Top view of the Alexa Echo Generation 3 speaker, showing the -Action- button highlighted.

Action Button on Alexa, How to Use It

The Action button on Alexa, found on just about any Alexa Echo speaker device gives you access to some key assistant functions.  E.g. It gives you a means of resetting the device, and you can also summon the speaker with it. So here, we define this button, and explain how and when to use it, and for what purposes.

Picture of the -Action- button on the Alexa Echo Studio speaker.
The -Action- button on the Alexa Echo Studio speaker.

The Action Button on Alexa

Many Alexa devices have this round Action button which often has a raised, white dot in its recessed center. We find this button at three o’clock on most Amazon speakers, as we point out with the green arrow we drew in, in the next picture.

Picture of an Alexa Echo Dot 3 speaker, top view, showing the -Action- button highlighted.
Alex Echo Dot speaker, top view, showing the -Action- button highlighted.

Get Alexa’s Attention with the Action Button

Quickly press and release the Action button to wake up Alexa instead of calling out her name with your voice.  Raise her in this way when you must keep it quiet, or when you are in in loud places where she might have trouble hearing you say her wake word.  Note that if you have the microphone switched off, then short pressing this button has no effect.  But be aware that long pressing the button, whether the mic is OFF or ON, will put the speaker into Setup mode.  Then of course, once that happens, you’ll have to run through the setup routine again in order to use the speaker once more.

Stop Alexa Alarms and Timers from Sounding

When a timer expires or a set alarm time comes up, some kind of alarm sound plays.  To stop this sound, you may call out to Alexa to stop it.  Or if you’re close wo the speaker you can reach over and quickly press and release the Action button.

Reset Alexa with the Action Button

You can also reset Alexa speakers to factory default settings and state by pressing and gently holding in this button until the hard reset happens.  Reset usually begins in five to seven seconds.

The Action Button Adjust Brightness of Alexa Lights Too… Well, Kind Of…

Finally, there is a light sensor beneath the white dot on this triple duty button.  This “electric eye” senses the ambient light shining on the speaker, and adjusts the brightness of its lights accordingly.  The brighter the surrounding light, the brighter the speaker glows whenever it lights up.  The darker the area, the dimmer the light glow.

Picture of the Echo 1 speaker, top view, showing the -Action- button highlighted.
The Echo 1 speaker, top view, showing the -Action- button highlighted.

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Revision History

  • 2021-09-04: First released.