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Why Does Alexa Light Up when No One is Talking?

It can be scary when Alexa lights up when no one is talking.

Ideally, the Echo device would only light up if it is listening to your command, which means there must be a voice that triggered the light to come on. 

There are several reasons why the Echo device, or Alexa, would light up even when no one is talking.

In this article, I will explain these reasons.

I will also throw in some of the most commonly asked questions and provide answers that may help you.

 

Reasons Why Alexa Lights Up When No One is Talking

There are several reasons why Alexa would light up, even when no one is talking. In this section, I will provide these reasons. 

1. Someone woke Alexa up 

It is possible that someone woke up Alexa without you knowing.

It is possible that someone said the wake word and the Echo device near you heard it, but you did not. 

Another possibility is that Alexa heard something that sounded like the wake word.

It could be a dog or a cat, or someone outside your house which was talking. 

2. There is a message for you

If the light is yellow, then you have a message that you need to read.

Alexa will light up a blinking yellow light if you have an unread message.

This is a new feature that is part of a recent upgrade. 

So, if the device blinks yellow, it only means you have notifications.

You can say, “read my notifications,” and Alexa will read it aloud for you.

3. Someone pressed the microphone

Sometimes, kids would play and inadvertently press the microphone.

If this happens, the light will turn on. Specifically, the light on the microphone. 

The red light is your marker here. If somebody pressed the microphone button on or off, the red light would turn on.

On the other hand, the red light will also turn on if the microphone stops working.  

4. The Echo device is starting

Sometimes, the device will reboot if there is a sudden power outage.

The cyan light will spin if this happens; it is an indication that the device is back on or starting. 

Someone may have also restarted the device.

In another situation, you may have scheduled an update or upgrade in the software program, and you forgot about it. 

If you did, the Echo device will shut down and restart at the time of the update.

What you need to do is wait until the update is finished.

Alexa will turn off the light once the update is over. 

5. The device is not online

Alexa is supposed to be online all the time. If its connection gets cut off, Alexa will attempt to reconnect.

If it cannot do so, it will light up.

The particular light for this situation is an orange light.

If you see this, Alexa is trying to connect online.

It is also the same light that you see if the device is set up.

If the orange light is on, check your internet connection. You may need to reboot your router. 

6. There is an incoming call

If somebody is trying to call you, Alexa will light up.

It is the reason it lights up even if no one is talking.

In this case, the device will turn green. The green light is pulsating, not rotating.

To make the light disappear, just answer the call.

 

Is someone spying on my Alexa?

Maybe, and maybe not. It depends on the light. 

If the light you see is a spinning blue ring, then it is likely that someone is listening in.

This can happen if you activate the drop-in feature.

If you let people drop in, they can listen to your conversations without you knowing—the only indication is a beep and a blue light. 

So, how do you protect yourself? The two things you can do are: 

  • Do not activate the drop-n feature
  • Turn off the mic

I can say that the first option is better.

If somebody wants to call you, you can use other tools like Facebook or Viber.

 

Can Alexa tell me if someone is in my house?

Yes, it is possible since Alexa has some built-in security features.

There is a thing called Alexa Guard. This program can detect if someone is breaking into your house. 

Then, there is the Alexa drop-in, where you drop in on your devices when you are away.

If you do, you can listen to what is going on in the house. 

Once Alexa detects unusual noise, like glass breaking, it will send you a clip of that sound.

That clip can last up to 10 seconds.

You have the option, however, to choose what kind of sounds you want Alexa to

send. So, if it hears a bark of a dog, you can program Alexa not to send the audio clip. 

Alexa Guard can also work in conjunction with your Smart Lighting.

Alexa will control the lights and make it appear that you are home even if you are not.

 

Can my neighbors connect to my Alexa?

Yes, it is possible now.

The devices will now be able to connect to the WiFi of other people, provided that it is a shared network. 

This connection is what we call Amazon Sidewalk.

All devices will automatically do this, but you have the option to opt-out.

You must go to your Settings and then make changes to prevent your neighbors from connecting to your WiFi.

 

How do I stop Neighbours connecting to Alexa?

To do this, follow these steps: 

  1. Launch the Alexa app
  2. Go to MORE
  3. Choose SETTINGS
  4. Go to ACCOUNT SETTINGS
  5. Go to AMAZON SIDEWALK

From there, toggle the button to turn it off.

 

Summary

Alexa has several light colors to indicate different things.

You must learn what these lights mean to understand what is happening.

At best, Alexa is just rebooting or indicating that there is a problem.

At worse, somebody may have dropped in and is listening to you.

To prevent being spied on, just forget about the drop-in feature. Do not activate it.