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Why Does My Alexa Make A Sound At 3 AM? (+What To Do)

Alexa has become famous over the years due to its convenience. However, many users complained that they were startled by Alexa’s sudden noise with a blue light at 3 a.m. We are here to shed light on this mystery. 

Alexa can make a sound early at 3 a.m. due to routine settings, reminders or alarms, alert messages and notifications, misinterpretation of the wake word, low battery issues, or auto-updates. If these aren’t the issues, some general errors have occurred. 

Are you facing the same issue? Then this article is for you. We will provide you with a clear understanding of the reasons behind this mystery and solutions to troubleshoot and manage your Alexa when it acts like this.

Alexa speaker

Introduction to Alexa and Unusual Noises

Alexa is a voice-controlled virtual assistant by Amazon. 

Alexa will listen to your commands and perform tasks without you having to lift your finger. 

I have been using Alexa for several years, and I cannot tell you how easy my life has been since then. 

She answers all my questions, controls my smart home, reminds me about my meetings and works through the reminders, sets the alarm to wake up early, connects to my favorite services, and helps me stay organized. 

Now, why does Alexa suddenly make unusual noises at 3 a.m.? It can be frustrating, especially for the light sleepers. 

There could be several reasons behind it. 

It could be an alarm or reminder you set, a weather report, an auto-update, or your Amazon parcel shipped. 

It could be because Alexa might have mistakenly heard a word close to her wake word. 

Alexa making a sound at 3 a.m. could be due to the routine volume adjustment settings. 

There are several other reasons besides these. 

Please keep reading to learn about them and ways to solve the issues. 

Understanding Alexa’s Capabilities

Alexa is a voice assistant by Amazon. 

You can make her do tasks by commanding and without lifting your phones. 

Alexa is like software that can power your smartphone, but she uses Skills instead of Apps. 

To control Alexa, buy an Alexa-enabled Amazon device, like the Echo or Echo Dot. 

Configure, manage and personalize Alexa with the Alexa app available in the Google Play Store or Apple Store. 

Download the app, connect the device, control Alexa, and make her yours. 

Alexa has several capacities, and below are some of the common ones:

  • Report news and weather forecast 
  • Provide sports updates
  • Control your smart home, cell phones, and other Alexa-enabled devices 
  • Play music and podcasts
  • Answer your questions about anything you ask her
  • Help you with recipes
  • Manage your lists and calendars
  • Set up alarms and reminders for your daily routine and remind you about them in time 
  • Tell stories and jokes 
  • Do math
  • Administer games
  • Find local and small business information
  • Find recipes
  • Order dinner, call a cab, and shop online 
  • Provide you essential notifications regarding any order

Alexa is all you need to make your life easier. 

Why does Alexa make noises? 

As I said earlier, there could be several reasons why Alexa is making a sound at 3 a.m. 

I have faced this a few times before. Upon research, I found several things are responsible. 

I had problems like past set alarms and reminders, unstable Wi-Fi connections, auto-updates, and notifications and alert messages.

In this section, I will share all the possible reasons, including mine, with the solutions. So, let’s begin. 

Scheduled Events and Alarms

One common reason Alexa makes a sound at 3 a.m. is undeleted event reminders and alarms. 

Echo devices allow you to set alarms and reminders for some scheduled events for various needs. 

For example, you might have set an alarm to wake up at 3 a.m. to catch a flight early morning, or you have set a reminder for an early Zoom meeting. 

You might have previously set reminders and alarms but forgot to delete them after the purpose was served. 

The device won’t forget the alarms and reminders if you don’t turn off or delete them. 

These alarms and reminders can pop up and disturb you daily at the set time. 


You need to delete the old alarms and reminders of events if you do not need them. 

For that: 

  1. Go to the Alexa app. 
  3. Find the alarm and reminder set for 3 a.m. 
  4. Hold it for 5 seconds and delete the alarm and reminder. 
  5. Once deleted, your device will no longer make a sound at 3 a.m. 

Volume adjustment routine

Alexa can make a sound in the early morning because of the voice adjustment routine. 

This routine allows you to change the alarm sound and regulate the settings. 

Usually, the volume adjustment routines are set at 3 a.m. 

That is why Alexa will chime daily at 3 a.m., which can interrupt your sleep.  

You can change the volume adjustment settings and prevent your device from making the noise every day. 


Follow the following to adjust the volume settings:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone. 
  2. Select the Alexa icon from the right corner. 
  3. You will find the ROUTINE tab when you click on it. 
  4. Search for the routine set for 3 a.m. 
  5. Find the option WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN by scrolling. 
  6. Find the routine set to 3 a.m. 
  7. Please change it to your desired time, for example, 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. 
  8. After this, Alexa will only chime at your desired time, not 3 a.m. 

Misinterpretation of the wake word or Environmental noises

Sometimes, Alexa will hear the background noise and misinterpret it as her wake word. 

A wake word is a phrase or a name for Alexa that wakes her up from sleep, for example, Alexa (default), Echo, Disney, Computer, etc. 

If your Alexa gets activated at 3 a.m. without any reason, it might be because she has misunderstood any background noise as her wake word. 

That is why choosing a unique wake word at a quiet place with no background noises is recommended. 


To resolve the issue, you need to change the wake word for Alexa and keep a unique name. 

Alexa is the default wake word. 

There are five more wake words to choose from for Alexa:

  • Amazon
  • Computer
  • Echo 
  • Disney 
  • Ziggy 

For a unique name, you can keep two words, for example, “Echo, Echo.” 

To change the wake word:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Go to DEVICES. 
  3. Choose ECHO & ALEXA. 
  4. Select your device from the list. 
  5. Click on the gear icon on the upper right side and open the DEVICE SETTINGS. 
  6. Scroll down and select WAKE WORD. 
  7. Select the new wake word and click OK to confirm. 

Automatic Updates and Maintenance

A reason that makes Alexa devices convenient is their auto-update feature. 

The device can auto-update applications and operating systems whenever the developer releases one. 

These updates can often make your device make a sound, even at 3 a.m. There is no fixed time for this. 

Though auto-updates are reasonable, it can be annoying if it happens early in the morning or at midnight. 


The beep for auto-updates happens briefly, then turns off after the update is complete. 

There is no troubleshooting step for this because updates are routine. 

You can keep the volume low or mute your device to stay undisturbed. 

Noise from Notifications and Messages

Alexa devices can be connected to your phone via the Alexa app. 

So, the phone’s text messages, alerts, and notifications received will make your Alexa device make a sound at 3 a.m. 

The user enables Alexa’s notifications. 

If you turn it on, the notifications will be received on the device and beep. 

Unlike your phones, Alexa devices do not vibrate. 

It produces a sound similar to alarms and reminders. 

Alexa will make noises when you receive texts, emails, and calls, notifications about your parcels, offer notifications from apps, and many more. 

It is normal but annoying for people sleeping at 3 a.m. 

As long as your smartphone is paired with the Alexa device, it will make noises every time you receive any notification. 


To resolve the problem, turn off the notifications from Alexa or mute the device. 

It will keep your device, the Alexa notifications, the weird noises, and random chiming off. 

If you have lowered Alexa’s volume or muted the device, increase the volume and unmute the button again the following day. 

The best option is to turn off the notifications from Alexa:

  • Open the Alexa app. 
  • Select the MORE tab. 
  • Find the NOTIFICATION bar. 
  • Select DISABLE and turn off the settings. 

Unwanted Communications 

Alexa can give and receive communications through calls, messages, announcements, and drop-ins. 

These can make Alexa respond with a loud sound at 3 a.m. 

If your Alexa device is making a sound at 3 a.m., there is a chance that someone is trying to contact you. 

Another situation might be that your Alexa is hacked, and someone is trying to use her without your concern. 


You can keep Alexa mute or set the setting DO NOT DISTURB to stop this. 

A more permanent solution would be to cut off the unwanted interactions:

  1. Open the Alexa app and go to DEVICES. 
  2. Go to ECHO & ALEXA and choose your device name.
  3. Click on the icon in the upper right corner for DEVICE SETTINGS. 
  4. Under the GENERAL category, select COMMUNICATION. 
  5. Turn off the unwanted communication settings for the device. 

Disabling the notifications will only apply to the specific device you change the settings for. 

The other units of your Alexa households will still be open for communication. 

Drop-ins are restricted for users within the same Amazon household. 

You can keep your device off for safety concerns or set specific voice profiles so that Alexa replies to only those profiles. 

Interaction with other devices

Suppose you have more than one Echo device nearby. 

In that case, the Alexa devices can make noises at the wrong times, for example, at 3 a.m. 

When multiple Alexa devices are nearby, they could be trying to communicate with each other, responding to each other’s commands or notifications. 


Try checking the settings on all the devices. 

Turn down the volume, mute, or unplug them at night

It will stop the devices from responding to each other’s notifications and commands. 

Low battery problems 

Some Alexa devices operate on batteries, while others need a power source. You have to connect them to the electrical outlet. 

These battery-powered devices will need to be charged from time to time. Alexa will start making noises if you do not charge them in time. 

Alexa operates 24*7, and the battery level will keep getting low with time. 

It can happen at any time of the day, be it 7 p.m. or 3 a.m. So, if your device is making noises, check the battery and put it on charge. 


If you hear the sound, you must immediately charge your Alexa device. 

Or, you can keep the volume off, mute the device, and put it on charge later in the day. 

To prevent this, you must put the device on charge before going to bed for an undisturbed sleep. 

User Error and Unintentional Activation

Some general errors can cause your Alexa device to make noises early at 3 a.m. 

A glitch might occur for which the device is chiming. 

The reason could be that the device is damaged, some changes are needed in the Alexa app, or clear the cache and data.

Another problem is the Bluetooth error. 

It occurs when you try linking your smartphone with your Alexa device via Bluetooth. 

There is a chance that your Alexa device is trying to pair with other Bluetooth electronics because you might have left the Bluetooth option active earlier. 

The device will try to pair up, and if there is a problem, it will make a sound to notify you. 

It can happen anytime, be it midnight or 3 a.m. 


Refresh your Alexa app or delete and reinstall it to solve the glitch issue. 

It will reset Alexa to the original settings and solve the issue. 

You can also clear the cache and data for the Alexa app from the App Management option. 

If you suspect the Alexa device is the culprit of the glitches, restart the device. 

As for the Bluetooth error, the best way to resolve it is to command Alexa to turn off the Bluetooth pairing. 

You can also clean Alexa’s saved Bluetooth devices. 

The Bluetooth feature can automatically reconnect to devices that are previously paired. 

If the Bluetooth of both devices is active, Alexa will remind you about the pair by making noises.

So, the FORGET DEVICE option can prevent the connections in the future. 

Here are the steps to remove the pairing: 

  1. Open your Alexa app and select DEVICES. 
  2. Choose ECHO & ALEXA, and pick the device you want to disconnect. 
  4. Confirm your decision, and you are done. 

Instead, the best way is to check the settings regularly and keep the Bluetooth off. 

Failed internet connection 

Alexa will require a good and stable Wi-Fi or internet connection to function, play videos, music, and podcasts online, and reply via voice commands. 

Without a stable connection, these won’t be possible. 

If the Wi-Fi goes stable or down, your Alexa device will make a sound to notify you about the issue. 

It will happen anytime, even at 3 a.m. 


There is very little you can do at a time like 3 a.m. 

The device beeping during a low internet connection is the device’s way of informing you about the issue. 

You can turn off the volume or mute the device to remain undisturbed.

Or, you can keep your device off at night and turn it on in the morning.

Brief mode is on

Besides the wake word that wakes the device by misinterpretation, another mode makes the device respond to some sounds. 

The model is called the Brief Mode. 

Your Alexa device will respond to random noises and ambient sounds here. 

For this mode, your Alexa device will try to tell you that it is activated and up for any task. 


When you are sleeping, and the device beeps at 3 a.m., it can be frustrating. 

