Amazon Echo & Echo Dot will soon use a yellow light to indicate unheard messages

When Amazon introduced their new calling and messaging features for Alexa devices, they selected a pulsing green light as the indicator of an unheard message waiting to be played. The issue with that is it’s very similar to the spinning green light that indicates a call is coming in, so it’s very easy to mistake one for the other.

Amazon will soon be resolving this by replacing the pulsing green message indicator light with a solid yellow light. Yellow is not used for any other Echo and Echo Dot light ring functionality, so it should be obvious that a new message is waiting, that is, now that you know what it means. If you see a yellow light ring, just say “Alexa, play my message” to hear the message. Amazon says this change will go into effect “in the coming weeks.”

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3 comments
  1. Frank H says:

    What colors can it display?

    • AFTVnews says:

      Pretty much any color it wants. The light ring is made up of RGB LEDs which can change color depending on the signal being sent to them.

      Right now, the only colors the Echo uses are blue, white (for volume), red (for mute), orange (for setup), green (for calls), and purple (for Do Not Disturb mode).

  2. Bill says:

    Yellow is also used for pending notifications.
    If you are not set up for voice calling alexa will just tell you that when you ask to “play my message”, as an error message.

    It will tell you about a package delivery or other notification if you ask “alexa Play my notifications” while yellow is flashing.

    If you have multiple echo and tap devices it will flash yellow on all.

    It will stop flashing yellow on all devices when you ask to hear it on one.

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