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If you are new to Alexa smart speakers such as the Echo or Echo Dot, you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of colored rings it can display including the Alexa purple ring. In case you are not good with details, you might feel frustrated with what each colored ring represents and how to fix it.

What the Alexa Purple Ring means

Alexa smart speakers have a variety of color rings. A glowing blue ring is the most common color, signifying that Alexa is processing a request. You will see it almost every day. But some colored rings do not flash that frequently, such as the purple one. 

The Amazon Echo purple ring will only appear if you have the Do Not Disturb mode toggled on. 

People like the Do Not Disturb mode as it snoozes all notifications including messages and calls, for a specified period. This is highly useful if you do not want your focus to break such as during an important meeting. With more and more people working from home, you do not want your Alexa smart speaker to disturb you when you’re on the clock! 

Or maybe you have some people visiting you, in which case you don’t want Alexa to read out sensitive notifications, such as recent products you’ve ordered that are ready for delivery. When the Do Not Disturb mode is on, Alexa will flash the purple light to remind you of that. 

About the Do Not Disturb Mode

Every Amazon Alexa Echo Device comes with a Do Not Disturb Mode. Just like your smartphones that have the Digital Wellbeing feature, the Do Not Disturb Mode on Alexa is a way of helping you focus on your work and not be bothered while you are at it. 

After you turn the Do Not Disturb Mode on, you will not receive any notifications or calls from your Echo speaker. You can schedule your notifications for a suitable time that does not overlap with your work hours, or perhaps when you are sleeping or having dinner with your family.

You can access all these notifications that Alexa has been storing as soon as you turn off the Do Not Disturb mode. Moreover, while this mode is turned on, your Amazon Alexa will flash the purple ring to remind you that it’s on Do Not Disturb.

How to Disable Do Not Disturb Mode

If you’d like to stop the Alexa purple ring glowing and receive calls and notifications again …

  1. Simply say, “Alexa, turn off Do Not Disturb Mode.”
  2. or Open your Alexa app on your smartphone
  3. Go to the Devices tab
  4. Click on Echo & Alexa
  5. Select your specific speaker
  6. Press on Do Not Disturb
  7. Toggle it off

How to Enable Do Not Disturb Mode

If you would like to stop Alexa from disturbing you with calls, drop-in’s or notifications …

  1. Simply say, “Alexa, turn on Do Not Disturb Mode.”
  2. or open your Alexa app on your smartphone
  3. Go to the Devices tab
  4. Click on Echo & Alexa
  5. Select your specific speaker
  6. Press on Do Not Disturb
  7. Toggle it on

Conclusion

So there you go. Now you know why your Alexa smart speaker flashes the purple ring light. Moreover, you also know if you didn’t already, what the Do Not Disturb mode is on an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot speaker.

Sources

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