Any random noise can trigger the device and make a loud noise. 

To troubleshoot this, you need to turn off the mode:

  1. Go to MORE and then SETTINGS. 
  3. Toggle the BRIEF MODE to off in the menu. 
  4. The Amazon device will now stop making chiming at random noises. 

Defective unit with hardware or software issues 

Sometimes, you won’t have any of the above issues. 

The problem might be with your device, a defective device. 

The hardware won’t work in a defective device, or the software will constantly glitch. 

As a result, you constantly receive unwanted sounds at random times, for example, at 3 a.m.  

If you have exhausted all the above troubleshooting steps, a defective product is the only thing left. 

In this case, there is no troubleshooting except to replace the device and buy a new one or repair it by consulting the Amazon service center. 

Privacy Concerns and Security Measures

  • If you suspect that your Alexa is hacked or someone is trying to use Alexa for which it is making noises at 3 a.m., follow the following security measures:
  • Check the device activity logs and browsing history to understand the reason behind the sudden sound at 3 a.m. 
  • Keep your microphone disabled at night. No one, even the owner, can access the device through voice commands.
  • Set specific profiles. Alexa will reply only to those voices. 
  • Keep a unique wake word so no one can guess and use your device. 
  • Check the permissions you have provided for any third-party skills. If you feel any suspicious, turn off the permission. 
  • Keep Alexa updated. Sometimes, developers provide new updates and firmware with extra security features. 
  • Enable two-factor authentication. 
  • Keep your device in a location where no one can tamper with it.  

Seeking Customer Support

If you cannot determine why Alexa is making noise at 3 a.m., you can directly ask Alexa. 

If you get a response from her, you are lucky to find the exact reason and solve it. 

If you do not get any response or a wrong reply, contact Amazon Echo device customer support. 

You can contact them through phone calls, live chat, or emails. 

Explain your problem and see what suggestions they provide you. 

Follow their instructions and solve the issue. 

Or, you can take the device from where you have bought it. 

The staff can help you. 

If the problem is hardware-related, the staff will repair it or give you a new one. 

You can get it for free if you still have a warranty period. 

Final thoughts

It can be very annoying when you are sleeping peacefully, but Alexa suddenly makes noises at 3 a.m. If your Alexa makes noises at 3 a.m., common reasons could be past-set alarms and reminders, volume adjustment routine, misinterpretation of the wake word, Bluetooth errors, notifications, auto-updates, low battery, or failed internet connections. 

Any of the above reasons can cause the Alexa device to make noise at 3 a.m. Most of them can be easily troubleshooted. Inspect the problems, troubleshoot them, and rule them out individually. 

Problems related to hardware will require repair and replacement. You can also seek help from the Amazon support team. 

How can I resolve a systematic error?

Refresh the Alexa device or the Alexa app to solve it. If that doesn’t work, contact the Amazon Help Center and seek professional assistance.

Can I switch off the Alexa device without deleting the Alexa app?

You can turn it off without uninstalling the app. Additionally, by turning off the device, your Alexa will not disturb your sleep at 3 a.m.

Reference: Amazon Alexa Device Wikipedia

How To Use Alexa As A Bluetooth Speaker Without Wi-Fi?

Using Alexa is very convenient. But do you want to use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without any Wi-Fi connection? Do not worry; there are ways to do it, and today’s article talks precisely about this.

To use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi, borrow and use your smartphone’s internet via hotspot or pair the Alexa speaker via Bluetooth with your chosen device, like Android, iPhone, Windows, or iMac. Another old method is to use the AUX connection. 

While you can use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi, you cannot use voice commands without an internet connection. To learn everything in detail, read this article till the end to learn how to use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi. 

Introduction to Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker

Alexa is a voice assistant service by Amazon, compatible with all Amazon Alexa devices. 

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that helps data exchange between electronic devices over short distances. 

It can help you connect Alexa devices with other Bluetooth-enabled devices like smartphones and tablets without any internet connection. 

Alexa devices have an in-built Bluetooth capacity to function as wireless speakers. 

You can stream music or audio from your Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Alexa speakers without Wi-Fi. 

To use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without any Wi-Fi connections, you must use a Bluetooth-enabled device like a mobile or tablet and the Alexa device supporting Bluetooth. 

Why Use Alexa as a Bluetooth Speaker Without Wi-Fi? 

I love listening to music on my Alexa device. 

Though my device contains Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, I feel more convenient using the Wi-Fi connection. 

Most of the Alexa devices will need a Wi-Fi connection for functioning.

Most Alexa devices will have Bluetooth built-in. So we can use them as a Bluetooth speaker. 

However, some devices will not have Bluetooth connections. 

Those won’t run without Wi-Fi, especially third-party devices.  

Now the question is, why is Alexa used as a Bluetooth Speaker?

I recently went on a vacation and took my Alexa device with me. 

Unfortunately, the place did not have any Wi-Fi connections.

Since there weren’t any Wi-Fi connections, I could not use Alexa to play music online or use voice commands. 

That’s when I considered connecting my smartphone with the Alexa device and then playing music. 

Using an Alexa device as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi can be helpful in areas without Wi-Fi. 

Here are some possible reasons why we should use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker:

  • With a Bluetooth speaker, you can play music offline. Even if you have a power outage or your Wi-Fi isn’t working, you can still use Alexa to listen to songs. 
  • Alexa devices are versatile. Besides using voice commands, you can use them as a speaker. You can use this versatility for various audio, music, podcasts, audiobooks, or audio playbacks.
  • By using Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker, you can connect it to any Bluetooth-enabled device despite the operating system. 
  • Alexa devices have better audio quality than the standalone Bluetooth speakers. Using them as a Bluetooth device to listen to audio can enhance your listening experience. 

Requirements and Compatibility

Most Amazon Alexa devices will have Bluetooth. So, you can easily use them as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi. 

However, some Alexa devices, especially third-party Alexa devices, will not have built-in Bluetooth. 

These devices will not play without a Wi-Fi connection. 

So, you need an Alexa device with Bluetooth and functions without Wi-Fi. 

Remember that you cannot use Alexa voice assistant without a Wi-Fi connection. 

To use voice commands, you will need the internet. 

You also need a compatible source device to connect with Alexa. 

The source device should have a Bluetooth connection so that you can connect it with Alexa via Bluetooth.

While pairing, turn on the Bluetooth of both the devices, the Alexa device and the other device with whom you will pair it. 

Lastly, you should install the Alexa app in the source device, i.e., smartphone or tablet. 

Though you can set up Alexa using a browser, I haven’t used it. 

I feel using the Alexa app is easy and convenient. 

Let’s learn to use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without a Wi-Fi connection.

Pairing Alexa with a Bluetooth device to use it without Wi-Fi

Alexa is a convenient voice assistant that comes with all Amazon devices. 

Alexa will listen to your commands and answer all your questions as long as she is connected to the Wi-Fi. 

But sometimes, Alexa will lose the Wi-Fi connection under certain circumstances, like:

  • ISP issues
  • Weak Wi-Fi signals in far and remote places
  • Power outage 

You can use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi by connecting it with a source device having a Bluetooth connection. 

Suppose you do not have any internet connection, even on your phone. 

In that case, pair up the Alexa device with a source device via Bluetooth and then play songs from that source device to the Alexa device. 

Another way is to use the AUX connection. 

The process is old but works. 

Let’s learn how to do these steps.

Setting Up Bluetooth Pairing

First, you need to ensure that the Bluetooth devices are discoverable. 

For this, go to Settings, Bluetooth, and turn it on. 

Based on your device, you may have to select DISCOVERABLE or VISIBLE. 

Do this for the Alexa and the source devices with whom you will connect Alexa. 

You can use voice commands to Alexa by saying. “Alexa, connect Bluetooth.”

The source device can be a smartphone, a laptop, a computer, or a Windows or iMac device. 

Pairing with a Source Device

Nerx, you have put the Alexa device into the pairing mode. 

Command Alexa, “Alexa, pair,” and the device will respond to your commands to connect your Bluetooth device. 

For this voice command, your Alexa will require an internet connection. 

If you do not have any internet connection during pairing, open the Alexa app on your phone, turn on the Bluetooth, and pair via the app:

Open the Alexa app and go to DEVICES. 

  • Select ECHO & ALEXA. 
  • Choose the device you want to pair. 

Connect the Bluetooth device to Alexa

Find the available Bluetooth devices on the Bluetooth-enabled source device and select the Alexa device from the list. 

Once you have paired and established the connection, the Alexa device will notify you that you have successfully paired it with your device. 

Playing Audio via Bluetooth

After pairing, test it by playing audio or any music from your smartphone or computer. 

You will see that sound will come out from the Amazon Alexa device.

As long as Alexa is connected to your source device via Bluetooth, you can use the Alexa device as a Bluetooth speaker and listen to audio without Wi-Fi. 

If you want Alexa to stop playing the music, you have to turn off your phone’s Bluetooth or the audio of the source device. 

Even if you turn off the Bluetooth of your source device, Alexa will remember your device name and reconnect whenever you turn on the Bluetooth. 

Using an AUX connection 

Using the AUX method is very old, but it works like magic. 

The 3.5 mm jack input is used to connect your headphones. 

Connect it to the smartphone via the audio cable, and the music will start playing from the headphones. 

Fortunately, the AUX connection will work the same in the Amazon Alexa devices. 

However, all Amazon devices will not have an AUX connection. 

Even if you have an Amazon Alexa device, only a few devices will have the AUX output. 

It means they can send the music to another device, like an extra speaker. 

But it will depend on the Amazon speaker type you own. 

Here is a list of some Amazon devices that have AUX input and output:

Contains both AUX input and AUX output:  

  • Amazon Echo 3rd Gen  
  • Amazon Echo 4th Gen. 
  • Amazon Echo Studio  
  • Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Gen

Contains no AUX input but has AUX output:  

  • Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen 
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 1st Gen  
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 1st Gen 
  • Amazon Echo Plus 1st Gen 

If you want to use an AUX connection for your Amazon speaker, you should configure this via the Alexa app. 

Here are the steps to do it:

  • Open the Alexa app. 
  • Go to DEVICES, and select ECHO & ALEXA. 
  • Select your device and go to AUX. 
  • Select the LINE IN option to listen from a different device, for example, a smartphone. Select the LINE OUT option to send audio to another speaker. 

Using Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi via mobile hotspot

Here, you will use the internet but not your home network. 

You can connect Alexa to a mobile hotspot from your smartphone. 

You will borrow your phone’s internet and use it to use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without your home Wi-Fi. 

We all will have our phones all the time and with their own internet. 

You will need to make a hotspot and then connect the Alexa device to it. 

Turn on the mobile hotspot

Here are the steps to turn on the hotspot on your smartphone:

  • Android phone
  1. Click on SETTINGS. 
  2. Navigate and turn ON the PORTABLE HOTSPOT.  
  • iPhone 
  1. Go to SETTINGS. 

Note down the network name and password coming with the personal hotspot to avoid losing access.

Connect Alexa to the mobile hotspot

Once you have activated the mobile hotspot, you can connect it to Alexa by the following steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone. 
  2. Go to DEVICES and select ECHO & ALEXA. 
  3. Select your Alexa device’s name. 
  4. Go to CHANGE, next to the Wi-Fi network. 
  5. Choose from the list of available Wi-Fi networks. 
  7. Choose START. 
  8. Write the network name and password from the hotspot. 
  9. Click on CONNECT. 

Once connected, Alexa will confirm the connection after it is successful. 

Managing Multiple Connected Devices

There won’t be a problem if your source device has multiple devices connected. 

However, there is a limit to pairing the number of devices. 

If you already have 5-7 devices connected to the source device, your Alexa device will only connect if you unpair some of them. 

The same goes for the Alexa devices.

You can connect multiple devices with the Alexa device but within a limit. 

To manage multiple devices together, you can switch between the devices. 

