Alexa pulsing yellow but no messages? Amazon Echo device explained


The Amazon Echo devices are advanced new pieces of technology. They provide a glance into the future with their smart virtual assistant named Alexa.

Amazon Echo devices come in different sizes and forms. However, all of them share a common feature of a Smart speaker.

None of the Echo smart speakers, except the Echo Show, have any display. They are operated by voice with the help of Alexa. As there is no display, the Amazon Echo devices make use of a ring light to indicate their status and any problems.

If you own an Amazon Echo device and are having difficulty in figuring out why your device’s ring is blinking yellow, then you are in the right place. Let’s take a look at what it is and guide you on how to make the light stop pulsing.

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Amazon Echo: Why is the Alexa yellow ring blinking?

First of all, do not worry at all, the yellow blinking light on the Amazon Echo is very common and does not indicate that anything is wrong.

The Amazon Echo’s ring starts blinking yellow when it has some pending notifications for you. These notifications could include messages, emails, or information from other applications. These notifications could also be status updates about your shipment from Amazon.

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How to fix Echo Alexa yellow ring pulsing but no messages

The fix is straightforward. All you need to do is say this to Alexa: “Alexa, read my notifications” or you can also say: “Alexa read my messages”.

Once you do this, Alexa will start reading any pending notifications that you have. After that, the yellow ring blinking should stop.

If you face this situation a lot, it is probably due to the shipment notifications that Alexa has for you. Amazon has designed Alexa in such a way that it tells you when the shipment is on its way, when it’s a day away, and when it has arrived.

To stop Alexa from giving these notifications, follow these steps:

  • Open the Alexa app on your Android or iOS phone.
  • Next, go to “Settings” via the menu.
  • Now choose “Notifications” and “Amazon Shopping” after that.
  • Once there, you can control what shipment notifications Alexa provides you.
  • Toggle off the “Out for delivery” and “Delivered” notifications.

Now that you’ll no longer get those notifications, you won’t have to face the yellow ring blinking as frequently.

However, if you like to know the status of your shipment through Alexa, then we advise keeping the original settings.

Are you having Alexa connection issues?

If you ask Alexa to read your notifications and it replies that it is “having trouble understanding you right now. Please try a little later”. This means that you are having internet connectivity problems.

Make sure that your internet is working before trying again. Also, restart your Wi-Fi router and check again. If the issue persists, reset the Amazon Echo to its factory settings.

You can do that by pressing and holding the ‘mic off’ and ‘volume down’ buttons simultaneously until the light ring turns orange.

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