Why is my Alexa blinking yellow? What each colored light means on your device
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  • If your Alexa is blinking yellow, it means you have an unread message.
  • If your Alexa is flashing green, it means you have an incoming call.
  • Other colors (like blue, purple, orange, and red) indicate other things, from Wi-Fi connection issues to processing a request.
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Alexa-enabled devices, like the Echo and Echo Dot, will light up in different colors as you interact with them, indicating things like new messages and incoming calls. 

If you’re curious about what the different colored lights mean, or want to turn off notifications for calls and messages, here’s what you need to know.

Why is my Alexa blinking yellow?

A blinking yellow light indicates that you have unread messages in your inbox. This may be a message in your Amazon inbox, perhaps from a seller with an update on your order or a notification from Amazon letting you know that your package has been delivered.

How to resolve Alexa’s blinking yellow light

To get your Echo or other Alexa-enabled device to stop flashing yellow, ask Alexa to read your message.

If it’s a delivery notification, Alexa will simply tell you that an order has been delivered. If it’s a message received in your inbox, Alexa will read you the message.

Your messages on Amazon.
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Since you can use your Alexa app to send and receive text messages, you can also access those using your Echo or other Alexa-enabled app.

How to disable Alexa’s blinking yellow feature

1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android.

2. Tap the three-line icon in the top-left corner.

3. Tap Settings.

4. Tap Device Settings.

Select “Device Settings.”
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5. Tap your device and then tap Communications.

Tap “Communications.”
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6. Tap the toggle next to Communications so it turns gray.

Tap the toggle.
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Why is my Alexa flashing green?

A flashing green light indicates that you have an incoming call. If you pick up the call, the green light will spin. 

How to resolve Alexa’s flashing green light 

To stop the flashing green light, pick up the call (by saying “answer call”), decline the call (by saying “decline call”), or simply ignore the call until it stops ringing.

How to disable Alexa’s flashing green feature

1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android.

2. Tap the three-line icon in the top-left corner.

Tap the three lines to open a menu.
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3. Tap Settings.

Select “Settings.”
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4. Tap Device Settings.

5. Tap your device and then tap Communications.

6. Tap the toggle next to Communications so it turns gray.

What other Alexa colored lights mean

There are other colored lights that indicate different things on Alexa:

  • Blue: When you wake Alexa (solid blue), when Alexa is processing your request (solid blue with spinning cyan), or when Alexa is responding to a command or question (alternating blue and cyan)
  • Purple: Problem connecting to Wi-Fi (blinking purple), activating Do Not Disturb (spinning blue light with purple flash), or interacting with Alexa when Do Not Disturb is on (purple flash)
  • Orange: Your device is connecting to your Wi-Fi network (spinning orange)
  • Red: Microphone is off (solid red)

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