Or, you can turn off the Bluetooth, disconnect one device you do not require for now, and connect the one you need now. 

Once you have paired, both the Alexa and the source device will remember the pair and reconnect once you turn on the Bluetooth. 

Using Alexa’s Voice Commands

To use Alexa’s voice commands, you need an internet connection. 

Without this, you cannot use Alexa voice assistant. 

If you have problems with the home’s Wi-Fi network, you can borrow your smartphone’s network via hotspot.

Connect your Alexa device to your phone’s hotspot. 

Then, you can use Alexa’s voice commands. 

Conserving Battery Life

When using Bluetooth, extra battery life might be used. To prevent this, here are some steps you can use:

  • Since you won’t use the Wi-Fi, please turn it off. 
  • Some devices will have battery mode that helps conserve the Alexa devices’ battery life. Keep them enabled to conserve the battery life of the device. 
  • Some Alexa devices will have LED lights that can be turned off if not in use. You can turn them off to conserve the battery. 
  • Use power-saving features. It will turn off the inactive devices and save battery. 
  • Ensure your devices and the apps are updated to their latest software versions. Manufacturers sometimes provide updates that can improve the battery efficiency. 

Limitations of using Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi 

Alexa speaker

Though there is an option to use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi, there might be limitations. 

Audio quality 

When you use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi, the audio quality may not be as good as when it runs with Wi-Fi. 

The quality will be slightly lower than when it streams directly by Wi-Fi.

The reason is that the Bluetooth connections have a lower bandwidth than the W|i-Fi connections. 

However, there won’t be a huge difference. 

Limited Bluetooth range

The range of the Bluetooth technology is quite limited compared to the Wi-Fi’s range. 

You must keep Alexa devices close to your source device for a stable connection. 

On the contrary, Wi-Fi has a broader range. 

You do not have always to stay close to the Wi-Fi router. 

Alexa’s Bluetooth capabilities 

When you use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker, you cannot access some features of your Alexa device, which makes Alexa smarter. 

For example, without Wi-Fi, you cannot access the voice commands or stream from the online resources and services. 

Alternatives to using Alexa as a Bluetooth device without Wi-Fi

If you do not want to face the above limitations, you can try other alternatives:

Use third-party apps 

Numerous third-party apps and services help you connect the source device to Alexa without Wi-Fi. 

Some apps provide a workaround for streaming audio through Bluetooth or a local network. 

Use alternative devices

If using Alexa as a Bluetooth device without Wi-Fi does not meet your needs, try exploring other audio playback options. 

Portable Bluetooth speakers or Wi-Fi speakers with built-in Bluetooth functionality can give good audio quality and flexibility. 

Troubleshooting Common Issues

You might face challenges while pairing an Alexa device with the source device via Bluetooth to use the device as a speaker. 

But thankfully, we have troubleshooting steps to overcome these challenges. Let’s learn them one by one:

Resetting Alexa’s Bluetooth settings 

When you have trouble connecting the Bluetooth devices with Alexa devices, try resetting Alexa’s Bluetooth settings. 

Command, “Alexa, clear all Bluetooth devices.” Or, go to the Alexa app on your smartphone, find the Bluetooth settings, and clear the devices.

It will eliminate previously connected devices and allow you to refresh and connect the source device quickly. 

Check the Bluetooth device’s compatibility with Alexa

If the Alexa devices are incompatible with the source device’s Bluetooth, then Alexa will not work as a Bluetooth speaker. 

The recent smartphone devices and tablets should work seamlessly with the Amazon Alexa devices. 

If you have an old traditional phone or a third-party Alexa device that does not have Bluetooth, you cannot use an Alexa device as a Bluetooth speaker. 

Ensure that Alexa is within the range of the Bluetooth devices

When you connect an Alexa device with any source device containing a Bluetooth connection, you must ensure that both Alexa and the source devices are in proximity. 

If they are too far away from each other, you cannot play any audio on the Alexa device. 

It will get disconnected from your device. 

Usually, the Alexa device should stay within 33 feet or 10 meters of the Bluetooth-enabled source device. 

Final thoughts 

You can enjoy music offline from your phone or laptop using Alexa devices as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi. It can be advantageous when facing issues with the home’s Wi-Fi network or a power outage. Make sure that your Alexa device is set up. To use the device as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi, you have to connect it to another Bluetooth-enabled device. 

Or, you can use your mobile hotspot. You cannot access voice commands or stream anything online without any internet. Properly manage the other multiple connected devices while using the Alexa device as a Bluetooth device. 

You can turn off the Bluetooth of the devices you won’t use now and keep switching between the devices. Try saving battery life by using battery mode and power-saving features. Keep the Wi-Fi off if you won’t use it, turn off the LED lights if needed, and update the software and firmware. 

Can I use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without setup?

That won’t be possible. If you do not set up the device and pair the Alexa device without the source device, you cannot use Alexa as a Bluetooth speaker without Wi-Fi.

Does the Echo Dot require Wi-Fi to play audio?

Wi-Fi is needed to use voice commands and stream music and audio online. You can also play it without Wi-Fi by connecting the Echo Dot with your phone via Bluetooth. To use voice commands, you must connect to your phone’s hotspot.

Reference: Amazon Alexa

How Do I Connect My Fire Stick To Another TV?

Having an Amazon Fire TV Stick is like enjoying the facilities of a Smart TV in your non-smart TV. The best part about having a Fire Stick is that you can move it to another TV of the same or a different location. 

Unplug the Stick from the current TV, plug it into the other TV, and set it up. It won’t require additional setup as you will be within the same Wi-Fi range. However, you will need some workarounds for a different Wi-Fi in a new location. 

In this article, I will share how to connect the Fire Stick to another TV and what workarounds you need to do during a new Wi-Fi. Besides that, I will also share some solutions to the problems you may face after connecting the Stick to a different TV. 

Introduction to Fire Stick and Its Portability

Amazon Fire Stick, or just Fire Stick, is a streaming device by Amazon.

The Fire Stick is shaped like a USB flash drive, which can be plugged directly into the TV’s HDMI port. 

Despite the flash drive’s small size, it is a full-featured streaming player that can make any non-smart TV into a smart TV where you can binge-watch shows from your favorite apps and even download apps. 

You can watch movies and TV shows from several streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and YouTube. 

You can connect the Fire Stick to any TV, be it your TV or someone else’s TV, for example, your friend or cousin. 

I had my Fire Stick a few years back, and I love enjoying shows with it on my TV. 

I even carry it when I go on a trip or vacation where TV is available. 

I can enjoy my favorite content on a big screen on a vacation.

You can connect the Fire Stick to other Amazon smart devices, like Amazon Echo, and unlock new features. 

It has a remote control that allows you to control the TV after connecting the Fire Stick. 

Since the remote control is an Alexa voice remote, you can also give commands to the Stick using Alexa. 

Checking Compatibility

Before you connect the Fire Stick to any TV, ensure the compatibility of the Stick and your TV. 

 The Fire Stick is famous for its massive streaming content options, user-friendly interface, and affordability. 

A Fire Stick will work with any HD or UHD TV with at least one HDMI port. 

It can work with any TV in recent times, including a low-resolution TV. 

To check the compatibility of your TV and Fire Stick, check for the following requirements: 

  • An HD or UHD TV with one HDMI port. 
  • An internet connection, preferably a Wi-Fi. You can also buy an Ethernet adapter for a wired connection. 
  • An Amazon Account. You are already registered if you bought the Fire Stick with your Amazon account. 

However, the old HD TVs with 720p may not support Fire Stick. 

In these situations, the users will find an INVALID FORMAT error message on their screen. 

All the old TVs are not like that. 

You can still connect the Fire Stick to some old TVs. 

The Stick needs to know your TV’s resolution via the HDMI connection and then Downscale the signal to the best resolution obtainable. 

How to connect a Fire Stick to another TV?

I bought my new Fire TV Stick a few years ago and was excited to use it. I loved watching TV much more than before.

But I wondered if I could switch it to another TV if I ever buy another one. 

That’s when I thought of researching online. 

I was surprised that many users have been searching for the same thing and shared their thoughts and experiences. 

That’s when I thought of educating myself on this topic in case I need it later.  

The process is relatively easy, but many are unaware of the proper steps. 

Here, I will share a complete guide on connecting the Fire Stick to another TV.

Preparing the Target TV

Preparing the target TV involves preparing the TV with whom you will connect the Fire Stick.

There is little preparation required. 

Ensure that the TV has an HDMI port. 

After that, unplug the Fire Stick and its power adapter from the current TV. 

Connecting the Fire Stick

Plug in the adapter and the Fire Stick in the same way as you have connected to the previous TV. 

Plug the small USB power adapter of the Stick into the electrical outlet close to the other TV. 

You can also plug in the adapter to a power strip. 

Find the HDMI input or port on the TV at the side or back. 

Connect the Fire Stick to the HDMI input and remember where you have connected the Stick. 

If the Fire Stick does not fit the HDMI port, use the HDMI extension that comes with the Fire Stick and then connect the Stick. 

Powering On and Configuring

Turn on your TV. 

The TV will show Amazon Fire TV Stick. 

Next, use the TV remote and press the Source button to select HDMI if the TV is not set to the correct input source. 

On the TV’s HDMI port settings, select the one where you have connected the Fire Stick. 

If you do not remember, recheck the port and select it. 

It happens when you have more than one HDMI port. 

So it is common to forget. 

Unless you select the correct one, you cannot use the Stick. 

You will see an AMAZON BOOT SCREEN. Please wait until it boots entirely. 

Pairing the Remote

You have to pair up the Fire Stick remote to operate the TV. 

Generally, the Stick can automatically connect to the remote if it is nearby. But at times, you have to connect it manually:

  1. Grab the remote close to the TV, press the Home button for 10-15 seconds, and release it. 
  2. Press 3 buttons together – The Navigation Left, the Back button, and the Menu button containing 3 horizontal lines beside the Home button. 

Your remote should connect to the Fire Stick, and now you can operate your TV. 

Sometimes, the Fire Stick remote may not work. 

In that case, you can operate the TV’s standard remote. 

You need to go to the Menu option and select Settings. 

Find the HDMI-CEC option and turn it on. See if it works. 

Another way is to download the Fire TV app, find the REMOTE option, and use your phone as the TV remote.

Wi-Fi Setup (if applicable)

Once the TV is booted, it will connect to the Wi-Fi network. 

Here are two aspects: Connecting the Fire Stick to the same Wi-Fi or connecting it with a different Wi-Fi of a different location. 

It may seem complicated, but it is effortless. 

Same location 

If you are using the same Wi-Fi network at the exact location, it will automatically connect. 

The Fire Stick has already been connected to the Wi-Fi when you have used it for the first time on the previous TV. 

So it will remember the Wi-Fi and connect to it.  

Different location 

For example, you went on a vacation and have carried your Fire Stick to enjoy it. 

The hotel room where you stay contains a TV, which isn’t smart. 

But you can put the Fire Stick to watch your favorite shows. 

Now, you need to connect to the hotel’s Wi-Fi if available. 

For that, you need some workarounds and learn the Wi-Fi password. 

You have to follow the same steps when you have bought a new Fire Stick and connected it to your home network. 

Ensure the TV has an HDMI port and supports a resolution compatible with the Fire Stick. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to SETTINGS and select NETWORK. 
  2. Find and select the network available. You will need to choose the network of the place where you are staying. 
  3. Enter the username and Wi-Fi password, and select CONNECT. Sometimes, you will already be provided with the information at this juncture.
  4. Your Fire Stick is not connected to the available network, and you can enjoy streaming videos. 

After connecting the Wi-Fi, you can see the Home Screen with all the installed apps. 

While connecting the Fire Stick to a different Wi-Fi, ensure the ADB Debugging is turned off. 

Even if you never turned it on, it is better to check. 

Settings → My Fire TV → Developer Options → Check ADB Debugging option. 

