The Amazon Echo Spot speaker features just three buttons on the top, as well as a small screen on the front to access some functions. Plus, on the back of the unit, we find a two port panel where you make power and optional audio connections. Here, we explore the Amazon Echo Spot buttons and the input and output plugs too. We show each one on the speaker. We then discuss what each button / plug is for, and when to press them or connect to them, to fully enjoy the many features of this popular Amazon visual speaker. Finally, we touch a bit on some of the light ring patterns you get when pressing these buttons.
Amazon Echo Spot Buttons Functions, Descriptions, and Locations
Volume Down and Up Buttons
The Amazon Echo Spot speaker has two push-button volume controls on the top. These round depressions, with printed but not raised minus and plus symbols inside, decrease and increase the Spot’s volume. See the volume buttons, pointed at by the green arrows in the next picture.
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 Echo speaker on the network or in the same group. Each device remembers its own volume setting.
A visual volume control briefly appears on the screen when you press either UP or DOWN button. It contains a graphical slider that moves left for lower volumes and right for higher loudness levels. This control shows where the volume is currently set. Specifically, the further left that slider is, the lower the volume setting. The further right, the louder. See the following picture show how this slider positions itself depending on volume setting.
The slider control goes away a couple seconds after the last volume up or down button press.
Each press of either volume key brings up the volume slider on the screen.
Of course, as well, you may also tell Alexa to adjust the volume with voice commands.
Mic Mute / Mic OFF / Power Button
The Mic Mute button also doubles as a Power button. So we’ll discuss each function in the next two subsections.
Mic Off Button
The microphone off / on button, with its printed STOP symbol, mutes and unmutes the built in far field mics. When muted, the speaker hears nothing, and so, 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.
The screen displays a red light ring and the mic mute button also glows red to show that the unit will not hear you. Find these red glowing items in the next picture, pointed at by the green arrows.
When muted, press this button to unmute / turn on the mics again. Once unmuted, the red mic off on button goes dark and the red ring disappears from the screen, as shown next. At that time, the Echo Spot once again answers to voice commands.
Power On / Off Button
To turn the Echo Spot OFF, press and hold the Mic Mute button until you see the Power Off Confirmation screen. From there, tap the Yes button (the button with the mathematical greater-than sign inside) on the screen. Then the speaker shuts down. To power it up again, simply press the Mic Mute button again and release after a half-second or so. The Amazon Spot then powers up once more.
Action and Reset Button – Not Here
No physical Action or Reset buttons are provided on the Echo Spot. However, you can access the onscreen menus to perform a factory default reset.
Camera / Light Sensor
Additionally, there is a light sensor and camera, found on the front panel, just above the screen area, as shown next. The sensor is the small gray dot at twelve o’clock in the following picture, pointed at by the green arrow.
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 glows.
This sensor also doubles as a video camera, used by Alexa for video calling.
Amazon Alexa Echo Spot Speaker Connection Ports
The Alexa Echo Spot also sports a two-hole panel, located on the back side. Herein, are the only two connection ports; the AUX Out and DC power input ports, as pictured in the next two rear view shots of the Spot.
The hole on the left is the DC power input plug, as pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.
The hole on the right is a 3.5mm line level audio output plug, pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture. This line level audio port supports connecting your Echo Spot to your home theater system for louder, better sounding music.
You may also plug in a set of earbuds or headphones to this stereo port, for private listening.
Thus, we conclude this summary of all the buttons on the 1st generation Echo Spot Alexa speaker from Amazon. With these, you can access many of the speaker’s fun features. Also, the onscreen light ring lets you see speaker status. Hoping that you enjoy your Echo Spot as much as we enjoy ours.
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- 2018-12-06: First published.