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Echo Dot Has No Sound? (We Have a Fix!)
When I first was gifted an Echo Dot, I’ll be honest. I wasn’t impressed. I thought that it was a Gen Z gadget and was all “crotchety old lady” about it. But, I quickly learned to love it. That’s why I flipped out when my Echo Dot started to be mysteriously silent. Ever wonder what causes that?
Before you panic, make sure that your Echo Dot is not muted or on “Do Not Disturb” mode. Then, try to turn the Echo Dot on and off again. If that doesn’t work, reconnect the device. If all else fails, try a factory reset before you call Amazon’s tech support.
A soundless Echo Dot can be pretty aggravating, to say the least. Are you worried about your Dot going radio silent? Well, let a real Echo Dot owner give you the scoop.
Table of Contents
- Why Is My Echo Dot Silent?
- When Should You Call Amazon’s Customer Service?
- Related Questions
Why Is My Echo Dot Silent?
If there is one thing Amazon prides itself on, it’s quality product design. That includes having a machine that knows when to pipe up and when to stay quiet. Things occasionally go awry, so it’s a good idea to know how to troubleshoot things.
First, Make Sure It’s Turned On
When my husband first tried to use my Alexa, he shouted into it for a couple of minutes to no avail. No light, nothing. We then realized that my heel tripped the power cord to it, rendering it dead. Make sure that your Echo Dot has power and that it’s turned on before you panic. If it’s not, plug it in.
Next, Check The Settings On Your Echo Dot
There are three main settings that could make your Echo Dot suddenly go silent. We’re going to address each one as a part of this section of the troubleshoot:
- First, check to see if your Echo Dot’s microphone is on. Otherwise, you’re not going to be able to say any commands or do anything else.
- Next, check to see if your Echo Dot is on mute. You can do this by saying, “Alexa, unmute.” This way, if it wasn’t muted, it won’t matter. If it was, though, it no longer is.
- Then ask Alexa to increase the volume. Sometimes, someone might put the volume at a very low pitch. To rectify this, say something like, “Alexa, volume five.” You should be able to hear something.
- If you notice that your Echo Dot has a blue spinning ring with a flash of purple at the end of it, you’re in “Do Not Disturb” mode. This can occasionally end up happening as a fluke, or as a result of a friend who wants to prank you. You can see if your Echo is on “DND” mode by accessing your Alexa app from your phone. If it is, toggle the mode off and scold your friend who did that.
Most of the time, these three actions will help you get your Echo beeping and saying things again in a pinch. If it’s still not working, then you are going to have to continue to the next possibility.
Try To Power Cycle Your Echo Dot
Sometimes, your Echo Dot might be stuck in a certain mode or a certain volume. It’s not always easy to figure out why, either. Believe it or not, the old IT trick of “turning it off and on again” actually might be what you need to do to get your Dot to act normal once more. Pros call this “power cycling,” if you wanna get fancy with it.
To power cycle your Echo Dot, start by unplugging it. Then, wait for at least 15 seconds. Next, plug it back in. This gives your Echo Dot a signal that it’s time to start anew. Though it’s rare, it occasionally ends up fixing the problem.
Then Try A Factory Reset
A factory reset is the final stage of a DIY Echo Dot troubleshoot before you should get worried about having to replace your Dot. This restores it (or should try to restore it) back to the default settings it had when it just rolled off the factory lines.
The way to reset your Echo Dot can be found through the app, but I want to warn you about doing this. When you reset your Echo Dot, you are going to lose all the data and settings that you have stored in the machine. This means that you will have to load up your Echo Dot and reconfigure everything once you solved the silence issue.
When Should You Call Amazon’s Customer Service?
Amazon’s Echo Dot line remains one of the most popular Alexa devices because it’s so easy to use and so resilient. However, stuff can happen that will make it unusable. Ever wonder what you can do to try to fix things? More often than not, a call to Alexa’s tech support will help.
These situations below suggest that it’s time to call Alexa’s support at 1-877-375-9365:
- You’ve already attempted all of the suggested fixes for your Echo Dot above, but to no avail. At this point, you probably should call their tech support just to see if your Echo Dot is truly dead. In some cases, they may be able to work with you to repair it remotely. So, not all is lost.
- The Echo Dot you have came with an extended warranty that is not expired. Most Echo Dots will be able to last several years. If you have a Dot that you believe died or arrived DOA, Amazon should be able to offer a trade-in or a refund depending on the warranty’s use.
- You want a refund. Actually, if you want to do this, you can just repackage the Echo and drop it off at Kohls or wherever you bought it from.
- The ring around your Echo Dot is turning a weird color or won’t stop rotating. If this happens along with the silence that you’re struggling with, then you may have a Dot stuck in an update. Or, it could be a matter of “the blue ring of death.” A call to Amazon might be able to snap it out of its cycling.
Why Did My Echo Dot Suddenly Die?
Echo Dots can stop working for a wide range of reasons. In a lot of cases, it could be a software issue or just a matter of sheer bad look. Other times, it could be something along the lines of a power surge or a brown out. Even more times, it could simply be that you got a bad Echo or that the wiring just glitched too hard.
Assuming that you didn’t decide to throw your Alexa into a bucket of water or chuck it against a wall, there’s no telling why it died. Don’t blame yourself, though. The good news about buying an Amazon device is that you get great support and that you won’t have to worry about paying too much for a replacement.
Are Amazon Alexa Warranties Worth It?
As you might already know, you can buy an Echo Dot with an extended warranty. The two-year warranty costs an additional $14.99 on top of the Alexa Dot hub that you choose to buy. For most people, getting the warranty is a good way to ensure that you will be able to get repairs and replacements on your Alexa hub.
If you’re worried about having it break or rely on your Alexa a lot, it makes sense to get a warranty for it. It will only improve your peace of mind and ensure you get the most out of your hub.
Did Amazon discontinue the Echo Dot?
Amazon recently unveiled a brand new style of Echo Dot, which is actually more of a sphere than the classic “hockey puck” look that people tend to associate with this line of home assistants. While the new generation of Dots do not look like the classic, they do offer a lot more efficiency and reliability.
So no, they’re not discontinued. Or rather, the 3rd gen is still being supported though the 1st and 2nd are no longer getting the same level of support. The Echo Dot line is alive and well. They just look different.
Can you connect your Echo Dot to a TV?
Assuming that you have a smart TV that’s compatible with Alexa, it would be possible to do so. However, you would have to manually set the two up using the Alexa app. Unfortunately, the details for linking your Alexa to a TV is an entirely different article.
Can you use an Alexa device without wi-fi?
If you want to use your Alexa device for anything other than a paperweight, you will need to have a wi-fi connection. Moreover, it can’t be just any connection. It has to have a 2.4-Ghz connection that is stable and fast enough to handle the requirements of a decent streaming service.
If you do not have wi-fi, Alexa will not even listen to comments. It will turn on, then continually tell you that something went wrong.
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