Log in to the Amazon account

Enter your Amazon account username and password to complete the Fire TV Stick syncing. 

Once you have verified yourself with your Amazon account, press the HOME icon on the remote and browse the apps, shows, and movies. 

Testing and Adjusting Settings

After everything is complete, check the TV with your remote to see if it works. 

If everything works, you can adjust the settings according to your preferences, for example, the content, the brightness, and other things. 

How to connect a Fire Stick to another TV without an HDMI port?

Without an HDMI port, using Fire Stick on your TV becomes impossible.

However, there is a solution. 

You can use an HDMI-to-component converter or an HDMI-to-composite converter. 

Buy the converter

A composite or component converter is a small box that can convert the HDMI to a component (red, blue, green, and white) or composite (yellow, red, and white). 

You will use an analog TV with devices that only connect via an HDMI port. Here are some converter products:

Plug the Fire TV Stick into the power outlet with the USB converter

The Fire Stick will need a power source to function. 

Plug the Fire Stick into the nearest power outlet with the converter. 

Connect the Fire Stick to the HDMI input

The converter is a small box-shaped device that contains an in-built HDMI port. 

You need to connect the Fire Stick to the HDMI port of the converter. 

It will be the same as the HDMI input on your TV. 

Connect the component or composite

The converter will have composite or AV cables. 

Connect the cable to the video input of your TV. 

After this, the TV will be in sync with the Fire Stick. 

Select the input converter

Turn on the TV and go to the input settings.

Select the input you have the converter into. 

Insert the batteries into the remote

Now, pair the Fire Stick battery. 

Put the AAA batteries and pair them. Usually, the remote automatically pairs. 

If it doesn’t work, do it manually. 

I have already shared the steps for pairing the remote control. 

Connect to Wi-Fi and sign in to the Amazon account

Once you have connected the Fire Stick to the HDMI port, you need to connect the Stick to the Wi-Fi. 

Go to network and choose your home network. 

Follow the on-screen prompts for the Wi-Fi setup and connection. 

After that, sign up for your Amazon account with your username and password and press ENTER. 

Your page will open, and you can start watching your favorite shows.

You can also use these converters if your TV HDMI ports are filled with other USBs. 

Multiple TV Considerations

One of my relative’s houses has recently bought a new Fire Stick. 

They have more than two TVs in your house, but one Fire Stick. 

They keep switching the Fire Stick from one TV to another by the above-shared methods. 

But constantly switching the Fire Stick can be a hassle. 

So, my cousin and I were researching whether one Stick can be used for more than one TV without switching.

After some research, we came across a small hack. 

An HDMI splitter or Wireless HDMI Extender can help mirror the content of the main TV to the secondary TV. 

You need a few workarounds to use one Fire Stick with two TVs and simultaneously enjoy your favorite content on both screens. 

Here are the steps: 

  1. Connect the Fire Stick to the HDMI Splitter with the HDMI cable that comes with the product. Plug one end of the cable into the HDMI port of the Fire Stick and the other end into the input of the HDMI splitter.
  2. Connect the Splitter to both the TVs using two different HDMI cables. Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the output of the Splitter and the other end into the HDMI port of your TV. 
  3. Connect the Fire Stick to the power source with the adapter and turn on the TV.
  4. You can now watch the Fire Stick’s content on both TV simultaneously.

Though you can use it, there are some limitations for which we did not approach the method.

The distance between the two TVs should be less so that the Splitter and Fire Stick can connect correctly. 

Otherwise, it won’t work. 

The content you play on both TVs should stay the same because the Splitter will mirror the main TV’s content to the secondary TV. 

You can’t watch two different shows. 

A few troubleshooting steps for HDMI splitters:

  • Ensure that the devices where you use the Splitter are compatible with the HDMI splitter; the latest is 2.1. Check that all the components are compatible with this version. Otherwise, you have to update the device or the Splitter.
  • The HDMI cables should be connected securely to both the Splitter and the device you are connecting. The cables should not be frayed or damaged. 
  • Make sure the Splitter is functioning correctly. Check the power source and connection. Check the ports to ensure they are securely connected. 
  • Check the video settings on the connected devices. The resolution and refresh sets should be correctly set. Otherwise, you have to adjust the settings. 
  • Check the Splitter’s maximum bandwidth. It determines the amount of data sent through the Splitter at a time. If the bandwidth is low, you will experience lagging. 

Troubleshooting Common Issues

You might face a few issues when you connect the Fire Stick to another TV. 

Fortunately, we have solutions to troubleshoot them. 

In this section, I will share the issues and their solutions:

No signal message 

When a NO SIGNAL message appears on the screen after connecting the Fire Stick, the problem might be with the screen resolution. 

It occurs when the resolution of the old TV is different from what Fire tick supports. The new TV has a different resolution setup. 

To fix this, try the following steps:

  1. Check the new TV‘s display resolution. 
  2. Unplug your Fire Stick and plug it back into the old TV. 
  3. Change the resolution to match the new TV.
  4. Reconnect to the new TV, complete the setup, and you are done. 

Remote not pairing

When you use the remote control keys, and they do not function, the remote has not been paired. 

You have tried all the manual steps but failed. In that case, follow the following steps:

  • Unplug the Fire Stick and TV and wait for 10-15 seconds. 
  • Now plug them back into the power source. 
  • Complete the setup. The Fire Stick will start booting. 
  • Wait for the Home Screen to appear. 
  • The Stick should automatically pair up with the remote, provided it is within the Stick’s range.
  • Or, try the manual methods to pair the remote with the Fire Stick. 
  • You will see that the screen shows REMOTE PAIRED SUCCESSFULLY. 

Cannot connect to the Wi-Fi

After you connect the Fire Stick to the TV, you need to connect it to the Wi-Fi to stream videos on your TV. 

At this time, you might encounter an issue where the Fire Stick won’t easily connect to the Wi-Fi. 

It results from using a new Wi-Fi in a different location. 

Usually, finding the network and connecting to it by the password helps. 

But if it doesn’t, try the following steps to overcome the issue:

  1. Go to the MOBILE HOTSPOT AND TETHERING option of your smartphone. 
  2. Edit the Hotspot name and password. Set the one on your Wi-Fi router. 
  3. Turn on the Fire Stick, disconnect it from the TV, and reconnect. 
  4. Please set up your Fire TV Stick again, boot it, and connect to the device hotspot. 
  5. Now, your Fire Stick will connect to your mobile hotspot and use your phone’s internet to stream. 

Fire Stick not working: Other troubleshooting steps

If your Fire Stick does not start working, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Restart the Fire Stick. Long press the Play/Pause button and select RESTART. Or, go to Settings → My Fire TV → Restart. Another method is to disconnect the Stick and reinstall it. 
  2. Sometimes, the developer provides updates for some features. If the Stick is not updated, it will create issues. Update the stick: Home Screen → Settings → Menu – My Fire TV → About → Install Update. 
  3. Check the cables, like the Fire Stick cable, the TV cables, the power adapter cables, and other cables, are correctly connected in the right place. 
  4. Check for network issues. The Wi-Fi signal strength may be weak or disturbing. The Stick may start working again once the internet is stable. 
  5. Some apps can cause buffering. Turn off these apps for the best performance. 
  6. If you see that apps are crashing, go to the App settings and clear the cache for those particular apps. Home Screen → Settings → Applications → Manage Installed Apps → Open the app name → Clear Cache and Data. 
  7. If you still cannot find any other solution, reset your Fire Stick and set it up again. Settings → Menu → My Fire TV → Reset. 

Exploring Fire Stick Features

As I mentioned earlier, a Fire Stick is a device that makes your non-Smart TV smart and allows you to stream content from your favorite channels. 

It is not only a streaming device but also a complete entertainment hub with diverse interests. 

Here are some of its features to fall in love with:

  • Amazon Fire Stick supports high-quality streaming with resolutions containing full HD, 4k Ultra HD, and HDR content. The compatibility can extend to any modern TV with a HDMI input. 
  • One of the attractive features is the Alexa voice assistant. Users can search for content and music and control other home gadgets with the voice-controlled remote or compatible Alexa devices. 
  • Fire Stick provides a vast platform of apps and OTT channels. It can cover Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, games, fitness apps, children’s content and many more. 
  • You can search the internet and YouTube and connect to online games after connecting the Stick to your TV. 
  • Fire TV Stick even allows you to share photos on the TV Screen. 
  • Fire TV Stick can provide an optimized Amazon Prime member experience. You can access several movies and TV episodes without any additional charges. 
  • The Fire TV Stick is not limited to any external devices. It is available as a built-in feature in smart TVs, too. It offers a seamless and enhanced entertainment experience called Fire TV Edition. Several brands offer Fire TV Edition; Amazon, Toshiba, Insignia, and many more have partnered with Amazon for various tastes and needs. 

Considerations before moving the Fire Stick to another TV

Though there are several ways to use the Fire Stick on any non-smart TV, a few considerations should be taken into account for fast and easy setup:

  • Ensure that your TV has an HDMI port. Some TVs have more than one HDMI port. If you are running out of the HDMI port of your new TV, unplug a device from the HDMI port for the Fire Stick. Use an adapter or converter for an older TV with no HDMI port.
  • Amazon recommends using Fire Stick with an enhanced HDMI port with HDCP 2.0 or 2.2 compliant. Check the TV’s documentation before connecting the Fire Stick.  
  • Usually, Fire Stick can automatically adjust the display resolution to a compatible setting with your TV. Once you make the switch, press and hold the UP and REWIND button on your remote for 10 seconds to switch the resolution. Or, Settings → Display → Video Resolution. 
  • If the device name of the Fire Stick is named after the room it was installed before, change the device name to something new. 

Final thoughts

Fire Stick allows you to stream videos of your choice from your favorite channels, shows, and even music whenever and wherever you want. The device is small, but it’s a complete studio and a comprehensive entertainment hub. It is an alternative to the internet you carry with you. 

It can turn any non-smart TV into a smart TV where you can enjoy the shows and contents of your choice. You can move it to another TV. Unplug the Stick from the current TV, replug it with the other TV, reconnect it with Wi-Fi, pair the remote, sign in with your Amazon account, and turn it on to enjoy. 

If the Wi-Fi network is different because you are in a different location, go to Network, find the strongest connection, and apply the password and username of the location you are staying (if you know it). Use a composite or component converter if there isn’t any HDMI port for your secondary TV. To use one Fire Stick for more than one TV without switching, use an HDMI Splitter. 

Can I use the same account for multiple Fire Sticks?

You can use the same account on multiple Fire Sticks with a stable internet connection. Once you log in, you can enjoy loads of content without limitations.

Do I need a Fire Stick for each TV?

You can connect your Fire Stick to any TV and do not need to purchase another one. Another method is to use an HDMI Splitter. However, if you don’t want to switch multiple times and want to enjoy two TVs together with different shows, you will need a Fire Stick for each TV.

Reference: Amazon Fire TV

Why Is The White Light On My Roku Flashing?

You must know Roku’s best-class services are offered to the users. But nothing is more frustrating than being welcomed with no streaming and a white flashing light on the Roku device when you are up for a cozy movie night. 

A white light blinking on the Roku device indicates connectivity issues, unsupported resolution, or software and hardware issues. You can fix this by checking the connections, restarting your Roku device and router, or conducting a factory reset. 

That’s not all. If you are tired of the white flashing light on your Roku device, this article is for you. Here, I have shared the causes of the white light flashing and some simple troubleshooting steps to stop the Roku from flashing. 

Roku Device Status Indicators

There are different colored lights on Roku devices. Different lights blinking indicate different types of problems in your device. 

Let’s have a quick look at those light indicators and what they mean:

Red light on the device 

The red light blinking on the Roku device indicates a power problem.

It occurs when you connect the devices with a power strip or surge protector. 

It will further make a layer between the Roku and the wall socket. 

That is why the device cannot draw enough power from the supply needed by the device for the best performance. 

