Top view picture of the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker as it boots.

Action Button on Echo Dot, How to Use It

The Action button on Echo Dot, found on just about any Alexa speaker gives you access to some key assistant functions on the unit.  E.g. It gives you a means of resetting the device. Plus, you can summon the speaker with it as well as stop ringing alarms from the speaker. Quite the useful multi-function button, for sure.  So here, we define this button, and explain how and when to use it, and for what purposes.

Echo Dot 2 smart speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted.

The Action Button on Echo Dot

All Echo Dots we know of have this round Action button which usually has a raised, white dot in its recessed center. The later speakers have this, but in a raised circle format.  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 Echo Dot 3 speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted.
An Echo Dot 3 speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted.

Get the Echo Dot’s Attention with this Button

Quickly press and release the Action button to wake up the Echo Dot instead of calling out Alexa’s name.  Raise her in this way when you must be quiet, or when you are in in loud places where the speaker might have trouble hearing you say the wake word.  Note that if you have the microphone turned 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. So don’t linger too long on the button if all you want to do is get the speaker to hear you.

Stop Echo Dot 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 your Echo Dot to stop it.  Or if you’re close enough to the speaker you can reach over and quickly press and release the Action button, without having to say a word.

Reset the Echo Dot with the Action Button

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

The Action Button Adjusts Brightness of Echo Dot Lights Too… Well, Sort Of…

Finally, there is a light sensor beneath the white dot on this triple duty button.  This “electric eye” detects the amount of ambient light shining on the speaker, and adjusts the brightness of the lamps in the Echo Dot accordingly.  The brighter the surrounding light, the brighter the speaker glows whenever it lights up.  The darker the area, the dimmer the light glow.  You may notice that covering this dot with a fingertip dims the lamps on the speaker.

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Revision History

  • 2021-09-04: First released.
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