Alexa's yellow ring can RUIN your Amazon gifts this Christmas – how to turn it off

AMAZON Echo speaker owners will be familiar will the yellow ring light that shines when you have a notification.

Often this notification is from your Amazon account telling you that an item you've ordered has been dispatched, is out for delivery or has already arrived at your home.

All you have to do when you see the yellow light is say "Alexa, do I have any notifications?".

Then the virtual assistants will read your alerts out loud.

It can even say product names.

This is all well and good if you're living alone.

However, if you've been doing some secret Christmas shopping on your Amazon account and you don't want anyone to find out, you may want to turn the yellow ring light feature off.

Bear in mind that the yellow ring light can also appear when you have received a message from a contact.

To hear this just say "Alexa, read my messages" and once you've heard them then the light should turn off.

To turn it off altogether follow the steps below.

How to turn off yellow ring light notifications on Amazon Echo 

Go to your Alexa app on your phone and then click "More" and "Settings".

Find "Notifications" and then click "Amazon Shopping".

Here you can switch the range of delivery notifications off just by sliding the button next to them.

If you want to turn them back on after Christmas then follow the steps above and turn the toggles back on.

Hide orders from Alexa

You can also stop your Amazon account letting your smart speaker know what you've ordered.

Open the Alexa app on your phone and go to "Settings".

Find "Notifications" and then click "Amazon Shopping".

 Find the section that says "Say or Show Item Titles" and then turn this off.

Now Alexa can tell you when a package is going to be delivered but it won't say specifically what the package is so Christmas won't be ruined.

What is Alexa?

If you’ve never heard of Alexa, here’s what you need to know…

  • Alexa is an "intelligent" personal assistant built by Amazon.
  • You can find her on several different devices, including Amazon's Echo speakers.
  • Alexa responds to voice commands, and can talk back to you.
  • She can perform thousands of different tasks, including telling you about the news or weather.
  • But she can do more complex things too, like ordering a pizza or arranging an Uber taxi pick-up.
  • To activate Alexa, you need to say "Alexa" to an Amazon Echo speaker.
  • Alexa currently only works in English and German languages.
  • Because she's powered by artificial intelligence, Alexa is constantly getting smarter.
  • Alexa will also get more used to your voice, and better understand what you want her to do over time.

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Google Maps has just got a huge update with a few interesting features.

And, Twitter has a new feature called 'Fleets' that act just like Instagram Stories.

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