Amazon launched its first smart speaker – the first generation Amazon Echo – in November 2014. Almost two years later in November 2016, Google launched its first smart speaker dubbed as the Google Home Smart Speaker. These two smart speakers ushered in the fastest growing smart home devices in the world. In addition to their respective virtual assistants, Alexa in the case of the Amazon Echo and the Google Assistant in the case of Google Home (now Nest), one of their defining traits is a color-changing light.
Over the generations, Amazon has maintained a circular disc-like structure in its smart speakers that glows blue-green when interacting with Alexa. Google Home and Nest smart speakers, on the other hand, glow in Google’s signature red yellow green and blue colors when interacting with Google Assistant. But these smart speakers don’t always shine in their signature colors. Sometimes, the lights in these smart speakers flash in different colors – like red or green – to convey a message. If you’ve seen these colored lights and you’re not sure what they mean, don’t fret. We have compiled a comprehensive list explaining what these colors mean.
Here’s what the lights mean on your Amazon Echo smart speaker
Yellow: A slow yellow burst or light on your Amazon Echo smart speaker every few seconds means Alexa has a message or a notification. Alternatively, it could mean that there is a reminder that you have missed. To stop this, you can ask Alexa for a message or notification.
Cyan: The cyan spotlight on the blue ring means Alexa is listening. This is the light you see every time you interact with Alexa.
spinning cyan: A slowly spinning teal and blue light means your Amazon Echo smart speaker is starting. If the device has not been set up, the light turns orange when the device is ready for setup.
Red: A solid red light on your Amazon Echo smart speaker means the microphone on/off button has been pressed. This means that the device’s microphone is disconnected and Alexa is not listening. You can press it again to enable the microphone. On the other hand, on Echo devices with cameras, a red light bar means that your video will not be shared.
Orange: If you see an orange light on your Amazon Echo smart speaker, it means that your device is in setup mode, or it is trying to connect to internet connectivity.
Pulsing Green: A pulsating green light means you are receiving a call on your Amazon Echo smart speaker or display.
spinning green: On the other hand, a spinning green light means that your Amazon Echo smart speaker or display is on an active call or an active Drop In.
Purple: You’ll see a purple light on your Amazon Echo smart speaker or smart display when Do Not Disturb mode is turned on and you request Alexa.
spinning white: A spinning white light means Alexa Guard is on and in Away mode. Return Alexa to Home mode in the Alexa app.
Here’s what the lights mean on your Google Nest smart speaker
Multi-colored lights spin clockwise and pulse: This means that the Google Assistant on your Google Home or Google Nest smart speaker has detected the “Hey Google” hotword and is waiting for your command.
Multicolored lights continuously rotate clockwise: This means that the Google Assistant is thinking of the Google Assistant on your Google Nest smart speaker.
Multicolored Lights Continuously Pulse: This pattern appears when the Google Assistant on your Nest smart speaker is responding to your query.
4 solid orange lights: This pattern can be seen when the microphone is turned off. You can press the microphone mute button to turn on the microphone.
4 white light pulse slowly: This pattern is displayed when Google Home is ready to set up.
4 blue light pulse slowly: This pattern is displayed when Google Home requires you to verify.
4 white lights turn clockwise: This pattern is seen when connecting to Google Home Wi-Fi.
White light flashes from top to bottom: This pattern is seen. When Downloading Google Home Updates
6 white lights turn clockwise: This indicates that Google Home is installing an update.
White and multicolored lights swirl and blink: This indicates that the Google Home smart speaker is booting up.
Orange Lights Countdown: This means confirming the Google Home smart speaker that you want to do a factory reset.
Pulse white light slowly: This means that the alarm is sounding.
white light spin This pattern is displayed when the timer goes off.
A solid white light is visible for about 10 minutes: This means your Google Home is reminding you that a notification is available. To get notified, you can say “Ok Google, what’s up?”
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