A blue light on the device 

The blue light on the device indicates cable connectivity issues. 

For example, the worn-out HDMI cables that need replacement will trigger the blue light. 

Worn-out cables do not perform at their best. So, the light keeps blinking. 

White light on the device and remote 

White light can flash on both the Roku device and the remote. 

White light blinking on the device means network, connectivity, and software and hardware problems. 

On the contrary, a solid white light indicates everything is fine in the device. 

The white light blinking on the remote means that you have low batteries. 

Replacing the batteries will fix the issue. 

Yellow light on the remote 

This light is visible in the remote. 

If a yellow or reddish-yellow light blinks on your remote, it indicates it cannot pair up with the Roku device. 

You need to disconnect and pair the device again. 

The green light on the remote 

The light flashes on the remote, but the problem is seen rarely. 

It indicates that your remote is defective, for example, worn-out batteries or something else. 

Unless you solve the issue, your remote will not function. 

Solid White Light vs. Flashing White Light

A Roku device will have several light indicators that signify different things. 

White light is one of them. 

But the behavior of this white light is what tells us the problem the device is facing.

Suppose the white light on the Roku device is solid. 

In that case, your device is correctly connected to the internet and power source. 

But when the white light is flashing or blinking, it can signify several issues. And this is what this article is about. 

You need to troubleshoot a flashing white light as soon as possible because you won’t be able to stream any videos unless you fix it. 

Now, let’s look at the reasons behind a blinking white light on Roku devices. 

Roku’s white light flashes

A few weeks back, I was visiting my cousin’s house. 

We were both enjoying a thriller movie on Amazon Prime on the Roku player. 

Everything went fine, but the screen suddenly went black after 30-45 minutes. 

While we were trying to inspect, I found out that the Roku device was constantly flashing the white light. 

We tried pressing the power button and all other buttons, plugging and unplugging, but couldn’t reach the actual cause. 

Then, we researched the problem online and consulted the support team to find a solution. 

We had network connectivity issues, which were solved after we power-cycled the modem and reconnected Roku’s network. 

While researching, I discovered several reasons behind a flashing white light, like power issues, software and hardware problems, HDMI ports, and many more. 

I would like to share all possible problems so that you can quickly solve them and enjoy your shows on the Roku player without any interruption:

Network Connectivity Issues  

The flashing white light on the Roku devices could be because of weak or no network connections. 

The Roku device should stay connected to the internet or Wi-Fi for proper streaming. 

Roku needs around 1 Mbps when it streams in the Standard Definition or SD and 3 Mbps for High Definition or HD. 

You can watch Roku without an internet connection, too, but you cannot stream from the channels. 

So, if the white light starts blinking and your streaming suddenly stops, you have a network issue. 

There are multiple troubleshooting tips to fix network issues in the Roku device. 

But don’t worry, I will share them one by one. 

Let’s begin with checking the network connection. 

To check the Roku device’s connection:

  1. Click on the HOME button on the remote. 
  2. Go to SETTINGS and then NETWORK. 
  3. Click on the CHECK CONNECTION option. 

Once you select this, Roku will search for your Wi-Fi signal strength. 

If it finds a strong signal, it will ask you to connect to that. 

You will then see a message: CONNECTION CHECK WAS SUCCESSFUL. 

You can go ahead and review the result:

  1. Press the HOME button on the Roku remote. 
  2. Then go to Settings → Network → About. 

You will not see the internet download speed and the strength. If it says FAIL or POOR, you need to reset your modem and the router to fix the issue. 

Power cycle the modem 

To power cycle your modem and router:

  1. Disconnect the router and modem from the power source. 
  2. Wait for 30-60 seconds.
  3. Plug back the devices to the power source. 

Wait for the light indicators to turn on and be steady. 

Your Roku will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi. 

After that, check if you still see the same issue.  

Reset Roku’s network

If power cycling the modem does not work, consider resetting the Roku’s network connection. 

Roku can forget the home Wi-Fi network if you click the Forget option.

In that case, you must reconnect it by entering your login and password. 

To reset the device’s network connection:

  1. Press the HOME button on the Roku remote. 
  2. Scroll down and go to SETTINGS. 
  4. Check for the NETWORK CONNECTION RESET and click on it. 
  5. Now select RESET CONNECTION. 

This should start the reset process. Once it is done, the Roku device will restart, and you have to reconnect to your home Wi-Fi:

  1. On the remote, click on HOME.
  2. Go to SETTINGS and select NETWORK. 
  3. Click on SETUP CONNECTION. 
  4. Select WIRELESS as you will connect it to the Wi-Fi. 
  5. Find the home network and select it. 
  6. Type your network’s password with the virtual keyboard and click on CONNECT. 

You have now successfully reconnected your device to your home’s Wi-Fi network. 

Use your Ethernet cable

Sometimes, when you connect the device via Wi-Fi instead of the Ethernet, the Wi-Fi connections may create issues, which can further affect your device. 

To resolve the problem:

  1. Connect your Roku device to the router with the Ethernet cable. 
  2. Turn off the router. 
  3. Open a web browser on your desktop. 
  4. Type in the address bar and click enter. 
  5. Enter your username and password. 
  6. Click on NETWORK SETTINGS and ensure that the DHCP is enabled. 
  7. Save the changes. 
  8. Reconnect your Roku device to the network using the Ethernet cable. Your Roku will now automatically connect to the home network. 

Connect the device directly to the modem

Sometimes, the internet connection will be fine, and the modem will work. But the router might be the problem. 

In such a condition, connect your Roku device directly to the modem via an ethernet cable. 

Some Roku devices with a dedicated Ethernet port are Roku Ultra and Roku Ultra LT. 

If you have a different device, you can use an ethernet adapter. 

Models compatible with Ethernet adapter are Roku Express, Roku Streambar, Roku Express 4K, and Roku Streambar Pro. 

Connecting the device directly to the modem is easy:

  1. Plug one end of the ethernet cable to the modem’s internet port. 
  2. If your Roku has an ethernet port, connect the other end of the cable to it. 
  3. You are done. 

If you use an adapter:

  1. Connect the other end of the cable to the adapter. 
  2. Connect the ethernet adapter to one of the Roku’s HDMI ports. 
  3. Change Roku’s connection setting to WIRED. 
  4. For that, press the HOME button on the remote, then Settings → Network → Set up connection → Wired. 

You have successfully connected your device directly to the modem. 

If you suspect that the router is creating an issue with some internal components, call your local technician for help. 

HDMI Connections 

People often fail to realize that faulty connections between the TV and your Roku device lead to white flashes on the device. 

There are three possible issues:

  • HDMI port 
  • HDMI cable 
  • Loose connection 

All the Roku devices use HDMI cables, except for Roku Express+, which uses an RCA cable. 

Check whether the cables are tightly and properly connected to the correct ports. 

You can try unplugging the cable from your TV and the device and replug it. 

Assess the cable for any physical damage while disconnecting the device from your TV. 

If the damage is beyond repair, I suggest replacing it. 

If the problem can be repaired, you can call an expert to repair and fix it. 

There have been reports about the blinking of the white light in the Roku device at the initial setup. 

This indicates that you have received a faulty HDMI or RCA cable. 

The good thing is that the non-Roku HDMI cables can work properly with the device. 

If you have another HDMI or RCA cable that is working, try to use that instead and see if the white light stops blinking. 

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TV ports

Also, consider checking the TV port. 

The cables might be fine, but the port is creating a connection issue, for example, dirt buildup. 

Cleaning the ports can solve the issue, but it is worth checking all the ports of your TV. 

Use an air duster, cotton swabs, a cleaning brush, or a dry and clean cloth to clean the ports. 

If you have a modern TV, it will have several ports, around 2-8 HDMI ports. 

Try connecting your Roku’s HDMI to one of those ports. 

If anyone sets it correctly, keep your Roku connected to that port. 

When you check these ports, switch to the correct TV input settings. 

Unsupported Resolution 

Some Roku resolutions won’t be compatible with all TV screens. 

You will see a blank screen when your TV screen’s current resolution does not match Roku’s recommended settings. 

At the same time, you will also see the white light blinking on the device. 

This occurs when the screen resolution supported by your TV is lower than the Roku TV’s output resolution.

To check the problem, connect your Roku device to another TV screen containing 4K resolution to see if there is a resolution mismatch:

  1. Press the HOME button on your remote.
  2. Select SETTINGS and then go to DISPLAY TYPE. 
  3. Select a display type compatible with the TV you intend to use or set it to AUTO DETECT. 
  4. Now reconnect it to the desired TV. 

Change the TV screen display or adjust the screen resolution settings on the Roku device and try again. 

If the Roku is displayed on the second TV, it will also work with the original TV. 

If the method remains, you have a problem with the TV, not the device or connections. 

Software Updates and Installation

Software issues can also make the Roku device blink the white light. 

It can be caused because either you have not updated the software or there is some corrupted update file. 

You can check whether you have to update the Roku software:

  1. Press the MENU buttons once
  2. Scroll and find SYSTEM INFORMATION and click on the CHECK FOR UPDATES link. 
  3. Check for the updates. If there is any update available, download and install it. 

After some time, the software will get updated. Check if the white light is still flashing or not. 

If the problem was really about the software, the light should stop flashing. 

If you suspect any software errors or corrupted update files, contact the support team for help. 

Power Supply 

Power issues are one of the most common problems.

When the device does not get enough power from the power source, it can blink the white light, indicating insufficient power. 

It happens when you do not connect the power cord correctly, or the wall socket is not giving enough power. 

Sometimes, a damaged power cord or adapter is to be blamed.

Check whether you have connected the power cord tightly and correctly to the outlet. 

If you have a damaged cord or adapter, replace it. 

If you suspect the wall socket is not giving enough power, consider hiring an electrician to get the socket checked. 

Hardware Problems

Some people complain that the Roku device has been damaged due to some physical damages or hardware issues while shipping, for example, damaged internal components, defective device, or a loose or damaged cable. 

If you suspect the same thing, consider checking the device once:

  1. Remove the cables from the device. 
  2. Place it on a flat surface and turn its face downward. 
  3. Leave the device like that for 10 seconds. 
  4. Flip over your device and check the inside of the box. 
  5. If you find any damages, contact the support team immediately. 
  6. Connect the device to your TV using the HDMI cable if everything seems fine. 
  7. If the Roke still doesn’t work, it has some faulty internal components. You have to take it to the shop. 

Remote Control Connection

Sometimes, the remote’s white light blinks, indicating battery issues. Replace the batteries, and you are done. 

If the white light in the battery compartment flashes after changing the batteries, there is a connectivity problem with the remote and your Roku device. 

To fix the problem:

  1. Unplug the Roku device. 
  2. Replace or readjust the remote batteries. 
  3. Connect it with the Roku device again by pressing and holding the reset button in the battery compartment for 3 seconds. 

If the process is successful, you will see a pairing notice on the screen once the Roku device gets booted. 

If this does not work, try 1-2 times because the connection signal misses from time to time. 

Restart your Roku player 

Occasionally, temporary glitches can make your Roku device constantly flash the white light. 

An easy solution is to restart the Roku device. 

Besides solving the white light blinking, this can solve a wide range of issues simultaneously, like red, blue, or orange light blinking. 

There are three ways to power cycle or restart your Roku device:

  • By unplugging the device. 
  • Using the Roku remote
  • Using the SETTINGS menu. 

All of them are easy. 


  1. Unplug your Roku device from the power source. 
  2. Unplug it from the HDMI or RCA port, too.
  3. Wait for some minutes and connect everything back. 
  4. Now start your TV and Roku and check for the white light. 

Using a remote 

  1. Press the HOME button 5 times consecutively. 
  2. Now press the UP arrow button once. 
  3. Press the REWIND button twice. 
  4. Press the FAST FORWARD button twice. 
  5. Check for the white light on the device. 

