A quiet beach at night. S’mores toasted in a bright bonfire. A full moon.
This is heaven.
I jolt awake.
This freaking Alexa keeps ruining my sleep.
But that was yesterday.
Tonight, I figured out how to stop the beeping.
And return to my sweet, sweet dreams.
Keep reading to discover:
- Why your Alexa beeps at a specific time every day.
- 9 painless fixes for an Alexa that’s randomly beeping.
- A quick guide on how to disable beeping notifications on your Alexa device.
- 5 other names for your Alexa device to stop beeping every time you say “Alexa.”
- And so much more…
Why does my Alexa randomly beep?
Your Alexa randomly beeps because it thinks you’re calling her or because of Alexa Routines. Notifications, Wi-Fi issues, and low battery could also cause the beeping. If not, there might be someone calling you on a smartphone connected to Alexa. You can also ask your Alexa herself why she beeped.
Alexa beeping randomly: 9 fixes
#1: Change Alexa’s name
Let me tell you a story.
I’m a big fan of this show called “The 100.”
It’s a great sci-fi dystopian show…
But I’m not here to talk to you about the plot.
Instead, I’m here to tell you why I had to quit watching the show for a while.
You see, there’s a prominent character in it named Alexa.
And every time she’s on-screen…
My own Alexa device beeps and asks for a command.
Pretty annoying, right?
So, for a while, I stopped watching The 100, until…
I learned a way around it. You know how?
By changing Alexa’s wake words A.K.A. her name.
It’s an easy process too. All you have to do is:
- Download and open the Alexa app. (Available on Android and iOS.)
- Head to Echo & Alexa.
- Pick the Alexa device that keeps beeping.
- Press the Settings icon.
- Go to Wake Words.
- Select a new Wake Word.
- Restart your device.
As for Alexa’s new name, you have 5 choices:
Personally? I recommend Ziggy because it’s the word least likely to wake your Alexa accidentally…
Unless you’re a fan of David Bowie.
#2: Power cycle your device
Ever get those bugs and errors on your other devices that you can’t get rid of?
I do too.
Your Alexa device could be having the same problem.
Now, I know you’re going to ask:
“If I don’t know the source of the problem, what can I do to fix it?”
You power cycle your device.
Granted, it doesn’t always work…
But it’s good enough to try.
“Hold on, Peter. What’s a power cycle?”
It’s a full restart of your device. To do this, you must:
- Turn your device off.
- Remove it from the power source. (Either batteries or the outlet.)
- Standby for 30 seconds.
- Reattach the power source.
It’s that simple.
This method ensures that there are no leftover charges on your device.
Allowing it to power down fully…
And restart all the stuck processes and glitches on your Alexa.
#3: Check your routine
Does your Alexa only beep at a specific time?
Especially at night, when you’re sound asleep…
And a loud random beep wakes you up.
That happened to me too.
Until someone pointed out to me that it may be because of Alexa Routines.
These routines are designed so that you can automate tasks to your Alexa, like:
- Tracking your screen time.
- Telling you the weather each day.
- Greeting you “Good Morning” or “Good Night.”
- Starting your day by playing your chosen Spotify playlist.
- Turning on Alexa-connected smart appliances at specific times.
The thing is:
Sometimes, your Alexa device could have some of these routines by default…
And you might not be aware of this feature.
Which might confuse you as to why your Alexa is beeping every night.
So, to turn this off:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Head to More.
- Go to Routines.
- Select the routine you want to delete.
- Tap Delete Routine to confirm.
However, if you’re interested in learning more about Alexa Routines and the cool things you could do with it…
You can check out this video:
#4: Disable notifications
Is your Alexa connected to your phone or laptop?
If so, it could also randomly beep if the connected device receives a notification.
More to that…
Do you also regularly use Amazon for all your shopping needs?
Alexa could also notify you whenever there’s an update regarding your package.
While this feature may be helpful…
I understand how some people could find it annoying.
And so, to turn this off, simply follow these 5 easy-as-pie steps:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Head to More.
- Go to Settings.
- Press Notifications.
- Set Notifications to Off.
You may also be interested in: 7 Steps To Connect Alexa To Bluetooth iPhone
#5: Address network issues
A wise man once told me when I asked him about the problems I have with my devices…
“When in doubt, check your Wi-Fi connection.”
And he’s right.
It’s almost always the internet that’s causing the ruckus.
Or even an Alexa that’s randomly beeping.
So, how can you strengthen your internet connection?
Simple. Remove interferences around your router.
What are these, you ask? Look out for:
- Baby monitors.
- Walls and ceilings.
- Other people’s Wi-Fi.
And so much more…
These are the objects that are known to block Wi-Fi signals.
#6: Charge your device
When your Alexa device is beeping…
Maybe it’s his way of asking for help.
Because she’s almost dead…
Okay. That was a tad dramatic.
I meant to say that Alexa devices also beep when they have low batteries.
All you need to do for this is run to the nearest socket…
And charge your device.
#7: Answer the call
Between work and family…
I’m a busy man.
That means I receive a lot of calls daily.
The trouble is…
Alexa seems to think that I can’t hear my phone ringing when I’m at home.
So all Amazon Alexa devices on my house start beeping whenever someone’s phoning me.
And let me tell you…
They. Are. Loud.
That’s 1 way to get my attention.
You might say:
“Why not just disconnect Alexa from your phone, then?”
I could, but my phone is how I control Alexa primarily.
So, I have no choice but to answer or ignore the call.
#8: Ask Alexa herself
I have nieces and nephews who are all really just balls of pure energy disguised as human kids.
They’re fun, and I love them all, but…
It’s not uncommon for someone to come crying to me.
So, I ask them:
And, you know what?
You could do the same for Alexa. No joke.
After any noise, just yell:
“Alexa, why did you do that?”
The device will then tell you why.
If only my nieces and nephews were that forthcoming.
#9: Get in touch with Amazon
“The beeping still won’t stop.”
I sympathize with you.
Sadly, this is out of my control.
However, I can refer you to people who know just what to do.
And that is?
Why does my Alexa beep at the same time every day / night?
Your Alexa beeps simultaneously every day or night because of Alexa Routines.
This is a convenience feature of Alexa that allows you to set tasks for it at the same time daily.
The problem is…
Sometimes, you might not be aware that this feature is turned on.
To disable this feature, please refer to our section in this article titled, “#3: Check your Routine.”