If I'm in a private meeting at my home, I don't really want Alexa piping up with her idle chatter if I or someone else accidentally says the wake word.

Equally, if I'm talking in my sleep (which I do a lot of), I don't want to accidentally wake up Alexa and disrupt my sleep.

Is there a way to silence the Amazon Echo temporarily so it doesn't respond to accidental wake ups when I want it to remain quiet?

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    this link here would be of help to you! Mar 3, 2017 at 17:38
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    Pick a really complicated wake word?
    – Ghanima
    Mar 3, 2017 at 17:46
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    @PrashanthBenny If you've found a relevant link, feel free to post that as an answer and quote the relevant source. The help center has some information on referencing other sources in answers, so that you can convert your comment to a full answer and add some extra information there. Using comments to post links to answers isn't recommended because the question doesn't get marked as answered even if the link is helpful.
    – Aurora0001
    Mar 3, 2017 at 18:01
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    Lolx - a new First World Problem is born ... sleep shopping @-)
    – Mawg
    Mar 9, 2017 at 8:38

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You can press the microphone on/off button on the top of your device to disable the microphone before you go to sleep. Here's what it looks like for the Echo Dot:

Amazon Echo Dot

Source: FASTILY of Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 4.0

After pressing the microphone off button, your device will look more like this:

Amazon Echo Dot (microphone disabled)

Source: Hedwig Storch of Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 4.0

Notice the illuminated microphone off button and the red ring. While the ring is red, your device will not be listening at all, until you press the microphone on/off button again. The Amazon Echo will look largely the same, except it's significantly taller. The icon on the microphone on/off button is the same as in the pictures above.

Unfortunately, you can't turn off the Echo's microphone by voice—the button must be physically pressed. Also, you can't turn the microphone back on by voice, because—well—the microphone is off, and can't listen to you, because you told it not to!

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    Half true. You could kill the echos power by voice if you plug it into a Wi-Fi plug ;) obviously you won't be able to reactivate it via voice.
    – Helmar
    Mar 3, 2017 at 23:44
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    Or, you could use a script to modify the wifi settings which really upsets alexa Mar 9, 2017 at 9:12

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