Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 3 speaker, muted, showing its light ring and Mic Off On button glowing red.

How to Turn On Microphone on Echo Dot 3rd Generation

By default, the microphone is ON, on Echo Dot smart speakers.  But you might accidently turn off the mic.  Then, with the microphone OFF, Alexa won’t hear you call her.  So to get her to listen for the wake word again, you must know how to turn on the microphone again on the Echo Dot 3rd Generation assistant speaker.  Thus in this post, we cover precisely how to do that.

How to Turn On Microphone on Echo Dot 3rd Generation

If the mic is OFF, the light ring on the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker glows red, as we see in the next picture.

Picture of the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker, muted, showing its light ring and Mic Off On button glowing red.
The Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker, muted, showing its light ring and Mic Off On button glowing red.

 

But if there is no red light, and your speaker is connected to power, then the microphone is already on.  Otherwise, you can turn it on by pressing and releasing the Microphone On / Off button.  E.g. Find this button in the last picture in the nine o’clock position on the top of the speaker.





When you press this button, the red light ring along with the red lamp inside that button shuts off, and the speaker makes a low plunk sound.  With the mic not muted, the speaker looks as follows.

Top view picture of the speaker, showing its dark buttons. How to Turn On Microphone on Echo Dot 3rd Generation.
Top view, of the speaker showing its dark buttons.

All buttons and the light ring are dark as Alexa is standing by, now ready to respond to your voice requests. This means that you have now turned on the Echo Dot 3rd Generation microphone, and that you can now test it by asking the speaker something.  E.g. “Alexa, what time is it?”

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References

  1. Echo Dot 3rd Generation Official Product Page at Amazon.com

Revision History

  • 2021-09-09: First published.
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