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

Action Button on Echo

The Action button on Echo is present on most any Echo Alexa device. It  gives you access to some key assistant functions.  E.g. Like a means of resetting the device. Plus you can summon the speaker with it too. 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 Echo Studio speaker.
The -Action- button on the Echo Studio speaker.

The Action Button on Echo: Explained

Many Echo 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 Echo speakers.

Picture of an Echo Dot speaker, top view, showing the -Action- button.
An Echo Dot speaker, top view, showing the -Action- button.

Get Echo’s Attention with the Action Button

Quickly press and release the Action button to wake up Echo instead of calling out her name with your voice.  Raise her in this way when you must keep it quiet. Or use this button in loud places where she might not hear the wake word.  Note that if you have the microphone OFF, then short pressing this button has no effect.

But be aware that long pressing the button puts the speaker into Setup mode.  Then of course, you’ll have to run through the setup routine again to re gain use the speaker again.

Stop Echo 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 Echo to stop it.  Or if you’re close wo the speaker you can reach over and quickly press and release the Action button.

Reset Echo with this Button

You can also reset Echo speakers to factory default settings and by pressing and this button. Then hold it in until the hard reset happens.  Reset usually starts in five to seven seconds.

This Button Adjusts Brightness of the 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.
The Echo 1 speaker, top view, showing the -Action- button.

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