How Do You Shut Down Alexa For The Night?


There’s nothing worse than having your devices wake you up in the middle of the night because of notification or it just decided to light up randomly. Alexa devices are great to have in your room but will need to be turned off to some degree at night so you can get a good night’s rest. So how do you shut off Alexa for the night?

Putting your Alexa Device on Do Not Disturb Mode is the best way to shut off Alexa for the night. Do Not Disturb mode will disable your device from outputting notifications, incoming calls and will prevent the device from lighting up. But will still allow the device to output your alarms, timers and allow you to give Alexa commands making it the perfect option for when going to sleep.

Let’s now take a look at what you should know about turning off your Alexa device for the night and what’s the best way to go about it without losing Alexa’s most valuable features. Let’s dive in!

How Do You Shut Down Alexa For The Night?

Alexa devices don’t come with an off switch, meaning the only way to turn it off is to unplug it. But you don’t want to do that just yet; unplugging your device will mean you won’t be able to utilize some of Alexa’s benefits, such as alarms, morning routines, night routines. Because of this, the best way to “turn off” your Alexa device for the night is to put it on do not disturb mode, Do Not Disturb mode will disable notifications, incoming calls, as well as prevent the device from lighting up. However, Do not disturb mode will still allow your alarm and timers to set off and allow you to give Alexa commands. Additionally, you will be able to set a schedule for when you want do not disturb mode to end, allowing the device to start your morning routines, send you notifications as soon as you wake up.

To put your device on Do Not Disturb Mode, simply tell Alexa “Alexa, turn on Do Not Disturb,” or you can turn on Do Not Disturb through the Alexa app.

to turn on Do Not Disturb on the app:

  • Open the Alexa app
  • Select Devices
  • Click on Echo & Alexa
  • Tap on Do Not Disturb
  • Here you can turn on/off your devices do not disturb feature.

If you have an Echo Show device and want to turn off the display to prevent the bright light from beaming ion your face, then in addition to setting it to Do Not Disturb mode, you will be able to say ” Alexa Turn off Screen” this will simply turn off the display.

Is it Safe To Keep Alexa on all Night?

Yes, Alexa devices are intended to remain on at all times in order to protect your home, manage your smart home devices, & automate your daily tasks at all time; it’s designed with a very efficient battery management system using only 2W of power when not in use and around 6W when outputting audio or completing tasks.

Since the energy consumption is fairly low, there really isn’t any reason to turn off your Alexa devices during the night.

How Alexa Can Help You Get A Better Night’s Rest:

Your Alexa device can be a great tool for automating certain tasks before going to bed, automating your morning routines, as well as help you get a deeper, better night’s rest.

How Alexa can Help You Get a Better Night’s Rest:

  • Bedtime Routines
  • Alexa guard
  • Play Sleep Sounds
  • Guided meditation
  • Night light
  • Read you a Bedtime Story
  • Listen to Podcasts & Audiobooks

Bedtime Routines

One of Alexa’s most beneficial features is its routine feature, allowing you to automate various tasks around your home when integrated with your smart home device. With this, you will be able to set a bedtime routine allowing Alexa to take care of daily tedious tasks you would normally need to take care of before going to bed, such as dimming the lights, locking your doors, turning the shutters off, and much more.

Alexa Guard

Alexa Guard is another great feature to have turned on when you’re asleep. Alexa Guard detects suspicious behavior by listening for unusual sounds such as broken glass, footsteps, alarms & notify you when unusual activity is detected.

Play Sleep Sounds

Alexa can be great for creating a relaxing atmosphere when getting ready to go to bed. Alexa does this through Sleep sounds; by activating the skill, you will be able to play a selection of relaxing sounds. You will also be able to set a timer for when you want the sound to stop. Here are a few sound examples:

  • Fireplace
  • City
  • Train
  • Airplane
  • Thunderstorm
  • Rain
  • Rainforest
  • Spa
  • Clock

Guided meditation

Alexa can offer guided meditation allowing you to clear your mind and put you in a more calm state, getting you ready for a deeper sleep.

Night Light

If you were considering purchasing a night light to add a little bit more life to your room at night, then you will be surprised to hear that your Alexa can double as a night light. To activate this, simply tell Alexa, “Alexa, open Night Light.”

Read you a Bedtime Story

By activating Alexas Bedtime Story skill, you will be able to let Alexa read you a selection of stories to help clear your mind from daily stresses before going to bed.

Listen to Podcasts & Audiobooks

There’s nothing better than ending the day with a nice podcast or audiobook; Alexa can play one of your favorite Podcasts or Audiobooks while you get ready to doze off. Additionally, you will be able to set a timer for when you want Alexa to stop outputting audio.

Should You Turn Off Alexa at Night?

The only way to completely turn off your Alexa is to unplug it; however that’s not a great idea since most of the features that make Alexa useful, such as setting morning routines as soon as you wake up, night routines to help you get ready for bed, secure your home, as well as set alarms, will require the device to remain on. Additionally, Alexa devices are very energy efficient & consume very low power, especially when not in use.

Final Thoughts

The most effective method for shutting off your Alexa devices for the night is by putting them in do not disturb mode. Do not disturb mode temporarily disables notification, incoming calls and prevents the device from lighting up but will still allow the device to output your alarms, timers and allow you to give Alexa commands making it the perfect option for when going to sleep.

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