Using the SETTINGS menu

  1. Press the HOME button. 
  2. Scroll down and go to SETTINGS. 
  3. Select SYSTEM. 
  4. Check for the POWER option and enter it. 
  5. Select SYSTEM RESTART. 
  6. Once the restart is over, check for the white light. 

Factory Reset or Hard Reset

YouTube video player

Remember that factory resetting the Roku device will remove all your preferences and customized settings. 

After this hard reset, you must set up everything and customize everything according to your preference.

So, use this method as a last resort. Most of your problems in the Roku device related to white light should be solved after this step. 

If it doesn’t, you must find the actual reason and solve it. 

There are two ways to reset the Roku device: 

  • Through the SETTINGS menu. 
  • Pressing the RESET button. 

Resetting through the SETTINGS menu

  1. Press the HOME button on the Roku remote. 
  2. Select SETTINGS, and then SYSTEM. 
  3. Go to the ADVANCED SETTINGS option and click on it. 
  4. Check for the FACTORY RESET option and select it. 
  5. Select the FACTORY RESET EVERYTHING option. 

The process will start by now. 

The light indicator will blink very fast when the device is resetting. 

After this, you have to reconnect to the Wi-Fi and customize the settings according to your preference. 

Resetting through the RESET button 

The Roku device will have a reset button at the back. 

In most models, it will be present at the bottom of the device. 

Once you find the button:

  1. Press and hold the Reset button for about 10 seconds. 
  2. Release the hold after 10 seconds. 

Your device will start the resetting process. 

Once the reset is complete, you have to reset all the customized settings on the Roku device and cross-check if the light is still blinking. 

Contacting Roku Support

If you fail to fix the white flashing light on your Roku device, there must be some complications beyond the standard fixes. 

For example, your Roku device is defective. Roku devices can go bad from regular wear and tear. 

In this case, you have to contact the Roku support team to let them help you troubleshoot the complications. 

Getting in touch with them can be tricky, but you must contact them if your Roku device is still blinking after all the troubleshooting steps. 

There will be customer support pages with answers to frequently asked questions. 

You can find a solution over there. 

If not, go to the support team page and select an option close to your problem. Choose agent-supported help. 

Follow the on-screen prompts to contact a technician, explain your problems, and receive help from him. 

Or you can also take the device to a local technician shop. 

They can also solve some of your issues. 

Other Troubleshooting Tips

In addition to the above troubleshooting steps I have shared for the specific causes, you can try the following tips:

  • If you are struggling to connect your Roku device to the home network, try changing the DNS settings on your router. It will allow your device to find the correct IP address. 
  • If you have a wireless connection, switch between the channels and see which is causing the maximum problem. 
  • If you have multiple Roku devices, try connecting each separately. 
  • If these tips don’t work, contact Roku technical support. 

Preventive Measures

To prevent the issues that can cause your Roku device from blinking the white light, follow the following steps:

  • Always keep the software or firmware updated. 
  • Use the right cables and ensure secure connections. 
  • Clean the ports if you suspect loose connections. 
  • Check the power cords and ensure they are correctly connected to the power source. 
  • If there are hardware issues, take your device to the technician or contact one from the Roku support team. 
  • Make sure that the network connections are enabled and strong. 
  • Use the compatible resolution to avoid any interference or black screens. 
  • Check the remote batteries and change them every 3-6 months
  • Restart your device if you find any issues. This can solve maximum problems at once. 
  • Keep the device clean and dust-free. Use a surge protector to prevent your device from getting affected by power surges. 

Final thoughts

Do not let the white blinking lights stop you from enjoying your favorite shows and contents. With these simple troubleshooting steps, you can quickly solve the white light blinking problem without hassle. 

Several reasons could cause the white light on the Roku device to flash, for example, network issues, cable connection problems, software or hardware problems, and power supply issues. 

Troubleshoot and rule out the problems one by one and fix the problem. Try restarting and resetting the device as a last resort. You can always contact the Roku support team if you cannot fix it. 

What color of light should be present on my Roku device?

Usually, when you see a solid white light, the device is connected correctly and ready to use. It should not blink or flash. Additionally, no other light color should blink. Blinking lights indicate your device has a problem.

What does it mean when no light on the Roku device turns on?

It means that there is no power supply. Check that the device is properly connected to the socket. If the device is functioning correctly, but there is no light, do not worry. The light sometimes stays off.

Reference: Roku Wikipedia

What To Do When TCL TV Won’t Turn On? (10 Easy Fix)

There is no denying that TCL TVs are a good TV brand. Their trustworthiness is reflected in the TV quality. But sometimes, the TCL TV won’t turn on. This can happen with any other brand, but today’s topic concerns TCL TV and what to do if it doesn’t turn on. 

Your TCL TV might not turn on due to several reasons, like remote-related troubles, the power supply, hardware issues, outdated software, or input source problems. While there are solutions, use a power cycle or reset your TV as a last resort if you cannot fix these issues. 

There are numerous reasons why the TCL TV is not turning on. Are you facing the same issue? Then, please read this article till the end to learn what to do when it does not turn on and how to prevent it further. 

Initial Checks

TCL TV not turning on can result from many difficulties, like power supply issues, outdated software, hardware issues, or incorrect input sources. 

Whatever the reason is, there is always a solution to the problem. 

The TCL customer support team will always help you if there isn’t. 

Checking for Indicator Lights

You will find a status LED on your TV’s bezel, bottom middle side.

Every TCL Smart TV will have this feature that helps users diagnose what is happening with your TV. 

With these indicator lights, you can identify whether your TV is turning on or something is troubling. 

The status lights are like this:

  • Solid white – TV is off or in standby mode. 
  • Off or blinking – The TV is on. 

Point the remote at your TV and press any button. This should make the light blink if the TV is on.

If you do not find any light or blinking while operating it with the remote, your TV has some issues. 

Let’s see what we can do when the TV doesn’t turn on.

Power Source and Outlet

The power source is one of the most common problems when the TCL TV does not turn on. 

We often overlook this problem and think something is wrong with the TV or the remote. 

The proper connectivity of the power cord and the outlet is the first measure you take. 

Connect the TV’s power cord to the outlet and keep it tightly plugged in. 

Also, check that the cord is correctly connected to the TV. 

If unsure, unplug and replug it again securely. 

You can hold down the power button for 10-15 seconds to turn off the TV if it doesn’t work. 

After 15 seconds, press and hold the power button again to turn the TV on.

It is also possible that the outlet is out of work. 

To check this, try plugging another appliance into the outlet or your TV’s cord into another outlet. 

If the appliance in the same outlet does not work, and the TV starts after plugging the cord into another outlet, the outlet is faulty. 

You need to contact an electrician to get the outlet fixed. 

Remote Control Issues

If the standby light turns on, but your TV’s screen is not turning on, chances are that your remote is the issue. 

Either you have dead batteries, or the remote is out of service. 

If you recently changed the batteries, there must be some problem with the remote service. 

Try power cycling your TCL TV’s remote once:

  1. Open the battery compartment and take out both the batteries.
  2. Now press and hold the power button of your remote for 30 seconds. 
  3. Release it and leave the remote without batteries for 2-3 minutes. 
  4. After some time, put the batteries back in the right direction and start turning on your TV. 

If the remote still does not work, either the remote has gone bad or there are other issues. 

Another problem could be a blocked IR signal. However, dealing with this problem is very simple:

  1. Remove the blocking between the remote’s IR blaster and the TV’s receiver. 
  2. Check if the TV’s receiver is not responding to the remote’s input. 
  3. If it responds, you have solved the issue. 

Inspecting the cable connections 

 Frayed cables could be why your TCL is not turning on. 

Over time, the cables can become frayed or break down due to regular use and stress. 

If your TCL TV is not turning on, check every cable connected. 

If you find any damage or fraying, you will require a replacement of these cables. 

Another thing to look at is whether you have recently moved your TV. 

When doing this, you must remove all the cords and cables from the TV. 

Maybe some got loose while you were reconnecting them back. 

This mainly includes the power cord, the HDMI, and the AV cords. 

If the power cord seems loose, check and appropriately plug in the cord. 

Do the same for the other cables. 

Also, check that you have connected every cord and cable at the correct locations. 

Ensure not to turn on the power when dealing with these cords and cables. You might receive a fatal shock. 

So, be cautious. 

Electrical Surges and Surge Protectors

If your TCL TV is not turning on, try removing the surge protectors. Maybe they are broken or damaged. 

That is why your TV is not getting enough power to turn on. 

It isn’t a foolproof fix, but if the problem is with the damaged surge protectors, removing the TV plug and plugging it into a different socket might solve it. 

Plug the TV into the wall’s electrical outlet. 

If the TV turns on, the surge protector is faulty. 

Buy a new surge protector and then connect the TV back to it. 

Some TCL TVs will have built-in surge protection or power-saving features that prevent the TV from turning on immediately after a power outage or surge. 

In that case, wait a few minutes before turning on the TV. 

Software Updates

Software bugs can create power-up problems, especially when your TV model is very old. 

If your device misses any new update, it can stop the TV from turning on. 

In such a condition, you need to download the latest software. 

Follow these steps:

  1. On the computer, go to TCL’s official website. 
  2. Go to the SUPPORT AND DOWNLOAD page. 
  3. Check whether you can find your device in the search bar. 
  4. Type in the product reference of the TV’s model. 
  5. Click on the SOFTWARE tab. 
  6. Download the file and copy it on an external file. 
  7. Plug the external device into the TCL TV with the device off. 
  8. Now, power your device and see if the LED indicator turns red. 
  9. Wait for download prompts before proceeding to the next update. 
  10. Follow the instructions and complete the update. 
  11. Now, try turning on your TCL TV. 

If it turns on, you have successfully updated the software.

Inspecting Internal Components and Hardware issues 

Damage to the internet components on the TCL TV might not allow the TV to turn on. 

If you suspect any damage to the internal components, you should contact the support team or a good technician. 

Troubleshooting the problem yourself can give rise to other issues, and your warranty can be void if the TV has any. 

Besides, it can also give rise to other problems you will be unaware of. 

Expert technicians will check the circuit boards for power issues and fix the components as required. 

Let’s see which internal parts stop the TV from turning on. 

Burned power board 

The TCL TV’s power board is the one causing your TV to not turn on. 

To find it out, you have to disassemble the TV, which is quite an effort.

Instead, if you suspect that the board is faulty, try turning on your TV while constantly disconnecting the cable connecting the motherboard to the board. 

If the power board is good and the white or red light lights up after you detach the motherboard, the problem is with the TV. 

The power boards and motherboards are affordable. 

But you must get the right one by matching the serial number to the broken part. 

Take your TV to an expert technician to fix it. 

Broken LED backlight panel 

A broken LED backlight panel can also stop your TCL from turning on. 

The mid-range TCL TVs do not have OLED panels and use the old technology that helps light up the display with the backlight LED technology. 

To check the problem, shine a flashlight straight at your TV screen when it is powered ON. 

It will help to know whether the backlight panel is the issue. 

If the TV causes the colors to be excessively dim, the backlight LED panel is broken. 

Hire a technician to get the panel replaced. 

Broken LCD capacitors 

Another internal component issue to look at is the LCD capacitors. 

Broken or damaged capacitors may not allow your TCL TV to turn on. 

Unfortunately, problems like these are hard to deal with. 

That is why I suggest hiring an expert technician to fix this problem. 

I have seen a lot of TCL owners fixing the broken capacitors on their own. 

That is entirely doable, provided you have knowledge and previous experience with disassembling the TV, accessing the internal parts, and fixing them. 

I have also done some DIYs where I have fixed some reflectors and diffuser lenses of other TVs. 

But I have never tried anything with the capacitors. 

Capacitors can store enough electrical energy. 

If not handled with care, there are chances of an electric shock. 

So, I do not take the risk of doing anything with them. 

If I ever have any problem with the capacitors, I would hire an expert and recommend you do the same. 

