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

Amazon Echo Buttons, Meanings Codes Functions

An Amazon Echo speaker features several buttons and a light ring around its top as have its earlier versions.  In this buttons guide, we explore the Amazon Echo buttons and input and output ports.  We show  where each one is on the speaker. We then discuss what each button / plug is for, and when to press them to access the many features of this popular Amazon speaker.  Finally, we touch a bit on some of the light ring patterns you’ll see when pressing these buttons.





Amazon Echo Buttons Guide: Button Functions, Meanings, and Locations

Volume Down and Up Buttons on Amazon Echo Speakers

Most Amazon Echo speakers like the Dot 3  have two push-button volume controls on the top. These round depressions, with raised minus and plus symbols inside, decrease and increase the speaker volume.  See the volume buttons, pointed at by the green arrows in the next picture.

Picture of the Amazon Echo speaker with its Volume Up and Down buttons highlighted.
An Amazon Echo speaker with its Volume Up and Down buttons highlighted.

Press the minus button to lower speaker volume. Press the plus button to raise the volume.  Note that adjusting volume on one speaker in this way does not affect the loudness of any other Amazon Echo speaker on the network or in the same group.  Each speaker device remembers its own volume setting.

The light ring briefly illuminates when you press either UP or DOWN button.  It glows  white and shows where the volume is currently set.  The less of the ring that glows, the lower the volume setting.  The more of it that glows, the louder.  See the following picture show how the light ring lights depending on volume setting.

Picture of the speaker light ring, showing set at one quarter volume.
The speaker light ring, showing set at one quarter volume.

The ring goes out a couple seconds after the last volume button press.

Picture of the speaker light ring, showing one half volume. Finger setting volume.
The speaker light ring, showing one half volume. Finger setting volume.

Each press of either volume key illuminates the light ring in white.

Picture of an Amazon Echo speaker. What light ring shows when speaker set to full max volume.
An Amazon Echo smart speaker. What light ring shows when speaker set to full max volume.




Mic Mute / Mic OFF Button on an Amazon Echo Speaker

Most Amazon Echo speakers also feature a microphone off / on button. This circular button, with a raised STOP symbol inside, mutes and unmutes the built in far field mics.  When muted, the speaker hears nothing. So it does not respond to the wake word, or any other voice command for that matter. 

See the Mic Mute button, pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the speaker with its Microphone Mute / Mic Off button highlighted.
The speaker with its Microphone Mute / Mic Off button highlighted.

The light ring and mute button also glow red to show that the unit will not hear you, as pictured next.

Picture of an Amazon Echo speaker, muted, showing its light ring and Mic Off On button glowing red.
An Amazon Echo speaker, muted, showing its light ring and Mic Off On button glowing red.

When muted, press this button to un mute / turn on the mics again.  Once unmuted, the red light ring goes dark as shown next, and the speaker once again responds to voice commands.

Picture of the top of the speaker, light ring dark. Speaker microphones are active - not muted.
Top view of the speaker, showing the light ring dark. Speaker microphones are active – not muted.

Amazon Echo Speaker Action and Reset Buttons

The round Action button has a raised, white dot in its recessed center. We find this button at three o’clock on the top panel of most of these speakers, as pointed at by the green arrow we drew in, in the next picture.

Picture of the speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted.
Top view of the speaker, showing the Action button highlighted.

Quickly press and release the Action button to get the speaker’s attention instead of calling out her name with your voice.  Raise her in this way when you must be quiet, or in loud places where she might have trouble hearing you utter her wake word.

You can also reset an Amazon Echo to factory default settings and state by pressing and gently holding in the Action button until the hard reset happens.  Reset usually begins in five to seven seconds.

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 light ring accordingly.  The brighter the surrounding light, the brighter the ring glows whenever it lights up.  The darker the area, the dimmer the light ring glow.





Amazon Echo Speaker Connection Ports

Some Amazon Echo speaker have a two-hole panel, found on the back side. Herein, are the only two connection ports; the AUX Out and DC power input ports, as pictured next.

Picture of an Amazon Echo speaker, rear view, showing the Power and Audio Out ports panel.
An Amazon Echo wireless speaker, rear view, showing the Power and Audio Out ports panel.

The hole on the left is the DC power input plug.  Earlier Dot speakers have a micro USB power port, while the gen 3 ones have a round port that accepts a barrel connector.

The hole on the right is a 3.5mm line level audio output plug.  This supports connecting your speaker to a home theater system for louder music.  

Well, that wraps up this summary of all the buttons on Echo Amazon speakers. With these, you can access all of the speaker’s commands.  Also, the light ring lets you see speaker status as well. Enjoy!

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References for Amazon Echo Buttons Guide

  1. Echo Dot (3nd Gen) Product Page on Amazon.com

Revision History

  • 2020-06-02: First published.

 

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