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.
- Enable Guard mode in the Alexa app
- When leaving your home say the command “Alexa, I’m leaving.”
- 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.
- Return home and stand within earshot of Alexa
- Say “Alexa, I’m home.”
- 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.
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.