Try connecting it to the correct input source

Connecting your TV with and to the correct input source is very important. Otherwise, your TV may not turn on. 

If your TV is not turning on for this reason, you have to check the connected input devices, like the streaming devices, the DVD players, the HDMI ports, and other things. 

Some TCL TV models work with HDMI 2. 

In that case, if you connect your TV to the normal HDMI, your TV may not turn on. 

Here are some methods to select the correct input source:

Method 1 

  1. Press the power button and turn on your TV. 
  2. Press the Source button on the remote. 
  3. Now select the desired input. 

Method 2 

Follow this when your TV is still working to avoid future issues. 

  1. Turn on the TV. 
  2. Press the MENU button on the side or bottom of the TV. 
  3. Use the Volume button to navigate to the source option 
  4. Press the MENU button to select the desired input source. 

In some models, you will find the source button at the back or side of the TV. You can use it to select the correct input source.

Power Cycling the TV

You can either try this before you check for other critical conditions or after your critical conditions are not working. 

I usually do this initially before shifting to the other troubleshooting steps. 

Sometimes, some temporary glitches can make your TCL TV not turn on. 

If that’s the case, power cycling can resolve this issue. 

Before you start, remove all the electric power cords from your TV. 

Then, follow the following steps:

  1. Unplug your TCL TV from the power source. 
  2. Press and hold the power button of the TV for a minute to turn on the TV. This will drain all the residual power from the capacitors. 
  3. Now turn on the TV by plugging in the power cable. 
  4. You have power-cycled your TV, and you can now watch it seamlessly. 

If your TCL TV is still not turning on, it is time to factory reset it. 

Resetting the TV

This should be done as a last resort. 

Remember that conducting this process will eliminate your customized settings and preferences. 

Once you reset and turn on your TV, you have to set the new settings according to your preferences again. 

Now, let’s look at the steps to reset the TV. 

Hard reset without the remote 

To reset without the remote:

  1. Ensure that your TV is plugged into a working electrical outlet. 
  2. Press the TV’s reset button. Most TVs will have this reset button. Try checking the USB ports. It will be somewhere near them. 
  3. You may need to use a paperclip, pin, needle, or pen to press the reset button because the reset button will be hidden within a tiny hole. You can identify it because there will be written RESET somewhere near it. 
  4. Press and hold the button for 20 seconds. 

If it is done successfully, your TV will turn on with the original settings. 

Resetting with the remote 

  1. Go to SETTINGS. 
  3. Again, scroll and find the RESET option. 
  4. Select FACTORY RESET.
  6. It will ask for a default PIN, which should be 1234, provided you haven’t changed it. 
  7. The status light will blink, and the TV will reset and restart after a few seconds. 

Using the TV buttons 

  1. Press and hold the VOLUME UP and MENU button at the back or side of your TV. If you do not have the MENU button, use the INPUT button. 
  2. While holding these buttons, press and release the POWER button. 
  3. Hold it for 5 seconds and release the other two buttons. 
  4. Press the TV’s power button and check if it has turned on. 

Reinstall the Firmware 

If you can arrange for the firmware from the TCL support, you can reinstall it to solve the problem. 

Do not use any firmware from third-party websites. It can cause security issues. 

TCL Customer Support

You should contact the TCL customer care service if your TCL TV still does not turn on after following these troubleshooting steps. 

Also, consider the warranty of the TCL TV. 

Your work will be done without charges if the appliance is under warranty. 

Contact the TCL support team and talk to them about your problem. 

You can contact them anytime you want. 

If you have purchased the TV from a local seller, you have to ask them to help you directly. 

Also, you can hire a TCL TV technician to find and fix the problem. 

Find one in your area or search on Google. 

If your TV still has life and one repair by the technician and fix it, there is no need to invest in buying another TV. 

So, contact the support team and experts before you buy another one. 

Preventive Measures

Proper care and maintenance of your TCL TV can reduce the risk of such issues and increase its lifespan:

  • Inspect the power cords and cables regularly and ensure a secure connection. Make sure they are securely connected to the outlets. If you find any damage, immediately repair or replace them. 
  • Keep the ports of your TV clean to avoid dust accumulation and loose cable connections. 
  • Keep the TCL TV’s software up to date for optimal performance. Install the software immediately after getting notifications about it to avoid glitches and compatibility issues. 
  • Use surge protectors to protect your TV from sudden surges and damages. Surges and voltage fluctuations can also stop your TCL TV from turning on. 
  • You can consider periodical resets or power cycling of your TCL TV to maintain its performance. A factory reset can solve various setting issues and software errors. 
  • Take good care of the remote control. Clean the sensors and change the batteries from time to time. 
  • Besides, a few settings do not allow your TCL TV to turn on. Adjust those settings to keep your TCL TV from this problem in the future:
  • Launch your TCL TV Settings and go to System → Power → Auto Power Savings. Disable all the options showing to stop the problem from happening again. 
  • Go to Settings → System → Power and Energy Settings. Disable the SCREENLESS SERVICE. 
  • Go to Settings → System → Power. Disable the FAST TV START. In some models, you will find QUICK START under Settings → More Settings → Device Preferences. 
  • Change the brightness to normal. TV Settings → Picture → Brightness. Please change it to NORMAL. 
  • Enable 1-touch System and Standby. Settings → System → Control Other Devices (CEC). In some models, you will find T-Link instead of CEC. Enable the option. Enable the 1-TOUCH PLAY AND SYSTEM STANDBY. In other TCL models, you can find other options in ARC and SYSTEM AUDIO CONTROL. Enable the option if your TV has one. 

Final thoughts

TCL TV not turning on can be very frustrating when you are just trying to relax while watching some of your favorite shows. Fortunately, we have lots of solutions for you. Try each troubleshooting step I have shared in this article to fix the problem. 

Try checking the power sources, changing the remote batteries, keeping the software and firmware updated, and connecting the TV to the correct input source. Try power cycling and resetting your TCL TV as a last resort. Some temporary glitches can create issues, and resetting can solve them to a great extent. 

If the problem is related to the hardware and internal components, call the TCL support team or hire a local expert technician to solve it. Consider following the preventive measures to stop the problem from further occurrence and enjoy content without any interference. 

Why is the TCL Android TV not turning on?

Check the cords and cable connections. If they are fine, unplug your TV, hold the power button for 2 minutes, and then plug back the TV. If this doesn’t work, try resetting.

Why is my TCL TV’s screen black, but the sound still works?

The problem lies in the cables connecting the TV to the power source or external devices. Or, the display unit of your TCL TV has been damaged. Clean the ports of your TV and reconnect the power cord. If that doesn’t help, the display unit needs to be fixed.

Reference: TCL TV Wikipedia

13 Reasons Why Alexa Has Stopped Playing Spotify

Conversing with Alexa is so comfortable and convenient in today’s world that she has become a part of our family. She responds to every question, does every task you ask for, and even plays music on different music streaming apps. But what if Alexa suddenly stops playing Spotify?

Common reasons for Alexa not playing Spotify could be outdated software, Spotify not being linked with Alexa, you have a weak internet connection, Alexa did not get your command, or you have muted Alexa. To fix these, you need to check each of them and troubleshoot. If nothing works, power cycle or reset your device. 

Are you facing this problem? Then this guide is all you need. By the end of this article, you will learn why Alexa is not playing Spotify and the easy solutions to fix it. 

Understanding the Issue

Spotify has been a famous music streaming app for years. 

While Amazon Alexa uses their own streaming service, Amazon Music, it also connects you to other streaming apps, and Spotify is one of them. 

Since Spotify is integrated with Alexa, enjoying music on Spotify has become more convenient for Alexa device users. 

You only need to command Alexa to play songs from the app. 

One day, as usual, I woke up in the morning, and while enjoying my coffee, I commanded Alexa to play some soothing morning music on Spotify.

But unfortunately, it wasn’t playing anything. 

I tried changing my command variations, but Alexa kept failing to play any song. 

I listen to most music on Spotify daily, especially in the morning. 

It helps me energize to stay active for the rest of the day.

So, it was very frustrating for me to find no response. 

Upon inspection, I found that, somehow, Spotify got unlinked. 

So, I had to link it again with the correct account, and then it started playing songs. 

I had a straightforward issue. 

But there are several such issues which we, the users, do not know.  

Out of curiosity, I researched the problem in detail. 

I discovered several other causes that can make your Alexa stop playing songs on Spotify. Most of them are silly and easy to fix. 

In this section, I will share with you all those reasons and the solutions so that you can enjoy songs on Spotify seamlessly without any interruption: 

Sound on the Alexa device is muted or set at a low volume

If your Alexa is not responding to your command to play Spotify, begin with some basic inspection. 

For example, the device might be muted or set at a low volume. 

If that’s the case, your device will not hear you or respond to any of your commands. 

To deal with the problem, look at the top of the Alexa device, and you will find a microphone mute button. 

The icon will be a microphone with a slash. 

Press that button and try commanding Alexa to play on Spotify. 

If your device still does not respond, press the button again and try commanding. 

If Alexa doesn’t reply, the device isn’t muted in the first place. 

So, press the button again and try commanding. 

Another cause might be that the volume is turned off. 

Some Alexa devices, like the Echo Generation 3, are very loud. 

So, many users turn the volume low. 

If you have the same device, try turning up your device’s volume. 

If Alexa responds, your problem is fixed. 

Command her to play music on Spotify and enjoy. 

Conflicting names for Alexa devices 

If you have more than one speaker or smart home group with similar names, Alexa can get confused and won’t respond when you ask her to play on Spotify. 

In that case, you must put a unique name for the devices or groups to avoid conflict. 

Open the Alexa app from your smartphone and check under DEVICES whether the naming convention is correct. 

If you need to put unique names, open your Echo device’s name and rename it. 

You can set names for multiple speakers via the Alexa app:

  1. Open the app and tap on DEVICES. Here, you will find the names of your device or group.  
  2. Tap on the device or group name you want to rename. 
  3. Press SETTINGS or the EDIT button at the top and edit the name. 
  4. Complete the process by following the on-screen prompts. 
  5. When you say, “Play music in the <Smart Home Group name>, Alexa will play music on the speaker. 

Playlist name issue 

Sometimes, Alexa cannot follow up on the playlist name you have asked her to play the songs from. 

In that case, try checking the playlist name and also change it if needed. 

Avoid punctuations, complicated names, or acronyms in the playlist name. It should be a simple and easy one for Alexa to catch. 

Some people use the same names and put numbers beside them. 

Avoid this, too. 

To check and rename the playlist:

  1. Open the Spotify app, and tap on the YOUR LIBRARY tab. 
  2. Tap on your playlist. 
  3. Click on the 3-dot icon and then select EDIT PLAYLIST. 
  4. Tap on the existing name and provide a simple and easy-to-understand name.

Network Connectivity

Alexa devices will work on internet connections. 

If your Alexa is not responding, you might be facing network issues.

Alexa typically tells you if it isn’t connected to the internet. 

There will be a red ring light if you have an Echo Dot 3 or beyond. 

If you see this, check for the network connections.

If they work, open your Alexa app on your smartphone and check that it is connected to the correct Wi-Fi network. 

If not, disconnect and reconnect your Alexa to your home network. 

If everything is fine, but there is still a problem, maybe the Amazon servers are temporarily down, and Alexa cannot process your voice commands for now. 

You have to wait until the servers come back. 

Spotify is not linked to Alexa

Spotify should stay linked to Alexa. 

Otherwise, it won’t play music or respond to your voice commands. 

To check and verify it:

  1. Go to the Alexa app. 
  2. Go to SETTINGS and then PREFERENCES. 
  3. Select MUSIC AND PODCASTS, and then select LINK NEW SERVICE. 
  4. Select Spotify and link Spotify with Alexa.

Spotify Account Connection

Your Alexa won’t play Spotify if you have not logged into your Spotify account or connected to the correct account. 

