If you’ve ever used an Alexa device and wanted to mute the microphone, you’re not alone. The problem is that Amazon does not allow you to mute the microphone. Alexa is used on a wide variety of devices, from push-to-talk devices to wake-word initiating devices. Thus, muting the microphone would tie your Alexa device to one of those devices, which could be a frustrating accident.
To disable the microphone, simply press the fourth button located at the 9 o’clock position. A desktop microphone symbol will appear on this button. By pressing the microphone button, you will temporarily disable the device from recording you. The microphone ring will turn red, indicating that the microphone is off. Once you have unmuted the microphone, you can use your device as normal. But make sure that you don’t talk loudly when using the device.
If you want to use Alexa with a tablet, you can also turn off the microphone from the tablet by holding down the volume up and down buttons simultaneously for three seconds. Then, tap the microphone icon again and repeat the process. The device will remember your preferred setting and be able to recognize you when you speak. If the device is unplugged or powerless, you can always reset it to the default settings.
Even if you’ve turned off the microphone, you can still use the device to play music through the speaker. Using the Alexa app, you can start music playback through your Echo speaker and control Alexa from anywhere in your home. Then, if you have to talk to Alexa while the microphone is off, you can simply ask her to turn it back on later. So, if you’re worried about privacy issues, don’t worry. Turning off the microphone on your Alexa device is a great way to keep your device from being compromised by security breaches.