Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen, with Reset Button Combination Highlighted. Includes the Mic Off and Volume Down buttons.

Echo Dot 2 Factory Reset Instructions

Run an Echo Dot 2 factory reset to get it ready for sale. Or perhaps you just want to link your Echo Dot 2 to a different Amazon account or different wireless network.  So, to that end, to reset your Echo Dot 2 to factory default condition, follow the instructions next.

Resetting unlinks the Echo Dot from its current Amazon Alexa account. This assures that it forgets its current Wi-Fi connection info.

Warning!

After the reset, your Echo Dot 2 will not work until it’s been properly set up again. So if you plan on using it again yourself, know how to set it up again prior to resetting it.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 in Setup Mode, after factory reset, showing Light Ring with orange blip circling.
Echo Dot Gen 2 in Setup Mode, after factory reset. Showing the light ring with orange blip circling.

Echo Dot 2 Factory Reset Instructions

Note that factory reset of the Echo Dot 1 and Echo Dot 2 devices is essentially the same procedure; just the location of the reset button on each is different.

1. Connect to Power

Connect the Echo Dot to its USB power adapter.  The light ring will illuminate blue for a time, and then go out, indicating that boot up has completed.

2. Press the Echo Dot Reset Button

See our  Where is the Echo Dot 2 Reset Button  post, for details on how to find the reset button on the 1st and 2nd generation Echo Dot devices.

Anyway, wait for the light ring to go dark.

Then, for the Dot 2, press and hold the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Hold them in until the light ring turns orange, and then blue.

3. Wait for Hard Reset to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes completely dark for a few seconds, and then turns orange.

4. Echo Dot 2 Reset Now Finished

Your Echo Dot speaker has now been reset to its factory default settings and has entered setup mode.

5. Set Up Again, or Pack Up

You may now unplug, pack, and give your Echo Dot to someone else.  Don’t worry that they’ll have access to the Alexa settings on your personal Amazon account.  They won’t.  In fact, any data in the Dot is now erased.

Or, you can set it up once again on your existing account. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit stays in setup mode until someone runs through the setup routine.  The Echo Dot will not work until linked to an Amazon account and set up again.

6. Done!

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Revision History

  • 2019-08-25: Tweaked the key word targeting for ‘Echo Dot 2 Factory Reset’, removed ad code, and added more links and tags.
  • 2017-02-20: Originally published.