Why Does My Alexa Have A Green Ring? (We Have Revealed To You)

Ali Abdaal
Are you wondering why your Amazon Alexa has a green ring? Discover the meaning behind the green ring on your Amazon Alexa device in this article. Learn how it relates to calls, drop-ins, and shipping notifications.

Amazon's Alexa is a leading voice-controlled assistant capable of performing an array of tasks and providing information at our command. Whether it's managing our daily schedule or helping us with our music playlist, Alexa is there to make our lives easier and more convenient.

If you own an Alexa-enabled device, you may have noticed a green ring on the device. But why does your Alexa have a green ring? What does this green ring mean? In this article, we'll let you know why Amazon Alexa has a green ring. We’ll also show you how to turn the green ring off.

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Why Does My Alexa Have A Green Ring?

If you've seen a green ring on your Alexa-enabled device, you probably want to know what the green ring means. Well, Amazon Alexa green ring shows that you have either an incoming call or a drop-in. The green ring often comes in different variations; it may be pulsing or spinning in a clockwise direction.

What Does A Pulsing Green Ring Mean?   

When you see a pulsing green ring on your Amazon Echo, it signifies that there is an incoming call or a drop-in. If you want to get rid of the pulsing green light, just say something like," Alexa, answer." and guess what? Your device will establish the connection with the caller.

However, if you receive a call from an unknown number or you simply do not want to answer the call, you can also use a voice command to decline the call and stop the pulsing green light. Simply say, "Alexa, decline" or "Alexa, drop the call." You can also avoid the call by letting it ring until the caller hangs up.

When you are not home and leave your Echo device turned on, the green light will still pulse to indicate an incoming call. But when it rings ten times, Amazon Alexa green ring will automatically stop pulsing.

What Does A Spinning Green Ring Mean? 

A spinning green ring, on the other hand, means that you recently received a call or a drop-in, and you picked it up. So, when you immediately tell Alexa to answer, the device will start showing a spinning green ring indicating that you're currently engaged in an active call or an active drop-in.

The green light will continue to spin in a clockwise direction until the call or drop-in session ends. However, if the spinning green ring doesn't disappear after your call ends, just ask Alexa to end the call. You can also end the call via the Alexa app on your smartphone.

What is a Drop-In? 

A drop-in is a feature available on Amazon Alexa devices. The drop-in feature enables you to connect instantly with other Alexa-enabled devices in your household. With this cool feature, you can forget about walking to another room or shouting to get someone's attention in another room.

To initiate a drop-in, say something like," Alexa, drop in on kitchen," or "Alexa, drop in on living room." Your Alexa-enabled device will show a spinning green ring, indicating that you are connected and ready to communicate. Once you are done, say, "Alexa, end drop-in."

If you have Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can communicate with other Echo users through an audio call. And if you have an Echo Show, a video call will do, though you both need an Echo Show for that to work.

How to Enable Drop-In on Your Household Devices 

Here's how to enable drop-in among your household devices:

Step 1: Head over to the Amazon Alexa app on your mobile device

Step 2: Select Devices at the bottom right corner of your home screen

Step 3: Choose a device that you want to enable the "Drop In" feature from the list

Step 4: Under General, click Communications

Step 5: Select Drop In

Step 6: Press on the Drop-In feature you want to use, either On or My Households

Can I Drop In On My Contacts?

Yes, you can drop in on your contacts who have enabled the drop-in feature on their Alexa devices. To drop in on your contacts, follow these steps:

Step 1: Get them to download the Amazon Alexa app on their mobile devices

Step 2: Next, they should open the Alexa app

Step 3: Once the app is open, they should sign up for Alexa Calling and Messaging

Step 4: They should then click the Conversations icon on the home screen of the app

Step 5: Next, they need to select the Contacts icon at the top right

Step 6: They should then choose your name in the contact list

Step 7: Finally, they should toggle Allow Drop In

Step 8: Once they are done, just say, "Alexa, drop in on [contact's name]."

Why Is My Amazon Alexa Green When I'm not On a Call?

As we've mentioned above, Amazon Alexa's green ring only appears when there is an incoming call or drop-in. It is also seen when you are in an active call or drop-in conversation.

If your Alexa shows a green ring when you've done none of the above, it may mean that your Alexa probably misheard you and is making a call or drop-in at the moment. Before you start panicking, just confirm whether you initiated any voice command that could have accidentally triggered a call or drop-in.

Why Won't My Amazon Alexa Stop Blinking Green?

Is your Amazon Alexa blinking green even when you are not on a call or drop-in? If so, we have one more possible explanation for you. A pulsing or spinning green ring means that you have a shipping notification from Amazon.

To switch the green ring off, you need to ask Alexa to read your messages. Simply say, "Alexa, deliveries." Once Alexa is done reading the messages, the green light will disappear automatically.

How to Disable Amazon Alexa Green Ring

If the Amazon Alexa green ring is not your cup of tea, maybe it's time to disable it on your Echo device. But how can you disable the green ring and prevent it from notifying you of incoming calls or drop in? Here's how to do that:

Step 1: Open the Amazon Alexa app on your mobile device

Step 2: You should then tap on the three horizontal lines located at the top left corner to open Settings

Step 3: Select Device Settings

Step 4: Click Amazon Alexa Devices

Step 5: Under General, tap Communications to toggle it off

Step 6: After turning off communications, it will turn grey, signifying that the Amazon Alexa green ring has been disabled


That's everything you need to know if you've been asking yourself: Why does my Alexa have a green ring? Amazon Alexa green ring on your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot only indicates that you are getting an incoming call or a drop-in. However, if the green light starts spinning, it means that you are already on a call. If the green light won't go away, remember to check whether you have a shipping notification.

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