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Why Does Alexa Chime Randomly

Why Does Alexa Chime Randomly
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Alexa has become an indispensable tool in many households, offering a range of features and capabilities to make our lives easier. However, some users have reported an issue where their Alexa device randomly makes beeps, noises, or chimes without apparent reason.

There are many possible reasons why your Echo makes random noise without any real notification. It may sometimes wake up thinking that someone has tried to trigger it by saying ‘Alexa.’

Types of Random Noises From Amazon Echo

  • Alexa whispering/whistling
  • A chiming sound
  • Ambient Sounds such as rain, ocean waves, or white noise.
  • Ringing sound or notification sound without any real notification
  • Error sound due to a problem with Alexa device
  • Bluetooth device connected/disconnected sound
  • Sometimes, an Echo device may emit background noise, such as static or white noise.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen, 2018 release)

Features: Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal

Echo Gen 3

How To Fix Alexa Chime/Beep Randomly

Use A Different Wake Word

There are a few wake words such as “Amazon,” “Echo,” “Alexa,” or “Computer” which are used to trigger Echo devices to perform a certain type of action. Sometimes, Alexa wakes up randomly thinking that a wake word has been uttered. But, this is all illusion of Alexa.

So, we can change the wake word to make it easy for Alexa by not getting whim automatically without any real cause.

Change Alexa Wake Word

To change the wake word through the Alexa app, follow these steps:

  • Open the Alexa app and go to the devices section.
  • Select your Echo device.
  • Scroll down and find the “Wake Word” option.
Alexa Wake Word
  • Choose the new wake word from the four available options.
  • Click “OK” to save the changes.
  • Alternatively, you can use voice commands to change the wake word:
  • Say “Alexa, change the wake word.”
  • Alexa will then prompt you to choose from the four available options.
  • Say the new wake word that you want to use.
  • Alexa will confirm the new wake word. For Example, instead of Alexa, use; Computer, “turn on Do Not Disturb.”

Alexa Brief Mode

Sometimes, Alexa creates problems when there is a brief mode turned on. For reference, You can use Alexa follow-up questions without repeating the wake word when you turn on the feature for supported devices.

Alexa Brief Mode

These non-verbal gestures are not very helpful and Alexa wakes up and chimes randomly without any apparent reason. So, you must keep them off by following the settings in your Alexa app.

Disable Bluetooth Connected Device

There may be a connected device like a speaker with your Alexa device via Bluetooth. So, you may see any connected device and disconnect it from your Alexa device or you can also ask Alexa to remove any connected device which is allowing Alexa to trigger.

Disable Alexa Routines

Alexa routines schedule all your actions and perform according to their set timings which is obvious by the word ‘Routine.’

You can try removing Alexa routines and check if random beeps have stopped. 


Remove Alexa Routine

  • Launch the Alexa app on your device.
  • Go to the sidebar menu (Three lines)
  • Click on Alexa Routines.
Alexa Routines
  • Now, click on Routine which you want to delete.
click Routines
  • Now, you can delete the Routine by scrolling down and tapping on Delete option.
delete Routines

Check Alexa Activity & History

  • Launch the Alexa app on your device
  • Now, tap on ‘More’ from the down bar in the app.
  • Click on ‘Activity’ app in the Alexa app.
Alexa activity
  • Here, you can see all your Activity history.
check history in Alexa

It will give you an overview of your recent history which can be helpful to identify any anomaly in the app. If you find any weird thing in the app, probably that specific thing is creating all disturbances.

So, you must check which action words were spoken at that time which caused Alexa to get triggered.

Disable Notifications

All beeps/sounds are some kind of notification in the Alexa app. You can turn all notifications in the app to stop beeping.

  • First, open the Alexa app.
  • Click on ‘More’ option from the bar below.
  • Now, tap on Notifications from there.
  • Now, disable them all one by one to ensure the issue has been resolved.

Mute Alexa

If disabling notifications on Alexa has not solved the problem, you must think of muting the Alexa altogether. It will stop giving any kind of notifications and it will mute it entirely.

You can simply press the Mute button on your Echo device which will enable it to stop giving any kind of sound.

Factory Reset

Resetting your Echo device is the ultimate solution when you are unable to resolve the problem from the above-mentioned solutions. It is also used in other Alexa problems such as Alexa not stopping music etc. But, this reset will restore all the settings to their default.

How To Factory Reset Your Echo Device

  • Go to Devices section in the Alexa app.
  • Tap on Echo & Alexa.
  • Now, choose your Echo device.
  • Tap on Factory Reset.
  • Click Confirm.

Contact Support

If you have tried all other methods and unfortunately, no method has worked for you, you can contact Amazon support for Alexa to replace the device. Because your Echo device has some serious technical issues that need to be fixed by Amazon itself.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can you tell if someone is listening on Alexa?

When Alexa is active, there will be a light flashing green on the outer circle which shows that Alexa is listening to your voice.

Can Alexa chime randomly even if there are no notifications or messages?

Yes, it is possible for Alexa to chime randomly even if there are no notifications or messages. This could be due to a glitch in the Alexa system, or it could be a sign of a hardware issue with your Alexa device.

Will disabling chimes for notifications affect other Alexa features?

Disabling chimes for notifications should not affect other Alexa features, as they are separate settings. However, you may want to double-check your Alexa settings after disabling chimes to ensure that everything is functioning as intended.

Is there a way to customize the chime sound for Alexa notifications?

Yes, you can customize the chime sound for Alexa notifications by changing the device’s sound settings. You can choose from a variety of pre-installed sounds or even upload your own custom sound.

Does Alexa chime randomly during the night?

Yes, Alexa can chime randomly during the night if there is an incoming notification or message. If you find that the chimes are disrupting your sleep, you may want to consider disabling the notification chimes or putting your Alexa device on “do not disturb” mode during sleeping hours.

Can I control the volume of Alexa’s notification chimes?

Yes, you can control the volume of Alexa’s notification chimes by adjusting the device’s volume settings. You can also adjust the volume specifically for notifications within the Alexa app settings.

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