Alexa is my handy voice assistant for my smart home.
She helps me by answering questions, setting alarms, playing music, and more.
Now, I don’t pay much attention to Alexa’s lights.
But lately, I noticed yellow flashing lights.
Luckily, I found out what this means.
Read on to find out:
- 3 easy fixes for Alexa that’s flashing yellow.
- If activating Do Not Disturb mode can fix this issue.
- How having the wrong Amazon account can be the problem.
- And that’s only the beginning…
Why does Alexa flash yellow?
Alexa flashes yellow because you have a notification on your Amazon account. You can fix it by giving Alexa the correct voice commands. Another option is to update the notification settings in the Amazon app. You can also activate the Do Not Disturb mode.
How to fix the flashing yellow light from Alexa? 3 ways
#1: Give the correct voice commands
Alexa is the voice assistant that comes with your Echo.
She can help you out with all sorts of things.
You just need to give her the correct voice commands, and she’ll execute what’s being asked.
Now, Alexa-enabled devices usually have lights that show their status.
It can be shown in 7 different colors, and they can be pretty confusing…
Especially if it’s a flashing yellow light.
But I got your back.
Because it simply means you have an unread message.
Or even a notification on your Amazon account.
And the next step is to find out what it says.
Alexa just needs the correct voice command.
You can try it out by simply using 1 of these 3 voice commands:
- ‘‘Hey Alexa, tell me my messages.’’
- ‘‘Hey Alexa, what are my messages?’’
- “Hey, Alexa, what are my notifications?’’
Moreover, if you want to remove all of your messages, simply say:
- “Hey, Alexa, clear my notifications.’’
- “Hey, Alexa, delete all my messages.’’
When Alexa is finished with the messages, the flashing yellow light will disappear.
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#2: Disable notifications in the Alexa App
Another way to remove unread messages or notifications is via the Alexa App.
You probably already used the application to set up your Echo devices.
This app is where you can customize Alexa, such as disabling notifications.
And to do so, you can take these 4 steps:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Tap on More.
- Select Notifications.
- Then, toggle off the notifications per feature or service.
As a result, you won’t have a yellow light flashing when you receive an unread message or notification.
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#3: Activate Do Not Disturb mode on Alexa
Having too many notifications can get quite annoying.
See, if you receive them every 5 or 10 minutes, Alexa will start flashing that yellow light.
As a result, you constantly need to ask Alexa to read the notifications.
This can get repetitive and distracts you from other important stuff.
So, if you want peace around the house, you can activate the Do Not Disturb mode.
This way, Alexa won’t interrupt you anymore.
When you enable Do Not Disturb mode, she blocks the following:
Note: It doesn’t block timers, alarms, or reminders.
Now, it’s easy to activate Do Not Disturb mode on Alexa by saying:
‘‘Hey Alexa, turn on Do Not Disturb.’’
But you can also do it via the Alexa app by following these 7 easy steps:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Go to Devices.
- Select Echo & Alexa.
- Choose your device.
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down to Do Not Disturb.
- Turn it on.
Now Alexa won’t notify you about messages, notifications, or calls.
For visual guidance, you can check out this video:
Bonus: Troubleshooting the yellow flashing light on Alexa
If the previous fixes didn’t work, you might need to do some extra troubleshooting.
Restart your Echo device
Simply begin with a fresh restart.
No worries, you won’t lose any data and don’t need to re-add your speaker to Alexa.
So, here’s how to restart your Echo device in 3 simple steps:
- Unplug your Echo device from the power.
- Wait 30 seconds.
- Plug it back in.
Switch between profiles
If you tried it and the yellow light keeps flashing…
Check if your Alexa app is set up in the correct profile.
For a lot of users, this solved the issue.
So, to know which profile you’re currently logged into, say:
“Hey Alexa, identify account.’’
And if you’re on the wrong profile, you can simply change this by saying:
“Hey, Alexa, change profiles.’’
Now, if the yellow flashing light is still there, ask Alexa for the notifications again.
Reset your Echo device
Lastly, if you tried all the previous fixes and still have no luck, then you can perform a reset.
This way, you can start from scratch.
Warning: When you perform a reset, you’ll need to set up your Echo device again with the Alexa app.
Now, each Alexa-enabled gadget is different when it comes to resetting.
And you can use this link to find out how to reset each one of them.
But to give you an example, here’s how to reset the Echo 4th Gen in 3 easy steps:
- Push and hold the Action button for 20 seconds.
- Wait until the light ring turns off and on again.
- Your Echo 4th Gen will enter setup mode, and you can simply follow the given instructions.