If your Echo speaker is flashing, Alexa is either listening or trying to tell you something. | Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

You’ve got one of Amazon’s Echo smart speakers set up and it’s super handy for playing music, checking the weather, setting an egg timer — all hands-free. But then it starts flashing different colors at random times: red, green, yellow, orange… it’s almost like it’s trying to communicate with you. Which, in fact, it is.

When your Echo speaker is flashing its LED at you, there is a really easy way to figure out what it wants. Just say, “Alexa, what does your light mean?” But that would be a really short blog. So, for those of us who don’t like talking to our smart speakers, I’ve made this quick cheat sheet to explain what all those flashing lights mean.

The LED light is Alexa’s status and notification indicator. Depending on which…

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