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There are two reasons why your Alexa device will display a flashing white ring. The first is when you increase or decrease the volume, either directly through the buttons, requesting her to change volume or through a connected app (such as Spotify).

The second is if you have the Guard feature enabled in your Alexa App and you have set Guard to “Away mode”

What is Guard Mode?

Guard Mode is an Alexa extension that helps you stay notified about your home security. If you are away and Guard Mode is turned on, you will get notified in real-time if someone breaks into your house or if your oven catches fire, triggering a smoke alarm.

The Guard mode is a rather new upgrade to the entire Amazon Alexa line of products. It makes your Echo, or any other Amazon Alexa smart speaker, listen to any auditory signs that indicate an emergency. 

How does Guard Mode work?

The guard feature relies on far-field microphones built into the device to accurately capture any sounds needing verification from a human. These far-field microphones come with the same configurations as the Far-Field Voice Development Kits do. 

If you are using an Amazon Echo, Echo Show, or any generation of the Echo Dot model, you have far-field microphones. Thanks to these mics, Alexa can listen to your voice commands even in highly crowded places. If you have guests coming over, and some of them are playing music in the next room, don’t worry, your Alexa Device can still pick up your voice commands without much trouble.

How to enable Guard mode and the flashing Alexa white ring?

The Guard feature is available in the Alexa App, for both iOS and Android devices.

  1. Enable Guard mode in the Alexa app
  2. When leaving your home say the command “Alexa, I’m leaving.”
  3. Guard mode is now enabled and Alexa will listen for and notify you if she hears sounds of alarms or glass breaking. Alexa will display a spinning white light when Guard mode is enabled.

What happens if an alarm sounds or glass breaks?

After Alexa has detected unusual audio with Guard mode enabled, it will send you an alert on your phone. Alexa can also record the unusual audio and send it to you. If you have a built-in video camera on your Amazon Alexa device, you can use the drop-In feature to take a look at what is happening inside your home. 

In case you are using any professional monitoring kit, such as Ring’s security kit, your Alexa device can send alerts directly to your security provider. In that case, your security team can take the necessary steps to inform the local law enforcement about a possible situation.

How to disable Guard mode and the spinning Alexa white ring?

As Guard mode can be configured to notify your security company if it hears unusual audio, you likely will not want this enabled when you are at home.

  1. Return home and stand within earshot of Alexa
  2. Say “Alexa, I’m home.”
  3. This will turn off the Guard Mode and you will no longer see the Amazon Echo white ring.

About Alexa & Guard

If you’d ask a typical Alexa user how confident they are with Amazon Alexa, you will get a positive answer almost all the time. Amazon Alexa is a smart voice assistant that makes its users’ lives easier. 

Alexa Echo

Moreover, thanks to the Guard feature, Amazon Alexa is now even smarter and more capable. The Guard feature helps users keep an eye on their home even when they happen to be away. It can be integrated with monitoring services from ADT, Ring or Scout Alarm. 

If you have the Guard feature on, you will see the white-colored ring appear on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker's top.


We hope that now you know what the Alexa White Ring means on your Amazon Echo device. Please share with us if you have any further queries. Leave a comment below, and we will get back to you.


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  • Barbara Rosser
    Posted March 11, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    White ring showed for first time.I said Alexa I’m home and Alexa said welcome home but the white ring persists

  • Lori
    Posted December 18, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Every morning at 410 am, my echo dot beeps and displays the white ring for a couple seconds, I am not talking or moving around. What causes this?

  • Harry
    Posted November 24, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Same issue, can’t get “Guard” off on either my “Show” or my “Dot”! I go into the app and try to turn OFF guard with the Switch, it defaults right back to Guard!
    I can’t access ANY of the settings because it says it MUST be in HOME MODE to make changes, but I CANT GET IT INTO GD HOME Mode! This has been going on for a year now! And I’m no closer to resolving it than I was!
    Kevin’s fix was just what I did 1st, go Into the APP and disable the “Guard/Home” button, but No Can Do! Won’t stay in “HOME”

  • Ron Salazar
    Posted May 22, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    The white ring will not turn off. I have said Alexa I am home. And it responds it has stopped guarding my home. White ring continues. This is annoying. How do I fix this?

  • Leah
    Posted May 6, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    The white light is still spinning and I said I was home, I even tried unplugging it. How do I stop it from spinning?

    • Kevin
      Posted May 23, 2021 at 11:31 am

      Hi Leah, I was dealing with this same problem and could not shut the spinning white light off! Until I just figured it out right now. So happy that light is off finally. So here’s what you do:
      Go to the Alexa App

      Click on the More button on the bottom right.

      Click on Settings

      Scroll down and click on Guard

      Scroll down and click on Notifications

      Toggle Home and Away to off

      This shut that annoying white light right off finally.

      Feel free to email me back if you have any questions Leah.

      Good luck!!


      • Blu
        Posted April 9, 2022 at 2:37 am

        Thank you Kevin. Great instructions that actually worked!

  • Kathy
    Posted April 20, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    I can’t disable my My echo dot guard mode, whether in home or away mode my echo continues to show a white flashing ring. How do I turn this white light off. Or completely disable guard mode, don’t want this mode.

    • Brandon
      Posted May 16, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      My Alexa Echo is in my bedroom. I am up late throughout the night and I’ve been noticing that my Echo flashes a semi circle (white light) consistently night after night. It normally happens between 3-3:30 am. Any insight on what may be causing it would be very helpful.

      • Kevin
        Posted May 23, 2021 at 12:13 pm

        Hello Brandon, hope you’re well bud. Please see my instructions for shutting off Alexa Guard (spinning white light) that I just sent to Leah.
        It took me awhile to figure it out, but this will shut it off.
        If you have any questions or issues when going thru it don’t hesitate to email me.
        Have a great day.


        • Barbara
          Posted May 16, 2022 at 4:48 pm

          Hi Kevin, I followed your directions, reviewed them twice and my white light is still flashing. Any further ideas?

    • Kevin
      Posted May 23, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Kathy, see the note I just sent out in regards to this issue. You will be all set.
      Best of luck Kathy!
      Email me if you have any problems.


    • Lou Dee
      Posted June 25, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Simply tell Alexa : “Alexa, Stop guarding” and the White Ring will stop.

    • Pl4t1num
      Posted August 10, 2022 at 9:52 pm

      Finally solved working with Amazon support.
      I had a routine named “I’m home” that triggered when saying, “Alexa, I’m home.” Yes, the same command to disable Home Guard. So, they were conflicting with each other, and Guard wasn’t really going off.

      Steps to solve:
      • Delete the “I’m home” routine.
      • Reset the echo(s) to factory defaults. How? By pressing the echo volume down button and the mic button simultaneously.
      • Open the Alexa app and add the echo(s) back.

      These three steps solved the white light issue.

      Before starting with the three steps above, verify the echo dots are under the Guard Profile. How?
      • Open Alexa app –> Devices –> Guard –> Gear wheel –> Echo Devices
      • Verify the echo(s) affected are checked.

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