How to Turn Off the Green Light on Your Amazon Echo
You can do so much with an Amazon Echo device. Nearly all of them have the same features (only Echo Show has a video display), and some of them can be a bit confusing to novice users. The one that can really confuse people is the light that shines on top of every Amazon Echo.
If you would like to know how to turn off the green light on your Amazon Echo, just keep reading. You’ll learn that, as well as what other lights appear on Amazon Echo devices. There are quite a lot of them.
Turn Off the Green Light on Your Amazon Echo
What is the green light on your Amazon Echo? Amazon should have more transparent instructions when it comes to stuff like that. Anyhow, the green light means that you’re currently receiving a call or a drop-in on your Amazon Echo device.
To turn off the green light, simply accept the call, or hang up. On the other hand, drop-ins can’t be handled that easily. They work a little different than calls. If someone drops in on your Amazon Echo, you have no say in it.
That’s why this feature is highly customizable and only you can allow others to drop in freely on your Amazon Echo. The drop-in feature is very useful to the elderly, or people who have trouble answering calls on their Echo devices.
Calls are self-explanatory, there are your run-of-the-mill video and audio calls, but drop-ins could use a better explanation, so let’s inspect drop-ins a little bit closer.
How to Enable or Disable Drop-ins on the Amazon Echo
Drop-ins on Amazon Echo are a very exciting and fairly recent feature that makes regular calls and video calls much easier. If you are really close with a person, they won’t mind if you drop in any time of the day. We recommend allowing drop-ins from family members and close friends since it feels appropriate.
Of course, you get to choose who can drop in on you. Here is how to customize drop-ins:
- Download the Alexa app for iOS or Android, if you haven’t already.
- Start the app on your phone or tablet.
- Go to Settings and select your Amazon Echo device.
- Tap on Drop-In. Choose between having it on, off, or enabled for your household only.
- That’s not all. You have to tap on Conversations in the Alexa app.
- Then select a contact from the list and allow them to drop-in on your device.
Repeat the steps for as many people as you want. If you want to drop-in on someone’s Echo, they need to give you permission, too. To drop-in, just say “Alexa, drop in on John.” That was just an example; you’ll need to use the exact name of the Amazon Echo, specified by their user.
What Other Lights Are There on the Amazon Echo?
Besides the green light, which you will probably see the most, Amazon Echo has many other lights. Those lights include blue, yellow, purple, red, and white. Each of them has a different meaning. In fact, Amazon employed some smart color-coding in this feature.
That way, people can easily understand what’s going on with their Amazon Echo, except of course, if they are colorblind. If you don’t have difficulties discerning colors, you should learn what they mean for easier use of the Amazon Echo.
The blue light means that your Amazon Echo is currently rebooting. If the light stays on for too long, you can give your Amazon Echo a reset and see if the light goes away.
The red light means your microphone is currently muted. To unmute it, just press the microphone button located at the top.
The white light means that you are currently changing the volume on your Amazon Echo. If it is on for too long, the volume button may be stuck. Press it again and the white ring should go away.
The yellow light means that your Amazon Echo is establishing a Wi-Fi connection. Also, if the yellow light is flashing, you have a notification. Read the notification and it will disappear.
Purple light means that your Amazon Echo can’t connect to your Wi-Fi. Also, if it only flashes once, you have enabled DND mode (do not disturb). Use your Alexa app to check the Wi-Fi settings, or to disable DND mode.
Amazon has a really smart light color scheme for their Echo devices. Now you know all of their meanings, and how to turn them off. These colors are actually quite useful because they notify you of different events on your Amazon Echo.
Do you like these lights or do you find them a nuisance? Let us know in the comments below.