
When the red light indicates an email instead of a message, Alexa will still respond when you request notifications. The app won’t be able to read your messages on its own, however. In the alternative, Alexa will tell you how to request your messages.
How to Check Alexa Messages
You can tell Alexa to listen to the messages you send through saying “Alexa, play messages”. It is also possible to simply say “Alexa, messages”. When the messages were transmitted by audio, Alexa will play the recorded message. Text messages play as well, however Alexa will only read the message using its own voices.
Your messages can be found via Alexa. Alexa app. If you’re able to access messages that you want to access, the Communicate tab on the bottom menu bar will display an orange dot. Select that tab and you’ll be on the page for communication. The messages will appear right on the screen.
How to Send an Alexa Message
There are two methods you can send Alexa messages. You can write the message on Alexa on your Echo device or write it within the app. Before you send a message you’ll need to transfer contacts from your phone to Alexa or make contacts directly within the app.
The easiest method is to make use of your Echo. If you wish to send an email to Leslie from your contact list. It would be “Alexa, send a message to Leslie”. Echo will then ask what message you want to send and verify it before you transmit it.
Another alternative could be sending the text through the Alexa application. Select the Communicate tab, then click New Message, then select an individual contact.
There, you’ll be able to select the location where it is “type your message” …” to begin writing your message , or press the microphone icon to record your voice message.
How to Turn Off the Yellow Light on Alexa
Although you cannot request Alexa to turn off the yellow light for good You can disable all notifications that are available in Your Alexa app. To do this, do these things:
- Launch the Alexa app and click on go to the More tab.
- Select Settings from the list of choices.
- Choose Notifications from the settings menu.
- Review each item in the notification menu and make sure that each button is disabled.
After turning off each notification and off, you should not notice the yellow light reappearing. It will affect all the Echo device, which is why you should make sure to do these steps if don’t want to be seeing these notifications in any way.
You can also switch off the notification sound on a particular device, but this doesn’t affect the yellow light on the notification. To turn off notifications:
- Go to Devices > ‘Echo’ and Alexa in the Alexa app.
- Choose which device you want to use from the options.
- Select the gear symbol on the upper right hand corner to access the menu of settings.
- Select Sounds from the General section.
- Click Notifications on the list.
- Select None to disable the notification sound only to this gadget.
You can also set your device to do-not disturb mode to block all calls, messages and notifications, as well as end from seeing the Alexa blue light. I’ll go over that later in this article, as it affects Alexa calling.
What Does It Mean When Alexa Flashes Green?
Your Echo will flash an green light whenever there’s an incoming call. If you notice an elongated green light instead, it means that you’ve either answered the phone or someone has dropped in to your Echo.
This Echo glowing green LED will followed by Alexa informing you of the person who is calling. There will be a chime, and then hear something like “Call for Beverly. It’s Beverly”. The chime continues until you either answer or reject the call.
How to Answer Alexa Calls
If you receive an Alexa call, you are able to respond with the phrase “Alexa, answer call”. To reject the call simply make the statement “Alexa, decline call”.
If you respond, you’ll be connected using voice, as you would with a normal phone call. Refusing to answer will notify the person calling you that your phone is not available.
How to Turn Off Green Light on Alexa
To turn off the green light as well as the rest of Alexa call, you must to turn off communications through Your Alexa device. Also, this will stop you from receiving or sending messages, but you will continue to receive notifications.
To disable Alexa messages:
- to Devices -> ‘Echo and Alexa to Devices’ and then ‘Echo & Alexa’ in to the Alexa app.
- Choose your device from the drop-down menu.
- Use the gear button to start the menu of settings. It’s located at the top right.
- Select Communications under GENERAL.
- Switch the Communications slider to turn off all communication on this device. It is also possible to turn off just announcements or drop-ins.
What does Do Not Do Not Disturb on Echo do?
Alexa’s Do-not disturb mode stops all calls, messages and notifications. If this mode is turned on it will shut down the Alexa blinking yellow light, flashing light green, as well as all the sound that goes with them.
When your gadget is set to do-not-disturb mode, it will show an orange glow following each interaction. If you want to know if it’s on simply say “Alexa, cancel”. You’ll notice Alexa’s usual blue light. When the light fades it will disappear completely or, if in do-not disturb mode, you’ll notice the device flash for 1-2 seconds before the device turns off.
If other users attempt to call, drop by or text to you Echo phones that have been set to do-not-disturb settings will be blacked out and not visible on the list. Only your device’s owner are able to alter this setting, and it ensures a completely uncluttered environment.
It’s not possible to lose notifications when Echo’s do not disturb mode is activated. They’ll be sent immediately after do-not-disturb is disabled. You can also find them for different Echo gadgets that don’t have them set to do not disturb mode.
How to Turn On Do-Not-Disturb Mode
The easiest method is to simply tell it “Alexa, turn on do not disturb”. You can turn it off by using the phrase “Alexa, turn off do not disturb”.
You can also activate do-not-disturb in the app using these steps:
- Go to Devices and select ‘Echo’ and Alexa In Alexa. Alexa app.
- Select the device you want to use from the drop-down menu.
- Click the moon icon on lower right. It will turn off the do-not-disturb feature.
You can also create a daily schedule for do-not-disturb through the Device Settings’ > Do Not Disturb, and turning off Scheduled on. The customization options are not extensive, but you can create a daily start time and end time.
Alexa’s voice and text messaging are among its most valuable features. Based on the information above you’ll be able to understand the best way to call or send messages via Alexa and also how to control your Echo setting for communication.
Remember those features along in the majority of Echo features, only work if Alexa’s connected to wi-fi. There are certain limitations on Alexa calling, like being unable to call 911. Alexa isn’t able to call 911..
Alexa communications are an excellent method to allow some amazing smart plug functions. With the affordable price associated with Alexa devices they can be set up to create a variety of incredible automations in this manner. If you allow Alexa manage your calls and your workflows, you’ll be able to experience the benefits of having an actual smart home assistant.
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