After linking Spotify with Alexa, you must provide the login credentials to log in to your Spotify account. 

Check it in the Alexa app. 

Find the Spotify skill in the app, and check whether you are logged in. 

If not, immediately log in to activate your Spotify account. 

After that, Spotify will email you to confirm the new connection. 

Once you have signed in successfully, your Alexa will again start playing Spotify. 

Sometimes, users can get logged out accidentally. 

In that case, Alexa cannot access your music and podcasts. 

Check your login status to ensure you have signed in. 

App or Skill Updates

Every app runs on software that needs to stay updated. 

If you have not updated the Alexa app or Spotify, Alexa will neither respond to you nor play Spotify. 

You must update the Spotify and Alexa apps from the App Store and Google Play Store on your iOS and Android phones, respectively. 

Open the respective store, search for the app, and check for updates. 

If there is any, click the UPDATE button and download the latest version. 

You will find a blue dot next to the MENU button at the top right on your Homescreen for desktops and laptops. 

Click on it, and select the UPDATE AVAILABLE RESTART NOW option to update your apps to the latest version. 

It should respond and play music. 

Spotify’s shuffle is turned on

Keeping the shuffle on in your Spotify can sometimes create issues with the Alexa devices. 

As a result, your device may not respond when you ask it to play Spotify. 

So, try turning it off:

  1. Open the Spotify app. 
  2. Scroll and go to the NOW PLAYING box. The shuffle button will be green if the shuffle is active. 
  3. Click on the Shuffle button to turn it off.

Voice Commands and Communication

Wrong voice commands can stop the Alexa device from playing music. 

When you say, “Alexa, play music,” that won’t work. 

You need to take Spotify and command Alexa to specifically play music from Spotify, especially if you have multiple music apps and Spotify is not the default player. 

Fortunately, you can set Spotify as your default music streaming app from within the Alexa mobile app. We will address that in the next point.

You must also structure your command to make it clear for Alexa. 

For example, if you want Alexa to play an exact playlist on Spotify, say, “Alexa, play <the name of the playlist> on Spotify.” 

You do not have to add “my” to the command, as that can confuse the app, leading the app not to play. 

Here are some simple Alexa commands for Spotify:

  • Stop or Pause. 
  • Play or Resume 
  • Shuffle or Stop Shuffle 
  • Alexa, play <song name> from Spotify. 
  • Alexa, play <playlist name> from Spotify. 

If Alexa is the default music app, you may not have to say “from Spotify.” 

These are the commands I mostly use. 

Some Alexa features and services will vary based on the country and the device type. 

Spotify is not set as the default music player

If your device is not playing Spotify, you did not specify Spotify. 

This happens when Spotify is not your default music streaming app. 

If you do not want to specify every time, try setting the app as your default music app. 

When Spotify gets set as a default music, you do not always have to mention Spotify’s name while commanding Alexa to play the song. 

Instead of saying, “Alexa, play <song name> from Spotify,” you can say, “Alexa, play <song name>.” 

To make Spotify your default music streaming app:

  1. Take your iPhone or Android phone and open the Alexa app. 
  2. Select SETTINGS. 
  3. Choose MUSIC & PODCASTS. 
  4. Choose SPOTIFY as your default music player. 
  5. Press DONE, and you can now play music on Spotify without any problem. 

Try testing Alexa by saying, “Alexa, play music.” 

If it works, you have fixed the problem. 

Podcasts are not supported by this method. You must mention Spotify while playing podcasts from Spotify through the voice commands. 

Alexa is not linked with the correct account

If you have multiple Spotify accounts, Alexa will not play songs from Spotify if you have not linked the correct account. 

You need to link the correct account and make it a default one. After that, Alexa will play songs on Spotify. 

Many users have two or more accounts on Spotify; one is the Premium one, and the others are the Free versions.

If you have more than one account, link the correct one. 

Otherwise, Alexa won’t play songs due to the incompatibility. 

Be careful while pairing the devices, and ensure that the accounts are correctly registered. 

Based on your location, Alexa may work with Spotify Premium only. 

In that case, you must get the Premium one to play Spotify on Alexa. 

Spotify has to be on the Premium version to use voice commands if you want to play Spotify on Alexa via voice commands. 

If you do not want to buy the Premium version, try other music streaming apps, like Amazon Music. 

Software errors 

Sometimes, some software errors and glitches can stop Alexa from playing Spotify. 

But unfortunately, you cannot identify the problem. 

In that case, revoke Alexa’s access from Spotify and relink Spotify with Alexa again. 

The easiest method is changing the default music player to Amazon Music and setting it to Spotify again. 

To unlink the Spotify app from Alexa via the app:

  1. Open the app and tap MORE. 
  2. Tap the SETTINGS menu and go to MUSIC AND PODCASTS. 
  3. Choose Spotify in the list and tap on it. 
  4. Click the button saying DISABLE SKILL, and confirm your choice. 

On the Spotify website:

  1. Log in to your Spotify account on the Spotify website. 
  2. Click on the profile and tap on ACCOUNT. 
  3. Click APPS on the list, and look for Alexa that has access to Spotify. 
  4. Tap on REMOVE ACCESS and verify your choice. 

Once you have unlinked it, close the app, refresh it, and go to the app and website again. 

In the same way, go to your website and app, select LINK ACCOUNT, and follow the on-screen prompts. 

This should fix the problem. If it doesn’t, try other troubleshooting ways. 

The profanity filter was turned on

The profanity or Explicit filters can sometimes stop Alexa from playing Spotify as a safety measure. 

This setting is active when you have children at home and want to keep them from listening to explicit songs and content. 

All you need to do is turn it off:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone. 
  2. Tap on the MORE option and select SETTINGS. 
  3. Scroll down and tap on MUSIC AND PODCASTS, and then EXPLICIT FILTER. 
  4. Please turn it off on the following on-screen prompt. 
  5. Now, check whether Spotify is working. 

Try other troubleshooting tips

If you cannot solve the above issue with the provided troubleshooting steps, try following the solutions in this section.

Sometimes, some temporary glitches are responsible for Alexa not playing Spotify. 

Trying these solutions might solve the issue, and Alexa can again start playing Spotify: 

Remove Echo from Spotify 

If you still have communication problems with your Alexa device, especially with Spotify, Remove the Alexa device from your Spotify.

For that:

  1. Log in to your Spotify app. 
  2. Go to SETTINGS and remote the device, for example, Echo. 
  3. Shut down the app and restart your phone. 
  4. Open the Spotify app and pair the Alexa device with your Spotify after the reboot. 

Clear cache and app data on both apps

Try cleaning the cache and app data from both apps. Too much data and cache can lead to overloading and temporary glitches, for which Alexa does not play Spotify. 

Not only with Spotify, this can happen to any other app connected to your Alexa devices. 

To clear app caches and data:

  1. Open SETTINGS on your smartphone. 
  2. Go to the APP SETTINGS. 
  3. Tap on the Spotify app, find the storage option, and tap CLEAR/DELETE CACHE. 

Similarly, find and tap on the Alexa app, find the storage option, and clear the caches. 

After that, restart your phone and check whether Alexa is playing Spotify. 

Restart your phone and Alexa device

When Alexa has issues with Spotify, one of the simple fixes is to restart the phone and the device. 

It will refresh your phone and can even clear the bugs and glitches. 

If you are not having trouble connecting the device to the Wi-Fi, unplug and replug the device.

To restart a device with removable batteries, for example, Echo Dot 4th Gen, remove the batteries and again return them in place. 

Do not worry; restarting will not do anything with your customized preferences. 

Reinstall the apps 

If you still cannot fix it, try deleting both the Spotify and Alexa apps and reinstalling them. 

Uninstall the apps, restart your phone, and install them back. 

Now, link the Spotify account with Alexa in the Alexa app. 

Power cycling the device

Another simple solution is to power cycle the device. 

This troubleshooting step gives you a high chance of solving the problem. 

I recommend turning off the device for 5 to 30 seconds and then turning it on. 

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Unplug the device from the power source. 
  2. Wait for at least 15-30 seconds. 
  3. Now plug back your device into the power outlet. 
  4. Your device will start when the blue right light starts spinning. 

For battery-powered devices, open the batteries and let it be for 15-30 seconds. 

After that, put back the batteries and start your device. 

After you turn it on, check whether everything is working correctly. 

Resetting the Device

Resetting the Alexa device should be used as a last resort.

If you have tried all the troubleshooting tips mentioned above and still cannot fix the problem, resetting can solve it.

Resetting the device will remove all your customized settings and preferences. 

You have to connect your device to the Wi-Fi, link Spotify and login to the accounts, set it as a default music app if you had set it before, and many other things. 

It can be a real pain, but this can solve most of your problems. 

Factory resetting your Alexa device will be different based on the different models. But resetting the Alexa app is easy. 

Go to the Alexa app, and then Settings → Device options → Reset to Factory Defaults → Confirm reset. 

For different devices, follow the following instructions or follow the owner manual:

  • Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen: Press the Microphone Off and Volume Down buttons for 20 seconds. 
  • Amazon Echo Dot 3rd and 4th Gen: Hold and press the Action button for 25 seconds. 
  • Amazon Echo Plus 1st Gen: Push the Reset button with a paperclip, pen, or another small tool. 
  • Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Gen: Hold and press the Action button for 20 seconds. 
  • Amazon Echo Show: Hold and press the Mute and Volume Down buttons for 15 seconds. 

Contacting Amazon Support

If you have exhausted all the troubleshooting steps above, contact the Amazon support team for help. 

You can contact them through the Alexa app, Amazon account, or website. 

Contact them, talk with them, and discuss your problems. 

Also, share the troubleshooting steps you have taken. 

They will provide proper guidance and solutions so that Alexa can start playing Spotify again. 

You can also find their contact number and call them directly to receive the solution over the phone. 

If you are not in a hurry, you also have the option to talk to them through live chats and emails. 

Also read:

Preventive Measures

  • Ensure that you have linked Alexa with Spotify and logged into your Spotify account. Also, if you have multiple accounts, ensure you are signed into the correct one. 
  • Ensure a strong network connection when using Alexa devices to play Spotify. 
  • Use unique and straightforward names for your Alexa devices and the playlists on Spotify. 
  • Keep both Alexa and Spotify apps updated to stay free from bugs and glitches and avoid uninterrupted songs. 
  • Use the correct and clear commands so that Alexa understands your words and communicates with you appropriately. Mention Spotify if you want Alexa to play music from it. 
  • You can set Spotify as the default music player. In that case, you do not always have to specify Spotify. 
  • Check for mute and volume buttons in the Alexa device before playing Spotify. 
  • Sometimes, you can delete the apps, restart your device and phone, and again reinstall them. It can clear the bugs and glitches and stop you from facing this problem.

Final Thoughts

It is unlikely to run into problems with Spotify on Alexa devices. In most cases, the problem is either with the network issues or skill settings. Ensure a strong Wi-Fi connection and check that Spotify and Alexa are linked and that you’re logged in. 

Use simple names for your Alexa devices and playlist names to avoid conflicts. Always keep your apps up to date. You can set Spotify as your default music player. It can reduce the number of words to use while commanding Alexa and playing Spotify becomes easier. 

Try other troubleshooting tips like unlinking and relinking, clearing caches and data apps, uninstalling and reinstalling, restarting, power cycling, and resetting to solve such problems. Problems related to software glitches can be solved with these solutions. 

Why is it showing “You are not eligible to enable this skill due to geographical restrictions” while playing on Spotify?

It means that Spotify won’t play in your country. In that case, try changing the country name in the ACCOUNT COUNTRY settings on the Amazon website. Or, see if your country uses only the Premium version; get it for yourself and enjoy. 

Can’t I use Spotify for free?

Yes, you can use it. But you have to deal with lots of ads. Additionally, some regions allow only Premium versions.

Reference: SpotifyAmazon Alexa Wikipedia