If you are on this page, then you want to know how you can turn off the green light on Alexa. 70% of US smart speaker users use Alexa, which means you may not be the only person encountering this problem. How do you turn it off?
If you don’t have the time to go through the entire article, then the simplest way to do it would be to receive your call, ignore it, or hang up your call since this is the only notification that turns on the green light on Alexa. But for more methods, keep reading.
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What does the green light on Alexa mean?
When your device lights up, it implies one of these things; you may be receiving a call or a problem with your network connectivity. You may even have some notifications and or even a Drop-In, whichever it is depends on the type of light being displayed.
If your device displays a spinning or flashing green light, it means that you either have an incoming call or that you are on an active call.
How to turn off the green light on Alexa?
There are several methods you may use to switch off your green light on your device. You can try the following:
Receive, cancel or ignore your call
If your device displays a green light and you have an incoming call, then you could do either of three things. You could receive the call, cancel it or ignore it altogether.
If you receive your call, then the green light will continue spinning, and this will indicate that you are on an active call. You wouldn’t have switched it off immediately; however, after you’re done with it, your device will turn the green light off automatically.
You could also decline your call, which will make the device turn the green light off by itself; however, the very next time you receive your call, your device will display its green light again. You could also choose to ignore it, and the green light will stop showing after some seconds. Keep in mind that these solutions are not permanent.
Switch on the “do not disturb.”
If you don’t want your echo device displaying the green light, you could turn on the do not disturb function. Keep note that this function will prevent you from getting any alerts in real-time. There are two ways you could go about doing this: you could ask Alexa to turn on the ‘do not disturb’ mode, or you could do it manually by yourself using your phone.
If you want to turn off Alexa’s functions, including the green light, you could ask Alexa to ‘Turn on do not disturb.” Alexa will respond, “I won’t disturb you.” The ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode will be on, and you won’t receive any notifications and, thus, no green light. When you are ready to receive your notifications again, you could say, “Alexa, turn off, do not disturb.” And you’ll start receiving your notifications; however, it will also activate the green light.
How to switch on and off the “do not disturb” function with your phone?
Suppose you are having some problems with Alexa understanding your voice commands and you’d prefer switching on the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode manually. In that case, you’ll need to follow these simple steps on your mobile device:
- Open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Open devices
- Next, tap on Echo & Alexa.
- Tap on your device
- Tap on Do Not Disturb
- Toggle it on to enable “Do Not Disturb.”
Enabling Do Not Disturb on your phone blocks any notifications, including calls typically displayed on Alexa. To disable Do Not Disturb, you’ll need to go through the same process and toggle the Do Not Disturb off on the last step. Keep in mind that after switching this mode off, you’ll start receiving notifications and, consequently, the green light will turn back on.
Disconnecting Alexa from your phone
The green light on Alexa is used to notify you of your incoming and current call notifications. When you get a call, the green light will continue flashing green until you pick it up. Then it will show a steady green glow indicating that you are currently on a call.
However, you could stop it from showing by disconnecting Alexa from your phone.
This means that you won’t get to receive your notifications or phone calls through Alexa. Suppose you’re good with not receiving any notification alerts through your device. In that case, you can go ahead and disconnect the device. Follow these simple steps:
- Go to the Alexa app
- Select ‘Devices’
- Select echo and Alexa
- Choose your device
- Press on Bluetooth Devices
- Choose the device you want to remove; in this case, you’ll need to select the connected device and then press on forget.
- Repeat this procedure with all appliances you need to remove
After following this procedure, your device won’t show any notifications coming through your phone, i.e., your incoming calls, and consequently, no green light. To start receiving the flashy notifications, you’ll have to link your phone to your device; however, be advised that the green light will come back on once again.
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