Why is Alexa Flashing Blue Light?

Alexa is a great way to communicate with your smart devices hands-free with simple voice commands. So why is your Alexa flashing blue light?

The Alexa features a set of lights that flash different colors to indicate what the device is doing and what process it is working on; however, decoding the colors might be complex if you are new to the gadget. 

Why is Alexa’s light flashing blue? 

When you give Alexa a voice command, the blue light will turn on. 

This indicates that the Alexa is processing the command and determining how it will reply or is in the midst of responding to your request; the blue light will flash.

When Alexa processes your voice command and begins to process the proper response to the request, it will glow blue. 

Alexa may take a few seconds to complete this operation, depending on the complexity of the request and the quality of the Internet connection to the smart device.

Continue reading to find out what to do if the blue light keeps flashing and how to turn it off. 

What does a blue light that never goes out mean? 

Your Echo device is updating itself if the light on your Alexa is a consistent blue or whirling blue light. If it’s a firmware update, you might not be able to use your device while it’s updating and will have to give it a minute. 

A steady blue light might potentially indicate that your device is awaiting a spoken command or notification. If it is waiting for a command, the light should go away in a couple of seconds. 

Turn off Alexa’s flashing blue light.

If the Alexa flashing blue light continues to flash, but the voice command isn’t being processed, or the light isn’t turning off as it should, you can use the voice command “Alexa, stop.” 

If the voice command does not function, you can unplug and reconnect the device. However, if everything else fails, you can reset the device in a few easy steps.

Why does the light turn on and off at random? 

Your Alexa device may light up at inconvenient times, such as in the middle of the night. This unexpected reaction might indicate that you have forgotten to schedule a task or that the device has a notice that you need to clear. 

You may alter your settings in the Alexa app to prevent notifications while sleeping or other unplanned duties. To remove a task: 

  1. Select “Settings” from the Alexa app. 
  2. Check “Routines” to determine whether there is a scheduled job that should not be there. 
  3. Change the routine’s parameters to remove the planned job or schedule it throughout the day when it won’t bother you. 
  4. To switch on “Do Not Disturb,” simply say “Alexa, turn on do not disturb,” and you should no longer get any alerts during the night.

If your Alexa routines are not working properly, that could be another problem separate from the flashing blue light you are experiencing.

What’s the deal with your Alexa being blue but not responding? 

Great question! If your Alexa is showing a blue light, it is a signal that it should be processing your voice command; but, if you don’t hear anything, try adjusting the wake word or command phrase. 

Remember that in settings, you can choose from different wake words; for instance, instead of responding to “Alexa,” your device might respond to “Echo” instead.

If the problem persists, your device should be reset to factory settings. 

This article includes instructions on how to reset various devices down below.

How do you reset Alexa? 

If your Alexa is still having trouble processing voice instructions or the lights aren’t changing or going off when they should, you may try resetting the device to factory settings. 

Which model you have and whether you’re resetting through the device or the app will determine how you reset your Alexa. 

Use the app to reset

  1. Open the “Alexa” app on your phone
  2. Find the “Devices” section
  3. To enter the “Device Settings,” choose the device you wish to reset and click on its name. 
  4. Select the “Factory Reset” option from the drop-down menu. 
  5. You will be prompted to confirm that you wish to reset your device in a dialogue window. 
  6. Wait for “Factory Reset” to finish processing.

Using the Alexa device to reset 

If Alexa flashing blue light won’t stop, you can reset it using the actual device itself. Before you begin, make sure you are aware of what type of Alexa device you own and what generation it is from.


The ring light on Echo devices may be turned off by pressing the reset button with a paper clip. The device’s reset button is located at the bottom of the device.


Hold down the “Mute” and “Volume Down” keys simultaneously for around 20 seconds. When the ring light becomes orange on an Echo device, it has been reset.

Generations three and four 

Hold down the “Action” button until the ring light flashes orange, which should take around 25 seconds and then shuts off on Echo devices.

Echo Show

If you have an Echo Show with a screen, follow these steps to reset it: 

  1. Ask “Alexa, go to settings,” or you can access it by sliding down the top screen and tapping Settings.
  2. Then select “Reset” under “Device Options.” 
  3. Choose “Factory Defaults” from the drop-down menu. 

You can also press and hold the “Mute” and “Volume Down” keys simultaneously for 15 seconds to reset an Echo Show device. 

When the reset begins, the Amazon logo will show on the screen. 

You will need to set up any custom settings you previously had because the device will act as if it is brand new.

Last Thoughts 

The Alexa is a terrific way to get the most out of your smart gadgets. Still, the device’s use of lights and colors to express what it’s processing may be confusing at times. 

If you notice a flashing blue light on your device, it simply implies that it is processing a voice command and selecting how to reply to your request.

Suppose the light continues to flash and your device isn’t processing your request correctly. In that case, you can try disconnecting it or resetting it to factory settings. 

Resetting varies significantly depending on the device, but it should only take 20 to 30 seconds for your device to begin resetting.

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